Volume 79 | Issue 2
March 2011

Re’Nita Avery-Meriwether, Murray State University

Name: Re’Nita Avery-Meriwether
Title: Director of Student Life and the Curris Center
Union: Curris Center
Institution: Murray State University

Location: Murray, Ky.
Years in the profession: 7

Q. What is your primary responsibility?

A. My primary responsibility is coordination and supervision of a comprehensive extracurricular student life program which includes the student center, student organizations, greek affairs, and student activities. And I manage the student center.

Q. What would your staff, colleagues, or students say about you?

A. My staff and colleagues would say I have management skills, I am innovative, and I am a strategic visionary.  I am a team player.  The students would state that I promote responsible citizenship, academic success, and continuous learning. The students would state that I encourage mentorship and assist them to strive for excellence while balancing their spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.

Q. What’s one innovation or project of which you’re proud to have helped implement?

A. The Curris Center Fall Festival is a recent collaborative event that is held at the Curris Center. The event focuses on
preschool- and elementary-aged children in the Murray
Calloway County School District. The event allows these children to interact with college students because the student organizations sponsor booths for the children.   

Q. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while working in the profession?

A. Higher education is the most important resource to continue to build a stronger society.  We must be flexible and always willing to learn to provide the resources for our students to fulfill their quest for higher education.

Q. What is one phrase to live by or bit of advice you might have for future generations of union professionals?

A. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
— Winston Churchill

Q. Is there anything else you would like ACUI members to know about you?

A. I am an advocate of higher education. I enjoy my job because I can assist in the life of a student by assisting him or her in striving for excellence in the continuous education environment.

First Job: Cashier at Arby’s
Dream Movie Role: Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”
Proudest moment: Assisting students while recruiting for Murray State University, then watching them in freshman orientation, interacting with students as undergraduates, and seeing them graduate
Guilty Indulgence: I am a confessed shopaholic
Retirement Dream: Develop a nonprofit organization to allocate resources to assist citizens in their quest for higher education and travel