Pic of Diana FinkleThis Tiger is a triple threat. She’s an avid gamer, she raises money for childhood cancer, and she is the voice of the Cooper Library online tutorial modules. You can usually find her in the library, but just a heads up–she may be speaking one of the three foreign languages that she knows.

Meet Diana Finkle

Title: Instructional Designer, Clemson University Libraries

Years at Clemson: Four years

What I do at Clemson: I create and manage many of Cooper Libraries’ print and digital items such as information handouts, surveys, and the tutorials on our YouTube channel. I am the person behind our CU 1000 presence, which is the online course for new students at Clemson to familiarize them with the university and its resources. I am responsible for the Library Resources link in Canvas and I serve on Clemson’s Accessibility Commission.

What I love about Clemson: I’m very excited about the ClemsonForward initiative and plans for the future. I served on the Undergraduate Learning Committee during 2020Forward’s Phase I, so it’s been especially interesting to watch the plans develop. Also, I live in Mauldin so I really appreciate the Tiger Commute bus, which has helped me save money and allowed me to take many good naps.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: In 2012, I had my head shaved in public at a local St. Baldrick’s event and raised more than $1000 for childhood cancer research. It was such a positive experience that I’m doing it again this year – the day before my birthday! I decided to be a shavee for St. Baldrick’s in 2012 for a few reasons. I think the first time I heard of the charity is because someone I knew was volunteering at the event. We all have things we can and can’t do to help others in terms of time, money, and skills, and I thought, “This is something I can do!” I also thought I might like a short haircut – although admittedly not that short – so that was an eventual added bonus.

I was nervous, but the event was so positive and everyone was so nice. Having St. Baldrick’s ambassadors there – kids who are fighting cancer – really reminds you why you’re there. There was also a photo booth for before and after pictures, which was a lot of fun. I knew I would be bald but for no apparent reason, I was surprised by just how close they shaved my hair! You can learn more about St. Baldrick’s and donate on my participant page.

Where I see myself in five years: Although I love project planning, I’ve learned not to be too definite with life planning. Based on where I was five and ten years ago, I have to agree that Allen Saunders (and later John Lennon) said it best that “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”.

Last thing I watched on TV: Game of Thrones… I’m a little behind, so no spoilers!

Guilty pleasure: Replaying old Nintendo games. Most recently I (re)finished Super Mario Bros. Wii but I’ve beaten Mario 2 at least half a dozen times and Legend of Zelda at least four times. I also like to watch/listen to recorded game videos for newer (AKA scarier) stuff like The Evil Within. I grew up playing the original Nintendo (and games on the Apple IIe – shout out to Number Munchers), so replaying those games has some nostalgia but comfort for me. Sometimes when I have a little time to spare, I’ll play some rounds of Bubble Bobble on the Wii and see how far I go or how many lives I can get. I just watched the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror and was delighted to see it included Bubble Bobble.

One thing most people don’t know about me: I’m bilingual in Spanish, pretty good at German, working on my Hebrew, and know bits of at least five other languages. My husband and I are trying to raise our son bilingual, so I mostly speak Spanish to him and we watch a lot of Plaza Sésamo.