Latrinka Owens ’09
Program: Associate of Arts
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Path to St. Kate’s: “I didn’t find St. Kate’s on my own. My cousin told my aunt about it and then she told me. Now I love it here.”
Moving across town: Latrinka finished her two-year Associate of Arts program in Minneapolis. She is now pursuing a degree in social work on the St. Paul campus.
Campus job: Latrinka has kept her job as a resident assistant in Minneapolis. She’s also worked in the Minneapolis Student Life office.
Activities: Latrinka was a member of the Minneapolis Advisory Board — which plans activities for the Minneapolis campus — for three years. She was the chair in 2006–07. She also served as student representative on St. Kate’s Board of Trustees.
Favorite things about the Minneapolis campus: “It’s really personal here and close-knit. It’s not really small but my classes are small. You have a personal relationship with your professors. They know who you are, they know your name and know what’s going on with you.”
Favorite course: “Philosophy and Ethics. I came out of there and was thinking all day about tough issues, such as morality, ethics, the common good — things that we wrestle with everyday. It’s the best class I’ve ever taken by far.”
Faculty muse: Pat Nanoff, professor of liberal arts and sciences. “She’s been a great mentor to me. I can poke my head into her office at any time and say anything. That’s really true for any professor in Minneapolis.”
Best St. Kate’s memory: “India.Arie played at The O’Shaughnessy and it was a great concert. It was great to see that St. Kate’s takes interest in diverse acts.”
Future plans: Latrinka will pursue a career in social work after she graduates in 2011.