I'm a native Kansan and a graduate of the KU Honors Program (B.A. English, Humanities 2006). After graduating from KU, I earned an MFA at the Pennsylvania State University in creative writing. While I continue to be passionate about writing, literature, and the value of the arts in general, I also love working in public higher education. As a first-generation college student, I believe in the transformative power of public universities. I have worked at KU in administrative and advising positions since 2010, and I've been with Honors since the fall of 2014.
What I Do at Honors
I'm responsible for the consistency of communication across Honors Program projects and media. I manage our website, weekly newsletter, alumni publications, social media, and communication with students. I also support advising in Honors by working with Honors Mentors to help them provide outstanding advising to our students. Finally, I work to coordinate the Honors event calendar and provide academic and social programming to increase student engagement. I work closely with Anne D. and Ed on these programming and advising projects.
Why I Love Working in Honors
I believe deeply in the power of education, particularly public universities and the opportunities they can provide to those who might not otherwise have access to college. I want to be a part of the work KU and the Honors Program can do to make the world a more equitable, creative, and thoughtful place. Of course, while I believe very strongly in these abstract goals, I also love getting to know individual students through advising and helping them figure out how they want to change the world. (Also, a big part of my job is talking about how great our students are, which is really fun!)
I Can Help With . . .
- Communicating with Honors students
- Honors advising
- Honors programming and co-sponsorships
- Majoring in English or Humanities at KU
- Careers in public administration and higher education
- Biking around Lawrence
- The Lawrence literary scene
- Vegetarian cooking, gardening, and composting