Stephanie Dupaul

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Stephanie Dupaul

Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida & Plano, Texas

Education: B.A., English, University of Texas; M.A., English, Southern Methodist University; Ed.D., Higher Education and Leadership, University of Alabama

Favorite ice cream flavor? Hazelnut from Bev's on in Carytown. Otherwise, chocolate peanut butter. But only if it is a swirl of peanut butter. Putting in chunks of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is cheating.

Favorite music genre? Top 40. Or the Beastie Boys. Tragically, a lot of what I like now shows up on the "oldies" stations.

Favorite RVA restaurant? It is impossible to pick just one! My most recent favorite for food is Shagbark (try the Vidalia Onion Soup, it will change your life); for location and food try the patio at The Daily (warning: they don’t serve Diet Coke).

Biggest travel-related phobia? Being late for a school visit.

What is the coolest architectural feature on campus? Why?

I love the hidden nods to UR history and culture, like the spider in one of the stained glass windows in the Chapel, the face of the campus architect over the doors to Sarah Brunet Hall, or the way Gray Court, when viewed from above, is in the shape of a “W” in honor of Westhampton College.

If you could take any class at UR, what would it be?

BIOL 332, Tropical Marine Biology. Did you notice that the lab includes field trips and a spring break trip to the Caribbean? Or LDST 368, Leadership on Stage and Screen. This course looks at leadership on stage – how is leadership shown in Hamlet? Or in Hamilton? Also I’d love to take GEOG 260, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. I’m a bit of a map nerd, and the ArcGIS software and GPS technology they use in this class is amazing. You can see some of their work online, as one class mapped the jogging trails on campus using this technology.

What is one piece of advice you’d give students for the college search/application process?

Trust the process, and remember to breathe. It’s going to be ok! Stay on top of your deadlines, try not to get pulled into other people’s angst, and stay focused on things that are important to YOU. Finally, the simplest advice and the hardest to follow: don’t let the college admission process rule you and your family’s life for the next year.

Is there a particularly memorable recruitment story you’d like to share?

I attended a college fair at a Long Island high school (name withheld!) on Halloween, and spent two hours talking seriously about college with Spongebob Squarepants, several Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a very sincere mouse who wanted to be — there is no making this up — a psychologist.