CUR’s National Office Team is composed of talented professionals who are passionate about the work they do and their commitment to providing the highest standard of service for CUR’s members and community. After all, our community is our family here at CUR. We have taken a moment to interview each of our National Office Staff for you all to get to know them a little better.
Office Staff Spotlight: Austen Gage
Q: What is your full name, the name you wish to go by, and your organizational title at CUR?
A: Austen Gage | Austen | Sr. Manager of Member and Community Experience
Many people have fancy titles that don’t necessarily describe what they do for the organization to its fullest extent. Can you elaborate on what you do for CUR?
I strive to be an advocate for the member and volunteer voice at CUR. I listen to members and turn what I hear into actions that support our mission. A lot of times, this means digging into data or asking a lot of questions. Every time members give us feedback it makes my day because I can use that information to create better support systems for the community.
Q: What is one thing that most people wouldn't know about you?
A: I am rarely far from my animals. I have a house full of Siberian huskies (the amount of fur is truly incredible!), who accompany me throughout most of my activities. I also have two thoroughbred horses I train and compete in dressage. Any time I am not at my desk, I am probably in the barn!Q: Do you prefer tea or coffee and why? A:
I love both, though I have an incredible collection of teas. I’m always up for trying new tea, and I am always up for suggestions.
Q: Were you involved in undergraduate research when you were in school or elsewhere?A: Though I went to a very small undergraduate school (Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College!), I was lucky to have a lot of encouragement and support from the faculty when it came to research. My work in dramaturgy and art history led me to develop skills working with primary sources and developing sound conclusions. To this day, I am thankful for the work I was able to do. I find I use the skills from my undergraduate work almost every day.
Make sure to check out how to get in touch with Austen and other staff on our National Office Staff page. If you would like to volunteer for a CUR Faculty, Student, or Mentor Spotlight interview, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.