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 Kara Snyder, assistant dean for marketing, communications, and constituent relations for the College of Applied Science and Technology.

As an assistant dean, what do you do?

My role focuses on implementing strategic marketing efforts and enhancing relationships with key constituent groups by providing intentional programming opportunities. As such, I oversee all of the communications efforts and event planning for the college. I also manage a donor relations portfolio and oversee our alumni engagement efforts.

How long have you been an employee at Illinois State?

I have been a full-time staff member for six years. Before that, I was a graduate assistant, and before that, I was a student employee—so it depends when you want to start counting!

What do you love most about working at Illinois State?

I love the people and the relationships I have made through working at Illinois State. I have wonderful colleagues across campus that make Illinois State a great place to work.

What is one fact about yourself that might surprise people?

Reggie Redbird aside, my most recent employer was Mickey Mouse! I did an internship at the Walt Disney World Resort in between undergrad and graduate school. I’m still a huge Disney fan and love to make it down to Florida for a Dole whip whenever I have a chance.

When you’re not working, what are you most likely doing?

Spending time with my husband, Ryan ’09, and our 9-month old son, Logan. I also love traveling, reading, and working out.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The Student Fitness Center! I can squeeze in a quick lunchtime workout and stop at Starbucks, all under one roof—what’s not to love?!

What quote most inspires you? Why?:

I enjoy a lot of quotes, but when thinking about what inspires me, I have to go with: “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.” Curiosity and learning are so important to me, and this quote serves as a good reminder that a strong desire to learn can often lead us to our next adventure. I also like the reminder that there are more adventures ahead.