Pacesetter - Winter 2010 - Behind the Scenes

Who is Amy Moretta?

Amy Moretta is the director of student life and the Residence Hall at Kettering College. She has been on staff at the school since 1999.

How did you become involved with the Residence Hall here?
I attended my brother’s Kettering College graduation in May of 1999 but never imagined that I would be living in the dorm just a few months later. When a friend mentioned the job opening, I inquired about the position that same day, and here I am.

What is the funniest prank a dorm student has ever played on you?
I was the victim of a premeditated Silly String attack early one Sunday morning.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love hanging out with the students and hearing their stories.

What is the one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I have introverted tendencies.

What is your favorite food?
My grandmother’s rice and beans and my uncle’s handmade pizza.

If you could go back and change anything about your life, what would it be?
I would attend Kettering College and graduate from the nursing program, just like I originally planned back in the 1980s.

What is your fondest memory of your childhood?
It’s difficult for me to pick just one memory,but I loved visiting my great-grandmother’s house. I would sneak a peek into her fridge to see what goodies she had for me. This was a very big deal because my mom was on a health kick and had removed all traces of sugar from the house. I was desperate.

What goals or dreams do you have yet to accomplish?
I plan to graduate from the University of Dayton with my master’s degree in community counseling, pass my boards and someday travel the world with my family.

What was the last movie you went to see?
Megamind.

Who have been your mentors in life? What have you learned from each of them?
My mother has been a pillar of strength throughout my life. She taught me to measure my words carefully and to care for those in need. My three living grandparents also taught me to maintain an unwavering faith in God and His plan.

If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
Eagle.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate. The darker the better.

What family tradition have you carried on with your children?
We celebrate the Epiphany on Jan. 6. Christian tradition claims this as the day the wise men visited baby Jesus. My children set out bowls of water for the camels on the eve of Jan. 6. The next morning, the water is gone, and as a symbol of gratitude, the magi leave presents for them.