December 1, 2023

Q&A with CSU representative: Rod Sweet

How long have you worked as an Outreach representative?
I have worked as an Outreach representative since October 2012.

Which degree program(s) do you represent?
Human resource management.

What do you enjoy most when meeting with partners?
I enjoy hearing the different perspectives from potential students on where they are in life and why they are pursuing their degrees. It’s really amazing to meet people from all over the United States.

Share an interesting story from your travels.
On my travels, I have met several people who want to complete their degrees before their children graduate high school. I always inquire about why and they usually want to prove to their children that obtaining a college degree is not impossible. I met Sara on one of my trips. She was completing her bachelor’s at the same time her twin sons were entering college on scholarships.

Describe a memorable moment from one of your travels.
One of my most memorable moments happened in Dallas. An ice storm was approaching and I caught the last flight out. The crazy thing was after the flight crew had completed boarding, they came back on to take people off of the flight. I was lucky because if I would not have made that flight, I would have been stuck in Dallas for several days.

What are your top three travel tips and why?

  1. Make sure your luggage zipper works correctly, so that nothing falls out and you won’t get a call to come back to the airport to pick up something that fell out.
  2. Pack some casual clothes with your business attire because you never know what might be going on in that city on that exact night.
  3. Check your suitcase twice before you leave to make sure that you are not forgetting that one important item.

Where is your top choice for travel and why?
Colorado. It is an amazing state with all the wildlife and the mountain views. I always look forward to visiting Colorado.

Where was the last place you traveled for CSU? Share a highlight from that trip.
I was in Orlando for the Society for Human Resource Management conference last week. I was amazed that most of the attendees were looking for an affordable and flexible option to continue their graduate level studies. CSU is the perfect match for these HR professionals. It was awesome that I was able to experience this national conference as an Outreach rep.

What quote inspires you most?
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” —Dalai Lama