|Honors Staff: C. David Rogers
|Greetings! My name is David Rogers, and I am one of the Assistant Directors. I am originally from Murray, Kentucky, a small college town in western Kentucky. My B.S. in Advertising is from Murray State University. As a result of positive leadership experiences in student organizations during my undergraduate years, I completed my M.S. in Education, focusing on Higher Education Administration at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Immediately after completing my graduate degree, I worked at Miami as a First Year Adviser in McBride and Morris Halls. After completing 3 years here, my life took a sharp turn into the private sector (aka corporate America). During my 17 years in the private sector, most of my time was focused around global software implementations and training, however I do have experience as a licensed stock broker. I have consulted with, advised, and trained employees and managers from over 30 companies, including some of the world’s largest companies, such as Yahoo!, Boeing, GE, Whirlpool, Johnson & Johnson, and Wyeth (just to drop a few names). Most recently, I worked as the Informational Technology Training Manager for a biotech, Illumina, in San Diego. During my time in private sector, I lived overseas, managed and collaborated with global teams, served as project manager for a global software implementation, and worked in leadership development. I have recently decided working in higher education is more in-line with my passions and desires, and therefore have returned to advising students.
MY BEST ADVICE:
Step out of your comfort zone. Take risks. If you have interest in something, explore it. Try as many new things as you possibly can. While at Miami, you have an almost unlimited amount of knowledge, opportunities and resources at your fingertips, dive in, headfirst and take advantage. As an Honors student, you have the unique opportunity to have small, intimate discussions with your faculty. Don’t be bashful...schedule time each semester to get to know your faculty (and Honors Advisors). You never know when an internship, research opportunity, or even a job could come as a result of your conversation.
BY THE TIME YOU GRADUATE:
You will have been exposed to many new experiences, ideas, and perspectives, and I hope you have been able to use each to truly understand who you are, and what kinds of contributions you want to make to society.