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Volume 83 | Issue 4
July 2015

Profile: Anthony Carinci, Furman University

Anthony CarinciTitle: Associate Director of Trone Student Center & Student Activities
Union: Trone Student Center
Location: Greenville, S.C.
Years in the profession: 3
Year joined ACUI: 2009

What is your primary responsibility?
I am responsible for the operations and events at the Trone Student Center. That includes supervising a staff of 24 students; coordinating with Facility Services to ensure the cleanliness and maintenance of the building; developing and enforcing our event guidelines; and serving as the primary contact for all events in Trone Student Center spaces, etc. Additionally, I advise the Furman University Student Activities Board, helping them plan and coordinate events to educate and entertain the campus community.

What would your staff, colleagues, or students say about you?
Staff and colleagues would first say that I help them with their technology (I serve as the unofficial IT person for our division). In addition to being a nerd, they would talk about my constant drive to innovate our operations and my routine personality. I think our students would say that I am heavily invested in their success at Furman and that I strive to make a community amongst our staff—we spend a lot of time on team development in our staff meetings.

What’s one innovation or project of which you’re proud to have helped implement?
In 2013, the Trone Student Center reopened on Furman’s campus after a $9 million renovation. I was lucky to be part of the team that implemented some of the new features, including a 110-inch video wall and two fireplaces. We also moved all of our student operations online; now schedules, setups, logs, and policies are paperless and accessed through our staff iPad.

What is one phrase to live by or bit of advice you might have for future generations of union professionals?
It might sound strange, but no one actually knows what they are doing. We are all striving to do what we believe is best and make an impact in the lives of our students. Everyone has been a new professional at one time and made the same mistakes we make today. Learning to forgive yourself and move on is invaluable to your success as a professional.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned while working in the profession?
The realization that we aren’t supposed to achieve every goal we set. After finishing graduate school, I was eager to start my first position and “change the world.” I have learned that goal setting can help to give us direction, but just working toward the goal can be enough. Sometimes we decide that our goals are no longer important to us, and other times they can be too large to accomplish in the timeframe we set. Just trying to reach a mark is often more important than actually hitting it.

What is your favorite ACUI memory?
This is an easy one—serving as a facilitator for I-LEAD® was an incredible experience. It’s hard to pick a specific memory from the week we spent in Illinois, and I think my favorite part is hearing about all the great things our small group members did—and are doing—following
their experience.

Is there anything else you would like ACUI members to know about you?
Unfortunately, I was never able to participate in any of the ACUI recreational tournaments as a student, but I am a pretty accomplished bowler. I was captain of the University of South Florida collegiate team and hold the record for the highest three-game series bowled at my hometown lanes. Bowling actually led to my career in student affairs—my first supervisor and I connected through our love of the sport, and our relationship was the reason for my pursuit of a graduate degree in college student affairs.