Advisor Spotlight: Susan Reed
Monday, November 14, 2011
What do you do at LSU? I am the Assistant Director for Event Management in the LSU Student Union.
I love the job that I do in the Student Union. Life at the Union is a real pleasure. A favorite part of what I do is working with the students and helping to plan events. I get a real sense of accomplishment as I observe students plan, implement and evaluate their activities. Another favorite part of what I do is walking in this beautiful building each morning. It’s open and friendly and lifts your spirits. This is the Union that students built. Thank you LSU students!
What groups or organizations do you advise at LSU?
I presently advise Teach for America. I have also advised the following groups during my career at LSU: Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa (Faculty Secretary), Rotaract, Theta Xi, and Young Life.
How long have you been advising this organization? I have been with Teach for America for over five years. It’s been a pleasure to meet and work with the Recruitment Directors. Teach for America has a high profile throughout the nation. The organization is very active in Washington D.C. promoting the corps members and their accomplishments.
How would students get involved in your organization? We seek students of all academic majors and career interest who have leadership skills and are willing to effect fundamental change in our society. A selected corps member will commit two years to teach in an urban or rural public school. This experience may shape the rest of their lives regardless of the career path. You may contact one of the Teach for America campus coordinators to inquire how members are selected.
Does your organization have a website? www.teachforamerica.org
Do you have any advice for students interested in getting involved on campus? Absolutely. I believe that involvement is the key to student success. The students that get involved in organizations usually learn the skills needed for professional success. Involvement teaches perseverance and sustained focus in the face of challenges. It encourages strong critical thinking skills that help to generate solutions to problems. It helps to develop interpersonal skills to motivate and lead other members of their group.