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Liberal Arts Graduates

Pamela Simek, MLA

Pamela Simek

What I do now: I am the Secretary to the Chief of Police at the Bossier City Police Department. I am also an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice at Bossier Parish Community College.

My work/job consists of: I am the executive administrative assistant to the Chief. I am also a Range Safety Officer (Firearms instructor) for our Police Department.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present): On September 1, 1974, as a high school senior at Parkway High School, I started my career at the Police Department as a part-time file clerk while in the Cooperative Office Education (COE) Program for seniors. In May of 1975, I became a full-time employee of the Records Division. In 1977, I was chosen to be the secretary for the Criminal Investigation Division and stayed in that position for 21 years. In 1996, I was chosen to be the Secretary to the Chief.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS): I was seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and LSUS was affordable and close to home. I worked to pay my tuition and attended night classes while living at home.

Fond memories of LSUS: Graduating in December of 2004 with my Master's Degree while also being LSUS Alumni President. This gave me the opportunity to give the speech to the graduates at my own graduation! After obtaining my Master's Degree, I became an adjunct faculty member in Criminal Justice (2008-2009) and achieved my goal of teaching at my alma mater.

LSUS faculty who helped me: Dr. Fred Hawley, Dr. Bernadette Palombo, Dr. Helen Taylor, Dr. Wilfred Guerin, and Dr. Megan Conway

How LSUS helped me succeed: This University helped me achieve my lifelong dream of obtaining a college education (the first person in my immediate family to do so!). With my Master's Degree, I was able to become a college instructor -- which was ultimately what I wanted to do with my college degrees.

Advice to college-bound students: I would encourage young people to start early while still in high school exploring all options open to them.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field: Law enforcement is both challenging and rewarding, but it is not a field for everyone. Keep and hold your standards high. It is very much a para-military field. Attention to detail is a must. Learn to write well. These things will help you succeed.

Tips on choosing a major or career: Learn what interests and motivates you, as well as what you can do with the degree you seek.

My toughest professional challenge: Graduating from the Police Academy (POST) in April of 1996.

My toughest personal challenge: I have always been motivated to attend and graduate from college, but I found the actual writing of my thesis to be the toughest personal challenge I have encountered to date.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life: May 15, 2007 - Nominated for Athena Award recognizing leadership of women presented by Bossier Chamber of Commerce; 2003-2004 - Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, LSU Shreveport; 2001 - Clerical Personnel of the Year Award, Bossier City Police Department; 1996 - Academic Award -- Law Enforcement Basic Training Academy, Bossier Parish Criminal Justice Institute, Class #64 - Spring Session 1996; 1987 - Clerical Personnel of the Year Award, Bossier City Police Department; 1975 - Outstanding C.O.E. Student of the Year Award, Parkway High School, Employment at Bossier City Police Department

I've learned this from life:  # 1: Life is short - make the most of every day.

#2: Knowledge is power and no one can take that away from you. You build the power to accomplish your goals by educating yourself.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world: I would register for yoga instructor training and become a yoga teacher. I would also travel (even more than I do now!)