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Deb Shaver, admission


What do you do at Smith?

Director of admission.

How many years have you been at the college?

This is my twelfth year at Smith.

What is your busy season?

Now...all the time...except for about two weeks in early June.


Who gets the most face time with you?

My terrific colleagues in the admission office and my husband and son.

What are you reading now?

Admission applications! Also, A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. It's a story about the underground effort by Italian citizens who saved 43,000 Jews during WWII.

Who are your role models?

I've learned so much from everyone I've worked with over the years. And my husband and son teach me how to take life less seriously and to have more fun.

If you suddenly had two hours of free time, what would you do?

Read or hike.

What is your favorite wall hanging at home?

An etching of Dad's Coming by Winslow Homer. My parents bought it for me when I was a teenager at a time when they literally had no extra money. It was given with great affection (and sacrifice) and I'm reminded of that every time I look at it.

What annoys the heck out of you? 

Mean people...just like the bumper sticker says.

If you could live during any period in time and in any place -- when and where?

Here and now.

Who does the work around your abode?

The rule of thumb is that I take care of the inside jobs and my husband does the outside jobs. Of course, my son is always willing to help (at least when threatened with the loss of the car).

Is there any time in your life you wish you could do over?

Nope...I've been very lucky.

What did you do before you came to Smith?

The only job I've ever had was admission -- over 25 years. (As you might guess from my picture, I started when I was 12.)

What single piece of advice would you give to graduating Smithies?

Take risks or you may end up turning 50 and wondering if you played it too safe.

4/11/07   Compiled by Eric Sean Weld
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