Name: Kristen Halverson

Hometown:  Concord, New Hampshire

Job title: Director of Talent and Organizational Development, Office of Human Resources

How long have you worked at the College? Six months

What are your job responsibilities? It’s a diverse list: instructional design, LMS [learning management system] administration, mediation, employee engagement, staff development.

What do you like most about your job? Hmm … it’s a tie between the wonderful people I get to work with in human resources and the fact that every day presents new, fun challenges.

What question do you get asked most in your job and what’s your typical answer? Most questions are about how I can assist with staff training/development – and my usual answer is that I am happy to help in any way that I can.

What are your hobbies? I like to paint (acrylics), read, garden and travel – to name a few. 

What personal and/or professional accomplishment are you most proud of? I was a high school English teacher for 21 years – and anytime a former student reaches out to say that something they learned in my class has resonated with them or helped them, it fills up my heart.

Name a creative work (book, movie, performance, etc.) you enjoyed recently and why? I recently went to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Gaillard Center, and it was a stunning performance that melded modernism with history and religion.

What was your favorite TV show growing up? Wonder Woman!

What’s next on your bucket list? Since I don’t think a date with Jake Gyllenhaal is in the cards, I’ll say that I would love to spend time in Prague.  

What is something your campus colleagues would be surprised to know about you? I can make a skein of yarn with a drop spindle and woolen fleece.

Describe your perfect day: A crisp fall day in New England, complete with apple picking. 

What’s your favorite Lowcountry restaurant? I’ve only been here a short time, so I am still learning where the best places to eat are. Someone recently recommended Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on King Street, so I’m looking forward to stopping by there some morning before work.

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