Monday, November 30, 2015

Faces at Mac: Admissions Office Edition V1

As a senior admissions intern, one of my main roles is to interview prospective students when they visit campus. In my free time, I decided to turn the tables and interview the admissions staff. I asked them the same hard hitting questions students have come to expect from us like what do you do in the admissions office? And do you have a hobby or fun fact? 

Now you can get to know who are these people answering your questions, visiting your high schools, and sending you mail!


Associate Director of Admissions
I oversee multicultural recruitment for underrepresented populations in the college. I also travel to and read applications from Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Fun Fact: One of my favorite things about the Twin Cities it the theater scene and the variety. One of my favorite theaters is the Guthrie in Minneapolis -- it has a great view, hot chocolate, and, of course, theater! 


Mailings Manager
I make sure all the paper communications are going out properly.  Also, I import data (like test scores) and oversee the data integrity in our system. Finally, I assist with the Transfer application process and PSEO program in Admissions.

Fun Fact: the local music scene is amazing, and I love going to shows around town.


Admissions Officer
I recruit for, represent, and generally serve as a cheerleader for Mac. I manage the tour guiding and overnight visit programs, so I make sure that students get a good picture of Macalester as soon as they step on campus.

Fun Fact: Once I accidentally sang with the full Cornell glee club (and I’m a terrible singer)!

Operations Manager 
I oversee general operations of the admissions office. When you submit application materials, we make sure they get in your file. When you call in our team is answering the phone.

Fun Fact: I absolutely love to sew, especially quilting and reupholstering furniture. Much of my sewing is linked to my obsession with interior design!


Phone and Email Receptionist 
I’m your first contact. When you call or email, I’m your girl!

Fun Fact: I love taking photos of Mac in the fall!


Associate Director of Admissions
I travel to New England and to the West suburbs of Minneapolis to visit students. I coordinate our large visit programming like the fall and spring sampler and enjoy the experience of interacting both with students in the fall and spring as they move through the process. I love to create programing that reflects a genuine Macalester and reinforces our mission statement and distinctiveness.

Fun Fact: I love food and cooking. A favorite dish for the fall-- vegetarian roasted and stuffed acorn squash with all of the ingredients from the local farmer’s market.


Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
As dean of admissions, it seems like I go to a lot of meetings about everything that our office does.  But I also travel quite a bit in the East (New York), the West (Arizona, California, New Mexico), and the Middle (Kansas City).  And I represent Mac at group travel programs all over the U.S.  I also personally review a thousand or more applications every admissions cycle.  And, did I mention there are meetings?

Fun Fact: As a Kansas City native who played two sports through college, I'm an avid K.C. Royals fan, making this year's World Series especially satisfying!

Visit Host and Lobby Receptionist
I like to think of my job as sitting in the college "living room," welcoming visitors to campus and hopefully helping them to feel at home during their time here. I provide guests with their visit details, help them know where to be and when, and assist them in connecting with the wonderful resources and people in our Mac community.

I really enjoy meeting prospective students and their families from all over the U.S. and around the world. I love getting to know our students, including our volunteer tour guides, hosts, and our amazing Admissions student employees.  And I make a lot of coffee!

Fun Fact: I recently joined Instagram at the prompting of two of my favorite Mac students, who are also responsible for my username: macmama1874 (perhaps for my propensity to "adopt" so many beloved students!).

Director of International Admissions
I have worked in the Macalester Admissions Office for more years than I care to remember and for the past four or five years I have been coordinating our international recruitment and selection process. This involves many, many, many hours on planes, trains, and taxis, but the payoff is that I have the opportunity to meet so many extraordinary young people.

Fun fact: I grew up in Puerto Rico and before moving to Minnesota Twin Cities I lived in California and Florida. Moving from the tropics to the tundra was not easy at first but I now love living in the Twin Cities.

More to come next week! 

Jenny Hunken ’16