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      Kelli Bixler, Student Operations Representative

      Kelli Bixler

      Student Operations Representative

      Kelli Bixler is on the university’s frontline when students and their families have questions about billing.

      As a student operations representative, Bixler works in the Office of the Bursar, which manages the cashiering, e-bills and student account functions for the university. Bixler charges student accounts and serves as a liaison to agencies that handle the collection of outstanding tuition.

      “All the departments that have charges – chemistry charges, library charges, student health charges – they come to me, and I apply the charges,” Bixler explained.

      Bixler said August can often be busy in her office at the One-Stop Center in Lipka Hall because bills are distributed to incoming freshman that month. Bixler assists parents and students who have questions about the new bills.

      “We try to make the students and their families self-sufficient with their online Campus Cruiser account,” Bixler said.

      Bixler loves the environment in Enrollment Services. She describes her office as a “little family” where she’s made great friendships.

      Bixler, a Wallingford resident, joined Enrollment Services in May of 2011. She saw the job as an opportunity to help her afford college, since she went straight to work after completing high school.

      “I really wanted to go to college,” she said.

      Her dreams became a reality, and in 2015, Bixler graduated with an associate’s degree in general studies from Widener. One of her fondest memories was getting her diploma at graduation from former President James T. Harris III.

      Now, Bixler is continuing her studies and expects to complete a bachelor’s degree in the next two years. She is majoring in liberal arts with a minor in criminal justice.

      “It’s hard to work during the day and sit in class at night,” she said. “But it is so worth it.”

      When not studying or working, Bixler enjoys unique restaurant cuisine. She’s a self-described “foodie” and has been a vegetarian for years. She also loves a good laugh.

      “I love to laugh, and I love to make other people laugh,” she said.


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