More About Me
Penn State helped prepare me for my career by giving me a good grounding in the technical aspects of my discipline, and, in addition, giving me the opportunity to practice and refine my communication and networking skills. Being a student at Penn State really broadened my horizons.
If you're a graduating student, I recommend saying "yes" to as many opportunities as you can, especially early in your professional career. This can open yourself up to new experiences and new people.
After graduation, I intended to become a faculty member, and that is exactly what happened. But, after teaching for several years, I decided to try something a little different by going to work for the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a few years as a program officer. When I returned to my home university, Michigan Tech, I became dean of the graduate school before being selected as the provost ten years later, two roles I never envisioned when I graduated.
I show my Penn State pride today through my involvement with the Geosciences Department Advisory Board. I connect with other alumni and current students at national meetings, such as the Geological Society of America.
I faithfully watch the TV show Masterpiece on PBS.
You might be surprised to know that my favorite holiday is actually winter solstice because I live in the far north, so the solstice means I will start getting more sunlight each day.
During my weekends, I'm often hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing. I have many miles of trails accessible from my backdoor.
My fondest Penn State memory will always be spending time with some great classmates and colleagues during my time there. We had great times together, whether it was working on our research or spending time outside in central Pennsylvania.