Meet Our Accounting Specialist: Daniel Peterson

petersond-2016What is your kinesiology (or educational) background?

I graduated from the U in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics. Applied Econ was my fallback after stumbling through my pre-pharmacy classes (I could never figure out how to draw proper chair conformations). In terms of my kinesiology background, I aced PE 1008- Beginning Tennis during my senior year, though my net game could still use some work.

What is your previous employment?

I came from the Humphrey School over on West Bank where I worked as the Payroll Manager. Before that, I worked at the Bell Museum of Natural History’s front desk while attending school.

What inspired you to apply for this job?

The opportunity to work with Tricia ‘Pistol Pat’ Davies. I also heard that Kinesiology had a strong birthday celebration tradition.

What are your responsibilities in this position? 

I handle all the financial accounts for the School to make sure all transactions are accurate and substantiated. I also work to ensure policies and practices are congruent across the school and college. I am located in Room 116 until I can find an office with a window. My email: pete7814@umn.edu.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to golf, hike, bike and play tennis during the summer. In winter, I like to think about golfing, hiking, biking, and playing tennis. I recently purchased my first house. It is a fixer-upper, so I have been spending a lot of evenings and weekends attempting not to be electrocuted, drowned, or crushed by my own stupidity.

Could you tell me a little about your personal life?

I was born and raised in Duluth, MN. I moved down to the Twin Cities in 2009 for school. I still go ‘up north’ monthly to visit family and friends. I currently live in Burnsville (yes, I know, that’s south of the river) with my cousin while renovating my house.

Please share a parting thought.

Please feel free to use the closet in my office to store things as needed, especially if you need to make something go away. I would compare it to the Room of Hidden Things from the highly acclaimed Harry Potter series.

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