Michele Dime Stays Close to Home Through the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

For some University of Arkansas graduates, living in San Francisco, Calif., may seem like a great distance away from the atmosphere, people and traditions of the Fayetteville campus. However, for Michelle Dime, an annual member of the Arkansas Alumni Association, her involvement with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter helps to keep her connected and close to home. It wasn’t until five years ago that Dime moved to San Francisco as a result of a job offer with Walmart.com. A long-standing employee of the company, she began working for Sam’s Club while as a student at the university. “I started out majoring in marketing, but a lot of my electives were science classes and I did well in them so I switched to industrial engineering,” she said. Devoting her time to studying and working, Dime was unable to participate in many campus activities beyond her first year. As a freshman, she found herself cheering for the Razorbacks as a Lady Razorback cheerleader; however, because of the volume of coursework and the responsibility of having a job, she opted to focus on her studies so she could enter graduate school. Upon speaking with Dr. Eric Malstrom, the late professor and head of the industrial engineering department, she decided to pursue a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering. “When he asked me to go to graduate school, it was an...

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