Name: Tricia Staggers
Major: Pre-Medicine, Bachelor of Liberal Arts, with minors in Political Science and Natural Sciences, as well as additional significant coursework in American Sign Language.
Graduation year: 2003 (I got a head start on college at the age of 16 by participating in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option program. I consequently transferred 48 credit hours into Xavier and was able to graduate well before my “real” class year of 2005). I continued on to complete a Master of Science in Public Health with a Concentration in Health Administration, from UNC Charlotte in 2009.
Best Xavier memory: My fondest Xavier memories are of MANRESA, through which I met wonderful new people and started my Xavier adventure.
Occupation: I am the Director of Personal Enrichment and Healthy Living at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, N.C. In this role, I administer a new program which provides a variety of enriching classes to the communities in a two-county service region. I handle everything from continually surveying the community for courses of potential interest and securing qualified instructors for courses, to scheduling classes and designing curricula. I offer courses in Zumba, Jewelry Making, Antique Decorating and Appraising, Worm Farming and Organic Gardening, Solar Electric Generation and Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems, Motorcycle Safety, Yoga, Couponing, and Cake Decorating, just to name a few. Additionally, I personally instruct and provide internal staff with professional development learning opportunities ranging in topics from wellness and health promotion to improving productivity by utilizing smart phones, social networking, and “The Cloud.” I collaborate with other areas of the college and the greater community to provide wellness lunch-and-learns, health and safety fairs, and support sustainability efforts. I am also a part-time instructor for in Health and Medical online and classroom courses at multiple colleges.
What people don’t know about you: I have crocheted since my grandmother taught me at age 7. I was a “background artist” (extra) in the movie 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story. Through my family’s and friends’ involvement with NASCAR, I have met many race car drivers and have observed a lot of races from pit row. I am the youngest of five children and was a first-generation college student.
Became chapter president in: July 2006
Best chapter event: My chapter participated in whitewater rafting at the United States National Whitewater Center (which is a U.S. Olympic Training Site that offers activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and zip-lining), and our raft never capsized.
Other Xavier activities: I am also the Southeast Regional Director of the XUNAA. What else: Since graduating from Xavier, I have worked as a veterinary technician, a pharmacy technician, a bank teller and customer service representative, and worked in medical offices (I worked at most of these jobs simultaneously). I have also instructed courses in English-as-a-Second-Language, Medical Law and Ethics, Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and other medical classes, and have tutored college students in Biology, Chemistry and Statistics, and tutored a hearing-impaired student for the GED. Xavier instilled in me the values of service and giving back to the community, so I continue to teach, tutor and volunteer as much as possible in an effort to share those values with others.