New Graduate Student for Arts & Sciences Today
The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes Lindsay Spears (B.S., Political Science) to the Dean's Office as graduate assistant. Spears graduated from SIUE in 2004 and has returned to the University to work on her master's degree in Mass Communications. Spears will be working on Arts & Sciences Today, the CAS alumni electronic newsletter.
Spears has been working for a non-profit community blood center for the last two years as a donor recruiter. She decided to enter this field because she wanted to help others. Spears said that she likes her career because "no two days are ever the same." Her line of work constantly keeps her on her toes. These challenges encourage her creativity and allow her to explore new ways of thinking. Her responsibilities include community outreach, educational programs, radio and newspaper interviews, advertising design, working with several hospitals and marketing research. Spears coordinates and markets blood drives in the area to supply local hospitals with blood. "It is not an easy task to convince someone to give blood, many are terrified of needles," said Spears. "You must sell yourself, your idea and then convenience."
Spears decided to return to school this year to advance in communications, which is so necessary in the field that she has chosen. "Communication skills are imperative in almost any line of work, and I want to enhance mine." As an SIUE alumnus Spears said that she is thrilled to be back on campus. "A college atmosphere can be very inspirational," said Spears. Spears now has two jobs and is a full-time graduate student and said "I am very, very busy."
When Spears manages to have some spare time, she likes to work on her oil paintings and experiment with her culinary skills, or lack there of, according to Spears. She also enjoys spending time with her family and time in the outdoors. Spears said "It is so easy to find ourselves going continuously and I really try hard to take time to enjoy the simple things."