Shirley Mellema


Administrative Assistant in Arboretum, Environmental Studies, and Johnson Center

Shirley Mellema is the Administrative Assistant for the Linnaeus Arboretum, Environmental Studies Program as well as Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation. "I manage the use of the Center and Arboretum, for campus and off campus users. The annual Fall Fest @ the Arboretum is an event I most enjoy organizing--this event serves as part of the Celebrate St. Peter Day on campus. I also plan the Soup and Sandwich Seminars where various topics of interest on current affairs are presented by invited guests, primarily, faculty of Gustavus. I enjoy coordinating activities (with director Scott Moeller) for The Friends of Linnaeus Arboretum organization as well as family events for the St Peter and nearby communities. I grew up in Penang, Malaysia. I worked in a legal office for a time before joining Peace Corps/Malaysia, training groups of incoming trainees. This turned out to be a great opportunity for learning more and appreciating the diverse cultures of my homeland. The training of these groups was held in various parts of the country - a very fun way to see my own country. Eventually, I chose to work in the head office of the Peace Corps before deciding to move to the United States. I worked in the Financial Department then the Personnel (Human Resources) Department at the United Nations Development Programme (one of the sub-program of the United Nations). It was an unforgettable experience, living and working with people from different parts of the world. Before our move to St. Peter, I enjoyed working on the campuses of Ohio University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.