I also attended a small Catholic-founded school where I got a bachelor's degree in English and journalism. When I toured Clarke, it took me back to memories of that school and all of the things that I loved about it. I was a journalist for two and a half years and then decided to return to school. I received my teaching certificate and my master's of ministry in Dubuque. A few friends spoke of the position and I began to think of how I could help the Clarke community and how it could help me. I also think that the four core values (freedom, charity, justice and education) really set Clarke apart from others.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I love that the students are back on campus now so my days are filled with a lot of variety. My day usually is a combination of practical business-like tasks to keep the office running smoothly and meeting or praying with student leaders, retreat teams other groups on campus. I also spend some time getting the word out about things that are happening with campus ministry.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love the energy on campus. Part of the reason that I do this job is because of the potential that I see in the students. It's great to work with students to help them recognize the gifts and talents they have and to be able to use them at Clarke.
What is the most interesting thing you have experienced here at Clarke?
I just attended the blessing of the cadavers in the anatomy lab. I never thought I would be part of something like that. It's not something I would typically be drawn to, but it was really meaningful to me. It's great that the university recognizes the sacrifice that was made and understands the dignity in that choice.
Why do you enjoy working with college students?
I used to be involved in youth ministry. Then I realized my passion was young adult ministry. This is a time in students' lives when they are figuring out who they want to be and I think it's important to recognize faith as a part of that. Spirituality is a key part of who we are and who we become.
What should students know about the services you and your office offer?
I want students to know that I am always here for questions. I think a lot of people hear "campus ministry" and assume that we are the people who think they have faith figured out. But we are here to help students with any question that they have. I want students to feel comfortable wandering down the hall to my office if they have a question about their faith or want to discuss an issue.
What kinds of things are you most excited to be involved with at Clarke?
I'm hoping to start offering internships through campus ministry to help develop student leadership. I'm also looking forward to a lot of little things like prayer experiences or small group discussions. We are going on a mission trip to inner city Chicago this fall and then another this spring. That experience can be life changing so it will be a great opportunity for students.