An art teacher by training, she sought employment at Indiana University after a back injury prevented her from meeting the demands of her job as an elementary school art teacher. Hired by PBS chair Irv Saltzman, she was an innovative and resourceful member of the staff, laying the groundwork for academic and career advising for years to come, developing traditions, such as the Honors Banquet, that are still in place, helping PBS to recognize its students’ successes, and enabling its graduates to shape meaningful professional lives.
When Nicholas sought an advising job in Fine Arts, Saltzman wrote in his recommendation, “I will be very unhappy if she leaves because she has been an outstanding counselor for us in every way. She is very dedicated to the job, self-motivated and very efficient, effective and understanding. I recommend her to you without reservation – and sincerely hope she stays here.”