Jane Tuttle (Right)
How I became interested in my field:
I had an amazing experience in the residence halls at Ball State University as an undergraduate and was encouraged to consider graduate school in college student personnel. Working in the college environment spurred my interest in higher education as a field of study; thus, I pursued a doctorate in higher education administration. The University experience changes lives and being part of that process has been a rewarding career.
An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:
Being the mother of two adult sons is one of the highest achievements of my life: it was the hardest work that I ever loved completely. I learned patience and selflessness through motherhood and that it is the small things in life that matter the most.
Someone who has been influential or had a significant impact on my life:
I learned from my father the ability to disagree without being disagreeable and when tackling a problem to be part of the solution. Among the things I learned from Yvonna Lincoln the most powerful was that you can withstand anything for a semester that you would not put up with for a lifetime.
My favorite KU memory:
Every Commencement walk down the hill is a favorite memory. It’s uniquely KU and everyone is happy.
An important life lesson I have learned:
I’ve learned that small acts of kindness that may seem unimportant to you can make a huge difference in someone’s life – kindness is never wasted; that all days are good, some are just better than others, and that John Mellencamp has a lyric for most every situation in life.
If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…
Be involved both academically and outside the classroom; don’t allow anyone to make you feel less than you are, and to call you mother on a regular basis. She worries even when there is no need to worry.
A favorite quote or saying that is meaningful to me and why:
John Dewey is credited with saying “People support what they help create.” It’s a good reminder to include as many people as you can in a project if you want them to support that project.
I also like this John Mellencamp lyric: “Days turn to minutes and minutes to memories” because it reminds me how fragile life is and to appreciate both the good and the not so good.