Her new job involves working a lot on
student retention. She works on getting students more involved
in the University, finding programs they want to study, and making
attending HPU an even better experience.
She works closely with advisors and faculty and is described
as a problem solver by students she has helped in the past.
Former public relations major Earlene Dowell, ‘03, said “She’s
wonderful. She listens. I had to see her about a very difficult
situation and she was very responsive, compassionate, and wonderful.
She solves problems.”
Helen Varner, dean of the College of Communication at HPU,
joins Dowell in praising Espanola: “I have dealt with her since
she came to the University. Not only is she incredibly efficient,
but she is also a student advocate. She has an extremely complicated
job that is often not appreciated. She is a problemsolver, a
confidant, an organizer, a facilitator, and she is excellent
at all of that,” said Varner.
Espanola herself is no less positive towards her co-workers.
She said she works with the best group of people ever. “These
people go the distance for the students,” she said. She
added that she learns from the people she works with, as well
as from the students. She loves working with students, she said,
but doesn’t get much direct contact with them now as
she has a lot of administrative work and meetings.
Of Filipino descent herself, Espanola has a great interest
in different cultures and traveling. She hasn’t had much
spare time the last four years, but she makes up for it by
vicariously through her students. She enjoys meeting them when
they first arrive, seeing them grow, and especially seeing
One day she wishes to travel herself. A trip to her parent’s
homeland, or maybe getting on a motorcycle and driving across
New Zealand, is among the alternatives she’s considered.
But for now she enjoys being at HPU, because she really loves