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Deb Vickery, Director

Has been at Westminster since March of 2004
BS in Education, 7-9 Mathematics from SUNY at Oswego in Oswego, New York
MS in Human Services Counseling from SUNY at Oswego in Oswego, New York

A little about Deb . . .

Born and raised in Oswego, NY. Spent 32 years of her life in New York State before briefly living in Virginia in 2000, then moving to Utah in 2004 to begin work at Westminster College.  Other fast facts:  She’s the youngest of five; changed her major 3 times in college; working in Higher Education was never on her radar as a possible employment opportunity; LOVES her job!

One piece of advice to students . . .

College really is different than anything you have experienced before.

It’s okay to ‘fall.’ Just remember that when you fall, you get up, learn why you fell and move forward with another ‘life-long lesson.’  Everyone is human and nobody is perfect.

Favorite Quote . . .

Carpe Diem – Seize the Day 

Karen Hicks, coordinator of disability services

Has been at Westminster since January of 2008
BS in Business Management from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas
MS in Industrial/Organization Psychology from Emporia Student University in Emporia, Kansas
MS in Academic Advising from Kanas State University in Manhattan, Kansas

 A little about Karen . . .

She’s lived in 6 different states and 11 different towns/cities.  When not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Hobbies include crafts, photography, reading, and listening to music (all genres).

One piece of advice to students . . .

Know that you will have challenges and setbacks but don’t let that stop you from believing in yourself.  You will triumph over a lot of those challenges and setbacks or they will put you onto a different and possibly better path. Just never give up!

One of her favorite quotes . . .

We do not see the world as it is.  We see it as we are.  ~ Anais Nin

frances peacock, academic advisor

Has been at Westminster since August of 2013
BS in English from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota                                                                                       MA in English from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana                                                                                          

A little about Frances . . .

Born in Indiana and raised in Minnesota, Frances explored a career in Human Resources in New Jersey for several years and then lived and worked in Indiana as a Student Support Services advisor and English department lecturer at Indiana University East.  Frances loves to help students dream about, plan, and meet their education goals and she strives to continue to learn and grow as an educator and advisor.  In her free time, she enjoys weekend camping trips, long hikes in the mountains, bike rides, photography, bird-watching, gardening, knitting, reading fiction and non-fiction, and most recently, skiing!

One piece of advice to students . . .

Dream big!  Don't be afraid to move past conventional ideas about your future and into the realm of the unfamiliar. Dreaming is the first step toward building a fulfilling career and life!

Favorite quote . . .

It is very difficulty to teach navigation theory to someone who clings to the shore. ~ Carol Bly

Eli Covarrubias, ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Has been at Westminster since May of 2016
BS in Chican@ Studies and Spanish from University of California, Davis                                                                       MSW in Social Work from University of Denver in Denver, Colorado                                                                                          

A little about Eli . . .

Originally from the San Juaquin Valley in California.  Has lived in four countries and five U.S. states  . . . and counting.  Moved out to Utah in 2013 and loves it!  Enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping.  Loves to grow food, make food, and create new tasty dishes.  Lives a minimalist lifestyle and is obsessed with living in a tiny home, and hopes to make this dream come true soon.

One piece of advice to students . . .

Challenge yourself, try new things and ask as many questions as possible.

Favorite quote . . .

If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed. ~ Paulo Friere

Jimmy Kendall, ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Has been at Westminster since Mayof 2016
BA in English: Creative Writing & Literature from Univeristy of Montana, Missoula, Montana                                               MA in English: Pedagogy & Rhetoric/Compositoin from Univeristy of Montana, Missoula, Montana                             PhD Candidate in Education, Culture and Society from Univeristy of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah                                                                  

A little about Jimmy . . .

Grew up in the Bay Area where upon seeing the Sierra's and Yosemite Valley for the first time, fell in love with the mountains and pristine wildernesses of California's rugged landscapes.  After a year attending college in Santa Barbara, transferred to the University of Montana, separating my time between studying, writing, and exploring the ranges of the Western Rockies.  While there, I developed a passion for social justice studies and critical pedagogy, namely looking at the ways educational instititions and economic ideologies dispossess and underserve diverse student populations.  These pursuits, along with my ardent love for the outdoors, ultimately led me to Salt Lake, where I now devide my time between advising Westminter's best and brightest, pursing my Ph.D., and exploring the ethereal ranges of the Wasatch and High Uintas with my black lab Betty and wife Sally.

One piece of advice to students . . .

Learn to know the difference between critically consuming your education versus passively consuing your education.  In short, learn to understand WHY you're really here.

Favorite quote . . .

We burn to make one another sing. ~ CD Wright