(YOU)HSP Spotlight: Walter Beckham

Published on 24 October 2022

Name: Walter Beckham  
Position: Admissions Representative  
Favorite Food: Soup of any kind (If I’m back home, seafood gumbo — there is a difference!)  
Hobbies: Playing music, working out, reading, sketching, watching documentaries  
Favorite Book: I was an English major so this is a tough one! Books are kind of like children — how can you pick a favorite?! For now, I’ll say “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. 
TV Show: Currently my favorite TV Show is “SEE.”
Interesting Fact: Upon first getting to know me, many people think I’m psychic, but I always see that coming.  

Tell us about yourself. 

I am originally from the Gulf Coast area and moved to St. Louis to be a rock star. Yes, you read that correctly. 

Also, as a first-generation college student, I’ve always been an advocate for quality education and have taught Pre-K through 12th Grade. When I am on campus, I sometimes take a break and return to where I previously taught so that I can read to kindergarten classes. Music is still a huge part of my life, as I am a member of the Red and Black Brass Band.  

What does a typical day look like for you? 

I start most days with breath work and exercise. Doing so helps me to be more intentional about my goals for the day. From there I am following up on emails and voicemails, visiting high schools or attending college fairs.  

My recruitment territory is Missouri, as well as all of the southern states. So from September through November I can be a bit all over the place. Each day is predominately full of connecting, documenting, researching and building relationships.  

Last week, I spoke to more than 100 high school students who have an interest in health care. In between all of that, I am practicing on my instrument and fighting the constant battle with my braces.  

What are you passionate about? 

I am passionate about inspiring and motivating others to recognize, embrace and enhance their own greatness.  

What’s the best part about working at UHSP? 

The best part about working at UHSP is our University community and meeting prospective students.  

You matter — your voice, your ideas and your beliefs. I think the interconnectedness of the campus is unique and something that should always be cultivated and cherished.  

What do you want students and campus to know about the Office of Admissions? 

The Office of Admissions is a small, yet mighty office primarily tasked with recruitment and student enrollment. We work very hard in guiding young scholars in their pursuit of entering the world of health care. Working in concert with various departments across campus, it is an admissions process that often goes beyond the typical 9 to 5 but we take great pride in what we do. We are sincerely appreciative for all those who partner with us along the way. Always Team UHSP for the win!  

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