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Employee Spotlight

Lolita L. Mack | TRIO/Student Support Services Director | 3 Years at SIC


Spotlight CandidateLolita L. Mack

 Awards:
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Golden Key International Honour Society
Omicron Tau Theta Graduate Honor Society
TRIO Program
Emerging Leaders Institute Class of 2014
State of Illinois – TRIO Achiever Award
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Community Service Award
Most Valuable Member Award (MVP)
National Level Scholarship Recipient
Organizational Leadership & Training Certification Award
Sisterly Love Award
State Level Scholarship Recipient

 Education:
B.F.A. in Graphic Design (Minor Art History)
M.S.Ed. in Workforce Education & Development (Specialization in Program Leadership)
ABD – Ph.D. in Workforce Education & Development (Specialization in Management and Professional Development)

Organizations or committees:
Black Graduate Student Association at SIUC
Black Women’s Task Force, Inc.
Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church (VBS Committee and Women’s Ministry)
Illinois TRIO, Inc. (Member-at-Large – Academic Affairs Chair, Scholarship Chair, Student Leadership Conference Committee, TRIO Alumni Relations Committee, Educational Foundation Committee, and National TRIO Day South Committee)
Mariam Chapter #17 Order of Eastern Star, State of Illinois, P.H.A. (Current Worthy Matron)
Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (Scholarship Committee, Emerging Leaders Institute, and Student Leadership Conference Committee)
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Current President and Undergraduate Chapter Advisor)

 

What positions have you held prior to SIC?
Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist for the TRIO/Student Support Services at Shawnee Community College (2006 – 2007)
Academic Advisor for the Computer, Electrical, and Mining/Mineral Resources Engineering Programs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2007 – 2011)
Business Owner/Independent Marketing Consultant for Ambit Energy, LP (2014 – Current)

What does SIC means to you?
SIC has been my HOME for almost 3 ½ years! Working hard to make sure my TRIO students are taken care of is the NUMBER ONE priority of mine. The small campus size allows me to get to know students, faculty and staff on many levels. Often you will see me interacting with students, supporting the athletic programs (Financially with fundraisers and in Attendance at games), and supporting the vocational and technical program’s services (specifically Massage Therapy and Cosmetology). These interactions has allowed me to make a life-long connect with others at Southeastern Illinois College.

What's your favorite memory at SIC?
Being selected for this spotlight. Many of the Faculty and Staff may not know me personally, so being highlighted in this feature will allow others to see WHO I AM outside of my TRIO Director position.

What is your most memorable teaching moment?
Our TRIO program offers different services in academics, personal, cultural, and social areas. I remember being like a PROUD PARENT when I was able to assist my students in learning more about Financial and Economic Literacy and then hear them telling someone else about what they learned in my workshop. Huge smile on myself because I made a difference in someone’s life that wasn’t even present at my workshop!

What do you do in your spare time?
Spare Time??? WHAT IS THAT? ;-) -- I mostly travel, go to church, do community service, watch/play sports, or spend time with my family/friends whenever I get down time.

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
So far Montego Bay, Jamaica has been my favorite vacation spot. I usually take an “Out of the Country” Trip with friends and Family each year.

How would you spend $1 million?
First I would give my 10% in Tithes. Next I would pay off ALL of the dreadful LOANS from School and Life (DEBT FREE ME!!!!). Then set a Budget to manage my money (Investments, Small Business, Non-Profit Connections). I would take care of my grandmother’s needs because she is one important lady in my life. Lastly, Enjoy the rest on taking care of my needs, wants and wishes (I’ll TRY NOT to blow it all in one place!)

Do you have a dream?
My dream is to be Happy and Successful! Happiness starts with me, not my relationships, not my job, not with money, BUT simply enjoying ME! Success is loving myself, loving what I do AND loving how I do it! My overall dream is to be a top Student Affairs Administrator at a college or university that is making a difference in the lives of students internationally.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard? Or the best piece you can give to others? 
• Be a FINER WOMAN at all times, because you never know when you are being a role model for another person!
• Be someone who WILL BE MISSED when you’re gone!
• Settle for NOTHING LESS than being EXCELLENT!
• Life is not about how much we get, it’s about how much we share!
• NEVER SACRIFICE INTEGRITY FOR GROWTH!