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Education & Social Science Graduates

Frances Bevel

Frances Bevel

What I do now: I raise funds for the largest hunger relief organization in the twenty-four counties of eastern Oklahoma, distributing more than 17 million meals annually. 

My work/job consists of:  I am the Grants Manager, so I am responsible for all aspects of grant funding for the operations and programs of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma including identifying and researching prospective grants, submitting grant proposals, tracking proposals, submitting progress reports to donors, and supporting relationships with granting organizations.  In 2014 we were awarded nearly $1,000,000 in grant funding. 

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present): I always wanted to help people.  After figuring out that the medical field was not for me, I found out about LSUS’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (then American Humanics).  I quickly realized that a career in nonprofit management was exactly what I wanted.  Upon graduation I was hired as Programs Director for the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank.  After working there for more than 2 years, my fiancé was hired at a newspaper in Tulsa, OK.  My job search led me to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma where I was the Community Events Manager for 5 years.  In 2012 the Food Bank created a new grants manager position which I quickly applied for, as I’ve always enjoyed writing and editing.  I’ve now been grant writing full time for more than 2 years.  I love what I do because I get to do what I enjoy and help feed people struggling with hunger at the same time.  It’s the perfect career!

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):  I grew up in Monroe, LA and always wanted to move away.  I looked at a few universities throughout the state.  I liked Shreveport (it’s not too far from my parents) and immediately felt at home at LSUS. 

Fond memories of LSUS:  Getting to know great people!  I’m still friends with a lot of the people I met in school.  I also loved going to AMI conferences with my Nonprofit Leadership Alliance group in Atlanta and San Diego!

LSUS faculty who helped me:  Dr. Norman Dolch by far had the greatest influence on me and my future. 

How LSUS helped me succeed:  LSUS helped me identify a career path that worked for me.  They not only offered diverse opportunities, but the staff and faculty really helped me grow to be who I am today. 

Advice to college-bound students:  Keep an open mind about what you want to do in the future. 

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:  Talk to as many people in the field that you can.  There are so many different kinds of opportunities in which you can get involved.  I highly recommend the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program.  It will teach you a little about everything in the nonprofit world and really help you choose what aspect you want to work in.    

Tips on choosing a major or career:  Think about what you like to do and about what your strongest skills are.  If you can combine those two things, then you’ll be set. 

What I’ve learned this from life: Everything happens for a reason and everything will be okay. 

 What I’d be doing if I had all the time in the world:  I’d love to camp and hike every national park in the United States.