Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.
– Chinese proverb
Volume 75 | Issue 5
September 2007

Pro-File: Kaye Shendel, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

Q. What do your job responsibilities entail?
A. [My responsibilities are] student organization management, greek life, campus-wide leadership initiatives, supervision of graphics area, supervision of graduate assistants, and Student Court advisor. I just recently finished serving on Executive Council for Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.

Q. What would your staff, colleagues, or students say about you?
A. I would hope that they would say that I am someone who believes in students, someone who is always there for them, and [someone who] has somehow helped them grow in their transition from an 18-year-old fresh[men] out of high school to a young adult.

Q. What’s one innovation or project of which you’re proud to have helped implement?
A. I am probably most proud of the alternative spring break program that I have developed and coordinated for the last three years. I have taken students to Negril, Jamaica, to work in area schools, a hospital, and with other community and environmental agencies. The experience is profound for both the students and myself, and everyone always seems to return home a little more humble, a little more grateful, and a lot tired!

Q. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned while working in the profession?
A. To always remember that this job is ultimately about helping students become better people.

Q. What is one phrase to live by or bit of advice you might have for future generations of union professionals?
A. One of the first sayings I learned when I joined my sorority was: “To receive much, you must give much.” I truly believe this, and it has become my mantra over the years.
Q. Is there anything else you would like ACUI members to know about you?
A. I feel I am one of the luckiest people on earth. I have a challenging and rewarding job at a great university, terrific family and friends, a wonderfully obstinate Pug named Willie, and an iPod full of reggae music. What more could you ask for?

Name: Kaye Schendel
Title: Assistant Director of Student Activities
Union:Cartwright Center
Institution: University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
Location: La Crosse, Wis.
Years in the profession: 17