Bart Stucker is the coordinator of Orientation & Recreation Programs in the Office of Student Engagement. He is a new addition to the USF Sarasota-Manatee team, and he walked us through a typical day, his favorite thing about working at USFSM and a special talent of his!
Walk us through an average workday.
I do not think there is an average day when it comes to the work we do in this field. One of the great things about working for a small campus is that we get to wear many different “hats.”
I arrive to work around 6:15 a.m. each morning. The quietness before all the students and staff begin to arrive allows me to be my most productive self. With responsibilities surrounding orientation, recreation and wellness, among other responsibilities (committee meetings, student organization meetings, etc.) I do my best to set three goals for each day. This gives me something to work towards.
What do you like most about your job?
My position here is a unique one, to say the least. Not many individuals have the opportunity to work professionally in two fields that have some similarities but many more differences: orientation and recreation/wellness. I think that’s what I like most about my job, the uniqueness of it. It allows me to use a different set of skills and knowledge each day.
What’s the best thing about working at USFSM?
Most definitely the students, and also the staff and faculty that we have the opportunity to work with in being a part of such a small campus community. It’s bittersweet to see students that I’ve had the opportunity to grow close to graduate and say goodbye to staff that are no longer with us, but it’s exciting when we have the opportunity to catch up and just chat about life.
Tell us about yourself, where you’re from, where you grew up.
I am a first-generation college student that comes from a small rural town where not many of us were able to go off to college. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies (Journalism, Public Relations, and Electronic Media) from Indiana State University in 2014 and with my master’s segree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University in 2016.
Any special talents?
Hmm.,… This is a tough one, but I would say I am pretty good at trivia.
Best moment in your life so far?
The best moment of my life so far has definitely been the opportunities I have been provided to road trip with a select group of friends to cheer on Indiana State Athletics. It’s great to still be able to give back to my alma mater by taking pride in our athletic teams. As of this date, we have traveled roughly 20,000 miles together. We’ve been able to see many states I would never think I would go to; New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota, just to name a few.
Imagine you won the lottery. … what’s next?
I do not think if I won the lottery I could stop working… I would take quite a bit of time off, however. My dream is to visit every Major League Baseball stadium in the United States and Canada. Thus far I have been to six, so I have a few to go.