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Connections faculty and staff newsletter
 September 2013

Employee focus

Employee focus Graham Greer, AHE academic advising specialist.

Graham Greer ’04 is an academic advising specialist for AHE.

When did you start working for Columbia College?

I started at the Online Campus in September of 2006.

What excites you most about working here?

The opportunity to give back to the school that had such a dramatic impact on my adult life (I’m a graduate of the Evening Campus, 2004), and the chance to help students get as much out of their education as I did.

What were you doing previously?

Prior to my job at Columbia College, I worked as a graphic layout artist for a small digital photography company in Columbia. In the time since, I’ve forgotten everything I ever learned about Adobe Photoshop!

Where are you from originally?

I grew up in Lebanon, Mo., a small town about an hour northeast of Springfield, although I was born in Wichita, Kan.

Who or what influenced you professionally?

I’ve had the good fortune to meet and learn from a great many inspiring people over the last several years, namely Columbia College sociology instructors Jim Metscher and Dr. Earhart, who taught me so much about the world I live in, and the fantastic staff at the Online Campus.

Tell us about your family.

My parents and siblings live here in Columbia, and we’re very close. I’m the oldest of four (I have two brothers and a sister), and we’re all best friends and spend a lot of our free time together.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

If I’m not at work, you can pretty much guarantee I’m reading a book or playing music. I play bass guitar for three different bands in Columbia, and I give guitar lessons to a couple of people, so music takes up the majority of my free time outside of work. I’ve been playing bass guitar since I was 11 years old, so it’s been a lifelong passion.

Favorite book and/or author?

There are just too many great books and authors to narrow it down to one…

“Global Brain” by Howard Bloom, “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge, “The Wheel of Time” series by Robert Jordan, and “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman are the ones that stand out in my mind right now.

Favorite food?

Mashed potatoes or anything that involves baked pasta and cheese!

Favorite type of music?

The Beatles!

Favorite sports team?

I don’t really follow any team sports.

Tell us something about yourself not many people know.

Squirrels (AKA: furry ninjas) are my favorite animal.