Arthur Lumzy, Jr. is in his ninth year of being a dream-maker, although his official title is a little less fantastical. Lumzy advises UNT Dallas' students -- 85% of which are minority and 70% are first-generation -- on majors, career exploration and job-search strategies. His work to engage students and employers through workshops, networking events and career fairs -- all transitioned to virtual these days -- is even more critical during the pandemic. Even off the clock, Lumzy can be all business, happily dispensing investment tips to family and friends. He does leave some time for play, whether grooving to his favorite Stevie Wonder tune, tending to a home garden or poring over his hobby, which, actually is right up a financial whiz's alley.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I love seeing our students persist beyond UNT Dallas and helping our students/alumni connect with their dreams and passions. We host several virtual events (career fairs, workshops) and provide digital resources for students/alumni to engage and explore their respective career occupations/industries and graduate programs.
What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
Free day-care services.
What is your proudest work moment?
Every time I hear from a student or alumni who says our office played a part in their success, it is a proud moment. Whether it's providing timely advice and/or hosting hiring managers during a workshop so they could ask the specific questions related to the hiring process and/or graduate admission that ultimately leads to their success.
What is your proudest non-work moment?
Teaching financial literacy tips to friends and family. I love to analyze companies and industries and make recommendations on what companies to invest in right now and for the future.
What is a fact about you that may surprise your colleagues?
I am aspiring environmentalist. I want to do my part to leave this place better than I found it. My wife and I have a home garden. Also, we are trying to do a better job with recycling products.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE...
Book?: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Movie?: Independence Day
TV Show?: 24
Inspirational hero?: My parents
Place to visit? Egypt (The Great Pyramid of Giza)
Song?: Do I Do by Stevie Wonder
Celebrity?: Berry Gordy
Hobby?: Coin collecting -- I recently started collecting silver coins since the pandemic started. I love collecting coins from other countries. So far, I have coins from Canada, South Africa, Great Britain, Mexico and the U.S. I view it as another asset class for investing.
Charitable cause?: United Negro College Fund