New ADA in the History Office
The History Department cannot function as a unit without a wonderful person to greet everyone who walks into the office. A warm greeting and finding answers to difficult questions are the duties of the History Department Academic Department Associate. Kay Nordhaus, the previous Academic Department Associate, has been replaced by Erika Zakrzewski. She has been with the department since August 15 and has settled into her position. To make her feel even more a part of the depatment, we want to let you know a little bit more about her.
1. What position did you occupy before you took this position?
For the past almost eight years, I was the Academic Department Associate for the School of Business and Economics at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. In addition, I was the UWSP Competitive Dance Team Adviser.
2. What attracted you to UW Oshkosh and the History Department?
I transferred to this job from Stevens Point. I was recently married May 7, 2011 and relocated here to be with my husband.
3. Now that you have had time to adjust to UW Oshkosh – what do you like about it – the campus, staff, students, etc?
I really appreciate the warm welcome from the faculty, staff and students.
4. What does an ADA do?
I work closely with the Chair of the History Department in managing department budgets and purchasing, assigning department advisers, supervising student assistants, communicating with History majors/minors as necessary, maintaining class waiting lists, constructing the timetable, and coordinating the department’s undergraduate program reviews as needed.
5. What are your hobbies?
I love to be with my family. I am married to the most wonderful man and am a mother to four wonderful boys/men (ages 5, 9, 15, 21). I am also a grandmother to the most beautiful granddaughter of five months.
We love to golf, ride bikes, play cribbage, wrestle in the snow, sled, play football and most of all….fish. My husband taught me how to fish, and since then, I have been catching big fish. I have lots of fish stories to tell for all those who will hear.
Our favorite place is on the water and/or in Minocqua on the lake. We love the early mornings on the long boat dock, drinking coffee till the sun comes up, swimming, boating, fishing, or just eating a fish fry on the lake at sunset.