20 Questions with Director of Alumni Affairs Megan Haake ‘03
July 7, 2011
Haake (above left, with Ashley Vinsel Herd '03) traveled to the
Island of Capri, Italy, in 2002 while studying abroad at Centre.
Director of Alumni Affairs
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Fort Mitchell, KY — the Wisteria Lane of Northern Kentucky/Southern Cincinnati.
3. What are your hobbies?
In my infinite amount of spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, checking out the latest blockbuster, doing yard work, spending time with family and getting together with friends.
4. What is your dream vacation?
It’s funny — I took my dream vacation from January-May 2002 when I studied abroad during the Strasbourg program. I traveled to 10 countries with my friend and roommate Ashley Vinsel Herd ’03 and had more fun than I have space to share. Trying to compete with that dream vacation will be very tough! But, I still need to check a few European countries off my list: Spain, England and Ireland.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
I don’t have a favorite. My apartment walls are covered with my own black and white photography, along with prints and paintings from my travels.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
I’ve always been a fan of Shel Silverstein’s “I Cannot Go to School Today.”
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I’ve got two answers for this one. I love to watch professional football (although, I won’t be doing much of that this fall). But, I love to play softball and have been the manager/coordinator for the faculty/staff summer team the past three years. Anyone interested in fall ball? Email me.
8. Favorite TV show?
My first inclination is to Gleefully answer with a primetime network comedy. I’m also huge fan of several of the HBO original series.
9. Favorite album?
Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.
10. Favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving. The trees are colorful. The weather’s crisp. My favorite sport is (usually) on TV. The food’s delicious. My budget is still intact. The family is together. And, the retail countdown for Christmas begins the day after.
11. Favorite food?
At home: Skyline Chili. In Danville: Bluegrass Pizza &Pub / Summer Hokkaido. When Kevin’s Cooking: Beef Stroganoff.
12. Most prized possession?
Hmm … I don’t think I have a most prized possession. Rather, my proudest possession is a four-legged feline who, without any training, seems to think I am the most amazing and wonderful person in the whole world. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who has cat-sat for Ms. Moosie McMoosterpants Haake.
13. Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Someone old — Julia Child; Someone new — Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; and Someone P!nk — Alecia Moore.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
My parents will be the first to tell you that I’ve never met a stranger. And, naturally, my favorite part of the job is traveling around the country (and hopefully, someday, the world) making friends with Centre alumni!
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
As a high school student, I was very interested in U.S. History. And, although we rarely took family vacations, I persuaded my parents to re-route our family vacation to the Northeast with a trip to Gettysburg on the way back to Kentucky. The trip turned out to be one of our best family vacations. We drove up the coast visiting historical landmarks in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine, and ended with a private tour of Gettysburg and Lancaster County, Pa. Thanks to our educational family vacations, I can’t go on vacation without a mapped out plan and daily schedule.
16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
If anything was possible, I would be living in Garmisch, Germany, working at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.
17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
Centre afforded me the opportunity to be a student athletic trainer for the football team. Why is this educational? I found I was much better at organizing the fanny packs with hot pink tape and wrapping pre-game ankles than bandaging up bloody wounds and broken bones … so began my career in event planning and communication, not medicine.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Lisbeth Salander (from Stieg Larsson's Millenium series).
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Haven Gillespie Fountain — it’s one of my earliest memories of Centre College. Every time we pass by, my dad casually mentions that Haven Gillespie wrote “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”.
20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Open your eyes, ears and mind to new and exciting experiences. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and enjoy your time at Centre. Four years fly by.
Have comments, suggestions, or story ideas? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Forbes magazine ranks Centre 24th among all the nation's colleges and universities and has named Centre No. 1 among all institutions of higher education in the South for two years in a row. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices. For more, click here.