What do you do at Smith?
I assist the associate
dean of international students and scholars and the director
of multicultural affairs. I also maintain the student affairs
How many years
have you been at the college?
Six years next month (but I
was here for almost a year as a temp prior to that).
What is your busy season?
I'm actually typically busiest
right now (end of May through June), and again in August.
Currently I am working furiously on getting the immigration
documents to our incoming international students.
NOW THE FUN STUFF:
Who gets the most face time with you?
The international students,
the associate dean, and Meggan Lee, our executive assistant
in student affairs, see me most frequently.
What are you
Nothing, which is highly unusual
for me, as I frequently go through at least a book a week.
Mostly, I read fantasy and science fiction novels.
What is your favorite movie?
That's hard, because I can't
judge different move genres against each other. Probably The
Last Unicorn if I had to say over all, but Beautiful
Thing tops my list of happy romantic movies.
If you suddenly had two hours of free time,
what would you do?
Write. I love to write and participate
in National Novel Writing Month every November.
What is your favorite
wall hanging at home?
A poster map of Middle Earth
that I've had since I was about 6.
What annoys the heck
out of you?
Partisan politics and allergies.
Do you eat fast food?
Frequently, I'm afraid to say.
It plays havoc with my diet, but Wendy's is a comfort food
Do you consider yourself
an urban, suburban or rural person?
Suburban. I greatly dislike
the city, but I've lived in truly rural areas and they are
just as maddening.
Who are your role models?
The Dalai Lama, for his teachings
on compassion and the importance of happiness. My English
teacher in high school for fostering a love of writing. My
Russian teacher in high school for fostering a healthy tolerance
for grammar and an interest in Russian culture. My grandmother
for teaching me that real success isn't about money in the
What's your favorite thing about
where you grew up?
I moved around too much as a
kid to reall say.
What single piece of
advice would you give to Smithies?
Take a deep breath