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Posted 2.19.07

Weatherheadlines recently sat down with undergraduate Weatherhead student Jill Jones, to learn more about working in UGIS, her energetic school and campus involvement, and her training for the Cleveland Marathon.

Q: In which degree program are you enrolled and what year are you?
I am a second year management major with a concentration in organizational behavior and minor in finance.

Q: From where do you originally hail? What brought you to Case and/or Weatherhead?
I am from Brookville Ohio, a small town about 10 miles west of Dayton. My high school was relatively small and offered many opportunities for leadership and involvement. I am so fortunate I’ve found a university that adds another amazing chapter to my life. Enrolling at Case in the fall of 2005 has been one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far. I came to Case and the Weatherhead School because I saw many opportunities that paralleled with my interests. I was looking for a school that offered flexibility with coursework, outstanding faculty and facilities.

Q: What has been your favorite class or professor thus far at Case?
My favorite class has been Diversity, Innovation & Organizational Change, taught by Professor Susan Case. I’ve never learned so much about myself, my classmates and the subject from one course; it was an eye opening experience that I wish everyone had the opportunity to explore. Being an undergraduate in a graduate course was a challenge, but Professor Case and my classmates made the transition easier. I remember coming home Monday evenings having experienced personal learning epiphanies. I admire Professor Case and my fellow classmates for their honesty and willingness to share their experiences; without their contribution the class wouldn’t mean so much.

Q: I understand you currently work part time for UGIS. Would you please tell us a bit about your job and your responsibilities?
I help recruit prospective students for the Weatherhead School and Case along with the UGIS faculty and staff. Jim Hurley and Kevin Carduff have allowed my creative and innovative ideas to evolve by adding a student’s perspective to undergraduate recruiting. I have been writing personalized e-mails to prospective students; I highlight the students' interests and then correlate those interests with opportunities at Case and the Weatherhead School. I follow up with phone calls and more e-mails. The students seem to be receptive and it's gratifying to see my efforts help the students and the university in a positive way. During prospective student visits I spend time answering their questions and accompanying them on tours of the Peter B. Lewis Building. The UGIS staff has been reaching out to prospective students in different ways; my position is another addition to this reach out.

Q: What has been the best part of working for UGIS?
My position at UGIS has given me a different perspective on the strength of our university, faculty and staff. Hurley and Carduff have been excellent mentors; they have really given me the flexibility to implement my own ideas with their support and guidance. I have a growing appreciation for the time and effort the university and the Weatherhead School faculty and staff put into the admissions process.

Q: Do you have any thoughts about what type of career you would like to pursue upon completion of your degree?
I will be participating in the co-op program during my time as an undergraduate with hopes of exploring areas in human resources, consulting or organizational behavior/development. My father has always expressed the importance of having a passion for my career; that is precisely what I’m looking for, a passion. I aspire to find a field that allows for growth, challenges, change, and the ability to use my communication and organizational skills.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy staying active by running, lifting, biking or competing in intramural sports with friends. My first year at Case I ran cross country, but due to an injury I was unable to finish the season. During my recovery period I found other ways to fill my vacant time and now my energy is focused on training for the Cleveland Marathon. My other activities take up the majority of my free time.

Q: Are you involved in any campus activities or clubs?
On campus I have found an interest in Greek life. Currently I am apart of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Phi Mu Fraternity, and the Panhellenic Executive Council serving as vice president of programming. My love for programming is exemplified through positions in Greek life and residence life (resident assistant for second year students). With the help of my peers I hope to make a positive impact within the Case community by building cohesion between Greek life, residence life and other student organizations. I’ve also been fortunate to get involved in Residence Hall Association --representative, Emerging Leaders Program -- mentor, Student Ambassadors and volunteering at Rainbow Babies Hospital.

Q: Do you have a favorite book you would like to recommend?
Over winter break I enjoyed reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It's an adventure, romance and tragedy. I enjoy spending time during the semester reading books unrelated to school work, as it's relaxing and a nice change of pace.

Q: If you could invite one famous person (living or dead) to dinner, who would it be and why?
I would invite back Susan B. Anthony. I have been amazed by the female leaders emerging, from academia to politics. I would love to thank her and allow her to see the impact she’s had on the past and future generations of female leaders.

 

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