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25 things you may not know about our new faculty member, Jennifer Glover Konfrst

13 Jun Posted by in SJMC news | Comments Off

This fall, Jennifer Glover Konfrst will join the  School of Journalism and Mass Communication as an assistant professor, teaching public relations and also a few courses within the SJMC core curriculum. We asked Professor Konfrst to share 25 things about herself, so that we could all get to know her better. Here’s the list:

1. I lived in a funeral home for a couple years growing up. And no, I don’t believe in ghosts. 

2. I lived in 9 cities before I was 9 years old, and I’ve only lived in 3 since. 
 
3. I am quite unpleasant to be around if I haven’t had a Diet Dr. Pepper for the day. 
 
4. I was born on Christmas Eve. Yes, I sometimes get combo gifts. 
 
5. I recently had a cornea transplant for a genetic condition that affects the cells in my eyes. I was awake for the procedure, so I’m not in a hurry to have the other eye done. 
 
6. I met my husband the basement of G-K the first month of college, and we’ve been married for 17 years. 
 
7. I am obsessed with electoral maps, and my predictions are often pretty solid. 
 
8. I’m pretty nerdy. (See #7)
 
9. My daughter recently turned 13 and my son is almost 11. 
 
10. When I was 7 I had an emergency tonsillectomy after swallowing a toothpick buried in a handful of snow I had eaten. 
                                                                                                                        
11. Our family motto is “Words Matter.”
 
12. I’ve met nearly all the candidates running for president since 1988, but I was most excited about meeting Nate Silver from fivethirtyeight.com and legendary wrestling coach Dan Gable. 
 
13. My dad was a reporter with the Associated Press for more than 30 years, and I grew up alternately inspired by and cynical about politics. I decided to stick with “inspired.” 
 
14. My favorite place in the world is Louie’s Backyard in Key West. 
 
15. I would give anything to write like Aaron Sorkin or talk like his characters. 
 
16. I’m a sucker for Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice
 
17. I have never in my life lived in a home without a cat. 
 
18. I find The West Wing to be television perfection. 
 
19. My favorite movies are The American PresidentBroadcast News, When Harry Met Sally, Pride and Prejudice, and Love, Actually.
 
20. I like pretty much any kind of music. Concerts I’ve attended include: U2, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, The Who, Clint Black, New Kids on the Block, Bush, Matthew Sweet, and Milli Vanilli. I don’t necessarily still like all those artists, but the concerts were fun. 
 
21. I worked in television for 12 years and my kids are the ones with an Emmy.
 
22. At the 2012 Iowa State Fair I milked a cow and threw a Rubber Chicken (receiving the coveted “participation” ribbon!) – for work. 
 
23. I really, really love shopping at Staples.
 
24. I am an excellent joke teller. When I remember the punch line I’m even better. 
 
25. One of my favorite quotes is by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: “I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday, and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised at how far that gets you.”