August A/P spotlight: Meet the new members of A/P Council
Every month the Administrative/Professional (A/P) Council highlights an A/P staff member through a series of questions as another way for the Illinois State community to connect. This month readers can get to know the newest members of the Administrative/Professional Council.
What is your job title and responsibilities?
Kevin Goffard: As the Service Area Coordinator for Tri Towers, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the public service areas that are available to students within the halls. This involves overseeing mail and package distribution, managing spare keys, operation of the fitness center, overseeing game and activity checkouts from the front desk, among other tasks and duties. However, one of the best parts of my job is being able to interact with and employ the 80+ students that help run the service areas.
Megan McCann: As program coordinator for Conference Services, I work with numerous clients both internal at ISU as well as external organizations on large conferences that take place on and off campus. I work with others in my department to provide services such as registration, logistics, financial management, and marketing based on the scope of the conference and the committee’s needs.
Julie Navickas: As an academic advisor and lecturer for the School of Communication, I assist communication studies majors with their plan of study, instruct a variety of communication-focused courses, and coordinate the bi-annual study abroad experience in Paris, France.
How long have you been an employee at Illinois State?
Kevin Goffard: Professionally, I am going to be celebrating my one year anniversary in October. However, as an undergraduate, I was employed by and was a student leader for many campus departments including the Bone Student Center, the Dean of Students Office, and University Housing Services. While I am relatively new as a professional on campus, I have enjoyed many years at the university and look forward to many more as I continue my career and work on my master’s degree.
Megan McCann: It will be six years in November!
Julie Navickas: Five years
What do you love most about working at Illinois State?
Kevin Goffard: One of the things I love the most about ISU is the individualized attention that is not just given to our students, but also to our staff as well. I truly feel that my supervisors and department heads want me to succeed just as much as our students. Additionally, there is so much school spirit and pride with everyone I encounter— it makes coming to work fun and enjoyable and makes it a great place to be!
Megan McCann: Illinois State is a fantastic place to work, and I have truly enjoyed working here. There are so many positive things about ISU, but my favorite is working with others on campus! There are so many talented individuals that come together to make things happen. I find it rewarding to be able to collaborate with others here on campus to achieve shared goals. Go Redbirds!
Julie Navickas: Students! They keep things fun and interesting and keep me feeling young!
When you’re not working, what are you most likely doing?
Kevin Goffard: Attending an ISU Athletics or Fine Arts event.
Megan McCann: I am extremely active in the community and sit on various boards, commissions, and committees. When I’m not working or volunteering my time, I’m spending it with my pup, Boomer, as well as family and friends. I love running on the trail, grabbing dinner with friends, or taking a trip up north to see my nieces and nephew!
Julie Navickas: Chasing my two kids! I have two under two.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
Kevin Goffard: Redbird Plaza—it is a great place to relax, eat lunch, talk with others, and just really celebrate what it means to be a Redbird.
Megan McCann: Our campus is stunning, and I appreciate everything ISU facilities have done to keep this a beautiful and safe environment for both the students and faculty/staff. The Quad is by far my favorite place due to the abundance of trees, lively students, and eye-catching buildings. Any time of the year, the Quad is gorgeous and reminds me of my days here as a student.
Julie Navickas: Fell Hall
What are you most looking forward to in your first term on A/P Council?
Kevin Goffard: Getting to meet, collaborate with, and learn from individuals who I may not have ever had the opportunity to meet outside of the council.
Megan McCann: I am looking forward to meeting more of the ISU faculty/staff! I hope to see so many members at our upcoming socials and service events!
Julie Navickas: Getting to know the important tasks the Council completes and how I can contribute.