Hello from the Hills of West Virginia

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Hi everyone, my name is Pam Shriver and I’m currently in my 7th class in the IMC program. It’s my pleasure to be chosen as a student ambassador for the program.

To tell you a little about myself, I grew up in a small town in WV called Wadestown. The town itself has 11 houses in it (10 now because they tore one down!). My family owns a 244 acre farm and after having been gone for 23 years I now own a house on the farm and live there with my 2 dogs — a Great Dane named Diesel and a Yorkie named Bella. My boyfriend lives with us on weekends and is slowly moving in. My mom, brother and his wife and 101 year old grandma all live in their own houses on the farm as well. We raise beef cattle and my brother owns a farm supply business. I have a nephew who is married and has one son.

I graduated from Shepherd University (College back then) in 1997 with a Bachelors in Political Science. I worked in a variety of different jobs and owned a couple businesses during my 20 year marriage. When that ended a few years ago and I needed to go back into the work force, I was honored to work with the Alzheimer’s Association of WV and now with WVU Healthcare. My current position is as a Public Relations Specialist for Rosenbaum Family House (a home-away-from-home for adult patients and their families) and Volunteer Services. I love my job. Every day is different and I get to make a difference in people’s lives which is a great feeling.

I started the IMC program in 2014 and look forward to graduating in May of 2016. I wasn’t sure about the program when I started but the more classes I’ve taken, the more I am enjoying the process. I like that each class is structured the same but also very different. Even though you aren’t able to sit and talk across a table with fellow classmates or your professor the interaction you are able to have with each other is easy, beneficial and makes you feel like you really know each other. Our professors are all “in the business” and are able to help us with whatever we may need. The feedback they give on our assignments is thorough and well thought out which helps making the next assignment easier.

Studying in a totally online course is definitely a challenge but it’s well worth it. The benefits I’ve already seen in my current job are immense. I wouldn’t trade this program for a classroom setting. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have and definitely will help in any way I can. Feel free to contact me here or via my personal email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Pam

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