Faculty and Staff Spotlight - Whitney Kathryn Isaacs
The Faculty Staff Spotlight is back! For the month of October we are featuring Whitney Kathryn Isaacs from the registrar's office at Webster Vienna Private University. Whitney is our expert in CX reports and is the one who helps our students attain their certificates of enrollment among many other things. Her work ethic, sense of humor and drive make it a pleasure to work with her. Find out more about our Registrar below:
Can you tell us a bit more about your background (e.g. where are you from/what brought you to Vienna)?
I’m from a rural town in the mountains of southwest Virginia. I came to Vienna to pursue my graduate degree in political science and learn German.
While studying at the University of Vienna, I was lucky enough to get a job at a small institute there and realized my desire to work in higher education. Because of where I’m from and the lack of opportunities there, the importance of education was always stressed in my family. I feel like I am proof of the benefits of earning an education and using your education to chase your dreams. Working at a university like Webster is a dream come true for me!
What is your fondest memory from your years in college?
I had an awesome professor for an introduction to international relations course who inspired me to specialize in international relations and foreign affairs – he changed the course of my life.
For those who may not know, what does a registrar do?
Traditionally, the registrar is the enforcer of the institutional rules – I have perhaps the best overview of what is happening on campus with regards to our courses and our students. At WVPU, I also get to do a lot of the data analysis and reporting on our current students, which I absolutely love!
What is the most common question you answer from students?
“When is my diploma going to arrive?”
What advice do you have for your fellow expats to keep from getting homesick?
First of all, embrace your homesickness - it means you come from a family and a home worth missing! Second of all, learn to cook your favorite comfort food from home. When I get homesick, there’s nothing that makes me feel better than some southern-style buttermilk biscuits made the way my grandmother taught me to make them – I feel like I’m back home in her kitchen!
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m a very good dancer. I love to bake and I also think I give pretty good advice.
Thank you Whitney for your responses. This interview was conducted by our graduate student, Mauro Ortiz.