Lamberson joins CMU admissions staff

Summer Lamberson

If sincerity and believability is important when recruiting performing arts students to Central Methodist University — and it is — Summer Lamberson has it nailed.

Lamberson joined CMU’s Admission Department this past Wednesday (Jan. 2) as admissions counselor for performing arts, according to Larry Anderson, director of admissions.

Lamberson finished her bachelor of music education degree from CMU just last month.

“Having been a CMU student, I know the atmosphere,” Lamberson said. “I know the professors and how they care about their students. Prospective students hear that from just about everyone, but it’s real here – I visited other campuses when I was looking at colleges, and I could sense it here.”

The Vandalia native and Van-Far High School graduate already has experience in the recruitment business, having worked several years while a CMU student for Admissions, calling prospective students and their parents – “telecounseling,” as it is called.

It is where she first began to think about some day working for CMU’s Office of Admission, but staff turnover in that department is low and she “didn’t think anything would be available. It’s a blessing.”
After student teaching in elementary schools in both Glasgow and New Franklin (“I loved it”), Lamberson was all set to begin her teaching career. Then, the opportunity to recruit CMU music and theater students opened up, and she jumped on it.

Lamberson herself was very involved in vocal and instrumental music at CMU, and was active in music-related student organizations. She also worked as a student assistant in the music department, was a phonathon caller for the Advancement (fundraising) department, and worked in the CMU library and cafeteria.

“It will be nice to have just one job,” she laughed.

Lamberson is anxious to get started visiting with potential students. Her message will focus on CMU’s high quality programs, and the fact that “we’re genuine, we’re caring.

“If I’m not excited about Central, they won’t get excited,” she said.

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