New Hires: Introducing Tesicca and Mark
We recently welcomed Mark Beaty (Research & Evaluation Coordinator) and Tesicca Truong (Engagement & Program Coordinator) to our SFU Public Square team. We thought that having them interview each other would be a great way for them to get to know each other and for you to get to know them better!
Mark: I think it would be interesting to find out what we have in common. So I know you were also a SFU student, but I don’t know what you studied.
Tesicca: I am currently completing an Honours in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Education. This amazing opportunity came up to work with SFU Public Square, so I am currently taking a break from coursework to engage in community-based learning and help organize the 2015 Community Summit. How about you?
M: I graduated from SFU with a Masters in Public Policy. It was an excellent program in that it gave me a good grounding in both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of decision making that affects the public. I ended up doing my thesis on information and decision making in transportation. Before SFU, I did a Bachelors and a Masters in music at UVic and UBC, respectively.
T: Cool! What instrument do you play?
M: I play the double bass.
T: What’s one song that everyone should drop what they’re doing and listen to?
M: It’s tough to pick just one, but I would have to go with El cheque by the great Cuban band Los Van Van. My turn to ask a fun question: What’s your favourite food?
T: Normally, I would say pho because I grew up eating it and it’s delicious. I just came back from the Social Change Institute at Hollyhock and their eggplant lasagna is to die for. Out of curiosity, where were you before joining us at SFU Public Square?
M: After working for the Red Cross in Norway for a year, my wife and I moved to Pearson United World College on Vancouver Island. She taught English there and I worked in arts programming. Oh, and we were both houseparents, which means we lived alongside 40 teenagers in a dorm. It was quite an experience, making sure they survived the year!
T: No way! I spent a summer at Pearson College for the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership back in 2011. Where you around at that time?