Student Spotlight: Amanda Viau, Business Management

At Globe University-Sioux Falls, we are proud to welcome traditional and nontraditional students with various backgrounds and educational experiences. Every student can provide a unique perspective to their classes and programs at our school. Business management student Amanda Viau has several years of experience in the workplace that she is using to her advantage at Globe. With a strong work ethic and positive attitude, Amanda is making the most of her time coming back to school.

Amanda Viau at work at the Quarry Steakhouse and Lounge.

Tell us about yourself

I am from Yankton, South Dakota, beginning my culinary adventures at The Quarry Steakhouse and Lounge near the river. I moved to Mankato when I graduated high school to go to Culinary School at South Central College. I worked at country clubs in the area while in school. I then became a pastry chef for a small, family-owned bed and breakfast where we created gourmet German cuisine. After the hotel closed I moved back to Sioux Falls to be the chef for Westward Ho Country Club.

I am a member of the American Culinary Federation where I continued my education to achieve my Certified Executive Chef and Accredited Culinary Examiner certifications. Three years ago I moved into the position of executive chef for Avera McKennan and have recently been given the opportunity to be the director of food service.

I enjoy food, friends, family, golf, hiking, NFL Fantasy Football, hunting and fishing, really just about anything outside. I also do acrylic painting and stained glass on the side.

What led you to Globe University and the business management program?

Furthering my education is something that I needed to do. I have extensive background specifically in culinary arts but really need my education to be well-rounded so I can be better at my current role and deal with different skills sets that I don’t currently contain. It also gives me a great opportunity to work with people from a variety of different backgrounds, networking to better myself and others. I looked into a few other schools but I chose Globe because it worked with my lifestyle and the plan I wanted to take to continue my education.

What’s your favorite part of Globe University-Sioux Falls?

The people at Globe are great. I ask a ton of questions and I never get the sensation that I am bothering people. Being a nontraditional student I thought that I may really not fit in anywhere, but everyone from faculty to my classmates are pretty phenomenal. Also the flexibility to meet my lifestyle needs is priceless.

What are your long-term career goals?

I have found a career that I am passionate about in an organization that has the same mission that I do. My plan is to continue my education so I can create a place for others to feel the same way about going to work that I do.

What advice would you give others thinking about coming back to school?

Going back to school is a complete change from college a decade and a half ago. Learning how to study again is very hard, but it is worth it. Decide what you want, and go for it!