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) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) 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, which I completed in May 2018. 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!
I have yet to visit New York City. I really want to see some Broadway shows and hear the New York Philharmonic perform live. I've been to Scotland, England, Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary. I hope to add Ireland, New Zealand and Singapore to the list of international excursions I would like to complete in the next decade.
GO TO CLASS AND GET INVOLVED!! (Okay, technically two pieces of advice)