By Ivone De Jesus
DEIDRE RUSH is the associate director in the Office of Student Financial Aid. Having worked in the department for 13 years, she must stay current with ever-changing institutional, federal, and state policies and regulations – which, she admits, can be challenging at times. “One must be flexible and have an eye for detail,” Rush said. “I definitely have to be on my toes since the policies and procedures sometimes change overnight.” But, she said she welcomes the challenge and ensures that procedures are followed by enforcing them.
RUSH IS able to balance her role as a financial aid administrator by maintaining a sense of service, and by putting herself in the “student’s shoes when finding solutions to assist them,” she said. Rush takes pride in seeing the students she has helped succeed academically and enjoy their UIC experience.
RUSH BECAME involved with APAC because she wanted to be informed regarding decisions and processes that affect APs on campus. She has been a member of APAC since 2010. The most notable APAC accomplishment for her thus far has been “uniting so many people to provide their feedback regarding the pension petition.” She hopes to serve as a resource to fellow colleagues and recruit more members.
GET TO know more about Rush and APAC by attending the next APAC meeting scheduled on Wednesday, March 14.