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Connections faculty and staff newsletter
 October 2013

Employee focus

Employee focus Julie Koffarnus, student success manager

Julie Koffarnus is the student success manager for Columbia College. Kirk Wallace, director of student retention and enrollment management projects, said she is doing an outstanding job.

When did you start working for Columbia College?
October 2011.

What excites you most about working here?
The students! There is something incredibly fulfilling about watching nervous new students transform into confident graduates.

What were you doing previously?
I worked for Central Missouri Community Action where I trained social service workers to use a strengths-based approach when working with families. I also helped dislocated workers find new employment or find a training program so they could start a new career.

Where are you from originally?
I grew up outside of Oklahoma City in a suburb called Del City.

Who or what influenced you professionally?
No one has inspired me more than my current boss, Director of Student Success Kirk Wallace. He has had so many great achievements in his military and civilian career, yet remains humble. Kirk leads with a level of integrity and optimism that energizes both staff and students, all the while keeping his faith and family as his foremost priorities. He is the type of leader I want to be.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I grew up as a dancer, so I love going to see off-Broadway shows at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. My not-so-guilty pleasure is watching Dancing with the Stars after my accounting class.

Favorite book and/or author?
I’m taking the prerequisite courses for the MBA program. The only books I’m reading are textbooks!

Favorite food?
Anything from a restaurant … except sushi.

Favorite type of music?
Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars, Chris Tomlin, Jaci Velasquez.

Favorite sports team?
The Columbia College Cougars, of course.

Tell us something about yourself not many people know.
I come from a long line of Spelling Bee champs, so I am a master speller.