By Emily Staley ’17
Having a three-part job keeps things interesting for Alix Rouby at the John L. Grove College of Business.
Originally from France, Rouby met her husband, a Shippensburg native, while earning her MBA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They lived in Florida for several years before returning to Ship in 2008 to raise their children. Their son and daughter are students at Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School on campus.
Rouby took on the role as director of MBA recruitment, business internships, and entrepreneurial outreach in August 2016 and enjoys the variety in responsibilities. For MBA recruitment, she provides program information to prospective students to show them the benefits of pursuing an MBA at Ship. With the business internship program, she helps to identify and promote internship opportunities by meeting with potential employers and assisting students in their internship search. Working with entrepreneurial outreach involves supporting events through the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation.
She said she’s motivated by “offering opportunities to students to achieve their goals and to see them exceed what they ever thought was possible. It feels awesome to be a part of that.”
Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in France. My dad was in the French Air Force, so we moved quite a bit. I was born in Bordeaux then moved to Narbonne in the South of France followed by Cambrai, close to the Belgian border. We finally settled in Versailles next to Paris. I also spent some time in Nancy, in the east of France, while I was attending business school.
What brought you to the area?
My husband was born and raised in Shippensburg and, while he enjoyed our time in Florida greatly (no shoveling!), after we had our first child, we decided to move back to Pennsylvania to be closer to his family.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I get to interact with so many different types of people on a day-to-day basis: students, faculty, staff, local entrepreneurs, established industry leaders, HR recruiters, prospective students (both traditional and non-traditional, undergrad and graduate levels), high school students… the list goes on.
If you could offer your best tip for life, what would it be?
Take advantage of as many opportunities as you are presented with: move to another country with just two suitcases, try the weird food, talk to the shy people in the group. You never know what you will learn or where life will lead you.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Keeping two little humans alive (so far).
What would you sing at karaoke night?
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye.
If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pasta (although the cheesy grits from Reisner and the hot bowls from the CUB are not far behind).
What do you do to relax?
Does fighting for bandwidth with the kids count as a hobby? Old lady pastimes: gardening, cooking, and reading.
What makes you laugh the most?
The crazy conversations my six and eight-year-olds have when they are in the car. Highly entertaining. Elementary school logic is the best.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I willingly left Florida to move to Ship; what does that tell you? At this point in my life, Shippensburg is a pretty great place to be.
Emily Staley ’17 is an intern for SU Magazine.