Vikki Powell, Class of 1999

Dear Dr. Long,

I sincerely hope that you receive success testimonials from MHR alumni but I don’t think I am one. This is not a reflection of me, the degree or OU but more from the overall employment picture post graduation. I completed my degree in 1999.

I was impacted by downsizing, cuts, right sizing and reorganizations more times than I care to remember. I held positions as an independent contractor, federal contractor, specialist to Director in federal, state and private sectors jobs and had three periods of unemployment. At the age of 60 I was able to fully retire.

I will share that I pursued my degree for one reason. It wasn’t to find better jobs or higher pay. It was because it was what I wanted to do for me. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t see my framed degree hanging on the wall that I don’t feel the PRIDE of my accomplishment. Did the degree open the door for job opportunities? I believe it did. However, if I had a nickel for every time I had to explain the degree was not in Human Resources I’d of retired earlier. I’ve always thought, and still do today, that MHR is confusing to those not familiar with the degree.

I wish you, the department, OU and all students continued success.

Thank you.

Vikki Powell (formerly Vikki Lynch)