Sunday, January 30, 2005
Position: Associate professor of Mass Communications
Family/educational background: Lisa grew up in Houston, Texas, with her parents and brother Karl, who now is an advertising executive in California. She moved to Nashville, Tenn., to attend Vanderbilt University, where she received her B. A., M.A., and Ph. D in Russian. Following graduation, she worked for the Tennessee State Department of Audit as editor and training officer, where she developed a national training program and national newsletter. She was recruited by the state of Minnesota to work for the Minnesota State Auditor’s Office, and then was communications director for the former Department of Jobs and Training for five years. Lisa, who had dreamed of becoming a teacher since she was in graduate school, joined SCSU in 1993. In 1999, she received a second master’s degree in English literature from the University of Minnesota.
What is your favorite course to teach and why? She enjoys teaching Advertising Copyrighting (Comm 405) because it allows students to improve on their writing skills and be creative. She is also looking forward to teaching Public Relation Cases and Campaigns (Comm 438).
What is your favorite meal? “I really love southern cooking, especially barbeque, steak and biscuits.” She recommends Dixie’s Restaurant on Grand in St. Paul because the food there tastes the most like southern cooking.
What movie do you wish everyone would see and why? Lisa recommends “American Beauty,” because it illustrates the fallacies of American society.
Interesting travels: “I have traveled to Russia twice-on my second trip I visited Moscow for three weeks and stayed with some local residents.” Through that opportunity she learned the importance of understanding and the difficulty of learning about another culture. She also included in her second trip a three-day cruise on the Volga River.
Outside interest: Lisa recently returned from a sabbatical during which she became accredited in public relations, wrote travel articles for Sunday’s St. Paul Pioneer Press travel section, and wrote additional articles about the history of St. Paul for St. Paul’s Avenues newspaper, St. Paul’s arts and entertainment monthly. She also developed a course in public relations for non-profit managers.
What are you most proud of? “My friends, including the Alnwick group because it’s a privilege to know such great people.”
Favorite quote: “I’ll worry about that tomorrow, tomorrow’s another day.”
- Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind)
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