Monday, April 30, 2012

Thank you, Lisa

Six and a half years ago, Lisa Schreurs accepted a position with the School of Law, agreeing to serve as the Administrative Specialist for the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law. Lisa impressed us during the interview process -  she was smart, perceptive, well-organized and well-informed. And, she had a good sense of humor and a quick wit.

Those qualities became even more apparent over the years as Lisa helped us take the LL.M. Program to new heights of professionalism. She often served as the first-contact for people inquiring about the Program. She guided applicants through the admissions process. And, she was sometimes called upon to counsel nervous attorneys from out-of-state who were concerned about a move to Arkansas. "You'll love Northwest Arkansas," she assured them, even if they were moving from Seattle, New York, or Miami. Her slight Minnesota accent made the reassurance all the more believable.

Once LL.M. candidates arrived, it was Lisa who gave them the tour of the Law School and provided them with practical orientation information. From there on, she assisted them solving the administrative glitches that came up and guiding them through the process. She became not only the "go-to" administrative professional, but a friend to all.

Earlier this Spring, Lisa made the decision to return to Minnesota.  Her friends and family members there were thrilled. In the LL.M. Program, we were happy for her, of course.  But, it also made us keenly aware of how much she did to make the Program, our candidates, and our alumni successful.  The dedication and professionalism that she exhibited was a model for us all. She cared about her work, she believed in our mission, and she was instrumental in building the reputation of the Program to what it is today. We will always be grateful.

Last week, we had a going away party for Lisa at the Lambeth Lounge in the Inn at Carnall Hall on campus.  Professor Kathy Sampson took photos for us, and some are posted below.  Thank you, Lisa.

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