Rachel Owens, 2014
Faculty Services Librarian
DSC employee since August 2004 (the week of Hurricane Charley)
Degrees and schools where awarded: B.S. in Zoology, Marshall University; M.D., West Virginia University; M.S. in Exercise Science/Cardiac Rehabilitation, Marshall University; M.B.A., University of Central Florida; M.S. in Information Science, Florida State University
Career/Professional honors: At Daytona State College, being chosen to present at the International Conference on Joint-Use Libraries in Manchester, England, in 2007; serving as Faculty Senate Secretary for five years; coordinating the implementation of the new Faculty Mentor Model promotion procedures as the current chair of the College-Wide Continuing Contract and Promotion Committee. Pre-DSC, I successfully completed certification as an Exercise Program Director through the American College of Sports Medicine.
Outside interests: Vegetable gardening, reading, writing, travel.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I worked my way through library school as a medical biller/transcriptionist. Before that I was an assisted living facility administrator, and before that an exercise program director at a physical rehabilitation clinic.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I’m finishing a certificate in Technology Trends from the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Studies.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Having students come back to tell me they got an A on their paper or project thanks to my help, and working with such terrific people, in the library and on the faculty.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? To get published several more times.
In life? To complete the major xeriscaping/edible landscaping plans that I have for my yard.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I used to work at a nuclear weapons plant. I was their corporate wellness director.
Last book read: “A History of Scotland” by Neil Oliver.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Keep Out of Reach of Children.
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Both of my grandfathers, Rachel Maddow, Oscar Wilde.
The Daytona State of Mind to me is: Anything is possible!