Antelope Intros: Brittany Patton, Jacob Schellenberg, Francisco Chavez
Antelope Intros is a recurring GCU Today feature that introduces some of our new employees to the people around them in a way that is fun and informative. Employees are eligible to be featured in the month following their orientation.
Job title: Enrollment counselor
Job location: Tempe
What attracted you to GCU? Oh, what a marvelous testimony! I applied in January for positions at GCU but was unable to get an interview. I was working for another institution and I was so unhappy. Even after a promotion, I had a hard time sleeping. I decided that I’d rather be unemployed. The job had taken away all of my faith and I was depressed, but then I went to church. A young lady stopped me and inquired about my hair and I gave her my number. The next day, I called her and we became friends and she was an employee of GCU! She gave me a referral and I received a call from a beautiful young lady named April Fields — and the rest is history!
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I am a fruit peddler. I can dip 150 pieces of fruit in fewer than 45 minutes! I like to look at myself as the generic version of Edible Arrangements. I enjoy creating and being an entrepreneur. I sell virgin extensions wholesale and individually, and I am a stylist and makeup artist as well.
What are you passionate about? Self-help books that focus on love, relationship/team building, conflict coaching and poverty. I do not do well with stories with characters. I have a terrible memory. I forget what I ate for breakfast!
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I mentor during my off times. I created a network of young, educated Christian women who mentor young girls who have been through sex trafficking. I teach them self-love, confidence, dating and more. I also love Custom Kreations Boutique because I have a partnership with them and we sell everything beautiful for girly-girls who like pink! (Must like pink, bows and tulips.) I also like Rejected Thrifts Boutique.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I was a pageant girl. I am a plus-size woman, and I have won two pageants and participated in three.
What are you most proud of? I do event planning, and my last contract was for a fashion show for a local boutique in Jackson, Miss., in which we raised more than $4,000 and had a turnout of 1,500 people. I was truly amazed by the success of the show because we did four months of round-the-clock planning and spent what seemed like hundreds of dollars on Starbucks.
Job title: Academic Web developer
Job location: 27th Avenue Office Center
What attracted you to GCU? I was attracted to GCU by my passion for developing video games. My dream is to create educational games and media that provide students an intuitive, interactive and exciting environment to learn in. When I saw that GCU was looking for exactly that, I knew I had to be part of it.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I have been playing guitar since I was 10 years old, so about 13 years now, and for fun I absolutely love playing for people. There is a particular sweet joy that comes from sharing music with others. I also love to read fantasy fiction, play and make games, spend time with friends and family, write in my journal and think.
What are you passionate about? I am passionate for knowledge. I seek it, I need it and I want to share it. I am passionate about providing for and loving my family because they are the ones who keep me afloat and I learn so much from them – not only immediate family but everyone, all of God’s children, who are also my brothers and sisters.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? I love the wonderful events we have here in Phoenix, from Comicon to the Renaissance Festival, Warped Tour, the art shows and standup comedy. There are a lot of favorites and a lot of other things to do besides that.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I try my best to be reserved and humble, to listen and love. I want to help, even if I might look as if I don’t. I want to teach, even though I stumble with words. I write in my journal every day, multiple times per day, so that someday others can learn from my struggles, of my successes, of my pain and of my joy.
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my wife, for having the patience of an angel, and of my son for being brave, bold and like his dad in so many ways.
Job title: Inbound call center specialist
Job location: 27th Avenue Office Center
What attracted you to GCU? I studied at GCU for three years and also worked as a student worker and loved everything about GCU, so I decided to stay longer to be part of GCU’s growth.
What do you do for fun and where do you find that outlet? I enjoy hanging out with friends, especially those from my church youth group. I also like to learn new songs on the piano.
What are you passionate about? I love the medical field and I love playing the piano. I will soon be applying to medical school and studying to become a pediatrician. I hope I still get a chance to sit and play my piano once in a while.
What are your favorite places or events in the Valley that you like to visit? During the summer days, I try to stay in as much as possible to avoid getting toasted. I recently discovered that paintballing has become one of my new hobbies. When it is not too hot, I like to spend my time doing outdoor activities.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I am the pianist of a worship team at my church. Also, some people don’t know that I took my first college course when I was 13 years old (my freshman year in high school).
What are you most proud of? Graduating with my associate’s degree a week before earning my high school diploma and three years later graduating from GCU with my bachelor’s degree.