Title: Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences
Education: A.S. in Day Care and Nursery Management, 1981
B.S. In Dietetics, 1983
M.B.A. in 1985 all at NLU, now ULM
Years at NSU: 18 plus years
Job Description: I was hired to teach in 1995 for the new Hospitality Management and Tourism program in the food and beverage management area and nutrition, but quickly began teaching other Family and Consumer Sciences courses. My undergraduate degrees in day care and nursery management and dietetics, as well as an MBA, cover a lot of areas within our department.
Why I Like Working at NSU: First and foremost, I am here for the students. They make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me proud and I truly believe they keep me young at heart. At times, it can be frustrating when they are not doing so well academically but there are always great students that reconfirm why I am here. I love the moments from their first successes in cooking labs through graduation and well into their careers. I take a lot of pride in being a part of their progress.
Right now, I am also teaching culinary courses. I do a lot of academic advising, and think this is one of my strengths. And I have always coordinated students in the preparation and service of various receptions luncheons, and banquets here on campus. The students and I love it when someone requests our recipes, as we see that as a huge measure of success.
I used to think I had favorite courses to teach, but over time, they have all become my favorites.
Each class has a unique personality and culture. One thing that I have noticed over the years is that afternoon classes are more lively and interactive than in the past. It makes my job easier and more interesting. Most of the time, it doesn’t even feel like work.