Feature Liaison Profiles
Staff Council had a chance to sit down with elected members Rena Munster (UCM) and Jeremy Lowe (Admissions) to ask them a few questions about backgrounds interests. Read more to see what we discovered!
Interview with Staff Council Liaison, Rena Munster
What do you do now and what did you do before coming to AU?
I work as a graphic designer for University Communications and Marketing. I support the schools and departments around the university by providing anything from brochures, invitations and viewbooks to ad campaigns and annual reports. Prior to AU I worked at a small design studio called Tasty Concepts that specialized in hospitality. Some of my biggest clients during my time there were José Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup, The Jefferson Hotel and the Ritz Carlton.How did you get into this area of work and what do you like about it?
I think design is a great fusion of problem solving and art. Design has always been important but in today’s society it has been pushed further into the forefront. Good design has the power to move people and to bring added clarity and strength to a product or service. The design trends and technology are constantly changing. This field of work never gets boring since there is always something new to learn and someone else to inspire you.
Where are you from? What did you study in University?
I grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri and ventured over to the east coast for school at the University of Maryland, College Park. I majored in Art Studio with a concentration in Graphic Design.
What is one place you'd love to go, which you haven't visited yet?
One day I hope to be able to go on a trip to the Far East. I find the culture there to be fascinating. I’m also a foodie at heart and think that a trip to Asia would be like a trip to Disney World for my palette.
If you could be one fictional character, which one would you be and why?
I would be a character on Friends so I could spend 95% of my week in a coffee shop hanging out with my friends.
What has your experience been on Staff Council, and what is your favorite memory?
During my short time already on the council I have enjoyed seeing how our work can really affect change on the campus. I’m looking forward to seeing what other things we can accomplish together.
What do you hope to accomplish with Staff Council?
As a member of Staff Council, I want to be an advocate for the staff that work in satellite offices. I hope to help those staff members feel more a part of the community and to bring services offered on campus to staff members off campus.