Office: International Village, Room 124G
In my role I help students in many aspects including anything from involvement on campus to dealing with acculturation and homesickness issues. My primary role though is serving as a Designated School Official (DSO) which means I help students maintain their legal status while studying in the U.S.
I have a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance as well as a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Leadership from Southeast Missouri State University. While studying at SEMO, I worked at my hometown bank every summer and that is when I realized I loved working with different people throughout the day. I have a Master of Music degree from Oklahoma City University and it was during my studies there that I learned to love working with international students. There were many international students in the music program there and I was a supervisor at the library where a majority of the employees were international students. After graduating from OCU, I returned back to SEMO and began working in the Office of Admissions while working on my doctorate in Educational Leadership through the University of Missouri’s statewide cooperative program. Three years later I began my current position, and it has been an awesome experience!
My family has been involved with SEMO since I was 10 years old. It holds a special place in my heart and the faculty and staff have done so much for me and are partly responsible for making me the person I am today, so each day I try my best to reverse the role and help the next generation of students. I love the family feel here and I love the city of Cape Girardeau and all it has to offer.
I’m a music geek, so I love all of the live music performances given at the River Campus or just in the downtown area. I also love the many festivals that happen throughout the year. Oh…and food! I LOVE TO EAT and there’s plenty of awesome restaurants in Cape Girardeau and the surrounding area.
I was the very first Rowdy the Redhawk, our school mascot and portrayed Rowdy for 5 ½ years!
My husband and I really want to do a European tour, but the place we want to visit most is Vienna Austria. Vienna lives and breathes classical music and to see where many of the great composers penned their first composition and landed their first gig would be quite the experience. Also, I have a bucket list of professional symphonies to see in my lifetime, and the Vienna Philharmonic is currently at the top of that list.
GO TO CLASS AND GET INVOLVED!! (Okay, technically two pieces of advice)