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Q and A with Academic Adviser Jayne Andersen

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July 22, 2014

Students and faculty in the College of Business have come to know Academic Adviser Jayne Andersen for her hard work, passion, and dedication to helping students fulfill their academic potential. In fact, Andersen was the recipient of the Outstanding Professional Faculty and Staff Service Award at the 2014 Celebration of Achievement.

Get to know a little more about Jayne through this Q and A.

What was your first job?

My first job out of college was as a Landscape Architect for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The best part of that job was doing research for the Great River Road program. We had to travel to many small towns in Minnesota that were on the Mississippi river.  This included starting at Lake Itasca which is the head of the Mississippi River.  I actually got to stand on both the east and west side of the river at the very same time because it’s only about a foot wide at that location.

What is the best part of your job?

I really enjoy my job as an academic adviser. Assisting students who are in college is very fulfilling and fun. The best part of my job is when I see students expanding their vision of what they can accomplish.  That’s an awesome thing to observe – just seeing the light bulb go off and their level of excitement and interest increase. That’s my favorite part.

In one to three words, how would you describe the College of Business?

Innovative, student-focused and progressive.

What is something about Oregon State University or the College of Business that you wish more people knew?

I’m not sure if students are aware of all the many different activities and opportunities that are available to them here at Oregon State and within the College of Business. I’d encourage students to get involved, ask questions, take advantage of the opportunities and resources that are available on campus.

What’s the one piece of advice that, if followed, would benefit students the most?

Seek out and get involved in activities while in school.  Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and try new things – explore and dream.

Do you have any “secret” talents or hobbies outside of work?

It’s not very secret, but I really enjoy the out of doors – running, hiking, biking etc.  Perhaps less well known is that in the past I was a quilter as well.

What was the first concert you ever attended?

Elton John at Purdue University

What was your favorite childhood movie?

I think Wizard of Oz – even though the tornado and monkeys scared me a little bit.

What do you watch when you just need to laugh? 

I’m more likely to just hang out with friends who I have fun with – friends that just make me laugh!

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