Staff You Should Know: Holly Bokelman

Behind the scenes of any organization, there is someone making sure everything runs smoothly. In the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) at the University of Northern Iowa, one of those people is Holly Bokelman.

Holly Bokelman
As coordinator of special projects for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Bokelman spends her time on marketing, recruitment and campus relations.

As the coordinator of special projects for CSBS, Bokelman spends time on marketing, recruitment and campus relations. This includes meeting with prospective and current students, solving day-to-day problems and handling relations between faculty and staff across campus.

According to Bokelman, the best part of her job is having the opportunity to talk with students and their families. "CSBS majors are unique because of our focus on human development and interaction – how we got here and where we're going. Sometimes people have difficulty seeing the connection between our programs and their practical application, but our programs really are an education for life, not just preparation for a career."

As an undergrad at UNI, Bokelman embraced her liberal arts education and trusted that she would eventually find a career. As an art major, she may not have intended on landing in her current position, but she finds ways to use her education on a daily basis. "I'm a lifelong learner interested in a lot of different subjects, so I enjoy working in an educational environment," said Bokelman.

To her, UNI stands out because of its size, value and the relationships between students, faculty and staff. "Whether it's students, faculty or staff who approach me with a question, I can use my broad understanding to help them get to the right place," noted Bokelman.

Outside of work, Bokelman loves traveling, baking, gardening and finding creative ways to solve problems. As a result of her love for the arts, Bokelman often tries to look at situations from a more creative perspective.

For example, she and her husband were featured in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier in regard to their search for the best electric car. It is through these everyday problems that she is allowed to use her innovative personality. "I like finding creative ways to solve problems because I believe we can always do better," she said.

"The best part about working in CSBS is the variety of perspectives under our roof," Bokelman added. "We focus on understanding and enriching the human experience in a number of ways. We're proof that all of life is interdisciplinary and interrelated."