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Connections faculty and staff newsletter
 April 2013

Employee Focus

Employee Focus

Get to know Laura Daugherty, Alumni Relations Writer-Coordinator

When did you start working for Columbia College?

In September of 2011.

What excites you most about working here?

Columbia College is personal to me. My father has been a trustee of the college since 1989, and President Gerald Brouder and Dr. Terry Smith have been great mentors of mine since high school. I admire everything they have done for the college, and it’s reflected everywhere, in the quality of faculty, staff and students.

Reunion Weekend is coming up. Can faculty and staff attend? If so, what can they look forward to?

Absolutely! It’s a great opportunity to establish connections to the college through those who know it very well, our alumni. This year the Columbia College Alumni Association is launching its 50th anniversary, so there will be plenty of celebrating in all forms: eating, toasting, learning, honoring.
To register, faculty and staff (and anyone!) can contact the Alumni Relations office.

The spring issue of affinity will be available soon. Why is this issue special to you? And, where can faculty and staff get a copy?

This issue has tremendous significance to me because it focuses on Dr. and Mrs. Brouders’ legacy at the college in light of Dr. Brouder’s retirement. It was very special to me to interview both of them, write their articles and pay tribute to their many contributions. I hope I’ve done them justice.
Faculty and staff can pick up a copy at the Alumni Relations office when it comes out.

Who or what has influenced you professionally?

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly. The people who have encouraged me to work hard for my passions: my parents; Dr. Brouder; Dr. Dennis Van Gerven at my alma mater, the University of Colorado-Boulder stand out.

Where are you from originally?

Columbia, Mo.

What did you do prior to working at CC?

After graduating from Colorado, I taught English in Florence, Italy. Then I returned home to finish the novel I’d started in college, taking graduate courses at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop along the way.

Tell us about your family.

I couldn’t ask for a better family. My parents gave me room to dream while I was growing up and instilled the work ethic I carry today. My older brother keeps me laughing and sane. And my grandmother, who’s an artist, inspires me. I hope I’ve inherited half of her creativity.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

I just finished the final edits to my first novel, which has taken a considerable amount of my free time. As my job entails, it’s fortunate I love to write! Besides that, I love playing the piano, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite book and/or author?

Tobias Wolff and J.K. Rowling

Favorite food?

Anything Italian!

Favorite type of music?

Anything but country.

Favorite sports team?

My parents are University of Missouri alumni, so my loyalty was laid out pretty much before birth. As a Colorado alumna, though, I have to cheer for my Buffalos. And of course I’m a Cougar fan!

Tell us something about yourself not many people know.

I danced professionally for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team in Denver, Colo. We entered the field on motorcycles each game. It was a blast!