Volume 80 | Issue 3
May 2012

Profile: FM Muñoz

What is your primary responsibility?

FM Muñoz

Assistant Director for
Campus Programs

Dudley H. Davis Center

University of Vermont

Burlington, Vt.

Years in the profession:
5 years

Five Fun Facts

Proudest moment:

Publishing two book chapters
during my graduate program

Favorite book:
“Equity of Aesthetics”
by Craig L. Wilkins

Favorite foods:
Anything Vietnamese, Thai, or Mexican

Retirement dream:
Organic farming somewhere green with a summer home in Bar Harbor, Maine

Role model:
Martha Stewart and my parents,
of course

I lead the Campus Programs initiatives for the Department of Student Life and Davis Center. We provide educational, entertainment, and social programming, with an emphasis on environmental stewardship and social justice. We coordinate all major heritage and awareness months on campus and also advise the Program Board and Concert Bureau.Munoz

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

I hope they would say I’m innovative and creative—and definitely not afraid to speak my mind. I would also imagine they have to laugh often at the deluge of ideas and dreams that are constantly streaming out of my office.

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

We recently moved our Saturday Night movie program off campus and partnered with a local theater within walking distance. We more than doubled participation, tripled the nights movies are available, and increased the quality of the experience for students. We also decreased the per head cost of the program by 85 percent. We’re excited to build  partnerships with the local community and enhance the programming we are offering our students.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned while working in the profession?

There is always room for improvement, and the greatest disservice we can do to our students (and ourselves) is to shy away from change because it is uncomfortable or hard to effect.

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

Don’t turn away from conflict, tension, or confrontation. They are natural parts of being a member of dynamic union environment. Instead, take note of where they arise and use them as jumping off points for constructive conversations about how individuals and groups can best serve our students.