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Alison Ayers’ positive experience with student affairs staff when she was a college student helped set the course for her career. Alison is the assistant director of student involvement and fraternity and sorority life at Missouri S&T.
Alison joined the S&T staff in 2014 as a coordinator for student support services and was later promoted to manager of student support services. In her current role, she oversees the Greek community, which includes approximately 1,400 students.
“I most enjoy my interactions with students. It is rewarding to help them develop the skill sets they need and seeing their growth from the time they’re freshmen to when they graduate. I love the way our students think analytically and they’re not afraid to think innovatively.”
Hometown: Gower, Missouri
Family: Husband, Marty; son, Archer, age 4; and baby due in May
Pet: One dog, Wally, a multi-poo
Favorite food: Sushi
Education: Bachelor’s degree inconvergent media from Missouri Western State University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
Advice to other employees: “Always remember your ‘why.’ It’s so easy to get caught up in small tasks but don’t ever forget the importance of why you’re here – to help students develop and support them.”
Favorite S&T memory: An opening ceremony during Greek Week fell on Alison’s birthday, Sept. 13. All S&T fraternity and sorority members had assembled at the football stadium for the ceremony, and the group of 1,000-plus students sang “Happy Birthday” to Alison. Her son thought they had thrown a birthday party for her.
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