Karen Schofield, M.Ed. '77

City (currently live): Cuyahoga Falls 

Volunteer Position(s) with KSUAA: For almost 25 years, I have assisted in various roles including, scholarship committee reviewer, Alumni Day of Service On-Site Coordinator, "Careers Over Coffee" speaker and College of Education Alumni Council president. 

Why is volunteering with KSUAA important to you? What motivates you to volunteer?
My graduate program at Kent State was outstanding. It provided me with the tools to engage in a career that I loved every day. It was important to me to maintain my connection to Kent State so I could give back in any way I could. 

Why did you choose to attend Kent State?
I attended graduate school at Kent State because it offered the degree that was of interest to me. Kent State was close to where I lived and worked. 

What are your favorite memories at Kent State?
Some of my favorite memories are getting to know other graduate students who were enrolled in the same program, traveling to Montreal with the KSU contingent for the international research conference, joining KSU faculty at a dinner with famed educational researchers and presenting at the national ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) conference. 

Why did you decide to volunteer after graduating? 
Volunteering is part of who I am. 

What is your favorite event you participated in as a volunteer? 
Probably "Careers Over Coffee" because it provided an opportunity to listen and answer questions from young people who aspired to work in the same field. 

What is your proudest accomplishment(s) as a volunteer?
Since its inception in 2009, I have been a regular participant in the annual "National Alumni Day of Service". This will be my tenth year! 

What advice would you share with someone looking to volunteer with KSUAA?
There is a wide array of volunteer opportunities with the alumni association. Simply find those that match your interests and become involved!