Staff Spotlight: Jerry Mickles & Christina Lievsay
Limestone College is a military friendly school. But what does that really mean? At Limestone we have two VA Certifying Officials who work as Military Enrollment Coordinators and Advisors to all military students. These advisors help military students from their initial application to walking across the stage at graduation. We had the opportunity to catch up with our military advisors, Christina Lievsay and Jerry Mickles, to see what advice they give to military students who want to obtain a college degree.
Tell us a little bit about you:
Christina Lievsay: I am married with two wonderful furry children. I enjoy reading and doing just about anything outdoors. I retired from the US Navy in 2011.
Jerry Mickles: I retired after 24 years from the Army as a First Sergeant. I have received two degrees from Limestone College in Social Work and Information Security. I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Computer Forensics.
How long have you been with the Limestone family?
CL: Three years.
JM: I have been with Limestone for a little over 3 years.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
CL: Assisting my military students and seeing them graduate.
JM: Working and talking with Veterans.
Do you have any advice to military students who are thinking about going back to college?
CL: Do not procrastinate; even if you are on active duty you can still take one class at a time. I started my degree while on active duty taking only one class at a time. I only had a few classes remaining to complete my program after I retired from the service.
JM: Do not waste your benefits, use them whether it is at Limestone College or another school, you earned them.
What makes Limestone stand out among other colleges in the area?
CL: We are a small college that offers personalized attention to our students. We work closely with our military students to resolve any conflicts that may come up. We also work with students who are deployed, or called to duty unexpectedly.
JM: At Limestone College we take care of our military students. I treat my students just like I treated my soldiers when I was a First Sergeant. You give me the ammunition I will fight the battle for you.