Pennie ReisPennie Reis is Marian University’s Director of Student Involvement! Pennie works with student activities, orientation, and Greek life, as well as the Marian Activities Committee planning exciting events throughout the year.

“I grew up in Hortonville, WI. I received my undergraduate degree in marketing communications with a minor in business administration from Carthage College, and I then went on to achieve my Master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. After that, I lived in Detroit and worked in Residence Life for 8 years, and moved back to Wisconsin. I can’t describe myself in one word, but I would say my middle name should be “I may have over-done it”. I’m always creating, building, and often over-doing things.

I really enjoy cultural events and attending festivals. I tend to go to Wisconsin State Fair every year while I’ve lived here. I have a dog, Tillie, who was named after the main character in the book ‘Matilda’. However, that was a bad name because she often acts like the little girl in the book.

When I was looking for a job back in Wisconsin to be closer to family, the Core Values of Marian University really spoke to me. The people and the students that I met while I was visiting campus were great and to go back into student activities made sense. It was one of the first things that really got me involved in college. I spent my first semester of my undergrad hanging out in my room and not liking the experience. Once I got involved, it was a much richer experience.

My favorite thing about Marian is definitely the students and watching them grow. I would say what makes Marian University unique would be our core values. When you go to another college, the core values or mission statement aren’t a prominent thing. Here, I know the values and mission. It’s a big deal. The school tells you that you need to know the university’s mission, which provides a clear direction for students, staff, and faculty.

My advice to students is to not do what I did my first year. Get involved in one way, shape, or form from the beginning. We can provide all of the experiences, but you have to take the opportunities. You’re in charge of your own experience. So whether it’s attending an event, going to an athletic game, being an athlete, being involved in a student organization, just DO something.”