New Face: Linda Pollard

A self-professed “food lover,” Linda Pollard loves to paint and has 2 pugs, Mr. Bigglesworth and Thora. She knows first-hand the significance of community, and finds UNLV to be a pretty excellent place to call “home.”

Why UNLV?

Although I’m not a Las Vegas native, I have buddies and associates who participated in UNLV and speak really highly of the school. For me, UNLV brings with it a vast amount of chances for both personal and professional development, that made it an easy choice when I was offered a position here.

Exactly what about UNLV strikes you as different from other places you have worked or where you went to school?

UNLV appears different because, regardless of the size of the university, everybody seems to be one huge family collaborating to serve the trainees and the neighborhood.

Where did you mature and what was that like?

I was a military brat and began my early education in Germany and after that moved to Kentucky. Growing up in Kentucky and in a military community was like constantly being surrounded by friends and family. Summertimes were invested chasing after fireflies and winter seasons were spent making snow angels and snowmen when the weather condition got bad. All of it produced a very adventurous youth!

What inspired you to get into your field?

After spending time in the Air Force as a medical service technician, I originally wanted to enter the medical field. But once I left the military and worked as a phlebotomist for a few years I realized that I required a change and I got a task in the administrative field. Somehow from there I got included with accounting and from that moment on I was in love with numbers and accounting issues!

Exactly what is the greatest challenge in your field?

In my experience, the most significant difficulty is staying up to date with the ever-changing monetary landscape and ensuring that finest practices are being used to guarantee the accuracy and efficiency of accounting details that is being provided.

What can associates on school do to make your job much easier?

Communication is the key to lots of things and the accounting field is no different. The much better my colleagues communicate their requirements, the much better my staff has the ability to respond to those requirements in a prompt way.

Any suggestions for success?

Stay focused and be open to change!

Please inform us about a things in your office that has significance for you and why.

It’s more of a collection of things rather than one specific product. Behind my desk are several products that represent my household, myself, and some of the adventures of my life. My collection of products represents my individual side and is the very first thing that individuals are drawn to when they can be found in my workplace. (It’s a diverse grouping, ranging from a tiny replica of the Eiffel Tower to restaurant menus to Harry Potter figurines.)

Inform us about a time in your life when you have been daring.

It felt daring to me when I went back to school for my MBA with a concentration in finance. I was taking classes online, which was frightening enough by itself, but then for those classes to be master’s level courses made it a pretty scary prospect. However I comprised my mind, pursued my goal, and finished from Capella University with a 4.0 GPA!

Finish this sentence, “If I couldn’t work in my existing field, I would like to …”.

teach on a college level.

What has been your proudest moment?

As a non-traditional student acquiring my undergraduate degree and then later on getting my MBA.

Pastime or hobbies?

I love painting, cooking, and other crafty type activities in basic.

What would people be shocked to learn about you?

I think people would be amazed to know that throughout my undergraduate career I studied abroad in Beijing, China, and I spoke, wrote, and check out Mandarin Chinese.

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