Martha J. Berry

Hard working, forward thinking, self-motivated, and organized team player with a talent for balancing many projects at once. Excels at working with deadlines and under pressure; has an eye for detail; and enjoys finding new and creative solutions to problems.

HIGHLIGHTS ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

·      Nine years experience with administrative and clerical functions

·      Excellence in oral and written communication with students, parents and colleagues

·      Advanced knowledge of Microsoft suite

·      Familiarity with Apple and PC computers

·      Planning and Execution over 100 successful events

·      Excellent counseling skills of students and student groups (academic and personal)

·      Remains calm in the face of high pressure, stress and crisis situations

·      Eight and a half years formally studying Asia with emphasis on Indian religions, culture and films

·      Advanced language skills in Hindi

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dec. 2008 M.A. in Asian Cultures and Languages, The University of Texas at Austin specializing in modern Indian culture and film. Thesis entitled The Legacy and Continued Impact of Raj Kapoor on the Society and Film Industry of India and Beyond

Spring 2008 Author, Editor, and Publisher Hidden Jewels of Jaipur (A travel guidebook in Hindi and English), Jaipur (Raj.) India

2007–2008, 2003-2004 Language Fellow, American Institute of Indian Studies Advanced Hindi Language Program, Jaipur, India

Spring 2004 Editor at Large, Chaya: A Literary Journal in Hindi and English, Jaipur (Raj.) India

May 2003 B.A. with Special Honors in Asian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin Thesis entitled Religion and the Indus River Valley Civilization

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE__________________________________________________________________________________________________

January 2009-Present Program Assistant, Hindi Urdu Flagship Program at The University of Texas at Austin

·      Advise students on academics, pre-departure preparation for study abroad in India, career planning

·      Oversee program recruitment including planning/ executing information sessions, attending college fairs, etc.

·      Oversee program admissions

·      Event planning including coordination of international visitors visas, housing arrangements, initiating administrative procedures

·     Assist with program organization efforts including keeping program calendar, spacial organization, etc.

Summers 2003-2008 Dorm Director, The University of Texas National Institute of Forensics.

·      Work under pressure and adhere to quick deadlines

·      Supervise all dorm staff clerical functions for up to 300 students each summer

·      Coordinate judicial hearings and sanctions

·      Oversee the well being (physical and mental) of each student

2000 – 2007 The University of Texas at Austin Housing and Residence Life:  Served as Clerical Assistant, Resident Assistant and Assistant Hall Coordinator. Responsibilities include:

·      Development and facilitation of 100+ events including numerous large trainings, educational programs, cultural dinners, an alumni reunion weekend and an academic conference

·      Research large-scale projects, file administrative reports and paperwork, keep building records and compile survey data

·      Create content and program websites (

·      Supervise staff focusing on cooperation and motivation: recipient of multiple awards

·      Produce, direct and edit documentary film using Final Cut Pro entitled Littlefield since 1927

Fall 2004 Substitute Teacher and Asst. Debate Coach, The Kinkaid School, Houston, TX.

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS and HONORS___________________________________________________________________________________________

2008 Department of Asian Studies Fellowship, UT Austin

2007-2008 American Institute of Indian Studies Language Fellowship

2006-2007 Mossiker Fellowship through Department of Asian Studies, UT Austin

1/2007 Advisor of the Month, Littlefield Residence Hall, UT Austin

10/2006 Advisor of the Month, Littlefield Residence Hall, UT Austin

2006-2007 Hall of the Year, Littlefield Residence Hall, UT Austin

2005-2006 Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship, South Asia Institute, UT Austin

2001-2002 RA of the Year, Whitis Residence Hall, UT Austin

2002-2003 Program of the Year - Women of Whitis Weekend, UT Austin

2002 Golden Steer Award for outstanding commitment and service, UT Austin

1999 Girl Scout Gold Award recipient


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