Get to Know You – Rachel the Registrar

How long have you been at Nightingale and what do you do here?


I’ve been with Nightingale College for 9 months now. I’m the College Registrar and I love my job. I provide transcript evaluations for learners who have attended different schools and are wanting to bring in those credits to transfer here. The Registrar’s Office manages all the academic records for our learners; therefore, we must ensure that we are always in compliance with our accreditors. Registrar’s Office continuously follows up with learners to ensure that we receive all required paperwork needed for their academic files. We manage attendance keeping; therefore, we check attendance weekly to ensure that our learners are attending their courses and if they’re not, we must take the steps to either withdraw them or put them on probation. I also register all learners for their courses every semester.


What is your favorite part of your job?


I enjoy the pressure that is put on me to ensure we are always in compliance and are meeting deadlines. I also enjoy the interactions that I get to have with our learners. It’s not very often, but helping our learners reach their goals even if it is just by ensuring that they get transcripts on time or their schedules put in right away brings joy to me.


Where did you go to school? What’s your degree in?


I went to school at California State University of Bakersfield, and I received my Bachelor’s degree in teaching. I wanted to teach math, but Calculus changed my mind.

What is something that is important to you?


Something that I think is important is my family. They all live in California. I strive every day to ensure that I am always talking to someone because I love my family more than anything. I have to know what they are doing at all times to know that they’re still a part of my life, even though I’m here.


If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go?


Israel. That is my dream, to go to Israel. I just want to walk where Jesus walked and see where he was baptized and everything.

Out of confidence, competence, and compassion, which do you think best describes you?


Compassion, for sure. I think that was just a personality trait that I was born with I just have so much love for people and my heart just breaks for anyone who doesn’t have what they need. I like to think that I would do anything for anyone. I would open my house and my arms to anyone who needed it, because you never know what their story is, and where they’re coming from, and why they’re in the position they’re in, and so my heart just breaks for them.



When you’re not at work, what do you like to do for fun?


Watch the Walking Dead with my husband. The Walking Dead is our favorite show right now, we’re re-watching it.



Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?


Tacos. I like both, but I feel like I can only handle so much sushi. Sushi is almost an acquired taste, sometimes it’s too much fish, whereas with tacos it’s just unlimited.


What is your favorite part about Nightingale?


Just the encouragement that I get professionally, developing myself. I’m starting my Master’s next year, next January, and I don’t think I would have taken that step if it hadn’t been for Nightingale just encouraging that. And always professionally developing yourself.


Introducing the Military Advisor: Meet Eric Cox

Eric CoxWe are excited to announce a new position within the Learner Advising and Life Resources (LALR) Department, the Military Advisor. Eric Cox will be celebrating his three-year work-iversay in September. He started his journey with the College being a General Education (GE) instructor teaching Social Sciences. However, with his twenty-seven years experience in the military, he became interested in serving the College in a different fashion and gravitated toward the Military Advisor position. Joining an incredible team of learner advocates in LALR, we are thrilled to share that Eric is the new Military Advisor for learners.

To learn more about services provided by Nightingale College’s LALR Department, click here.

What is your current position?

Military Advisor

What interested you about the Military Advisor position?

I served in the military (Army/Air Force) for 27 years in both combat and medical capacities. I worked with nearly every specialty among all the services. I understand the challenges facing military members, both active and reserve, and their families. One of my favorite roles while in the military was a mentor. I very much enjoyed getting to know those I worked with, their passions and goals, and then helping them achieve them. I see this role as something very similar.

How does your position relate to learners?

I’m sure you know what LALR does. I’ll just focus on the military side but work with any learner.

What are you most excited about in your new position?

See #3

Share one piece of advice for the learners of Nightingale.

Don’t play leap frog with a unicorn.

Finish this sentence: When I am not at work, you can find me . . . 

See the next response.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Golf, boating, hiking, fishing, hunting, shooting.

Health and wellness is a passion of yours. How would you advise our learners to implement a regular fitness routine into their schedule? 

Eric CoxVery similar to #2 above

From your personal experience, what advice and tips would you give to our learners about time management?

Big rocks first. You’ve probably seen the demonstration or heard the example. Take a jar, some bigger rocks and lots of small rocks/sand. If you put the smaller rocks in first there won’t be room for all the big rocks. But if you put the big rocks in first, all the smaller ones will fit in there. So do some life triage and discover which things are the most important and take care of those first. There will always be time to get to enough of the lower priority things.

What are three things you learned that has helped you become the person you are today?

Serve selflessly, respect is earned, don’t panic (you’re more likely to die if you do)

Tell us about your military experience. Did you have a specialty? Any fun moments that you would like to share?

Eric CoxEric CoxIn the Army I was an 11C – Indirect Fire Infantry (I shot mortars). An interesting moment anyway. I shot the 107-mm mortar which was prone to misfires after the firing tube got hot. During a fire mission we experienced a hung round so everyone but me moved 50 meters away since the round had a 40 meter kill radius. As the gunner, my job was to jump up and down on the firing tube and try to get the round to fire. The round made it to the firing pin and KABOOM. Scared me pretty good.

In the Air Force I was a 43A – Aerospace and Operational Physiologist. One of the most fun things I did was jump out of airplanes and helicopters. I attached a few pics. The mortar in the track is like the one I shot. The other two are of me. The one in the plane is just before we jumped and the other is landing (obviously). Although I should have included one of me showing off my superb mouse and keyboard skills.