Q&A With Assistant Professor Vivian Turner

Alyssa Yakey
Digital Editor

1. What brought you to RC?

“The opportunity to come to RC came when my husband Gary was offered a full-time teaching position. We were in Louisiana and he was working on his graduate degree while our son was sick. I’ve always wanted to teach at a Christian college and God opened that door for me. Now I am the assistant professor of science and mathematics and have been at RC for 25 years.”

2. What do you like most about your job?

“My relationships with students. RC is small enough that we can get to know students and have them over for supper. I try to make an impact on students and students impact me.”

3. Where did you grow up? 

“I was born in Illinois, but when I was five we moved to Maryland. I consider that my home and all-time favorite place with the rolling hills, beautiful country and ocean; I always used to enjoy fishing with my dad."

4. Where did you go to college?

“I went to college at Lipscomb University and received a BS in Health & Physical Education. From there I went to Middle Tennessee State University and received a MS in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Safety."

5. What’s your most prized possession?

“My most prized possession…I would have to say my photo albums and scrapbooks. A lot of trips we made with family and friends are in there. Also GEO and field study.”

6. What are your hobbies/interests?

 

“My current favorite hobby is playing with my grandkids. I also love to go biking and watch college football (University of Michigan) or major league baseball, in which, 'Go Orioles!' or Tigers, unless they are playing the Orioles. Growing up my favorite hobby was fast-pitch softball. We were state champs.”

 

7. What is your most embarrassing moment?

“I was a freshman in high school and it was only two to three days into the school year when I was riding the bus for school and swallowed my retainer. I was choking and couldn’t get it out, so the bus driver had to pull over. Everyone was watching and as soon as the bus driver is about to help me, I fixed it and was fine.”

8. What is your favorite thing to do in Downtown Rochester?

 “Only time we go there is for a restaurant like Penn Station or Kruse & Muer for pizza!”

9. What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?

“My own insecurities. In high school, I always struggled to make friends and softball was really my only 'thing.' I didn’t really hang out with a lot of people. Then as I got older and into the first year of my job, I always wanted to take the blame when a student didn't do well. I used to ask, ‘Was it me?’ But you have to put yourself out there and say, ‘I’m worth it,' and get yourself over any insecurity.”

10. Who is your biggest influence in life?

“My parents, but especially my dad. My dad was very involved in my sports. We would play catch and he would help me with batting practice. I remember one time I was talking to him about my favorite softball coach and my dad looked at me and said, ‘Maybe someday you can have an influence on young adults just like your coach did on you.’ And it made me realize what I want to do in life.”