JJ NovakStaff Profile


Staff Member of the Week 

March 17, 2014


Music Education

Dream Job

High school band director

Your favorite quote

"You're never fully dressed without a smile"

How do you reward yourself for a job well done?

DP Dough.  End of story.

Campus and community involvements beyond ORL

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Titan Band Student Conductor, NAfME, Music Ambassadors

Describe your residence hall floor or community.

A respectable, quiet community, that has built lasting friendships over the course of the year.

What’s something you’ve learned from your residents?

That when building a respectful community from the get-go, first year students are good at managing their own community

What do you love most about your job?

Having an awesome staff to work with.

What is an important campus resource you wish more students were aware of?

Thorpe Poster printing!  You can may incredible looking posters.

What program have you been a part of planning that you’re most proud of?

"What is Game Night?"  An alternative  Friday -night program where residents come down to the rec lounge with whatever games THEY want to play.  It was a huge success.

Have you received any programming awards or departmental recognition?

The "Quiet Riot" award

Advice you have for students looking to increase their leadership skills?  

Be open to experiences other than what you would like to have.  I got the Student Conductor position for Titan Band partially through having an equipment manager position the semester before.

JJ's RD, Larry Perse, shared the following“JJ is a very motivated and and passionate individual. He is always willing to give a helping hand, regardless of the circumstances. JJ is a hard worker that goes above and beyond what is expected of him not only as a staff member, but as a person. He is genuinely a nice person and wants the best for everyone around him. "  


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