Q&A with Director of Student Activities Rae Showen


Aviso: Where were you born?

Showen: I was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Aviso: Where did you attend college?

Rae Showen is the Director of Student Activities on Malone’s campus. (Photo by Kaitie Fox)

Showen: My undergrad is from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia, and my Master’s in Communication is from WVU. Go Mountaineers!

Aviso: How did you get started at Malone?

Showen: Oh boy. That’s quite a story. I actually started here teaching part time. I taught a couple COMM 110 classes, and a couple classes in what we now call our GEN 100, we used to call it the college experience. I did that for a little while when our son was first born. Then I learned that the Stark County admissions representative position opened so between the Stark County admissions rep., and teaching part-time, I got a full-time contract. Then, 16 years ago, they created the position “director of student activity,” and I applied and have had it ever since.

Aviso: What all do you do for your job?

Showen: Like many folks on campus, I wear several different hats. My primary roles include advising SAC, the student activities council, and just recently, at the beginning of this semester, it became official that I’ll be overseeing orientation. I also advise the commuter director for student senate as well as the communications director for student senate, and then I also work closely with Pioneer pride, which we use to call it Malone madness, the spirit initiative on campus.

Aviso: What do you love most about your job?

Showen: This sounds so cliché, but it’s the students. It’s just humbling and so meaningful to me to be involved in all your lives. It’s such a pivotal point in our lives, college. And just to be able to be involved in the lives of students, it’s such a pivotal point. I just love that part about it.

Aviso: What’s your most memorable moment of working with students?

Showen: I have so many wonderful meaningful memories, but the funniest thing I ever remember is my first or second year as director of student activities. We had a real large group in SAC and we were at our house having a picnic together and our deck collapsed. There were too many of us on there, plus a grill and furniture, and all the sudden the whole deck just caved in the middle.

Aviso: What do you do when you’re not at work?

Showen: I just enjoy time with my family. My son will be a freshman here in the fall. The three of us really enjoy hanging out together. We don’t always have to be doing something specific. I’m really devoted to my family, and despite the fact that I’m so active at work with students and with Malone, I’m kind of a homebody when I’m home. I really enjoy spending time with my family. We don’t travel a lot unless it’s to see family.

Aviso: Do you have a favorite family vacation?

Showen: I do. When our son was probably 10 years old we went to Disney World. His memories still remain from that trip, so that was really special to us.

Aviso: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Showen: A comedian. I always use to think I’d like to be a stand up comedian on Saturday Night Live. That was my secret dream job. And then there was always a piece of me that wanted to be a teacher. My late grandmother used to tell the story of when I was little [and] she would watch me as I would line up my baby dolls and teach them. She said I was a mean teacher but I don’t think that’s the case!

Aviso: You’re on a deserted island. You can only listen to one song, eat one food, and bring one book. What do you choose?

Showen: Home” by Phillip Phillips, really well seasoned grilled vegetables, and the Bible. That’s really cliché, but it’s true. If I’m all by myself, that’s the one book that I can read over and over again and continue to learn more. Anything else would become pretty mundane pretty quickly.

Samantha Shaffer is the editor-in-chief for The Aviso AVW. 


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