Amy Rell, Professor and Chair of Global Studies What are your hobbies and interests? To travel anywhere; shop for anything; get an iced tea on a beautiful restaurant patio with my husband; a rare movie escape; true crime podcasts; highly intellectual TV such as Survivor, Bachelor in Paradise, and Top Chef; and SLEEP. Tell us about your family life? A beautiful husband from Israel, a four year old son who is your average “fournado”, and two year old twins. Hence, SLEEP as a hobby or interest that I wish there was more of! Do you have any pets? None at present after the incredibly difficult passing of my best friend Oscar just over two years ago. We will add another dog to our family at some point, but we’re barely hanging on right now! Where did you grow up or call home? A Colorado native. I lived away for many, many years in places like New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Jose and Madrid. Happy to be back home less than a mile away from the house I was born in, and where my parents still live. What do you like to eat? You’ll notice that I eat all day long, nibbling on bits and pieces of this and that. That is because I love pretty much everything! I don’t eat meat very often and I particularly love Israeli/Mediterranean food and Mexican food. With global cuisine of all kinds coming in next…Indian, Japanese, Italian, Peruvian, Argentinian, French, Lebanese, etc. What do you like to brag about? I’m about to run my second marathon. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m more proud of that accomplishment than earning my doctorate degree. How long have you been in your current position? A few months! But at Regis for 5 years in various capacities. What do you do at Regis and why is it important to you? Right now, I’m chairing the new Global Studies Degree. I’m incredibly passionate about internationalization; infusing our institution with global perspectives and ensuring that our students graduate with the skills necessary to excel in a rapidly changing global society. Offering a Global Studies degree positions Regis to internationalize our curriculum, which is a game changer that will transform the Regis student experience. What led you to Regis? The opportunity to lead the incredibly forward thinking and innovative Dual Language program. What are you passionate about and what is most important to you? I have the hunch everyone will say this over the next several faculty get to know you’s. It’s not sexy but it’s true…it’s my family. In particular, my daughter. I want her to see a strong, successful, female figure in me. Someone who is passionate about the work I do, taking care of my family, taking care of myself and balancing all of life’s ups and downs (easier said than done). I want her to know she can do whatever she wants to do and be whoever she wants to be. Then again, my daughter is pretty fierce, so I have a suspicion she will be teaching me much more than I teach her. Who do you look up to? More than anyone else, my father. He is my inspiration and I love him more than could ever be expressed. In regard to your personal goals, where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years? Honestly, with a four year old and two year old twins at home, my goal is to get through today! With any luck, in 5-10 years I will have begun to raise happy, gracious, kind and responsible children; I will have more time with my husband; we will host Shabbat dinners every Friday night with our closest family and friends; Global Studies will have enrolled, retained and graduated an enviable number of students and serve as a model curriculum that other institutions want to adopt; and my life will continue to be filled with meaningful relationships that bring me energy and joy. And oh, I’ll be able to enjoy my Broncos season tickets again! What have your life experiences taught you? That I have so much left to learn. If you could create any program, what is it and why? It’s the exact program I am creating now. How cool is that? If you could do anything you wanted right now, and money was of no object, what would it be? Hop on a plane with my husband for the weekend. Go somewhere new and amazing. Explore, eat out, shop, relax by a pool, read, relax and reinvigorate. As well as, organizational lunches with my mom. What does your perfect day look like? Sleep in late, no kiddos to wake us. Spend the day with my husband. Go to a delicious restaurant for an Israeli breakfast, shop with no budget restrictions at an outside mall, sit outside at a coffee shop and read while sipping a hot cocoa with extra whipped cream, go to a sci-fi or disaster movie with my legs up on the seat in front of me the whole time, enjoy a fancy dinner at a new trendy restaurant, drive home with the windows down and fresh night air seeping in the car, tuck the kiddos in, take a long bath, get in bed and listen to a podcast, and sleep all through the night with no interruptions. DREAM ON, AMY. When asked, would you rather… Watch, Star Wars, or Star Trek? No thanks to both, but I love sci fi movies like Minority Report, Oblivion, Passengers, Arrival Read on a Kindle or paperback book? Paperback Watch TV or read a book? TV, I know, so not academic of me. Go to the theater or a movie? Movie Go to a comedy club or dance club? Dance Club Have a night out or evening in? BY MYSELF! Watch sports or play sports? Watch sports Hike or bike? Both Go camping or stay at a hotel? Hotel please. Vacation in Hawaii or Alaska? Both! Travel by plane, train, automobile, or boat? Flying is awful but the places it takes you makes it worth it, but I would enjoy traveling by sailboat. Swim in a pool or in the ocean? Ocean Go canoeing or waterskiing? Yes to both. Choose a free trip or money? Free trip. Enjoy a Margarita or Beer? Don’t drink, sorry.