December 10, 2015
By Jennifer King / John V. Roach Honors College
The John V. Roach Honors College is proud to introduce three new members of the Honors family. Marie Martinez, one of our valiant Honors advisors, joined our team this summer. Renda Williams, our tireless administrative assistant, came to us at the end of October. In January, Lynn Herrera will come on board as assistant to the dean.
Marie grew up in Mesquite, Texas and earned her M.A. in English from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. It was there that she began to teach both rhetoric and composition, and her passion for her students drove her to pursue further opportunities in higher education. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at TCU. Like many of her students, Marie experienced TCU’s unique energy and found that our campus felt like home. She began teaching literature and composition courses in 2009 before being hired as an advisor in the Honors College.
When asked why she desired to work in Honors, Marie replied, “High achieving students are a special kind of people with unique perspectives and unique challenges to face, but they are also silly, creating a smart energy around the office.”
She is passionate about expanding the Honors College and incorporating faculty and students from departments across campus. It is easy to see the original spark of passion that ferried Marie into the world of higher education when she vocalizes her beliefs and expectations about the change we each have the ability to make in the world.
Renda, a Fort Worth native, attended Texas Wesleyan University and received her B.B.A. in marketing and never predicting that she would one day work in higher education. While her children were growing up, she found her calling working in their school system. From a young age, she had regarded TCU as “the place to be,” and she began working in the Neeley School of Business in May of 2009 as the administrative assistant in the Supply and Value Chain Center. While she enjoyed her position, she missed interacting with students on a daily basis, and it was this longing that prompted her interest in Honors.
She joined Honors in October, and wants to make sure students always feel comfortable coming in with questions, concerns, or even a simple desire to talk. Her warm, welcoming demeanor and willingness to help make students feel like the Honors office is a haven in an otherwise hectic schedule of classes, meetings, and interviews. Renda has truly enjoyed reconnecting with students and feels that Honors is a very exciting place to be.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Lynn attended both Syracuse University School of Art and The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a concentration in painting and photography. When her daughters started school, Lynn dove into the world of education and discovered that she enjoyed working with students at all levels.
For the past 20 years, she has lived near TCU, but it was not until August of 2011 that she joined the TCU community as an administrative assistant in the English Department. She will be transitioning to Honors in January as our new assistant to the dean, and she is very excited about collaborating with the faculty, staff, and students within the Honors College. She is most looking forward to the challenges of her new position, particularly the opportunity to organize new and innovative projects. She playfully states that her first order of business will be ensuring that quality coffee is available around the clock in the third floor Honors annex of Scharbauer. The zeal with which she faces challenges will undoubtedly propel her to do wonderful things here in Honors.
These three ladies have an immense passion for Honors students, and you should drop by and speak with them whenever you have a free moment. Your day will be better if you do, and you cannot help but learn something from your time with Marie, Renda, and Lynn, no matter how brief.