Mikki Starmer of Fulton is the new director of student involvement at William Woods University.
Starmer attended the University of Missouri in the early 1980s and then traveled with Up With People for a year. This multi-cultural, non-denominational, international organization consisted of 160 people from 18 countries.
The organization used musical performances “to promote understanding of people and cultures, and to recognize and appreciate our differences.” In addition to public performances (in places as notable as New York City’s Radio City Music Hall), the group performed in nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, hospices and homeless shelters.
In 1997 Starmer started an at-home business selling advertising for a national environmental publication. Today her company, M-Power! is a successful marketing / customer communications business, operating from her home.
She accepted the position at William Woods, she said, because she “truly missed the face-to-face interaction with people.”
Starmer earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from William Woods University through the Graduate & Adult Studies (G&AS) program in 2000. She is currently enrolled in WWU’s master of business administration program and is expected to complete the program in February 2002.
The responsibilities of her new position include working with student organizations, planning new student orientation, advising Panhellenic and the Greek chapters and overseeing sorority and fraternity recruitment activities. She is also the advisor for Can Do! community action network on the William Woods campus.
She said her role includes being a resource for student organizations and scouting for student enrichment needs.
“I feel that college can really be the best years of a person’s life,” she said. “It is a time to explore, learn, AND to have fun. The very best means of gaining the ‘full’ college experience is that of total submersion. Get involved in campus life!”
She cites three primary reasons for a student to get involved in campus life:
· to build lifelong learning skills
· to complement academics and
· to meet people, network and simply have fun outside of the classroom.
Starmer and her husband Karl have three children, Matteleine, Luke and Jenna.