Education: Bachelors: Psychology, Human Development

Hometown: Marinette, WI

Favorite books: There are so many…I don’t know where to stop.  Short Stories - Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, and Philip Pullman’s trilogy comprised of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.  Biography - Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman, and Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki by David Chadwick.  Fiction - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson, anything written by Jane Austen….I could go on forever really.

Favorite movies or TV shows: I don’t watch TV.  I love the Harry Potter movies but love the books more.  I love anything with Audrey Hepburn or Fred Astaire (really most things in black and white).  I love You’ve Got Mail and all the James Bond movies.

Hobbies: Reading, running, cooking, travelling, yoga, snowshoeing and chasing my kids.

Favorite "Lawrence Minute" video: Lawrence International: Cabaret

When you visit Appleton, be sure to: Go to the Saturday morning farmer’s market if here on a Saturday.  Walk downtown to take in the community and walk along the river trail to take in the view.

When you visit Lawrence, check out: Cabaret (International performances) at the end of each year if you are visiting during that time.  Otherwise, hang out in the café and take in the vibe from the community.  Walk along the river trail and enjoy the view.  Walk downtown and explore all of the great things we have in our neighborhood.

Favorite Appleton restaurant: Carmella’s, Basil Cafe, GingeRootz, Stucs, Cena (who can pick just one??)

Three words to describe Lawrentians: Engaging, curious, open-minded

Best day at Lawrence is: International Student Welcome dinner.  It’s the day each year when I get to meet all the students I have  been working with over the last year, two years, or sometimes three years! It’s like my birthday; each student is a gift delivered to campus.

Advice to prospective Lawrentians: Enjoy the process of choosing a college!  The ultimate question is not which college wants you, but which college do YOU want.  When looking at schools, keep these questions in mind: Do you learn best in discussion and interactive classes or in lectures?  How important to you is the ability to work closely with faculty?  How much flexibility do you need, want, and can you handle in a curriculum?  Are you self-disciplined or do you need to be pushed to do your work?  After you ask yourself all of these questions, you may have a better idea of what you are looking for in a college.  In the end though, you may walk away from a school and know that it is the perfect fit for you with no knowledge of why.  Go with that feeling and enjoy the ride.

Internationalism: The international community at Lawrence is wonderful.  We have such a vibrant and unique group of students that add so much to campus.  I love talking with prospective international students because I have a chance to hear about where they come from and the unique dynamics they will bring to the campus environment.  Often students are nervous about attending college in the United States and it puts them at ease when they discover the community here is very supportive and welcoming.  The commitment Lawrence has to internationalism is noteworthy.  As students quickly discover, we all can learn a lot from each other -- whether you are from Wisconsin, Oregon, Jordan, Ghana, or Colombia.

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