Kimberly Cheek- Stanley has aspired to become a writer since receiving the encouragement of a high school teacher. She enjoys the descriptive power of words and the emotional pull that writing can create. She has worked as a correspondent for The Times Media Company since January of 2012, writing ‘Getting to Know’ profiles that appear in the Community Section. Her position allows her to feature local students and adults who are working to better themselves and their communities.
Kimberly is a 2008 graduate of Purdue University Calumet, with a degree in Professional Writing. In addition to her current position, she has written for the business section of The Times and has published magazine articles, edited a portion of a book, and has written technical instructional manuals. Her hobbies include gardening and assisting local animal shelters and groups.
Awards she has received include a Certificate of Outstanding Academic Achievement, Fall Semester, 2004; The Chronicle Outstanding Achievement Award, 2007-2008; School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Spotlight on Scholarship; and 2008 Semester Honors, Dean’s List.
Kimberly’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience: “I can’t stress enough the personal growth I have experienced as a result of attending Purdue Calumet. Some of my favorite courses unlocked hidden interests and the more difficult ones gave me the confidence to pursue and maintain my current career. It was Purdue Calumet professor Carolyn Boiarsky who initially helped connect me with an editor from The Times. This relationship was vital to my later working with the company.”
Kimberly’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students: “Use every single semester as a way to grow, both mentally and in self confidence. Choose a course of study that fills you with passion, no matter what the current employment trends dictate.”