Name: Chynna Haas
Occupation: Academic support coordinator with Student Support Services.
Hometown/current residence: I was born and raised in Beloit. I then attended my undergrad in Madison, returning to Beloit for a year after graduation before moving to New York City for 10 months. I moved back to Beloit this past June.
You may have seen me: At one of the talks or workshops I facilitated around social identity and community organizing over the past couple months. I also may have helped you schedule a meeting with Dean Davies while I was the temporary executive secretary in her office during August/September.
What are a few of your favorite things? Lazy Sundays spent reading in bed, chocolate cake, and a great-fitting pair of jeans
Any do-over requests to lodge with the universe? Explain. The last episode of the TV show Lost. Seriously, Universe, why? My do-over request is that you re-inspire Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to write a series ending that actually addresses the island's mysteries.
Favorite meal? Though I try to eat a plant-based/vegan diet, my absolute favorite meal (and weakness) is my mom's meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, and dinner rolls.
What can’t you live without? I like to believe that there are no material things that I couldn't live without, so I would have to say that I can't live without laughing. I always manage to find at least one thing per day that cracks me up. The amount that I laugh in the course of the day is how I gauge if I'm truly going out of my way to connect with people.
Any advice? Trust your gut! It is always right.
What do you do in your free time? In my free time, I am usually writing, eating, cooking, sleeping, thrifting, or crafting.
Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? Hillary Clinton, Allison Janney, and Roseanne Barr.
What gets you up in the morning? It's definitely not the seven alarms I set and manage to shut off without waking up! I get out of bed each morning because I love connecting with people and hearing their stories. Whether it's at work, in line at the store, or while pumping gas, I'm always listening to people, trying to learn more about them and thinking about how their stories connect with broader issues.
Who are your heroes? Ada Deer, Ina May Gaskin, and bell hooks.
Which talent would you most like to have? I really wish I had some sort of musical talent. I would love to play the guitar!
What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? The Angel Museum, which is located literally across from the College on Pleasant Street. It has over 11,000 angels, including 600 Black angels from Oprah Winfrey's collection. I've volunteered with the museum for several years and have had the privilege of meeting some of the most dedicated and interesting people in this area. I highly recommend checking it out.
What’s the number one thing on your bucket list? Set out on a trip with no destination in mind, just going wherever seems interesting and is recommended along the way.
Proudest moment? Becoming the first person in my family to earn a B.A. when I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
What are you most looking forward to? Connecting with more students in my new role at Beloit College. I am consistently impressed by the intellect, inquisitiveness, and passion of the students here.