Staff Spotlight

One of the Student Spotlights for this month has a unique and interesting background. The son of two Christian Missionaries, senior Isaac Schubert spent the early parts of his life living in an impoverished community in Africa. Upon moving to America in 2005 at the age of nine, Schubert quickly developed a love for the game of football. That love would ultimately lead him to the University of Sioux Falls as a student-athlete, majoring in Exercise Science as well as being a member of the Coo football team. 


Schubert’s athletic career was ultimately cut short due to injuries, with the most recent being a knee injury resulting in a season-ending surgery. Although injuries may have halted his career as a player, they opened doors for him to contribute to the team in a whole new way. Schubert is using his talents to help promote and document USF’s 2019 football season and has quickly become the main videographer for the program. 


Isaac started making videos on trips that he would take, creating mini-documentaries to highlight the experiences that he had. He has grown in the skill of visual art exponentially since he started. Schubert is unsure of what the future will hold for him specifically, but he has strong beliefs and ideals that will guide him to success wherever life takes him. At the end of the day, Schubert would like to work somewhere where he can, “use his knowledge and expertise to help and benefit others.” Isaac would like to pass on these words of wisdom to his fellow Coo faithful, “If you persevere and stay true to your morals and beliefs, good things will happen. If it’s something that you want bad enough, it’s worth fighting for until the end.” Schubert is active on Instagram and Twitter under the name SUmba Productions, you can follow his project and support his art on both of those platforms as well. 


Apolonia Davalos has joined our USF cougar family as one of the new work study students for the Mears Library. She is from Fairbanks, Alaska and has grown up traveling every two years to a different part of the U.S. As she puts it, she grew up as a military brat, offspring of the U.S. Air Force. 


Q: What is your favorite food? 

A: Cake 

Q: What is your favorite color? 

A: Blue 

Q: Do you have any pets? 

A: No, due to my busy schedule and that wouldn’t be fair to them. 

Q: What is your favorite place to visit? 

A: Nashville, Tennessee. When I was there it was a place where collaboration, discovery, connection, and the nature of creativity was in the air. Everyone seemed to inhale this in their lungs and everyone was there for each other. Also, who you met was who you got, it was just that plain and simple.

Q: Do you have any hidden talents? 

A:Doing dialects, tap dancing, and bringing people together. 

Dialects allow me to pursue characters from another place and discipline myself to learn their language. 

Q: What is some advice you want to share with others? 

A: “Don’t put yourself in a box” “Society can’t hold you back” “When God is your compass, he will not lead you astray”. 


Apolonia says she also enjoys writing reviews for someone else’s work, experiences, or festivals because she is given the sense of service, community, and culture. She hopes this tidbit of reflection she leaves for others is a small grain of joy, even if it’s just the size of a grain of sand.


Apolonia looks forward to meeting everyone. She will be creating some drawings showcasing different books that can be found at the library this year too, so feel free to stop by and get to know her.



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