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Colleen Stowe (Matthias), '89

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Major / Minor: Human Biology
Organization: UW-Milwaukee Cytotechnology Program at ACL Laboratories, Aurora Healthcare
Job Title: Education Coordinator

Why did you choose to go into your program of study?

I was interested in Biology and as I took more courses, I found that I enjoyed my time in the laboratory, particularly using a microscope and preparing samples for evaluation.

When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?

I hoped that my time at UW- Green Bay would help steer me towards a career that I would see as challenging and fulfilling. I was very concerned that I would have a career with my degree. I sought out several options through job shadowing before deciding to go on to acquire an internship and certification in Cytotechnology.

Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?

I worked as a student employee, setting up some of the labs for the Biology courses. This helped me understand the discipline, safety, and attention to detail needed in a science related profession. I was also a waitress/hostess during my college years. I do feel that the skills learned in the service industry have helped me in many ways in my profession too. Customer service, multitasking, organizational skills can be of value in almost any profession that will only aide in your success.

What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?

I worked at the sports center front desk as well as a Resident Hall Assistant. Both positions helped me to be actively involved at UW-Green Bay and meet many fellow students through activities for residents as well as sporting events.

Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.

I am an Education Coordinator for UW-Milwaukee's Cytotechnology Program at ACL Laboratories, Aurora Healthcare. The program provides the clinical experience for UW- Milwaukee students majoring in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Cytotechnology.

How do you keep in contact with other alumni?

I enjoy receiving the Alumni Bulletin and have stayed in contact with several of my classmates. I live in the Milwaukee area now for the past 22 years but some of my family is still in the Green Bay area. I've been able to watch the campus change over the years.

What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?

A student's focus would include a strong background in Biology with an emphasis on Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology as well as Molecular Techniques/Diagnostics.

Can we share your e-mail address on our website/can career services give it out to students inquiring about a job in your place of employment/field?

Yes colleen.stowe@aurora.org

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