Staff of TKE - Travis Skodack
Fraternal Services Specialist
INDIANAPOLIS - In the summer of 2010, a photographer named Brandon began taking photos of thousands of New Yorkers. His goal was to put a face to the image that people had of the different New York boroughs and its inhabitants. As if overnight, Humans of New York became a worldwide sensation.
We looked at the Humans of New York project and realized we faced a similar challenge. Many individuals outside of the Fraternity's immediate points of contact do not truly know who is answering the phone, posting on social media or handling various tasks at the organizational level. For that reason, we are excited to launch the first edition of "Staff of TKE." Every two weeks we will highlight a new individual on TKE's Professional Staff. Each post will include two photos and a candid conversation. Enjoy!
Name: Travis Skodack
Position: Fraternal Services Specialist
Chapter: Boise State (Nu-Eta)
Contact Travis for questions regarding expansion efforts, ritual, chapter and colony growth, bona fide suspender tips and bearded conversations.
Easy question first. What's your favorite type of coffee?
#1: Black. No cream. No sugar.
#2: Caramel macchiato.
Why one over the other?
I don't like the extra stuff. The taste helps me wake up, but a caramel macchiato is like a ritual in Starbucks.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I watch a lot of sports; NFL, NBA, college football and everything Boise State. That's probably about it in terms of sports. I recently picked up reading anything fiction or professional development.
What are you reading right now?
The last thing I read was "Andrew's Brain" by E.L. Doctorow. It was a look inside the mind of someone with a mental disorder. The main character told his story through his personal point of view. It gave me a good perspective of what it would be like to a condition like that, which was interesting. When I'm not reading, I love to see live music, mostly hard rock and metal, but growing up in Atlanta, I love rap.
You grew up in Atlanta, but attended Boise State. Explain that.
I wanted to get as far away from home as possible. Boise had a great football team and I loved the city. It was half an hour from the ski hill and a completely different part of the country from what I had seen before. Looking back at my college years, I felt like I had the perfect experience.
You travel a lot to say the least. What do you like to do on the road?
I love finding something outdoorsy that I had never experienced before: seeing Mount Rushmore; taking a trip to the Minnehaha Park in the Twin Cities; walking down Wrightsville beach in Wilmington, NC. Going on hikes and seeing outdoors stuff, I'll always go out of my way to check out new scenery.
Do you have a favorite region of the country?
Thanks to my travels with TKE I've seen 40 states. I can't say there is anything that's my "favorite." It's all amazing.
Do you collect anything on your travels?
I don't collect anything tangible, but I definitely collect memories.
So you're telling me I have to think about the future?
The next edition of "Staff of TKE" will appear Friday, February 6.
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