Administrative Services

Employee Spotlight Kate Curry

Kate Curry

Office Support Specialist
Career Development Office

“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.” –unknown

Kate works in the Career Development Center (CDC) as an Office Support Specialist. Kate began at Western Illinois University in the Human Resources Intern Program in the Management & Marketing Dept. as an Office Support Associate in 2014. In March of 2017 she promoted into her current position. Kate will be the first face you see when you visit the CDC. She works scheduling appointments for students, planning career fairs, and performing general office duties.

When asked what she likes most about her job, she shared, “The people here are really happy! This is the happiest office I have ever worked in. I enjoy the students’ excitement after they go through a job interview via skype. I like hearing how things went for them. Western is like a family. I still enjoy a great relationship with the employees in Management/Marketing. It’s a tight-knit group and it’s fun to be a part of that!

One of Kate’s most memorable experiences was the Career Fair, where many employers come to meet and interview students. She added, “This occurred on my second day in this position. The student assistants taught me about the fair. They were awesome! The employers were so happy to be here and they enjoyed meeting our students. This is a great opportunity for our students!”

Kate credits a couple of people with helping her in her positions at WIU. They include, “Sarah Nelson in Management/Marketing trained me. She is now in the Dean’s Office. She was so patient and kind. I still ask her questions. She knows everything! Also, Dr. Conrad took a chance on me. Thanks to him, I’ll probably be here the rest of my life. The Intern Program helped me get my start.”

When Kate is at home, she enjoys spending time in the boat with her family. She and her husband have two children: Murphy and Carter-4-year old twin boys. She said, “We have lots of dance parties in our kitchen!” She also enjoys crafting and antiquing with her mom when her time allows.

HR salutes Kate Curry as one of our many committed Civil Service employees at WIU!