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February Proile: Lynne Williams
Director of University Marketing and Public Relations at UMD
When did you start working at UMD and become an UMCF member? April 2015
Where can we find you online? @lynnewilliams
Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? I grew up on a dairy farm outside of Le Center, MN. Came to Duluth to attend UMD and then fell in love with Duluth and Lake Superior so much I didn't move to the cities after graduation like I had planned.
What is your favorite aspect of your job? I think my favorite part of my job is the mix. I get to work in marketing, public relations, and legislative relations and that means the work is always exciting and a good variety. Besides that, the best part is always the students - getting to work with them in our office, partnership with student leadership on campus priorities, and being able to be part of this dynamic campus community. And, I'm a very proud Duluthian and UMD alumna - so that is the icing on the cake!
What advice do you have for communicators at the University of Minnesota? Get outside of your circle more often. It is easy to get siloed in our university system, but it is inspiring to see what other office and departments are doing, what other U of M campuses are doing, what communicators at other universities are doing. We are all so busy and pulled in a many directions, but I always find that taking time to step away makes me a more productive, creative, and happier employee.
What do you consider to be a best kept secret about UMD? That a short two hour drive from the cities can be refreshing and that winter in Duluth isn't nearly as bad as people think. We are tough, proud, and determined. But seriously, it's our research. I'm not sure it is a secret but it is definitely not as high-profile as UMN. UMD's faculty and students conduct amazing research that directly impacts our local community and region.
What do you do for fun? Spend time with my 5 yr old son, mostly playing Transformers and Legos. I also enjoy running, golf, playing piano and, being active in the local community.
December Proile: Sara C. Emmenecker
Annual Giving Program Manager, Medicine and Health at University of Minnesota Foundation since September 2016
When did you start working at the U and become an UMCF member? November 2014 and joined UMCF in June 2015
Where can we find you online? Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/emmenecker
Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and moved to Providence, Rhode Island for college. I ended up staying in New England for fourteen years and it became my adopted home. Two years ago I moved to Minneapolis and I've enjoyed exploring the Twin Cities. I'm always on the lookout for restaurant recommendations, so please feel free to send them my way!
What is your favorite aspect of your job? Utilizing direct marketing, communications, and fundraising strategies and best practices to raise money for med health research, thus advancing the U. I also love how collaborative my work is, I thrive when I'm able to work alongside smart, committed, and creative colleagues.
What excites you about working at the U/your unit? As a relative newcomer to Minnesota, working at the U makes me feel connected to the local community, which is something I really value.
Tell us about one of the coolest projects you've worked on for your job at the U? While I was at the Carlson School, I created an event called Gopher Gratitude. The purpose is to celebrate donors and increase awareness about the impact of philanthropy on the Carlson School community. The event was possible because of an incredible collaboration was my colleagues in Carlson School marketing services. The graphic identity, in particular, is one of my favorite things about Gopher Gratitude. I hope this event continues to be an annual tradition.
What do you do for fun? Travel and eat. I get antsy if a month goes by and I haven't been on an airplane. I love exploring new places through their culinary traditions, from food trucks to five-star restaurants.
Motto or personal mantra: "Get stuff done." I was known as Ms. GSD when I worked in annual giving at Brown University.
I’m happiest when: Spending time with my college friends, we're spread across the U.S., so it's really special when we all get together.
October Proile: Lindsay Bosley
Coordinator of Recruitment & Communications, Carlson School Undergraduate Program
When did you start working at the U? 2013
When did you become a UMCF member? 2013
What is your favorite aspect of your job? I love the variety of different projects that I get to work on. The combination of recruitment and communications is unique, but it keeps me on my toes. I might be working on designing new print materials and then the next minute I jump into planning event logistics. I'm fortunate to have found a job that lets me combine my different interests and talents.
What excites you about working at the U/your unit? I am energized by the the pace and dynamic changes of the academic year. It is amazing to witness the anticipation of new students and then follow their journey as they navigate the transition to the university community. Along with this, I enjoy knowing that the work I am doing helps provide opportunities for others to grow and make an impact in the world.
Tell us about one of the coolest projects you've worked on for your job at the U? A couple years ago we were designing a postcard to send to high-achieving students in an attempt to influence their decision to come to the Carlson School. To make it extra special we added confetti to the envelope so when the students opened it there was a shower of gold glitter. We added that special touch to make opening the mail feel like a celebration!
What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is the Washington Avenue bridge because it combines the beauty of city and nature. Walking on the south side you get great views of the Mississippi while walking on the north side offers an awesome panorama of the downtown skyline. Fortunately working on the West Bank gives me lots of opportunities to cross the bridge - and I almost always opt to walk!
Motto or personal mantra: Start each day like it's your birthday!
What is your dream job (besides the one you have!)? I would love to work for Disney someday. The creativity and magic seem so inspiring!
Before I die, I would like to: Visit every National Park in the United States