The New Addition to Admissions: Colette Armes

While the intensity of the Spring 2014 semester is behind us, things are just heating up at UIC Liautaud. This summer is jam packed with preparations for the welcoming of the Fall 2014 incoming class and the fall semester. Assisting in these preparations will be Colette Armes, UIC Liautaud's newest addition. In May, Colette joined the Admissions team as Assistant Director of Admissions. As one of the newest additions to the Liautaud community, I wanted to take this opportunity to find out more about Colette and her new role at UIC Liautaud. Check out what I learned!


Fun Facts

Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: White Sox games and outdoor summer concerts

Favorite Chicago Restaurants: I’ve only been here a few weeks, so I’m still exploring and open to great restaurant suggestions!

Favorite Part of the Day: My morning walk to work from the train station and getting to know my new peers in the Liautaud office!

Hometown: Clarkston, Michigan

1. Tell us a little about your personal/professional background.

I always knew I wanted to be in a profession where I could help people, so I earned my B.S. in Psychology from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. During my time in college, I worked in various roles in the restaurant industry and was active on campus as a member and coach of the NMU Dance Team. I left Marquette after graduation and moved to Kent, Ohio to pursue my Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel at Kent State University. During my time at Kent State, I worked in many capacities including new student orientation, experiential education, and career services specifically with the College of Business Administration. My main role however, was in enrollment management and student services for Kent State at Geauga (one of Kent State’s 8 regional campuses), where I worked mainly with undergraduate admissions and new student orientation. 

2. How did you end up working at UIC?

I’ve wanted to move to Chicago since I was a teenager, but the timing had just never been right. As graduation from my Masters program was quickly approaching, I was on the lookout for jobs in the Chicago area. One day, my roommate saw a job posted at UIC that seemed like a perfect fit for my skills and interests. I immediately loved it, so I applied and the rest is history!

3. What are you most excited to do as a member of the admissions team?

I am most excited to begin meeting with and helping prospective students throughout the admissions process and to start building new relationships through recruitment events.

4. What critical information should students know about?

I am always here to help! I’ll do my absolute best to get your questions answered and your concerns addressed as soon as possible.