Anushree Jumde ’11 had never visited the University of Central Arkansas campus prior to registering for classes.
“I think the day that I stepped on campus to sign up for my classes, I really fell in love with the campus because it’s just beautiful. The history behind the college, the buildings, especially Old Main and the library along with the welcoming feeling that my adviser provided to me was another thing that made me choose UCA,” said Jumde.
When reflecting back on her time spent at UCA, Jumde is thankful for all the memories.
As a freshman living in Carmichael Hall, Jumde recalls memories that made her time at UCA unforgettable. In one instance, she and others in the residential hall made “care packages” for the UCA football team.
“We did a little gift for football players…just to cheer them up. We set up little water bottles filled with candy, and I felt that was very sweet for all of us to cheer them on, encourage and motivate them,” said Jumde.
After graduating from UCA with a Bachelor of Science, Jumde earned a Master of Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M before returning to Conway. She first served as district representative for former Congressman Tim Griffin. Presently, she is district representative at Congressman French Hill’s field office.
In this role, Jumde often has to visit the UCA campus, sometimes with Hill. One particular trip, she recalls being on a tour with Hill and other campus dignitaries. During the tour, Bear Force One, the 10-passenger golf cart, got stuck in the mud.
Former UCA President Tom Courtway and Hill helped to push the vehicle out of the mud.
“It was definitely very interesting to see,” Jumde said. “Someone took a picture, framed it and presented it to my boss. We still have that picture in our office.”
Jumde credits her beloved UCA professors and undergraduate internships for her success today. “Internships are what got me this job. I started out as an intern after I graduated from UCA and before I joined Texas A&M,” she said.
Offering wise council during her time at UCA were Dr. Jennie Davis, Dr. Kim Hoffman and Dr. Clay Arnold who all made a lasting impact in her life.
“I would definitely say that I’m in my position today because of them,” said Jumde.