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Staff spotlight Eden Cronk and Kayla Robinson

April 9, 2019 by krobin14 | 0 comments

This month’s LTS blog post features Eden Cronk and Kayla Robinson. Eden is our new Department Manager since July 7, 2018. Kayla is the new Undergraduate/Graduate Coordinator as of February 11, 2019. You can find them in the main Linguistics office Monday-Friday.

We are so very happy to be here.

Eden and Kayla, welcome to the Department of Linguistics this year! Can you tell us a little about yourselves? 

[Eden Cronk]  I was born in southern Oregon and have lived here most of my life.  After graduating from the UO with a Bachelor’s in Sociology, I was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in southern New Mexico for two years.  In my late teens and early twenties I did some traveling, including a year in France and seven months Central America.  I have an 11 year old daughter who is my everything.  I enjoy reading, working out, and spending time with friends.

[Kayla Robinson]   I’m originally from southern Illinois. In 2015, I finished a B.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences and moved to Eugene. “The west is the best.” When I’m not in the office I like to be in nature, try new restaurants, take film photos, and watch movies. I’m a big fan of Bob Dylan. I have a cat named Rorschach and I adore all 17 pounds of him.

“This boat is heavier than it looks!” -Eden

Both of you work a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ magic for students and faculty. Can you tell us an example of one or two of those things students may not be aware of?

[Eden Cronk]   I handle all of the contracts and personnel paperwork for faculty.  In other words, I make sure your professors get paid!  I organize the schedule with the main UO scheduling office.  This takes much more time than it should, if you ask me.  😉

[Kayla Robinson]   Students might not know there are several things I keep an eye on—registration, Graduate School procedure, etc. For example, if a student applies to defend, I will check how long their committee has been in place, how many dissertation credits they’ve earned, and if they are currently registered for dissertation. I can also help them with getting a room reserved for the defense. I do this so if anything isn’t in order, we can get it fixed before it leaves the department. My goal is to save our students from experiencing inconveniences later on.

 

What do you enjoy most about being in the Department of Linguistics and the UO?

[Eden Cronk]  I like working with the faculty and students the most.  This is a great group of people and I feel fortunate to be in this position.

[Kayla Robinson]  It is a blessing to be surrounded by people from all over the world. I also really enjoy hearing people speak a variety of languages in the office. (Sometimes Spike sings in French in the copy room!) For both our department and UO in general, the knowledge and innovation create a tangible excitement. I dig that atmosphere, and I am proud to be part of the campus community.

 

Is there anything that is, shall we say, NOT the reason you come to work every day?

[Eden Cronk]  Being at a desk 8 hours a day gets a little old.

[Kayla Robinson]  I’m not in love with sitting at my desk all day, especially when it is nice out.

“Have someone in your life who holds you like this.” -Kayla

Finally, if you had to pick a favorite word, in English or any language, what would it be?

[Eden Cronk]   I actually have several…shenanigans, superfluous, snafu, brouhaha, and kumquat.

[Kayla Robinson]   Saudade (Portuguese): Saudade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. (Wikipedia)

This word is special to me because it describes my feeling toward leaving home for the west. I love the people and the life I lived in Illinois very much, but I know if I were to return it would never be the same. In that way I feel I miss something that no longer exists. It’s beautifully sad, and I don’t know of anything like it in English! It is similar to the Welsh word hiraeth.

Eden at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area on the Oregon Coast

“Tide pools are my favorite part of the coast.” -Kayla

August 4, 2017
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Introducing our new Graduate Coordinator Anna Hults!

Anna Hults is the new undergraduate and graduate coordinator in the Department of Linguistics. She knows the University of Oregon well, loves languages, and has a strong creative streak, as you’ll see in her blog post. We are really happy to have her join our Department. Next time you are in Straub, be sure to introduce yourself to her!

 

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born & grew up in Salem, just an hour north of here. I attended the University as an undergraduate and a BFA student in photography. With the exception of my year abroad at the Université de Poitiers, I have lived in Eugene for 25 years. I live with one kitty cat who has a very long name.

I like to read, travel, learn languages, sew, play with fluff (see below), garden, pet all the animals.

You ran your own business for some time – could you tell us about that?

I have been engaging in the fiber arts pretty heavily for the last 5 years. When the owner of my favorite LYS (local yarn store) was planning to retire a few years ago, I decided to take over the shop. The focus of the shop was hand-dyed small batch yarn. There is a burgeoning indie-dyeing scene right now.

In addition to that, I had been running a small design consulting business for the last 5 years. Very busy! I learned a lot about what it really takes to run a successful business, and I am glad to be reducing my weekly workload by 25 or so hours!

Now when I do fiber things, it’s for fun, not business related. My favorite thing to do is spin yarn on a spinning wheel. I also dye, knit, crochet and weave. I currently have at least 4 full sheep fleeces I need to process for spinning.

  

What attracted you to this position in the Linguistics Department specifically?

At University I studied Linguistics, as well as multiple languages. I don’t think I would have applied for this position in another department. I was hoping to hear shop talk in the halls, and I have not been disappointed. I love hearing so many different languages being spoken, both those I can understand and those I cannot.

What do you look forward to most in this position?

Helping students achieve their goals.

I’m very happy to be back on campus. There are trees and buildings here with whom I have 25 years of history, and it delights me every time I walk by.

March 1, 2016
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LTS Staff Spotlight: Meg Taggart

Meg Taggart joined the Linguistics Department in December 2015, as a Graduate Coordinator. She was born and raised in Far East Russia, and enjoys the multilingual and cultural environment of University of Oregon campus.

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What is your background, and what attracted you to a position in a Linguistics Department?

As a recent graduate in Liberal Arts (with an emphasis in business) from Utah State University and as a transplant to Oregon, I am still rejuvenated by the campus environment. Following my graduation, my first official job was in the design industry as an Account Manager. I loved it! It exposed me to a professional field and gave me opportunities to work with a diversity of people from all over the globe. Making the transition from Utah to Oregon and to working on campus, it only made sense to jump into the internationally-minded Linguistics Department.

What are some of the things that you do in your position, especially as they relate to graduate students?

As a Graduate Coordinator I wear many hats! Being in the admissions season now I usually start off my day by answering inquiries regarding the LTS MA program from potential candidates, or even mail out the letters of admission (which is kind of my favorite!). Updating our social media platforms also plays a big role in my position. As our faculty and graduate students get opportunities to travel I prepare and educate them pre-trip, and take care of their documentation when they return. Working alongside with the best faculty and staff on campus makes my job serving the students of the Linguistics Department a great thing to do.

What has been the most interesting part of your job so far?

Becoming a part of the University of Oregon culture has been the most interesting part of my job. Everyone has a lot of school spirit on campus and it is definitely contagious. From athletics to academics there is a lot of passion when it comes to UO. I am now a proud owner of multiple pieces of ‘duck’ gear, rubber ducks for my puppy, and only enjoy orange on Halloween 😉 .

What do you like to do for fun when you’re not in the Department?

When I am not in Straub Hall, I can be found playing with my puppy (Ash) and husband (Sean). We love exploring the beautiful outdoors of Oregon. We love hiking and visiting the coast, and are always looking for a new lighthouse to learn about. I also enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and finding new bakeries/dessert places in Eugene.

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Meg and her family hiking in the Silver Falls State Park.

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