Chris Carver – Our Division. Our Stories.

Christina Carver, She/Her

Office Manager; Residential Life, Housing, and Food Service

About Me

I’m really just a gigantic nerd disguised as a functional adult. I’ve worked in comic book stores on two continents, like playing arcade games, was a semi-professional belly dancer for 21 years, and love spending time with my husband and two children. My family moved to Reno towards the end of 1974 so my father could attend the University of Nevada, Reno, and I’ve lived here almost exclusively since then.

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  • Master of Education, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Bachelor of Science, Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno

Notable Internships & Awards

  • Staff Employees’ Council, Chair, 2016-2017
  • Staff Employees’ Council, Vice Chair, 2015-2016
  • Certificate of Recognition, “Celebrating University of Nevada Women”, Spring 2004
  • Staff Employees’ Council, Secretary, 2003-2004
  • Staff Employees’ Council, Vice Chair, 2002-2003

Who inspires you?

This sounds like the Oscars, but my mom is my greatest inspiration. My mom raised us as a single mother, and even though she thinks she somehow damaged me for life, I think she did a bang up job. She is currently retired, where she struggles to find time for all of her hobbies; weaving, spinning, knitting, ink block art, soap making, and Tai Chi.

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Patience. Because I need more.

Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Trier, Germany. I could move there tomorrow. It’s a college town about the size of Reno, except they speak German and eat pommes frites!

Tell me about a time you failed. How did you deal with this situation?

Life is a series of failures that lead you to succeed. I’m not afraid of failing because I know I’ll learn something from it.

Tell me about a situation in which you have had to adjust to changes over which you had no control. How did you handle it?

My entire time as a military wife was full of change. I learned quickly that I either had to be part of the solution. I joined the enlisted wives group and helped in any way I could.

If you were to tell one person “Thank You” for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

Even though I only speak to her a few times a semester, Paige Hurley is my “Go-To” person on campus. I feel like she knows everything and I really could spend the next ten years learning from her. She is the Queen of Calm.

What would you most regret not having done by the end of your life?

I need to travel more!

What is the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

Is my Master’s an acceptable answer, because it’s ONLY thing I’m working on right now! It will be cool when I’m done!!! I’m going to have a t-shirt made up with my diploma on it. Yes, I will wear it everywhere.

This interview is part of a series entitled Our Division. Our Stories. that seeks to highlight some of the outstanding members of the Division of Student Services at the University of Nevada, Reno. For more information, please contact the Student Services Development and Engagement Committee

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