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The Center for Career and Professional Development Staff - Lana Kunkel

Lana Kunkel, MAE

Lana Kunkel, MAE

Assistant Director, Professional Development Specialist

Office:  DSU 2001
Phone:  (270)745-3095
Email:  lana.kunkel@wku.edu

My Role in the Center for Career and Professional Development

I serve current students and alumni with their professional development needs including job search tasks (writing resumes, cover letters, interviewing, dressing for the world of work) and choosing a career path (also known as choosing a major, but it goes the other way around… identify careers first, then match the best major!).  I work closely with students and alumni in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, but as a walk-in counselor I can meet with any student.  My other primary responsibility is to serve the students and alumni at the WKU-Elizabethtown campus, by providing appointments in E-town two times per month.    

Educational Background

I graduated twice from WKU first in December 1999 with a BA in Psychology, and a Family Studies Minor and then earned my Master of Arts in Education, Student Affairs and Counseling in December 2001.

My Career Path

When I came to college, I was “good” in math and chemistry and came from a long line of teachers.  So I thought maybe I would be a math teacher – wrong!!  Even though I was good at it, I just didn’t like the thought of teaching math.  I really liked my first psychology class, so I chose that as my major, but didn’t know what jobs went with it, but I began to research.  Realistically though my career began when I became a Resident Assistant which through networking led to my first full-time job and several promotions. Little did I know I would end up in my current position at the Center for Career and Professional Development, where my major of psychology is utilized in my counseling on a daily basis. 

See more:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/lanakunkel

A Little Extra about Me

I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful kids. Being alumni, we love WKU (even got married at the Guthrie Bell Tower!) and we rarely miss WKU football or basketball games.  I am a sports fanatic and continue to play intramurals at WKU, especially flag football and softball.  I’ve been told I am a good cook – but not in the ‘fancy recipe’ way – I just enjoy preparing good old fashioned meals for my family to sit down and enjoy together.

Come by and see me at the Center for Career and Professional Development - Go Tops!!!

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 Last Modified 9/25/14