Upon first glance you would assume Melissa’s office belongs to someone in Marketing or Promotions. She has Lewis University memorabilia everywhere, from the pictures on the wall, to the books and stuffed animals on the shelves, to the trinkets on her desk. It is the office however, of someone who is simply very proud to work here. As Melissa states, “I think I am the biggest LU fan…and it is important to demonstrate school spirit all year long! “
Melissa began her career at the university in 1997, but her history dates back to the time she spent here as an undergraduate student. After graduating in 1988 she worked in her family business for several years and then became a Substitute Teacher. She loved working in the educational field, but wanted something with more stability. Lewis gave her the opportunity she had been looking for. She characterizes it as “the best move I ever made”. Melissa started as a secretary in the Accelerated Program. She has been Data Processing Assistant, Coordinator of the Helpdesk and the Media Coordinator under a Title III grant. She is currently the Assistant Director of Teaching, Learning, and Technology Services. She is responsible for Blackboard and for helping faculty incorporate technology into the classroom. “I love working with people and with technology. This position gives me the opportunity to do both. The best part of the job is the “aha” moments; the point when faculty realize how important technology is and they learn to apply it in the classroom”, she says.
Melissa, a graduate of the first cohort offered at Lewis in the Masters in Organizational Leadership program, was a beneficiary of the tuition assistance benefit. According to Melissa, it is a great benefit and one that fits in with her commitment to lifelong learning. Although she is appreciative of this type of benefit, she still believes that one of the most wonderful things about the university is the people. “Not many folks are fortunate enough to say they can get up in the morning and truly enjoy going to work. I can. No matter what is happening in my life, business or personal, I know that I am not alone.”