Erin Cristales is an outstanding writer whose colorful prose that appears in the pages of the North Texan and Research and other publications brings to life the people and places that make the University of North Texas a place of limitless potential. She was recently awarded the 2021 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Platinum Award for Best Article of the Year for her long-form feature, "The Past as a Present." Perhaps even more impressive than her writing chops is her otherwise unknown juggling ability, a mind-clearing exercise for her, and her inner drive that pushed her to finish her first marathon last April. Now, maybe if she were to juggle bowling pins while running a marathon... Anyway, read on to discover more about Erin.
What is your favorite aspect about your job?
My favorite part of my job is that I’m constantly meeting and interviewing so many smart, interesting people. It’s great to be able to connect with students, faculty, staff and alumni and learn how they’re changing the world for the better. Plus, I love the opportunity to build so many positive relationships within the university and beyond.
What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
It would be fun to create some UNT marathon or charity walk teams.
What is your proudest work moment?
I’m always proud when I receive feedback from sources who feel like I really captured their story. At the end of the day, that’s the greatest reward.
What is your proudest non-work moment?
Finishing my first full marathon in April, and four half-marathons leading up to that. I never thought I’d actually be able to push myself that hard!
What is a fact about you that may surprise your work colleagues?
When I was in fifth grade, the P.E. teacher (a former clown — really!) taught our whole class how to juggle. Not that I’m particularly great at it, but juggling is my favorite way to clear my mind, especially when I have writer’s block.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE...
Movie?: The Hustler
Restaurant?: La Calle Doce in Dallas. In Denton, my favorite is Komodo Loco.
Charitable cause? Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation — as someone who has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for the past 28 years, I can personally attest to the great resources and support JDRF provides those with Type 1 and their families. And their annual walks in the DFW area are coming up this fall!