OVPUE’s employee in the spotlight this month is Legene White Director of the Cox Research Scholars Program for The Office of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
Here’s what she had to say (responses may have been edited for concision and clarity):
1.What is your name and what do you do; how long have you worked here in OVPUE?
Legene White, Director of the Cox Research Scholars Program since December 2012. Previously, 20 years with the Dept. of Telecommunications doing alumni relations, development, and events planning. And academic advising before that!
2. What three traits define you?
This is tough to choose three…
3. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
In all honesty, I believe I found “my calling” when I discovered the field of student affairs as a college senior. I have always loved working closely with students and encouraging their development as scholars and as good citizens.
4. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I’m learning to make quilts and enjoyed my first-weekend retreat in October with the Bloomington Quilters Guild. It’s a great excuse to indulge in buying luscious fabrics!
5. How do you define success?
In my work, and in my personal life, I strive to encourage and support others. I believe that nearly everyone brings strengths and positive qualities to the table. I enjoy discovering those qualities and helping individuals embrace and utilize their strengths. Working with the Cox Research Scholars, I find the greatest fulfillment when I’ve helped an insecure student realize her qualities, put a shine to them, and then see the student blossom as a student, a researcher, and an individual.
6. What do you do in your spare time?
I have many interests—probably too many! I cycle with my husband and other biking buddies. In June a group of Bloomington cyclists will ride the “Climate Ride,” a philanthropic adventure to raise awareness and support sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes. Our team’s fundraising efforts will support the local Sycamore Land Trust (and we’d love to have your support). I enjoy hiking, camping and walking my loyal golden retriever. And I relish singing and attending the many cultural events on campus and in Bloomington.
7. What is your favorite thing about working at OVPUE?
The mission of OVPUE is to support the education of IU’s students—this has always been the focus of my work, as well.