25, No. 23, June 15, 2006
the job: Rose Julius
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
photo to enlarge
by L. Brian Stauffer
is office manager in the Office of Minority Student
At work and
at home Rose Julius enjoys helping people. Julius, who is closing in
on her 30-year anniversary at the UI, began working in the department
of accountancy in the College of Commerce and Business Administration,
now the College of Business, in September 1976 after she graduated from
Villa Grove High School. Julius also worked for nine years at La Casa
Cultural Latina before she moved to her current position in 1990 as
a staff secretary in the Office of Minority Student Affairs.
Tell me what you do.
I’m the office manager, so I try to make sure that the main office
runs smoothly. In January we moved our tutoring services, OMSA East,
to a new location on Gregory Street. They have a large staff of student
employees who tutor students in many different subjects. I assist them
as needed with financial transactions. I do the payroll, the financial
transactions, oversee the student workers and do the Banner transactions
for our office here.
Our department coordinates the Campus Student Retention Services for
the President’s Award Program, the Educational Opportunity Program
and other programs. We coordinate several major events each year, including
the Minority Student and Parent Orientation Program, the Mom’s
Day Awards Program, two career fairs, and the Mid-Year Congratulatory.
We have three federal grant programs, and I work directly with two of
them – the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Student Support
Services Program – and assist with the third program, Upward Bound.
What are the Student Support Services
and McNair Scholars programs?
The Student Support Services Program assists minority and underrepresented
students with their academics and adjusting to the campus, so we have
counselors that arrange tutors and other services.
The McNair program pairs students with faculty mentors for the summer
to do research. We have about 42 students this summer, three of whom
are from Louisiana. I deal with the financial aspects of the program:
I help get their stipend checks and work with their faculty mentors
to get their expenses paid.
Each year our staff members organize a national McNair conference in
November. We work on it steadily – getting students registered
from all across the country, getting the funds in – from about
August through mid-November. I deal with the registration and help design
the conference booklet and materials.
Even though it’s a whole lot of work, it’s fun to do. When
you see the students from universities all over the country presenting
their work, it’s worth it. There are several national McNair conferences,
but ours is the oldest and largest. This will be our 15th conference
this year. We limit it to about 600 participants, which includes faculty
and staff members, undergraduates and recruiters from graduate schools
across the country. We hold it at Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, Wis. It
is co-sponsored by the MidAmerica Association of Educational Opportunity
Program Personnel, and we originally decided to hold our conference
there so that the McNair directors could stay and attend the MAEOPP
conference afterward. The MAEOPP conference left, but we stayed because
the attendees enjoy the site.
What does your office do in terms of counseling?
Incoming freshmen are assigned a counselor, either a full-time staff
member or one of about 40 graduate counselors. They report weekly on
how the students are doing, so that if a student is starting to have
problems – needs tutoring or help with career decisions or problems
with their financial aid – we can help them or direct them to
Two of our staff members are advisers for two student groups: the Minority
Association of Future Attorneys and the Minority Pre-health Students.
What’s kept you here in the Office
of Minority Student Affairs – and on campus – so long?
I think it’s because we have the different programs going on at
different times. And from the beginning I liked being at the university
because I knew there were a lot of job opportunities available within
What do you like to do when you’re
Right now, I’m trying to housetrain two 13-week-old Chihuahuas,
Duncan and Gabrielle. I also have a 2-year-old Chihuahua named Hercules
and a Doberman pinscher/German shepherd mix named Lady.
I enjoy watching Illini basketball and am looking forward to another
great season. I also try to help out a couple of elderly neighbors with
errands and things like that.