Karen Kaiser is the Assistant Director of Student Life for the Business School’s Graduate Programs. Get to know more about her!
Where are you from?
I was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia but grew up in the Kansas City area, in a suburb called Overland Park.
Where did you go to school?
I got my Bachelor's Degree in Education at Baylor University in Texas and got my Master's Degree in College Student Development and Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.
When did you join the Business School?
I've been working at Santa Clara since 2010 but I joined the Business School in January of 2012.
What do you like to do on your free time?
Spend time with my husband and puppy, travel, play rec softball, read or write poetry, go to the pool/beach, compete in triathlons and other endurance races (running, swim relays, etc.), watch college basketball, do anything outdoorsy...
What is your favorite book or author?
I like anything by Wally Lamb, my favorite book of his is probably "I know this much is true." But he has a new one out that I haven't read yet - so my answer may change. :) I'm also back in grad school again and I'm sort of a nerd, so I like to read Counseling Psychology textbooks too.
What is your favorite place to eat?
Any place that serves frozen yogurt, which I think counts as a meal all by itself.
What is your favorite movie?
It's a tie between "Love Actually" and "In America"
Where is your ideal vacation?
There's not a vacation spot I'd reject, but I really want to go to Croatia!
Do you have a favorite quote?
Yes, I have lots of them...but "Be the change you wish to see in the world" is one of the best and simplest ones.
What are three things people don't know about you?
I'm left-handed, I swam across Lake Tahoe (in a relay), and I've competed in the International Division of the Highland Games in Scotland.