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Name: Arlene Manthey

Title: Director of Student Activities

Hometown: Frederick, Okla.

Number of years at SMU: 20

Favorite thing about SMU: The students!

Your most embarrassing moment: Telling a comedian who was performing at SMU for WOW that his zipper was undone before he walked on stage in front of about 700 SMU students. He then proceeded to embarrass the heck out of me by sharing this with the entire audience with some references to why I was “lookin’ down there” to begin with! I said that I would never do that again for a comedian … and I thought I was just being a nice person … never again!

Favorite movie: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Witness”

Favorite book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Favorite athlete: Isaiah Thomas

Favorite food: A big juicy piece of steak from a Limousin/Angus crossbred steer

One piece of advice for SMU students: Take each day and live it to the fullest. Don’t ever pass up the chance to let those around you know how you feel about them. And when you do a job . . . do it right.

Name three people you would like to have to dinner: Princess Diana, Bob Hope, and Benjamin Franklin … and people that are still here with us … Oprah Winfrey, Billy Graham, and Dolly Parton!

Hobbies: Playing the piano, going to see movies, and playing golf

Horoscope sign: Gemini

Fondest childhood memory: Simply being on the farm with my family and all of my 4-H animals and the wide open spaces.

Favorite song: “Oklahoma!”

Favorite quote: “This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us REJOICE and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:34

Dream car: Lexus Coupe

Person who has influenced you the most: My parents — June and Edgar Hamm

Favorite sports team: For many, many years it was the Dallas Cowboys until Tom Landry was let go … now it is the OSU Cowboys basketball team.

One thing you would change about SMU: To have more students involved in the out of class life at SMU!

Dream job: Being the Director of Student Activities at SMU! … or running a bed and breakfast place in Michigan

One game show you would like to participate in: Family Feud

Favorite drink: Diet Coke

Favorite city: Chicago

Dream vacation: I have always wanted to travel to Australia and New Zealand … with maybe a stop in Hawaii!

Three items you could not live without: Microwave, my Ford Expedition, my electric toothbrush

Pets and their names/species: I presently do not own any pets. My childhood pets were Peaches the Cat, Tuffy the Chihuhua and Skip the Australian Shepherd

Greatest achievement to date: Marrying my husband Chuck, our two boys Ben and Chris, and carrying the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics

Birthday: May 29, 1956


Name: Carol Harder

Title: Administrative Assistant to Vice President for Student Affairs, Jim Caswell

Hometown: Mineola, Texas, God’s country!

Number of years at SMU: 8 1/2 Favorite thing about SMU: The dynamic, strong, fine women on campus, in my division, on my floor and in our prayer group.

Your most embarrassing moment: First day at SMU, Sigma Chi President came in, I slipped out of my chair onto the floor, the chair flipped and covered me like a turtle shell! He was gracious and helped me up and out!

Favorite book: Besides the Bible, Telling Yourself the Truth by Backus and Chapain

Favorite food: Anything by my ancestors in the Deep South.

One piece of advice for SMU students: You are not invincible … it can happen to you.

Name three people you would like to have to dinner: Mom, Dad, and my younger brother, Tommy, all recently deceased.

Fondest childhood memory: After a tonsillectomy, my dad pulled up a chair and sang “Beautiful Dreamer” to me, strumming a ukulele.

Favorite song: Three-way tie, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Claire de Lune,” “Play That Funky Music White Boy” … loud!

Favorite quote: “I know the plans I have for you, not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Dream car: 1965 GTO I once owned and Lamborghini Diablo I plan to own.

Person who has influenced you the most: My mother.

Favorite sports team: Those pitiful Cowboys — I love them!

One thing you would change about SMU: I would eliminate irresponsible behavior that threatens a segment of our student body such as involvement with drugs and hazing. Can you tell I have a heart for the students and work in Student Life?

Dream job: Dr Caswell’s assistant by day … Radio City Rockette by night

One game show you would like to participate in: When Zuma comes to TV.

Favorite drink: Cool, clear water

Dream vacation: Few clocks, many spas

Three items you could not live without: e-mail, picture albums, Curves membership

Pets and their names/species: Ruffles, a lhaso apso and Gucci, a Mexican Amazon yellow head parrot

Greatest achievement to date: Giving the world my children, Lane and Lana

Birthday: January 14. Period.

 

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