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Her planner is 'crazy full'

Lauren Wells
Belise (Ivy Bekker) confides in her brother, Ariste (Alex Nall), in the Monmouth College Crimson Masque production of Moliere’s “The Learned Ladies.” The play will be performed Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Wells Theater, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 3.
A keystone of the Monmouth College educational experience is involvement outside the classroom. Jennifer Erbes, a senior from Warsaw, has taken full advantage of Monmouth’s involvement opportunities by participating in a wide array of student organizations.

“I am a member of Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega (national theater honor society), a member of Crimson Masque, the president of Students Organized to Unite People (SOUP), and I’m a student chaplain,” said Jennifer Erbes. “I love being involved and staying busy, which won’t be hard for me to do this semester.”

Additionally, Erbes has taken on the challenging dual roles of director and set designer for the theatre department this semester.

“It was decided around the end of April that I would be directing ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ (Oct. 22-24) and I started researching right away,” Erbes explained. “Over the summer, I also did a lot of research for ‘The Learned Ladies,’” which will be staged Sept. 30 through Oct. 3. Erbes is designing the set for the latter production.

Jenny has taken on quite a bit this semester,” said assistant professor of theatre Janeve West. “Both projects offer her an opportunity to combine all of the skills she has been developing and showcase them to future employers and graduate schools. These projects require an immense amount of preparation and a high level of personal responsibility and professionalism. She’s done a great job getting them both off the ground.”

Erbes balances the 15 to 20 hours she devotes each week to the two productions with a full class load of 18 credit hours, in addition to the time she sets aside for her other organizations.

“I have a crazy-full planner, but that’s how I like it to be,” she said, “When things get too stressful, I just take an hour or so for myself to collect my thoughts and get back on track. Everything seems to work out in the end.”