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

Andrea Carpenter

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.

Interview with Staff Council Liason, Jeremy Lowe

Jeremy Lowe

What do you do now and what did you do before coming to AU?

I have served as an Assistant Director of Admissions within the Office of Enrollment for the last three years. I oversee the states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Mexico, and also work with prospective transfer applicants. Prior to joining AU, I served as an admissions officer at my alma mater, Barton College.

How did you get into this area of work and what do you like about it?

When I was in high school, I deeply admired my guidance counselor. I knew that I wanted to have an impact on young peoples' lives, and education seemed like a great place to start. While in college I interned at a local high school, and while school counseling wasn't the best career fit for me, I knew that I was passionate about high school-aged students, so college admissions was a natural fit.



Where are you from? What did you study in University?

I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. After high school I attended Barton College in Wilson, NC, where I majored in Psychology. In 2012 I completed a masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

What is one place you'd love to go, which you haven't visited yet?

I've been fortunate to see a lot of the country while recruiting for AU (15 states!) but one place I have always wanted to go is Glacier National Park in Montana. Unfortunately AU does not recruit in Montana!

If you could be one fictional character, which one would you be and why?

I would want to be Jason Bourne. I loved the trilogy - for me, there wasn't a fourth movie - and I love the action/geo-political plot lines that connect the series together.

What has your experience been on Staff Council, and what is your favorite memory?

What I love most about Staff Council is the unique group of individuals that serve the Council. Since joining staff council in 2013, I have valued the relationships I have gained across the campus community. My favorite experience with Staff Council is serving the various organizations that the Council supports through programming.

What do you hope to accomplish with Staff Council?

During the next year I hope Staff Council will continue to search for innovative ways to connect staff to their roles here at AU. It's this unifying characteristic that I think sets staff council a part.