It’s really just incredible to think back on my career and remember all of the milestones and changes I’ve seen here. USF has certainly become a big part of my life and I will forever be grateful to all the directors, deans and fellow staff members that have made these years so wonderful.
It’s something I see as an obligation to try to find out more information about these sites before we lose them. But, it's also kind of a privilege to work at some of these impressive sites.
One of the reasons why I stayed here pretty much all of my career was the community feel and beauty of this place, a perfect small liberal arts college. I feel very fortunate to have ended up in such a welcoming place to live and raise two daughters – an environment where I was fully supported by administration and colleagues to pursue my teaching, research and community service.
I’m excited to get folks in the community involved with this research. To me, it’s their project at the end of the day. Some people say we’re giving a voice to the voiceless, but these members of the community already have a voice. We’re just giving them the space to speak.