20 Questions: A sketch of Centre Director of Volunteer Service Patrick Noltemeyer

RELEASED: July 6, 2006

 Patrick Noltemeyer, with the Bonner group in West Virginia in 2005 (left), with his mother and brother Daniel (center), and with fraternity brother Kyle Galbraith '03, at Kyle's wedding (right).

1. Position/title: Director of Volunteer Service and the Bonner Program.
2. Hometown: Louisville.
3. Career highlight: In the spring of 2005, I joined six students and Megan O'Brien, our Director of Student Activities, for a week-long service trip to McDowell County, West Virginia. We partnered with the community center in the small town of Caretta to construct a new roof for a family's home. By the end of the week students who had never before swung a hammer were driving nails with ease and even upgrading their abilities to using a circular saw. Our team did some amazing work and really was able to make a difference in the lives of family members who that week became our friends. This spring I led another team to Caretta and plan on going back this fall.

4. What brought you to Centre? As a graduate of Centre, I recognized the significance of the undergraduate experience Centre offers and wanted to play a part in providing that experience for others.

5. Favorite/amusing/profound student anecdote? This summer Teresa Johnstone ('09) lead a group of her new co-workers back to Caretta to attend the local Bluegrass Festival and meet the people she had gotten to know during our First-Year Bonner Service trip there this spring. [The Bonner Foundation is a national organization that develops student leaders dedicated to community service.] Teresa really understands the power of relationships and has learned the difference between simply service and engaging a community. In short, she's a student who "gets it."
6. Family details: A younger brother and parents in Louisville. Older brother and sister-in-law in Northern Kentucky.
7. Hobbies: Photography, traveling, being outside, finding fun in everything.
8. Pets: None right now—too busy to be home enough for one!
9. Prized possession: The stacks of photographs that remind me of family, friends, trips, celebrations, and all good times of the past.
10. Last book read:Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road, by Donald Miller.
11. Memorable trip/vacation: A trip to Montreat, North Carolina where I was for a Bonner conference. I had the chance there to hike up the highest peak this side of the Mississippi River, stay in a beautiful historic Fellowship Hall, take in the vibrant downtown life of Asheville, North Carolina, and enjoy the serenity of the Appalachian Mountains.
12. Favorite movie:The Usual Suspects.

13. Favorite album:All Points Bulletin by Dispatch.
14. Favorite food: A steak cooked just right.
15. Favorite smell: See #14.
16. Person you most admire: My younger brother, Daniel.
17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Bill Clinton.
18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Theodore Roosevelt.
19. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre: Either working for a non-profit, recruiting and placing volunteers in the community; or, working as the director of an outdoors camp somewhere in the Carolinas.
20. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, positive, thoughtful.


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