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As a former student ambassador and tour guide, Erica Reven knows this campus forwards – and yes, she can walk it backwards. Erica graduated from S&T in 2015 and works as a business services consultant in enrollment management.
“As an alumna, I like the aspect of being able to look deeper into recruitment and how we can get students to S&T,” she says. “I like science and math and I like the data aspect of this position.”
In her role, Erica provides reports about prospective students for the enrollment management division. She reports institutional data to meet federal guidelines and to support university decision making and planning.
Erica came to Rolla from her hometown of Mexico, Missouri, as a nuclear engineering student. She says she was inspired by her high school chemistry teacher to pursue an engineering degree. In addition to her major, she minored in engineering management, communication and math. She later earned a certificate in engineering management from S&T.
“I’m passionate about how engineers influence and make world a better place,” she says. “I enjoy working to help students change the world.”
In addition to her student ambassador job, she deejayed for the college radio station, KMNR. During her show, “Back to the Future,” she played ’80s music and electronic music that used samples, tying the two genres together.
Outside of work, Erica likes to cook, enjoy nature, complete do-it-yourself projects and play disc golf. She participates in the Rolla Disc Golf Club and served as an advisor to the Miner Disc Golf team, which took fourth place in national competition last March.
Hometown: Mexico, Missouri
Favorite food to make: Cinnamon rhubarb muffins
Favorite foods to eat: Pizza and homemade ice cream
Most proud of: Bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Missouri S&T
People are surprised to learn: Erica danced in a troupe for 12 years, from ages 4-16. She performed tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop dances.
Family: Husband, Alec Reven, a 2016 graduate in computer engineering and a system administrator in IT Research Support Services at Missouri S&T.
Pets: Two dogs, named Mars (a red pitbull mix) and Gaia (a blue healer, name means “goddess of Earth”), one cat named Felix and several fish
Advice to other employees: “It’s important to remember that everything we do, whether working with students directly or not, is helping students in some way. It’s important to remember that. We do what we do to make sure students have the best experience possible and can move forward in their lives.”
Missouri S&T’s Staff Council launched the staff spotlight feature in February 2019 as a way to highlight staff members throughout the university. Legends Bank, Au Bon Pain and the S&T Store are sponsors. The articles are published in eConnection and shared on Staff Council’s Facebook page.
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