Rachel Arroyo Phillips: Sullivan Louisville Alum of the Month
Rachel Arroyo Phillips was selected as Alum of the Month from Sullivan University's Louisville campus. She was humbled to have been nominated and honored to be chosen. "I am a believer in Sullivan University's commitment to its students. I have been a part-time student at Sullivan since 2003. The instructors and staff have expressed genuine interest in my success over the last 12 years," she said. Rachel earned her degree in Office Administration Management in 2007 and her Bachelors in Business Management in 2012. She is currently working on her Masters in Conflict Management and will graduate in 2016. "I chose to pursue an Associate's degree in the office management field to enhance the skills I learned while serving in the US Army as an administrative specialist. During that time, I gained employment in the law enforcement field. I quickly learned the importance of being able to effectively communicate and work with others in stressful situations. I was attracted to the business management field because my goal is to reach the rank of sergeant in my organization within the next 3 years," Rachel said.
We asked Rachel to tell us about her favorite experiences while at Sullivan. She indicated, "I found the team assignments, (both online and in class) to be very helpful. They prepared me to work well with others to accomplish a common goal while minimizing and/or preventing conflict. Sullivan has also helped me gain the confidence to challenge myself and lead others."
Rachel currently works as Recruitment and Selection Officer for the Louisville Metro Police Department. She is responsible for completing thorough background investigation of applicants, maintaining detailed records, attending recruiting events, administering hiring exams and works closely with the human resources department. "I must be familiar with employment laws and best practices. The business management program equipped me with the skills to effectively perform my job by exposing me to topics/areas of study that I am now responsible for in my current position."
Her advice to students is: "In the words of wisdom given to me by Dr. Gary Boettcher, "If you don't give up now, you'll finish."
Congrats to all of Rachel's success and we wish her luck with her future goals!
Read about past alumni of the month