Senior Associate Director of Admission
Hometown: Clinton, South Carolina
Territory: International and Transfer Recruitment
What did you do prior to Hanover? I came to work at Hanover after I finished my M.F.A in Cincinnati where I was a teaching assistant for the undergraduate art program.
What do you love about Hanover? I wanted to work at Hanover, and continue to do so because I have strong connections in the community here. I live on campus, so I literally work with my neighbors (students, faculty, and staff.) I believe that a Hanover education is a transformative thing, and I love that I get to work to help students start that process.
Who was your favorite professor here, and why? Easy, Deb Whistler. Deb was my advisor from day one and we just clicked. We had similar interests, and she was an excellent mentor to me. I appreciated that from day one she never spoke to me like I didn’t know what I was doing (because I didn’t), but always gave the needed direction to make sure I was on track. I am so grateful that I was able to take a Drawing course with Deb in Italy my Sophomore year! That was an experience of a lifetime and she helped me grow into a world traveler! When I started working at Hanover, Deb was my next-door neighbor and though she isn’t at Hanover any more I still make a point to visit her and her art shows!
What's your favorite place on campus or in Madison? This is tough! I love Happy Valley in the winter when all of the waterfalls freeze solid and make giant ice sculptures!
Where have your international travels taken you, and where has been your favorite place? So far I have visited: Italy, France, Iceland, Mexico, Ecuador, Japan, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, Nigeria, and Ghana. In a few weeks I will have my first trip to Canada! Every place has been amazing, but I would really like to go back to Ecuador. Ecuador has a really diverse climate, so they have micro-climates all over the country that I would love to explore. Plus, I would love to explore more of Latin America in general!
What are some of your interests, and what sort of things keep you busy? I really try to stay active artistically, so photography, watercolors, printmaking, and drawing are different art media that I continue to practice in. I have a big dog that likes to go on long walks, so she keeps me busy too!
What's your pump-up song? “Cake,” by The Distance
Is there anything that you've always wanted to do but never have? I try my best to not have answers to this question. I would like to visit every national part in the United States, and eventually attempt to visit as many countries as I can in my lifetime.
If you could visit one place in the world, where would it be - and why? Ireland. My family heritage is largely in Ireland and I have never been!
What's something that your coworkers might not know about you? I played on the men’s soccer team at my high school because there wasn’t a women’s team.
What advice would you give to students who are navigating the college search process? Be open minded until you really start to learn first-hand about what you do and do not want in your college experience. You can only learn “first hand” by actually visiting schools. If you are early in your high school career, go to summer programs on college campus to get a sense of what you prefer. Later in your high school career, visit when school is in session, so you can get a sense the campus vibe and meet people that you would be interacting with on a daily basis.
Bachelor of the Arts: Studio Art and Art History (Hanover College 2004)
Master of Fine Arts: Printmaking (University of Cincinnati 2007)