My UMR with Rachel Jones - BSHP Student Success Coordinator

Authored By: Mamisoa Knutson 10/28/2019

Rachel JonesWhat brought you to UMR?
When my husband relocated from Iowa to Rochester for a job at Mayo Clinic, I stayed behind for a year because of my leadership role at the university I previously worked at. It soon became evident that I wanted to move to Rochester.  I applied for a student success coach position. The minute I stepped on UMR’s campus I felt this warm, fuzzy home feeling. There’s a family atmosphere here that I appreciate.

What is your role at UMR?
I am the BSHP Student Success Coordinator. I work with Mayo Clinic program directors for sonography, respiratory care, echocardiography and radiography. I support current students in the program and recruit and promote perspective students to these programs.

Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
I have a passion for working with students. My previous work experience was in IT. I love all things technology, but working with students is where my heart is. I’m passionate about education and continuing to grow and learn. 

What is one of your favorite things about UMR?
The student is number one. I also love the collaborative approach between faculty and staff for projects, events and initiatives. 

What is one interesting fact about you that you want others to know?
I am semi-fluent in Arabic. I would like to become more fluent.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
Paddleboarding. 

What are some small things that make your day better?
Yoga. A smile from a student. Help from a coworker. Coffee.

What’s the best way to start the day?
Gratitude meditation. Think of five people that you’re going to send gratitude towards.

If you could convince everyone in the world to do one thing at one point in time, what would that thing be?
Yoga.

What advice do you have for UMR students during their time here?
Explore all of your options, be open to possibilities and use your resources.