This week The Settler visited with Mrs. Nadean Napier, secretary in the office of student life and diversity initiatives at Volunteer State Community College.
The office’s staff coordinates student activities, student organizations, evening student services and diversity initiatives.
Upcoming events include Spring Fling on April 4 and the spring career fair on April 25.
Students may be familiar with Napier because they have gotten their student ID or parking pass from her office or have visited her to file an appeal for a parking ticket they have received.
Napier is a 1999 graduate of Vol State and has been in her position for 13 years.
She said that she tries to be easy for students, faculty and staff to talk to.
Her efforts have paid off, because the Vol State Foundation created a Mama Nadean Napier textbook assistance scholarship. It is awarded each year to a Vol State student that is 30 years old or older and attending full-time, according to the foundation’s website.
The foundation is the fundraising arm of the college, allowing donors to help fund scholarships to students. Each year, more than 200 scholarships are awarded, totaling over $300,000.
Napier is the mother of five children and grandmother to 14. She lives in Scottsville, Kentucky.
Outside of school and family, Napier enjoys reading and fishing.
The crystal apple on Napier’s desk was a gift from Dr. Monique Robinson-Wright, former director of student life and diversity initiatives. Wright said that chose it because Napier’s fan kept blowing the papers off her desk.
“Vol State has some great staff and faculty also some great students and is a great place to work,” said Napier.
The office of student life and diversity initiatives is located in Wood Campus Center suite 215. She can be reached at 615-230-3447.