Continued in her own words:
"I am especially interested in getting my students out in the community to volunteer and help serve the Hispanic population of the surrounding Rowan county region. In my Intermediate classes, my students attend Hispanic festivals, music concerts, church services in the language, and other activities in which they can immerse themselves for a short time in the foreign culture. I also have students who volunteer in the local school system to work with Hispanic children who are not yet proficient in English. One student, a Business Major/Spanish minor, completed an Internship by working with a local church. He attended the Spanish service every Sunday, hosted a fellowship hour after the service, and then worked to distribute foods and other household items to those in need. He was instrumental in helping the director of the Hispanic congregation establish a database for the Food Bank at the church. My other major and minor students have worked at banks, the local police departments (one major is now a deputy sheriff who uses her Spanish everyday in her work), the hospital, social services, etc. It is important to me to show our students that language skills are not just for traveling abroad. There are so many opportunities right here in our own country and it is up to all of us to be "ambassadors" to the immigrant population who arrive here seeking a new life.
Personally, I love cats (and have "raised" them for over 17 years), Catawba football and all other sports – cats and Catawba, that’s why we call it CAT-U! I know I am at the right place. With several friends, I am involved in cat and dog rescues and placing them in good homes. We work with some members of the Humane Society and the local vets to donate food, money and other items for homeless or fostered pets.
When I arrived at Catawba in 1986, I knew immediately that I found a professional and a personal home. There is something about all who study, teach and work here that makes me feel like I belong. I feel comfortable here yet I am challenged everyday to contribute to the intellectual life of the College."