B.A. Psychology, University of Wyoming (1995)
One of the common things that we hear from alumni about their UNC experience is “how personal it felt.” Lani ensures that feeling and experience isn’t lost when you graduate. She is the voice that you hear behind your calls and correspondence with the alumni office, and she always goes the extra two steps to make sure that our alumni and donors receive the courtesy and support expected from their alma mater. Lani passes that expectation on to the student office assistants that she supervises and in her coordination and support for divisional administration, events and programs.
Lani joined the team in 2015 bringing with her a variety of professional experiences, including managing a medical clinic office and grant administration at Aims Community College. These experiences shaped her belief that working hard for a cause you believe in isn’t really work at all, and that customer service is personal and respect matters. When it comes to the advancement of education, Lani firmly applies her beliefs and support for UNC’s hardworking students in her position and personal philanthropy. UNC found a winner and advocate in this adopted Bear.
My favorite UNC story was told to me during the 1965 50-Year Reunion dinner by Gail and Roger “Doc” Arthur. In 1965, the two were dating; Gail lived in Sabin Hall and Doc lived in Troxel Hall. Before graduation, the two carved their initials in a tree just south of Sabin Hall. Fifty years later when they returned to campus, they wanted to go find the tree to see if it was still standing. My colleague, Christina Edwards and I literally begged them to go find the tree, but they didn’t end up having enough time. In the spring, Christina and I are going to go over to Sabin Hall and see if we can find “their tree.”