An essay by Dr. Jennifer Sasser, gerontology program director, was published in the International Journal of Reminiscence and Lifelong Learning in January 2015.
Donna had a long career in hotel and resort management that took her to many beautiful locations, but she chose to leave that career for the field of college admissions where she has been serving students for nearly 15 years.
Donna loves to help people grow and to see them achieve new levels of accomplishment in their lives. For her, Admissions is a place where students can talk about the possibilities and "what-ifs." It is a place where she can listen to dreams and aspirations, fears and concerns — a place where she and her team can identify resources and help remove obstacles. Donna considers it an honor to assist students on this journey toward higher learning.
Favorite thing about Portland: Friendly people, musicians and artists, green space. You can breathe here.
Favorite thing about Marylhurst: The living history of Marylhurst in "serving the underserved" and welcoming those from all backgrounds and beliefs. This is a place with heart and soul where students discover a depth of knowing they never knew existed!