Spotlight on CASL Staff Member Marlene Dupre

March 8, 2021

Enjoy the following Q&A with Marlene Dupre, assistant director of CASL records/program manager in CASL's Advising and Academic Success office.

  • Name:  Marlene Dupre
  • Position:  Assistant Director of CASL Records/Program Manager
  • Years at UM-Dearborn: 38
What does a typical workday look like for you? 

Reviewing and responding to student and faculty emails, auditing student files for graduation and notifying students of any issues, processing Independent Study Contracts, and processing Grade Changes.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Assisting students in their educational journey, helping them to look at their education as an investment, and seeing them get to graduation.

What was your first job?

Working in the office at my high school.

What do you do to relax?

Puzzles and binge watching British mysteries.

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?

Playing the piano.

What’s the proudest moment of your life?

I actually have two. When my son played with his JAZZ band at his high school graduation and when my daughter's junior high band was invited to play in the Thanksgiving Day Parade (the only junior high school to ever play in the Thanksgiving Day Parade), and was also invited to and played at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

If we were to create a UM-Dearborn playlist, what song would you want to include?

JAZZ and almost anything from Earth, Wind, and Fire.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I am the great-granddaughter of James W. Ames, Medical Director, and one of 30 Detroit physicians that opened the first hospital for Blacks, known as Dunbar Hospital.  Also, that I was a Social Worker.

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