Why did you choose Viterbo as your next employer? I was looking to join the faculty at a small liberal arts college much like Transylvania University where I did my undergraduate work. I was very happy with the collaboration between different departments and the commitment to teaching. When I came to visit campus I felt very welcome immediately and was amazed by how friendly and caring everyone was. It felt like home here already.
I greatly appreciate the commitment to the liberal arts as well as the Franciscan heritage lived through the Viterbo values. I think Viterbo has a great mixture of intellectual learning within a classroom as well as embracing the more spiritual and ethical side of the responsibility attached to learning and knowledge. We all must decide how we ought to change and shape the world around us. This commitment can be seen every day walking through campus seeing the Viterbo core values and living those values.
Of the five Viterbo values, which resonates with you most and why? While all of the core values are important, I think the one that resonates most with me is contemplation. We spend a lot of time rushing through life, learning lots of things, and being caught up in day to day obligations. It is important to take time to reflect and think about how what you are doing in life fits into your bigger idea of purpose in life. I have spent a lot of time learning lots of different fields of mathematics and theorems, but my favorite times studying are when I can just sit there and appreciate the intrinsic beauty of mathematics. Taking the time to think about how everything fits together can be very rewarding and make you feel much more connected to the world around you.
Hobbies: I love watching and playing soccer. I also enjoy other sports; however, soccer is definitely my favorite. I also love traveling, experiencing other cultures, and especially sampling their cuisines.
Unique fact about you: I went to college planning to become a sociologist. I was encouraged to study a variety of subjects at Transylvania, so I was fortunate enough to take enough math classes and participate in undergraduate research programs to find out how much I loved mathematics. It is important to keep an open mind. I think this is one of the most important things about liberal arts colleges.
Anything about your family you would like to share: My mother is from Cedar Falls, Iowa and is a teacher at Fayette County Public Schools. My father is from Ottawa, Ill., and is a professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky.