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Michele Bowen

What is your role in the Service Center of Excellence?

I am a Training Specialist assigned to work with the Facilities Services Division at Carolina. I have a nice eclectic role that enables me to work one-on-one with employees, work with small groups and teach.  In addition to coordinating safety trainings and developing training programs, I am organizing a community outreach program designed to encourage area high school and community college students to examine skilled trades as a potential career option.

What did you do before you came to the SCE?

I was a teacher at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, a high School in Durham.  I taught American History I & II (which spans the Pre-Columbian era all the way up to the present day), as well as Law and Justice (or, ‘Street Law’ as the class was referred to by the students). I was a full-time novelist for several years. I also worked in public health and social work many years ago.

Why are you excited about joining the SCE?

I have always had an eclectic and interdisciplinary approach to my professional pursuits. SCE is a ‘comfy fit’ for me. It is interdisciplinary as well as interactive, with regard to growing as a center that provides excellent service to the UNC community.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Being with my family, writing novels and singing!

What is something people probably wouldn’t know about you?

My ‘side gig’ is writing novels for St. Martin’s Press in New York. I have written six novels.  My books make you laugh, and my editor is waiting on me to hand in novel number seven, entitled, “Praying Like Crazy.”

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