“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
- Mary Anne Radmacher
Born and raised in California's central valley, I moved to Southern California just after high school and have lived here ever since. My dreams and aspirations have changed quite a bit over the years, and my interests are quite eclectic.
I am currently working in higher education, within the realm of international and continuing education. I enjoy connecting with international students, utilizing creative marketing strategies to connect with potential students, and working with developmentally disabled students and making college a possibility for individuals with disabilities through unique support methods. My current research interests include increasing study abroad participation among college students and program development and sustainability.
My professional goals for the next 10 years include taking on more responsibility in program development within the broad realm of student affairs. I am very interested in building study abroad programs from the ground up at universities that do not have any. I also plan to continue my research on best practices for supporting nontraditional college students.
I received my MS in Higher Education Leadership and Student Development at California Baptist University where I focused my research efforts on increasing study abroad participation. Since then, I have continued my research on increasing participation in study abroad among science students and program development and sustainability.
I have a background in Art History (with both a BA and an MA from UC Riverside) and would like to own and run a gallery someday. My dream is to open a gallery in a college town and partner with local art history programs in order to staff the gallery with student interns and present student work.
I am always open to partnerships and meeting like-minded people! Please feel free to hit that "contact me" button and connect.
Formal learning and educational opportunities.
M.S. in Higher Education Leadership & Student Development
California Baptist University, 2016
Currently taking advanced, graduate level courses in: organizational leadership practices and theory; college student development; higher education practices including counseling, academic advising and developing multicultural skills; relating to and working with specific students within the higher education population, such as transfer, minority, and first generation students; the history of higher education in the United States; law and finance in higher education; and evaluation and program assessment.
M.A. in Art History
University of California- Riverside, 2013
Received the Dean’s fellowship to pursue a Master’s degree at UC Riverside in 2011, wrote and published Capturing Motion: The Photomontage Works of Barbara Morgan 1935-1980, a catalog raisonné, further honed skills in research processes, data analysis, and effective teaching methods in higher education.
B.A. in Art History
University of California- Riverside, 2011
Took general education courses, as well as specialized, focused courses on a variety of art history topics and issues; participated in a UCR faculty-led Summer Study Abroad program in London, during which I studied the work of Shakespeare and the history of London through a unique series of excursions, museum and historical site visits, on-site lectures, plays, and other unforgettable hands-on experiences in England.
The opportunities I've had so far.
California Institute of the Arts
On-Campus Programs Coordinator- Office of Global Initiatives and Extended Studies
May 2017 - present
I am currently involved with several initiatives to expand CalArts' reach and bring in revenue, including developing a youth arts program.
University of California, Riverside
Programs Administrator - Summer Sessions & Special Programs
April 2016 - September 2016
I approved and processed enrollment adjustment forms and made corresponding adjustments in student accounts; assigned instructors to their corresponding courses in SIS+; provided customer service at the Summer Sessions Help Desk; and took on various roles wherever and whenever it was needed.
University of California, Riverside
Intern - Study Abroad
September 2015 - May 2016
I served as the department's walk-in advisor two afternoons a week; spearheaded, organized, and conducted forms workshops to assist students who had been admitted to the Summer Study Abroad program with submitting their required documents; created flyers, posters, and social media informational images to help market the Summer Study Abroad programs; and helped prepare and present at information sessions.
California Baptist University
Intern - Department of Education
September 2014 - July 2015
I served as a liaison between the Associate Provost and the students in the MSHELSD program; I moderated the program's Facebook page and organized events for the cohort; I reached out to prospective students to secure applicants; and I edited and reworked the MSHELSD program handbook to make it more user friendly.
University of California, Riverside
Student Assistant - Summer Sessions & Special Programs
April 2010 - December 2012
I provided customer service to students through walk-ins, phone calls, and emails; accepted and filed student applications, forms, and documents, and maintained a neat filing system; edited marketing materials and informational handouts; and worked as part of a tight-knit team by assisting staff in any way they needed.
Work samples, creations, and publications.
"Increasing Science Student Participation in Study Abroad"
Emergency Preparedness Plan for Students Abroad
After watching the 2015 Paris attack as an assistant in a study abroad office, I came up with a practical emergency preparedness plan that I can implement in any office or department I ever work in. It is so important to be prepared for the unlikely, and in that situation, I learned that communication is key. My plan sets up a line of communication to keep all constituents abreast of what is happening, while maintaining student safety, security, and well-being.
Switzerland Program 2016
I created posters to market UCR's Summer Study Abroad programs. The posters were shared with departments and were hung around campus.
Infographic for Social Media
Spain Program 2016
I created a series of informational photos to post on UCR Summer Study Abroad's Instagram and Facebook pages. These ranged in topics, but were typically to announce information sessions being put on by the programs' instructors.
MS Higher Education Leadership & Student Development
I edited the pre-existing program manual for the MSHELSD program at CBU. I was an intern during the program's first cohort, so the manual had been created as trial run to be used the first year. I edited and re-formatted the manual, making it much more user friendly for students, faculty, and administrators.
Capturing Motion: A Catalog Raisonné of the Photomontage Works of Barbara Morgan 1935-1980
Learning outside of the classroom.
NAFSA Region VII Conference
October 31-November 4, 2016
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement SEVP Online Training for DSOs
May 9, 2016
A comprehensive online training for Designated School Officials. I completed the training and passed the exam with 95%.
Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference
November 7, 2015
Western Regional Careers in Student Affairs Day
October 25, 2014
A glimpse into my journey.