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20 Questions with Assistant Director of Residence Life Jacob Raderer ’09


January 17, 2013        
Jacob Raderer '09 Jacob Raderer ’09, assistant director of Residence Life.
1. Position at Centre?
Assistant Director of Residence Life.

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Louisville, Ky., a big city with a small-town feel, where the small degrees of separation never cease to amaze me.

3. What are your hobbies?
Music, movies, traveling and the performing arts.

4. What is your dream vacation?
The list is long, but most recently I have developed a desire to explore the U.S. by traveling Route 66.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Ronnie Phillips ’11 and Tyler Wilkinson ’12. Both are good friends of mine and I am sure that we will see great things from these young artists.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
The Harry Potter series. Just stop by my office if you don’t believe me.

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I always look forward to the Olympics, summer and winter. I just love the tradition, pageantry and spirit of the games.

8. Favorite TV show?
I may have a borderline unhealthy obsession with “Glee.”

9. Favorite album?
As a music lover, this one is hard. There is no rhyme or reason to my iTunes library as I have music from every genre. I have developed a strong interest in contemporary a cappella and the albums of Straight No Chaser are regular go-tos for me.

10. Favorite holiday?
Christmas, hands down. I love the spirit of the whole holiday season.

11. Favorite food?
Sushi and sweet potato fries—but not at the same time.

12. Most prized possession?
Many of my friends would tell you it’s my phone, but I say it’s a very random assortment of notes, postcards, pictures and other items that have been given to me by friends and family members over the years.

13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Walt Disney, J.K. Rowling and Gene Rodenberry. The outcome would be most exciting, I am sure.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
I really enjoy the intentional conversations I have with the students with whom I work. It is always rewarding for me when a light bulb goes off or a connection is made as result of those conversations.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Feeding the ducks at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville with my maternal grandparents and Christmases at what was then Executive West Hotel, also in Louisville, with my paternal grandparents.

16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
Working in student affairs at another college or university.

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
I would have to say the two years spent pursuing my Masters degree. While I learned a great deal about my discipline and career choice, I learned a great deal more about myself thanks to some great mentors and friends.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Harry Potter—I still think the owl delivering my own letter from Hogwarts got lost.

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Newlin Hall stage. It is crazy to think about the many great things that have occurred in that space, from two Vice Presidential Debates to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. I have performed on the stage many times myself, usually under the direction of the great Dr. Barbara Hall, and each time has been a unique experience. It is especially nice to be on the stage while Newlin is empty and just take in the space and reflect.

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Always make time for yourself. It is very easy to get caught up in the craziness of classes, rehearsals, practices and meetings and forget to take time for you. Whether it’s a trip to Lexington or reading a book for pleasure, taking time for yourself refreshes you and allows you to come back at things with a new and fresh perspective.



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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.



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