Pro-File: Sujit Chemburkar, Central Missouri State University

Pro-File: Sujit Chemburkar, Central Missouri State University2004-03-0160Pro-Filefalse

Q. What do your job responsibilities entail?

A.   I oversee student hiring, training, and evaluation; manage the union recreation center (10 bowling lanes, 10 billiards tables, and an arcade); oversee the union computer lab; serve as campus administrator for our campus scheduling software; and supervise a graduate assistant. Most recently, I had the honor of working with a dedicated group of students and co-advisors on the campus activities board. This group of individuals has reinvigorated my passion for the field and adds that extra "kick" when life needs a pick-me-up.

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

A.   I hope that individuals would characterize me as genuinely caring and dedicated to individuals' success. I'm sure that the comments "fun loving" and "humorous" would also creep up in the conversation. I also have the flaw of being over-committed and have an acknowledged weakness with an inability to say "No."

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

A.   I participated in the implementation of our campus scheduling software. Through quirks of fate, I went from taking notes in the implementation meeting as a graduate student to serving as the campus administrator. The project was highly political and pushed my abilities as a communicator and collaborator. The software is now fully implemented, and now we are looking to add additional functionality to lend support to campus processes.

Q. What's the biggest lesson you've learned while working in the profession?

A.   The most important lesson I have learned revolves around developing relationships. When "work" needs to be completed, the more you know about all the individuals involved, the easier the work becomes. The ability to predict reactions, motivate resources, and know what personal and professional agendas surround a table make collaborative efforts flow.

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

A.   Knowing what makes people think and how to make people feel good about themselves are the hallmarks of a good leader. Take time to learn about and care for those around you.

NAME: Sujit Chemburkar
TITLE: Assistant Director Union Programs and Services
UNION: University Union
INSTITUTION: Central Missouri State University
YEARS IN THE PROFESSION: 5

Updated June 26, 2013