Amanda Gordon, the board and volunteer relations coordinator in the workplace of alumni engagement & & annual providing, came to her recently produced position with a proven desire to assist individuals. It’s fundamental to her life– she was a student leader in college, a coach who helped at-risk kids, and a not-for-profit volunteer coordinator.
Since December, Gordon has been charged with helping the UNLV Alumni Board and volunteers remain arranged in addition to feeling valued. She manages the Legacy Board of the Alumni Association and recruits and trains volunteers for all other Alumni Association programs. Formerly, Gordon operated at Vegas PBS as the volunteer coordinator, where she handled the in-bound phone-athon project and station tour program.
UNLV has actually been a huge part of my life. I’m a double alumna (’09 Bachelor’s Degree Sociology, ’11 MA Bad Guy Justice). I was very involved in property life. My hubby was also a trainee leader at UNLV, and we met operating in res life. He stayed for his Ph.D., and we lived, ate, and slept UNLV.
We were so included that our wedding party was in Tiberti Hall. We had to have UNLV belong of the next chapters due to the fact that it was so integral. UNLV has actually literally given me my entire life today. And we’re expecting our first kid at the end of March.
Exactly what was appealing about this position, and what are a few of your duties?
As the board and volunteer relations organizer, I deal with a great deal of individuals who volunteer in this community. I discover intrinsic value in people who choose to support a cause, who decide to go out of their method to obtain included and assist even when they might not have any skin in the video game. It’s important to provide those individuals the best tools for success, whether it’s interacting and giving them direct assistance, or doing things like composing thank-you cards and birthday cards. I value those things. John Maxwell (an American author, speaker, and pastor) said that individuals won’t remember what you say, however they will keep in mind how you make them feel. I believe that.
Where did you grow up and what was it like?
I grew up in small-town southern Illinois. People would leave their doors unlocked. You knew the pastors and you saw people you understood at the football video games. It was nice. Coming here was various– Las Vegas being a bigger city– but UNLV has a tight-knit neighborhood feel, too. So it’s like coming home but to a various house; it resembles coming home however someone has reorganized the furniture.
Exactly what are some of your hobbies?
As a volunteer organizer, I think it is very important that I likewise offer in the neighborhood. I accomplish this as a member of the Junior League of Las Vegas, a global women’s service and philanthropy company.
I likewise really delight in scrapbooking and creating photo books. I play Sudoku to wind down; I really like it. I’ve worked up my skills and capabilities which is amusing due to the fact that I’m a very visual individual so it’s so difficult to me to actually finish the puzzle.
My partner and I enjoy tent camping. We have actually invested the majority of our time in parks in the Southwest. I’ve camped in pouring rain and thunder lightning. We camped in the Grand Canyon north and it snowed.
I like a great deal of classical music; I listen a lot to the local Christian station.
Inform us about a time in your life when you have been bold.
I got a position helping kids at a not-for-profit called White Horse Youth Cattle Ranch. It helps socially challenged children recover through horse treatment– and I had never ever ridden a horse prior to working there. It was a little scary. However I was going to be partnering with horseman, and I believed, if I’m asking the kids to do it, I ‘d better have the ability to do it myself. So I did it. It was a remarkable experience, and I was so honored to be a part of that.
Another thing was that I signed up for my very first 10k race, and I began running. My objective was simply to end up the whole thing without stopping. However I won my age!
Complete this sentence: “If I couldn’t operate in my existing field, I want to … ”
Minister to detainees. I got my master’s in criminal justice due to the fact that I have a heart for jail ministry. It’s appealing to seem like you’re making a distinction in people’s lives. People need to get 2nd possibilities and sometimes a 3rd chance. Instead of saying, “These individuals are bad guys,” I say, “They’re humans who have actually made a criminal error.”
Do you have any suggestions for success you want to pass along?
‘Thank-yous’ and ‘attaboys’ are totally free. Help another person succeed. I believe that has led me to success– people know I have something nice to say.