Q&A with director of tutoring services and career development coordinator Jenn Vannest


Jenn Vannest, director of tutoring services and career development coordinator, has been working at Malone for the past 13 years. She has also taught GEN 100 and served as a professional tutor while at Malone. The favorite part of her job is being able to interact with and getting to know students. She has an open door and students are always welcome to visit her.

Aviso: Where did you grow up?

Jenn Vannest can be found in the Center for Students Success office in Founders Hall. (photo by Cammera Archie)

Vannest: I grew up in the Flint area, about an hour north from Detroit. I’m a diehard Michigan Wolverine football fan. All my family is still there.

Aviso: Where did you go to college?

Vannest: My bachelors is from Central Michigan University. It’s a bachelors in criminal justice, psychology and sociology. It’s like a triple major kind of a thing. I was very, very motivated at the time. And then my masters is from Malone.

Aviso: What is your favorite hobby?

Vannest: All the time that I have that I’m not working on something, is with my two boys. They’re 13 and 14. They pretty much take up, so I don’t really think there’s a lot of time for hobbies right now. But I love the beach. I love the sun. I guess those are hobbies. A friend of mine has a Harley motorcycle, so I love riding that.

Aviso: What’s your favorite thing to do with your boys?

Vannest: We love to play games. We play a lot of games. Board games. When we’re just sitting around, word games.

Aviso: What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Vannest: We wake up early on Christmas morning and we have cinnamon rolls, and then we read the Christmas story, and then we do gifts.

Aviso: What is your favorite Christmas carol?

Vannest: O Holy Night. It just always makes me cry. It’s always been my favorite. There’s just something about the story that it tells, the meaning behind it, the music to it.


 Kaylee Riley is the news editor for The Aviso AVW.

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