Watkins advises undergraduate students with majors within the departments of biomedical sciences, kinesiology and public health and sports medicine, while Jones advises majors in the School of Nursing and the School of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences.
Let’s find out more about them.
What is your favorite part about working here?
Watkins: Being surrounded by an incredible team at MCHHS, the students, and, of course, being able to enjoy the bear sauce in the dining halls once more.
Jones: The MCHHS advising team is my favorite part of working at MSU and a close second would be our student body. This team has been incredibly supportive and a joy to work with. I love the cohesiveness of my co-workers, as well as the camaraderie they have on a personal level.
What brought you to Missouri State?
Watkins: As an alumna, I deeply valued MCHHS for providing me guidance during my undergraduate years. In addition to the supportive community and opportunities for personal development, I felt a strong urge to give back. I hope to provide current students with the same level of support I received.
Jones: MSU has a strong community presence and I’ve had many family members who are alumni. I’ve worked in higher education for over a dozen years and academic advising has been something I’ve always been interested in pursuing. I always thought it was parallel to my other experiences. When this position opened, I was excited to learn more about it.
Where are you from?
Watkins: I’m from Dittmer, Missouri (about an hour south of St. Louis).
Jones: I’m originally from Stockton, Missouri. I lived in Kansas City for about three years, but otherwise I’m an Ozarks native. I lived in Nixa for 23 years and I’m an avid Nixa Eagles fan!
How long have you been at Missouri State?
Watkins: I’ve been at Missouri State for two months as of Sept. 5.
Jones: I’ve been here for two months too.
What are you most looking forward to this school year?
Watkins: Building connections with students and being an active member of the community.
Jones: I’m excited to keep learning nuances of the programs I advise and getting to know my students. I’m eager to have one year of MSU experience under my belt so I can be more comfortable knowing what to expect and have a broader knowledge of the college.
What is your favorite memory here so far?
Watkins: Welcoming residence hall students to campus and handing out goodies during House Calls.
Jones: Briefly participating in SOAR. I primarily observed the other advisors, but I enjoyed watching the enthusiasm of the incoming freshmen. I hope to have many more “favorite memories” in the coming years!