Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Connect with The Career Center: Gary Alan Miller

1. What is your role at the Career Center?
I have the good fortune of being the Executive Director of the Career Center, which means I get to support the work of the full team, making sure they have all the resources they need to best support Hofstra students. I also pay attention to things like our technologies, our budget and our overall direction.

2. What did you study in school OR what was your favorite class when you were in school?
As an undergraduate, I majored in public relations, with an emphasis on the recording industry. I thought I wanted to be a music industry publicist until I did an internship at Mercury Records the summer that "Achey Breaky Heart" was a hit. I spent three months promoting that song (and others on the label) and at the end of it realized I didn't want to be a music industry publicist. Thankfully, the knowledge and skills I developed there transferred nicely into lots of different areas. I started working in higher education in 1994 and haven't left since!

3. Where is your favorite spot on campus?
I have two, actually. I love the view from the 10th floor of the Library, and I like the calmness of the lush area between Phillips hall and Spiegel Theatre.

4. What is your favorite season and why?
I adore fall. I think growing up in the South you come to appreciate the crispness of the morning after a long, humid summer. Although fall is very busy here in the Career Center, there's just something relaxing to me about seeing the leaves turn, getting to warm your hands on apple cider and decorating for Halloween. As you can see in the photo below, I appreciate a good Halloween party. This is me as a zombie, taken when I worked at UNC-Chapel Hill.

5. What message do you have for the incoming class of 2019/returning Hofstra students as they begin their new school year?
I hope you take advantage of every moment. It's so easy to let college slip by without really making the most of it. Recognize what an awesome opportunity you have to learn and to do - make meaning of those experiences for yourself and really become who you aspire to be. Do interesting things and get to know administrators and faculty here at Hofstra - we want to get to you know and want to help you along your path!

Gary Alan Miller, Executive Director

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