Staff Profile: Laura Cummings
Off-Campus Studies Coordinator
Birthplace: Spokane, Wash.
Education: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
Years at Whitman: 13
Film: "Second Hand Lions"
Book: "Mark of the Lion" series by Francine Rivers
Play: "The Tempest" (Whitman College production)
Favorite sculpture on campus: Carnival
Best travel experience: Maui and Kauai. Both islands are paradise.
Interests/pleasures: Music (listening, singing and movement), aerobics, racquet sports, walking our golden-lab retriever, travel with family, golf
Recent accomplishment: Surviving my first colonoscopy. Wow… 50 years old already.
What people don’t know about me: I love listening to the positive and encouraging music on Christian radio stations in the Walla Walla Valley. We have three awesome stations, and the message in the music is so uplifting and also contemporary.
A day in the life/on the job: First thing is checking emails to see if there are any immediate requests that need to be taken care of. Moving to coordinator from Senior Assistant has taken me away from the front desk, so I am more project-oriented now. I do miss the contact with the students, but will have more face-to-face interaction when our OCS staff move back together to Memorial 204. I develop and maintain our website, work with our Partner Programs, track OCS student billings and financial aid, provide support for special programs, manage our annual image contest and teach noon-time aerobics at Whitman and evening aerobics at the Y. I have so much variety in my job and really enjoy it!
Favorite aspect of Whitman: It seems that everybody works together for the good of the students. I really enjoy the camaraderie we all have here. Whitman is such a fantastic, supportive place to work.
What I’ve learned here: That so many people have the spirit of “How can I help?” Whether it be a work or personal situation – everybody is so willing to support one another.
Favorite quote: “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.“ –Cicero