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Getting to know...Career Service’s Mindy Wilson


October 7, 2010
Mindy Wilson While her husband, Ian, assistant professor of German and
Humanities at Centre, led the study abroad program in
Strasbourg, Mindy Wilson and her daughter traveled around the
city (visiting Petite France, above) and around Europe as well.
1. Position at Centre?
Assistant Director for Employer Relations and Internships in Career Services

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I grew up in Apple Valley, California. Dry, hot and windy, but only an hour and a half from the beach!

3. What are your hobbies?
Reading, cooking, and traveling

4. What is your dream vacation?
Hmmm…I always dream of someplace warm and tropical, but I have to admit that I’m lucky to be able to visit Europe almost every year. 

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Guernica by Pablo Picasso

6. Favorite novel or poem?
Do I have to choose just one? My background is in literature, so I have several: Watership Down, The Little House on the Prairie series, anything by Chaim Potok, La Casa de los Espíritus, the Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice, The Yellow Wallpaper, Shakespeare’s Richard III.

7. Favorite thing about working with Centre students?
Their energy level and humor

8. Favorite TV show?
Dexter, Chuck, The Office, 30 Rock, The Amazing Race

9. Favorite album?
Indigo Girls, Swamp Ophelia; The Counting Crows, August and Everything After; The Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes

10. Favorite holiday?
Christmas—it’s always been a special holiday for my extended family.

11. Favorite food?
Ian (my husband and assistant professor of German and Humanities here at Centre) makes a killer Thai peanut chicken that I love, but I’m a huge fan of almost any food with bold flavors.

12. Most memorable trip or vacation?
During the 2008-2009 school year, my daughter and I accompanied my husband, Ian, to Strasbourg, where he acted as director of Centre-in-Strasbourg.  While it wasn’t technically a vacation, we did get to travel extensively, including to Germany, Austria, Sweden, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain,and Switzerland. I don’t know how you can beat that!

13. Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?
My paternal grandmother (deceased), my maternal grandfather (deceased), and my husband. I’d love for my grandparents to see where I am now and to meet my family.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Working with the students to help them decide and act upon their goals for the future (and then seeing where they end up)!

15. Prized possession?
My book collection

16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
Working with teenagers/college students in some capacity…or if the hours weren’t terrible, maybe working as a chef

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
Connecting with and keeping in touch with my professors from college. They have helped me succeed in college, get jobs, get into grad school and given me much advice over the course of the years.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Thursday Next in The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
I love the new Campus Center—it’s open and bright and allows you to socialize in a way that we weren’t able to before it was built!

20. Advice you’d give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Get to know your professors and staff members on campus—they will be contacts and friends that you can use for the rest of your life!

Have comments, suggestions, or story ideas? E-mail leigh.ivey@centre.edu with your feedback.



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