By Indiana State University
Feb 3, 2021
It is no surprise that Regina Atkins, ’10 – the daughter of two Indiana State University alumni – became a Sycamore.
But 10 years after graduating with a degree in communication, Atkins continues to share her love of State with prospective students as associate director of student services.
“We serve a mix of students at State and they all have different journeys, and I love that. I have a soft spot for first generation, and when I see them graduate I know that’s why I do what I do. You always hear that an education can have a huge impact on a person’s life, but we really get to see that here.”
Prior to starting full-time in 2011, Atkins was a student worker with the Office of Admissions, serving as a student recruiter at her alma mater, Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, and as a tour guide. When an admissions counselor position opened up in the office during her senior year of college, Atkins applied and worked her way from an admissions counselor for northwest Indiana, to regional coordinator for Indianapolis, to associate director of admissions.
Atkins has served in her current role for six years and supervises four recruiters, four coordinators and a communications specialist. Her team handles the full incoming student experience, which includes coordinating visits to State’s campus, and being on the road visiting schools and recruiting students.
“We are the front door of the institution, people’s first impression of ISU. We do our best to meet student and family needs and coordinate with academic areas. I love making sure that students and families who visit campus have a positive experience and feel comfortable in their home away from home.”
Atkins’s long history with State allows her to better understand incoming students.
“When I was a student the residence halls didn’t have air conditioning. The fountain was flat and the Health and Human Services building was just the Arena. Even though things have changed since I was a student, I can have a true conversation with students and their families about what to expect at State.
“I love this place. It’s a great place for any student, from any walk of life. We have such a diverse student population and have so many opportunities for students to pursue. We still have room to grow, but we’re making strides and doing good things.”