Name: Ann Fandrey
What brought you to your current job? Prior to applying to an instructional design position in CLA, I'd been working in the Medical School for 12 years. I wanted a different view of the University and some experience doing instructional design outside the context of a professional school.
Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? I was born in beautiful Red Wing, MN, and moved to Decorah, IA, to do my undergrad.
What do you do for fun? I like watching lectures on YouTube and doing makeovers of the slides. (Yes, I'm being serious.)
Motto or personal mantra: If you don't scale the mountain, you can't see the view.
Have you had a mentor while at the U and what did you learn from them? I've been lucky to have had not 1 but 3 mentors over the years. From the first, I learned that volunteering on a project is a great way to get valuable experience. From the second, I learned the importance of being pleasant and fun to work with. From the third, that the best team members are those who are willing to do whatever it takes to support a group's efforts and goals. I hope I can pay it forward on mentorship; my mentors have helped me become a better team member and a better person.
Just a reminder that the CLA Upgrade event is next week on Thursday, April 9 from 9 - 11 a.m. in Anderson Hall 110 (home of CLA-OIT). This event replaces the April's CLA NOW meeting and will be a drop-in format open to staff who work in the affected areas. A light breakfast will be provided, so please RSVP.
CLA advance team members and several departmental administrators are working together to determine the best CLA specific business practices and will be available for discussions regarding the following areas:
Appointment entry and intersections
Payroll and time and absence
Recruiting solutions, position management
Student: advising and student services, registration, enrollment
Student: curriculum, class scheduling
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