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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Jaime Vanderbeck works at PSU and helps with PAYP

  • Jaime Vanderbeck, Miss April on the 2013 Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction calendar, came from Salina to attend Pittsburg State University.



    After earning two degrees from PSU, she’s still there, working as assistant director in the PSU graduate and continuing studies office.

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  • Jaime Vanderbeck, Miss April on the 2013 Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction calendar, came from Salina to attend Pittsburg State University.
    After earning two degrees from PSU, she’s still there, working as assistant director in the PSU graduate and continuing studies office.
    “Right now I’m dealing with graduation and getting diplomas out,” Vanderbeck said. “I deal with students and faculty a lot. My job is a great mix of people and processes, and I love it.”
    She noted that her undergraduate degree is in psychology and her graduate  degree is a master of business administration.
    “I  get to do a little bit  of both each day,” she said.
    Vanderbeck’s job has taken her around the world to recruit students for PSU.
    “My first trip was in 2010 and I visited Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam,” she said. “We visited four countries and six cities.”
    During her second trip in February 2012 she went to four cities in India. Her most recent trip, in September, was to Vietnam.
    “We only have a handful of students from Vietnam right now, but there’s a growing trend for Vietnamese students to look for educational opportunities outside their country,” Vanderbeck said. “We want to be there for them.”
    She added that the trips themselves are a learning experience for those doing the traveling.
    “It enables me to taste just a small sample of what the students go through to get here, like a 16-hour  flight and you don’t speak the language,” Vanderbeck said.
    When she’s not involved with her PSU duties, she’s often busy with Pittsburg Area Young Professionals.
    “I got involved with it when it was very first forming,” Vanderbeck said. “Jessilyn Nokes was service chairman the first year and did a great job. I was service chairman for the next three years, was vice president last year and I’ll be the 2013 president.”
    Under her three years as service chairman, PAYP members logged more than 2,000 hours of volunteer service to numerous organizations.
    “Service is my favorite aspect,” Vanderbeck said. “When we started out we weren’t sure what our niche would be. We want to continue helping community organizations and maybe get  our own service projects.”
    One project PAYP has successfully taken on is the annual Easter egg hunt at Lincoln Park.
    “We want it to be a great event for all area families,” Vanderbeck said.
    Her own family is in Salina, and she misses them.
    “I have the greatest family in the world,” she said. “I don’t have any family in Pittsburg at all, but Young Professionals has become like a family for me. I can’t say enough about what it has done in my life, especially not being from here.”
    Page 2 of 2 - But Vanderbeck still enjoys Pittsburg and has done other community work, including serving on the boards of the Salvation Army and the Little Balkans Days. She is also a member of the Pittsburg Kiwanis  Club, and is a graduate of  Leadership Crawford County and Leadership Pittsburg State University.
    She has also served as a facilitator for Youth Leadership  Crawford County.
    “I definitely enjoy Pittsburg for the opportunities that are here,” Vanderbeck said. “It has definitely become home.”
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