At Golden Key, we value our Advisors and all they do to ensure our chapters succeed. These hardworking university faculty, staff and administrators volunteer their time to help Golden Key develop and maintain high standards of education. In order to show our appreciation, we’ve decided to spotlight some of these great people. Next up is Aimee Pozorski from Central Connecticut State University.
- What is your role at Central Connecticut State University?
I am an associate Professor of English at CCSU. I am the contemporary Americanist, so I teach upper level American literature courses, but I also teach contemporary literature, writing courses, and special topics courses in the Honors Program such as Freud and Trauma.
- How long have you been a Golden Key Advisor?
I have been a Golden Key advisor since 2005.
- What does it mean to you to be on Golden Key’s Council of Advisors?
I was so honored to be nominated for Golden Key’s Council of Advisors! I work hard for our students, and think of them primarily as the target of my work, but never really understood how much that work also means to Golden Key Headquarters. I am very pleased to be on a team of outstanding advisors; all of them have taught me in their own way how to improve my own advising at Central.
- How do you make an impact as a Golden Key advisor? Tell us a little about your chapter.
My approach to most things in life – my work as a researcher and teacher, my work in the community, my work as a parent and a spouse – has been to strive for a confluence and balance, with everything supporting everything else. I see this often in the culture of the CCSU chapter: the Golden Key chapter leaders who are also involved in the elementary education program have made connections with their Education Club and the local Children’s hospital for service projects. The marketing student with expertise in social networking has improved our web presence a thousandfold in the last six months. The president who is also a history major brought in the support of a prestigious history faculty member who is now not only an honorary member but also a key note speaker at our fall New Member Recognition Event. These are just a few ways that Golden key members of our chapter have brought in aspects of their own lives and interest to help build the chapter; and in so doing, our chapter is able to boost these other programs in turn.
- What do you enjoy most about being a GK Advisor?
I most enjoy working closely with the officers and honorary members. Golden Key is one of the few honor societies we have that allows people to work together across disciplinary lines. I have learned so much from these stellar students who come from backgrounds in business, history, the sciences, mathematics, etc. My universe would be very small without my daily interactions with these committed students and faculty.
- What is your favorite GK-related experience or memory?
One of my recent favorite memories is meeting members of our Golden Key chapter at a local Relay for Life event. This is a cause with very personal meaning to our former President. I was busy early in the evening on a Friday, but I met the remaining students who pledged to walk all night on the campus of University of Hartford later that night. We walked several laps together with the thump of the DJ’s music behind us. We collected bracelets to string together with every lap. I was able to bring my husband and young son to that event and we all walked together. It was a very unifying experience, and also very emotional – walking with my son, knowing that some children lose their parents way too early in life but still find a way to emerge as leaders in their universities, communities, and beyond.
- How do you think Golden Key members Stand Out, Stand Up and Stand Together?
I think the inextricable link between the two pillars of community service and leadership allow Golden Key members to use their voices and take a stand for the common good. While all of these students are obviously stellar in terms of academics, I admire so much how they put their intellects to work – to make real change in the community and to inspire others to do the same.
- What are some of your hobbies?
My hobbies include gardening, running, refinishing old furniture, and volunteering with young children.
- Where are you from/ where did you grow up?
I am from Wisconsin, where I lived for most of my life. I lived in many small towns in Wisconsin, most noteworthy in Green Bay, until I moved to Atlanta when I was 25 for graduate school.
- Beach or mountains?
I like to swim, I like the sun, I like the sand, so, in that way: Beach. But I love the views, the hiking, the sense of exhilaration when reaching the peak of a bluff, so: Mountains.
- Do you have any pets?
I do have a pet. She is a 2 ½ year old boxer puppy named Athena. She is fawn colored with a white “owl” marking on her chest. So we named her after the goddess of wisdom and war strategy whose symbol is also the owl.
- Coke or Pepsi?
Definitely Coke. It has to be Coke. I earned my doctorate at Emory University after all!
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About Golden Key
Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity.