Daniel M. Reck, M.S.Ed., has experience in academic affairs, residential and student life, fraternity and sorority life, student union operations, new student orientation, student activities, campus communications, information technology, strategic planning, and project management. He is currently executive director for Sound Curiosity, a community organization promoting STEM and music education activities for youth in Champaign County, Illinois.
He believes that the education offered on college campuses allows students to explore a wide breadth of subjects and experiences. Through collaboration with professors and other students, participation in a highly varied menu of campus activities, and immersion in a supportive academic community, they establish strong experientially-derived abilities in communication and leadership. This unique education not only benefits those students upon graduation, but also the communities in which they live and work.
Previously, Reck was Director of Atwood Stadium Operations at Kettering University. Earlier in his career, he was Director of Digital Media and Photography for the Northwestern University Bands. He served as Associate Registrar at Midwestern University, the non-profit health sciences graduate school. Prior to his work as Assistant Director for Greek Life, Leadership, and Involvement at Monmouth College, Reck earned a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy degree at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. His master's research thesis examines the extra-academic outcomes of students graduated from a two-year residential high school specially targeted for gifted students. While performing his research, he assisted in Northwestern's Orientation and Parent Programs office, which works throughout the year to produce programming for new students and their families. He also was on staff at Northwestern's student union, the Norris University Center, where his duties included administration of the student employee recognition program.
Before studying at Northwestern, Reck held a professional position as Student Life Counselor at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities on the campus of Ball State University. While there, he also was assistant conductor and composer-in-residence for the University Schools Band. Subsequently, Reck served as marching band instructor and pep band conductor at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois. He also taught marching technique for the Fighting Scots Marching Band at Monmouth College.
Reck is a past director of the Tiger Alumni Bands and Stumblebums at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, which unites undergraduate students and alumni in musical performance. There, he studied computer science and music and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree.
An Eagle Scout and a long-time volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, Reck enjoys working with youth to develop their leadership and teamwork abilities. In 2010, he was social media and copy editor of Jamboree Today, the daily news service for the National Scout Jamboree. He was promoted to International Editor for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Kristianstad, Sweden. He was again promoted, to Managing Editor, and supervised both student reporters and professional journalists, providing an immersive educational experience for scouts interested in journalism.