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Senior Assistant Director


Lori McDonnell

Senior Assistant Director
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California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a dual major in Marketing and Financial Management and a minor in International Business from Florida Southern.

Where are you from?

Baltimore, MD

What do you enjoy most about working in Admissions at FSC?

I love working with families and guiding students through their college decision journey. It is exciting to see students progress from applying to starting on campus. Plus, I love how amazingly beautiful the Florida Southern campus is! Being right on Lake Hollingsworth, watching the water skiers, and partaking in the amazing community makes it feel like home every day.

What’s the best tradition or campus event at Florida Southern?

Swimming in the Water Dome as a senior—and after that, graduation.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The balcony of Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, which overlooks the lake. It was FLW’s first building and it’s a great place to see all of campus! Or the tire swing on the President’s front lawn... makes you feel like you’re at home.

What’s your favorite restaurant off-campus?

In my book, you have a favorite for each meal of the day, so… Fat Jack’s takes the prize for breakfast. Hands down, they are the real deal! Fish City Grill is my favorite choice for lunch, and I recommend it to all who visit. (Go for the Crab Cake sandwich with a side of Old Bay Waffle Fries.) For dinner—or anytime, really—Palace Pizza is a great place to go with friends and split one of their amazingly-large White Pizza’s and a side of garlic knots. End the day with Mitchell’s for dessert: Coco-Cola Cake, enough said.

What about hobbies or outside interests?

Whether it is running, cycling, playing in a football league, doing yoga or rock-climbing, I like to stay active. I am a HUGE sports fan and am always up for going to the game—Go Colts! When I am not spending time with my friends and family, I love traveling, whipping up a delicious meal in the kitchen and volunteering with local philanthropic organizations.

Other interesting facts?

I eat a Reese’s peanut butter cup every single day, usually before 11 AM I climbed a 15,000-ft. mountain when I was 18. I went to a Division I college on a soccer scholarship. Elizabeth Martin is my best friend—tied with my mom. My grandfather was the team physician for the Baltimore Colts and the Baltimore Orioles. I am a certified rock climbing instructor. And I secretly want to date Kevin Costner.

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