October 18, 2012

Suzanne Kilgannon is the Director of OSI. She advises SGA and serves as the liaison to Activist/Political Organizations. We thought you would like to get to know her better so we asked her some questions.

Where did you grow up?

Suzanne was born in New York City. In in 6th grade she moved to the DC suburbs in Virginia.

Where did you go for your undergrad & masters?

For undergrad, Suzanne attended Radford University in Virginia. She went on to  James Madison University for Grad school and is currently working on her EdD at DePaul University.

What were you involved with while you were in college?

Suzanne was a part of a sorority, SGA, ambassadors, and intramural sports.

Why did you want to work in Student Affairs? Why specifically Student Involvement?

Like many, I did not realize this was a field until I was out of college several years.  Through my volunteer work with my sorority I learned about the field and went back for my masters about 5 years out.  I liked the notion of being on a college campus where there is always such vibrancy and stimulation and where people are always learning and growing.  Student Affairs plays a vital role in the holistic development of students.  You can be quite learned about your field of study because of your course work, but to be a whole person I believe you have to know yourself, know your role in society, and know how to do good in the world.  That is where student affairs comes in.

I specifically focus on student involvement because I found it to be an area that truly can impact students throughout their entire college experience.

How long have you been working at OSI?

12 years

What is your favorite part of working at DePaul?

The students (I know, it sounds cliché, but seriously we have special people here!). Other favorite part is how the mission informs our work.

What is your favorite place in Chicago?

Signature Lounge at the top of the Hancock at dusk where you can see 360 view of the City in lights. It’s on the 96th floor and you should check it out!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

To see my ancestral home in Co Galway, Ireland.

If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would you pick?

Hillary Clinton, not for partisan purposes but what a strong, smart and powerful woman!  She has seen everything.

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