Staff Spotlight: Tim Stickel

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As Tim wraps up his remarkable 35-year journey at our university, we bid farewell to a true advocate of teamwork and student support. His favorite slogan, “Teamwork makes the dream work,” embodies his ethos of collaboration and compassion. Tim’s legacy of kindness and unity will forever resonate within our community, leaving an enduring impact on colleagues and students alike.

Q: What do you do at eCampus?

A: I oversee all things student related at eCampus and Exam Services. My skills are encouraging, planning and serving, so I really enjoy helping students with their courses, assisting them with planning academic success, helping them work through any issues they might have on campus or in their courses and even encouraging them to try something outside their comfort zone.

Q: How do you work with students?

A: With style, grace and occasional humor.  Okay, that was a joke, but in all honesty, I work with students directly to solve any issues they may face.  Over the years, depending on the situation, students encounter any number of barriers to their educational endeavors. I work with them to transition to college and be successful while here.

Q: How can students connect with you?

A: Students connect with me via phone (907-455-2060), through email, chat or carrier pigeon. If you are enrolled in any number of courses I teach, I am also available through Canvas.

Q: What do you like about working at UAF eCampus?

A: What amazes me most about working at eCampus is the great team that our Director has assembled. Although we are all from different backgrounds, educational and work experiences, we all come together to share a common purpose and provide the best online experience a student can have. I also like that we are always on the cutting edge of educational technology.  AI and many other advances are changing the landscape of higher education. It’s an exciting time!

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: What kid doesn’t want to be a professional athlete?  Of course, I might have been gifted with grit and determination on the court, but I was not gifted with size.  In high school, I focused on business finance. In college, as I worked through my degree, I planned on being a Financial Advisor. But since I worked in Student Services to pay my way through college, Higher Education kept calling. And here I am 35 years into a career that I loved. The good part about it is that I am still able to assist students and families in their personal finance endeavors through teaching Personal Finance.

Q: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had, and what did you learn from it?

A: I have never had a job I didn’t like.  My belief is, if you find a job that you love, doing something that you enjoy and working with people you like, it will be like you never worked a day in your life.

Tim with a cake and gift celebrating his retirement
Tim with a cake and gift celebrating his retirement

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    eCampus is a tight-knit group of people who are educators, readers, artists, gamers, bakers, writers, knitters, builders, adventurers, runners...we're adding to this list every day! There's usually laughter in our department meetings, and our potlucks are pretty epic.

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