Ashlee is married to an outdoorsman, and they have two future Tigers who have loved being
included in the Ouachita community! Ashlee had a mentor in college who told her, as
they were cleaning up after a coffee house, "You could do this, you know ... work
on a college campus and invest in students' lives." Even though she didn't graduate
from Ouachita, she feels like a Ouachitonian and counts serving here for over ten
years as an absolute privilege.
Favorite Ouachita memory
My favorite Ouachita memory involves a promotional video the Admissions Office put
together for Early Registration (ER) one year. Every year in April, our incoming students
come to campus for ER to register for their fall classes; it is really a magical time
when we see students that we have come to love all discover each other for the first
time! Students are meeting their future best friends, and parents are realizing that
this is the first real step towards move-in day in August. The Admissions Office looks
forward to this event every year, so when ""Happy"" came out, it just seemed fitting
that we make a video that would show incoming students just how happy we were for
them to join us at Ouachita! We somehow talked all of the academic deans, and lots
of faculty, staff and students in to letting us film them dancing. It was so much
fun seeing students get so excited at this idea to welcome students to campus, and
seeing faculty and staff dig up their best dance moves was pretty great as well! It
was great fun to see so many people get so excited about welcoming new Ouachitonians
What do you wish students knew about Ouachita?
I wish students knew how much people at Ouachita genuinely want to get to know them,
invest in them, and help them succeed. It actually took me a while to fully understand
that concept. As a new person on campus, I think it is normal to think, "Is this for
real?!" but it truly is the fabric of Ouachita to listen and seek ways to invest in
others. I attribute our tight network of alumni and current students to those deep
relationships built while on campus.
What is your favorite study spot on campus and why?
I love to see students find their own quiet places to study on campus, whether that
is in one of the many comfy chairs in the library, in a hammock outside of Cone-Bottoms
or down by the Ouachita River, or even by pulling a desk into the natural light in
the Jones Science Center!
What do you like most about working with students?
My favorite thing about working with students is knowing what lies ahead for them
if they choose to attend Ouachita! This place has impacted me personally even as a
staff member, so seeing students triumph and fail in a safe space as they learn, grow
and mature during their time here is the most rewarding thing to experience!