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MEET: Cassie Swanson, assistant director of alumni and parent relations

October 17, 2011

cassie swanson

Name: Cassie Swanson.
Occupation: Assistant director of alumni and parent relations.
Hometown/residence: Machesney Park, Ill. (hometown); Loves Park, Ill. (residence).
You may have seen me: Zipping around campus in a golf cart during reunion, or singing in my band in the Rockford area.
What are a few of your favorite things? Reading, singing, knitting, baking (yes, I am old).
What’s on your desert island jukebox? Radiohead, Eva Cassidy, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Perfect Circle, Natalie Cole, Journey, Fleetwood Mac, Josh Groban. 
Favorite meal? Everything bagel with cream cheese, skim mocha.
Any advice? Don't hide who you are, and treat others as you would like to be treated.
If you could be reincarnated, what person/thing would you like to be? A flower - I would be able to nourish animals/bugs and bring a smile to people during happy and difficult times.
Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? Hmmm...I should be intellectual here, but, I won't. I would swap my fantasy dinner party guests for a fantasy location: one day in Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. What gets you up in the morning? My cat walking around on me meowing and coffee...lots and lots of coffee.
Who are your heroes? My mom for her strength, faith, and giving spirit.
Which talent would you most like to have? To play an instrument.
What’s the number one thing on your bucket list? To be a Disney voice-over!
If you were auditioning for American Idol, what song would you sing? “Heartbreaker.” They need more rock on Idol!
What are you most looking forward to? Being an aunt! My first nephew will join the world in December/January.