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We are excited to announce that the Office of Student Activities has renamed and branded itself as the Office of Student Engagement! The office’s name change is a result of the office’s efforts to continually meet the needs of Lehigh students and to ensure that the name fully encompasses the scope of our work. Beginning this fall the office will incorporate leadership education into our program and service offerings, coordinate the Great Pocono Escape, and launch new innovative programming series. This will be in addition to the the work we already do to facilitate the student organization experience, provide event planning resources to campus partners, program in various student spaces, oversee the operations of student spaces, and promote campus involvement opportunities.
In addition, we are excited that Carter Gilbert has joined the Student Engagement team. He will focus on designing and coordinating student leadership and engagement programs, collaborate on the development and integration of campus-wide leadership efforts run by the office, and assist with the development of department-wide assessment efforts.
Carolina Hernandez has been promoted to Assistant Dean and Director of the Community Service Office. Carolina has been at Lehigh for 16 years and has more accollades than I could list in this email, certainly including the development of the CSO itself. Carolina has shown herself to be selflessly and tirelessly committed to this community. She has taken on an increase in responsibility due to staffing shifts within the Dean of Students office.
Residence Life Announcement: We are excited to announce that Ken Peifer will be joining us on July 17th as the Assistant Director for M&M/Drinker! Ken received his master's degree in counseling from Bloomsburg University as well as his bachelor's degree in accounting from Bloomsburg University. Ken joins us from Delaware Valley University where he has spent the past 5 years as a Residential Community Director. His experiences include working with an Honors Living Learning community and is heavily involved with their faculty program.
Katherine Lavinder, who has been serving as Interim Dean of Students since last July, has been selected as Lehigh’s Dean of Students. Her official appointment becomes effective June 1, 2017. Read more.
The dean of students staff and the Lehigh community bid farewell to Sharon Basso after 28 years of outstanding service in the Dean of Students office. She will be missed dearly! We wish her much success and happiness at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA.
In the interim, Katherine Lavinder will be serving as the dean of students effective July 1. She is unquestionably qualified to assume the helm and would prevail in a national search for a dean of students role, so we are extremely fortunate that she is here at this moment in time and willing to step into this role.
Elizabeth Shayler has been selected to serve as the new Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs! Liz has worked as an Assistant Director since August 2014 and, in that time, she has established trusting relationships with students; demonstrated excellent communication and project management skills; and shown a strong understanding of all aspects of OFSA and its role within the Lehigh community. Liz has a solid track record in creating successful and meaningful partnerships with others, and recent broader Student Affairs contributions include leading the campus-wide Hazing Prevention Coalition and serving as a member of the Lehigh After Dark Operations Team. Prior to her work at Lehigh, Elizabeth worked at Harvard College, Pace University, and Vanderbilt University. In this new role, Liz will manage many of the educational and bLUeprint initiatives within OFSA; be responsible for communication processes across the department; work closely with chapter and alumni advisors to provide resources and training opportunities; assist with conduct follow-up and crisis response; and oversee the annual Accreditation process.
Carter Gilbert: In recognition of his excellent work and commitment to inclusive leadership, Carter will be shifting roles on our staff and will be moving into the Assistant Director of Greek Leadership position within the Office of Student Leadership Development (OSLD). Carter is deeply committed to social justice in a leadership context and also understands the potential of the fraternity and sorority experience to develop culturally aware leaders that are necessary for Lehigh and our pluralistic community. To provide some context to the position, the assistant director of Greek leadership position is certainly unique, as it is housed in the OSLD, and has significant responsibilities with the fraternity and sorority community. This position approaches the work with fraternities and sororities and other peer education programs with a willingness to dive into both OSLD and OFSA to coordinate Greek student leadership programs, advise and coach councils, chapters, and individual Greek students on leadership topics, supervise the leadership consultants and other peer education programs. There is a strong focus on inclusive leadership, collaboration, and leadership advocacy.
The Residence Life team is thrilled to announce our two new Assistant Directors!
Louis Gardiner comes to us from Saint Joseph's University having served as a Residential Area Manager. His position engaged him in the development and implementation of engaging residential education within a campus community. Louis will be the new Assistant Director for the Centennials. His first day on campus will be June 15th
Sarah Thompson comes to us from Miami University of Ohio having served as a Graduate Resident Director. Her position engaged her in creating an engaged community through a residential curriculum and strengthening Residence Life through strategic planning conversations. Sarah will be the new Assistant Director for the Village. Her first day on campus will be June 13.
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs new Assistant Directors!
Brigette Gardner - Brigette will join us from Wright State University where she is currently completing her Masters of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education with an anticipated graduation date in May 2016. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Ohio University. In her graduate assistant role at Wright State University, Brigette works with the Office of Alumni Relations to coordinate programs and directly advises the Student Alumni Association. Additionally, Brigette served as an intern with Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at both Wright State University and Lehigh University and has experience working with the Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and Multicultural Greek councils. While serving as the Lehigh OFSA summer intern, Brigette also took on a number of ambitious projects—including the development of the hazing prevention website—and held herself to high standards of quality work.
Malcolm McDaniel - Malcolm McDaniel will join us from Hofstra University where he recently completed his Masters of Science in Education degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies in May 2016. Prior to this, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Long Island University, Post Campus in May 2014. He served as the Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life at both Hofstra University and New York Institute of Technology and brings a wealth of knowledge to our team.
J. Corey Gant will join us from Indiana University where he recently completed his Masters of Science in Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs in May 2016. Prior to this, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public & Urban Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in May 2014. In his graduate assistant role at Indiana University, he served as the Fraternity & Sorority Education Graduate Advisor and brings a wealth of knowledge to our team.
NODA Region VIII Professional Organization (National Orientation Director's Association).
Kara Gensamer was named the NODA Region VIII Outstanding New Professional of 2016. Kara is the Assistant Director of Orientation and First-Year Experience.
Effective March 1st, Ashley Baudouin is being promoted to Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. Since August, she has been serving in that role in an interim capacity. During that time she has done an excellent job of leading the department forward, building relationships with students, alumni and other key partners, and serving effectively on a variety of campus-wide committees including the Council on Equity and Community and most recently on the Social Policy Revisioning Committee.
Ashley has been at Lehigh for four years and over that time has had the opportunity to work with many different aspects of Fraternity and Sorority community as well as on projects more broadly across the Division of Student Affairs.
Read all about it - Student Affairs Announces New Hires and Promotions
I'm proud to let you all know that our very own Carter Gilbert was part of a team of three professionals (along with Maria Marinucci, University of Scranton and Daniel Haddad, Baylor University) that recently placed first in a national case competition, the ACPA Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals Winter Case Study Competition.
Carter and his team will be receiving the "official award" this March at ACPA's national annual conference.
The subject of the case study competition was titled "Working with Title IX and Sexual Misconduct" and Carter's team submission was titled "Moving Upstream: Promoting a Culture of Support and Prevention."
Our office of fraternity and sorority affairs received the 2014 Diversity Initiative Award last week at the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors annual meeting. This award recognized the office's multi-layered approach to diversity and inclusion efforts, including Courageous Conversations, the Inclusive Leadership Seminar, Poverty Simulations, Chapter Development Questions, and more. Many other offices within LUDOS and at LU widely share in this accomplishment as partners in many of the initiatives. This recognition by his AFA peers is indicative of Tim Wilkinson's enduring commitment to having our OFSA team continue to be active contributors in our efforts to change culture at Lehigh.
As if that isn't enough, our very own Allison Ragon was just elected to serve on the national board of the Association of Orientation-Transition-Retention in Higher Education (NODA) as the Secretary-Treasurer for the 2015-18 term. This election by peers in her profession is a much deserved honor and a result of her commitment to the organization.
Dean of Students Office Welcomes Seven New Staff Members
Assistant Director of First-Year Experience and Orientation
Kara Gensamer joins us as the Assistant Director of First-Year Experience and Orientation. Kara has spent the last three years working in residence life at Rutgers University, where she was awarded Hall Director of the Year in 2013. Before pursuing her Masters Degree at Rutgers, Kara attended Rowan University for her Bachelor of Arts degree in education and spent a year teaching 7th grade math.
Office of Residence Life
Ashley Gray will join our team this year as an Assistant Director of Residence Life. Ashley will directly oversee Campus Square, Brodhead, and Warren Square residence halls with over 400 upper-class students including the Live Lehigh communities. Some of you were able to meet Ashley during her interview process. Ashley completed her Bachelor of Arts at Lafayette College in International Affairs. Then, she remained in the Lehigh Valley and attended Cedar Crest College for her Master of Secondary Education with social studies certification.
While at Cedar Crest College, Ashley served as a Graduate Hall Director and managed several residence halls while supervising a staff of Resident Assistants. Ashely also brings curriculum writing experience from her student teaching at Emmaus High School and her involvement with the Lehigh Valley Summerbridge program and Moravian Academy.
Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations
Holly Taylor will be joining the Dean of Students Office and the Lehigh University Community on July 1, 2014. Holly joins us from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and she has 8 years of student conduct experience. Holly also brings skills in the areas of Mediation, Assessment, and work with Title IX to our office. Holly received her B.A. in Communications from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida.
Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services
Katie Guynn has accepted the Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services position within the Office of Academic Transitions. Katie comes most recently from Temple University where she served as an Academic Advisor for Athletics. In her role at Lehigh, Katie will be responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive academic support model, tracking and monitoring students' academic progress, as well as being a liaison to the Athletic Department in an effort to support student-athletes' success at the university. We are very excited to have Katie on board and look forward to the contributions she will undoubtedly make to our students' experiences.
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA) will be bringing on two new Assistant Directors to join the staff for 2014-15.
Elizabeth Shayler has accepted the position of Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. Elizabeth will be coming to Lehigh from Harvard, where she spent the past several years working for the Offices of Housing and Advising Programs at Harvard College. Elizabeth has also spent time at Pace University and Vanderbilt University, where she received her Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration. Elizabeth brings extensive experience in Greek Life, housing and first year programming to Lehigh, and is an exciting addition to our staff.
Carter Gilbert will be joining OFSA from Colorado State University. While at Colorado State, Carter served as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Carter advised and mentored the Multicultural Greek Council, including overseeing the expansion and recognition process for two new culturally based organizations. Carter also assisted in the development of CSU’s Greek Week, Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Institute and Emerging Leaders Conference. Carter also served as a Teaching Assistant and Guest Instructor for several credit bearing classes, including Greeks against Sexual Assault; Gender Identity Development and Inclusive Leadership for Greek Students. Carter is a recent graduate of CSU with an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and is a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Jennifer Tedeschi will be joining OFSA from American University. Jennifer served as a Graduate Assistant in American’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Jennifer advised the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association and Fraternity and Sorority Life Programming Board. Jennifer managed the expansion process for both governing boards, and also helped the councils revise their financial management and election structures. Outside of American Jennifer serves as a volunteer for the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) and serves as a Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) trainer. Jennifer is a recent graduate of George Washington University with an M.A. in Higher Education Administration, with a concentration in Student Affairs. Jennifer is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
Both Carter and Jennifer will be joining OFSA on Monday, June 30.
Congratulation to Matt Kitchie, Sr. Assistant Dean and Director of Student Activities who received his M.B.A from Lehigh on May 19, 2014.
Degree: M.B.A. with concentration in finance
Time it took to complete: Three and a half years, mostly one class per semester; sometimes two
Highlights: International immersion experiences in Chile, Argentina and the United Kingdom
What will you do with your free time? Reading for pleasure. A long running list of things to do around the home he and his wife bought last year. Reflecting on the experience and considering his next step.
Advice to colleagues? “It’s an investment in time, so make sure you have the support of your loved ones and your supervisor. They’re your biggest cheerleaders. I would also encourage people to take graduate classes just to learn, even if they don’t want to pursue a degree.” - See more.
Gryphon End of the Year Award Winners
Live Lehigh Contributor of the Year: Carmen LaMacchia
Gold Keeper of the Year: Henry Greenfield
Unsung Hero: Miranda Gannett & Christal Schwenk
New Gryphon of the Year: Jevin Clark & Anna D'Ginto
Returning Gryphon of the Year: Matthew Raborn & Aman Ali
Spirit Award: Aaron Zacharia & Devin O'Connor
Dean Clarence B. Campbell Award: Jake Puzycki
The Student Life Leadership Awards celebration was held on April 24.
Each spring we celebrate the accomplishments and dedication of some of the university's remarkable young men and women. We are proud of our students and their achievements. We wish them much success and happiness in the future.
To view the awards program and recipients, please click here.
Fall 2013 Highlights
The Lehigh University Student Life Curriculum - named bLUeprint is a four-phase, basic-to-advanced process for Lehigh students to achieve five core learning outcomes through engagement within the Division of Student Affairs.
Taran Cardone, Mike Mullin & Chelsea Sims presented at the national ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute. It was truly an awesome experience to share what we've been creating here at Lehigh and receive feedback from the national community on our work. The general consensus from them was:
- We are onto something with this thing!
- We have managed to make this curriculum idea look visually appealing. (Thank you, Jill and Kayley!)
- We must have the most wonderful staff ever since they are all willing to collaborate on something so seamless and integrative to benefit students.
- We must have seriously intelligent and competent student leaders that they "get" what we are trying to do and have jumped on so quickly!
- "This was the best, most comprehensive example of a curriculum I have seen since attending this conference when it started in 2007!" Learn more about bLUeprint.
News from the Office of First-Year Experience
Steve Dutton, Assistant Director of Orientation & Student Engagement was awarded the National Orientation Directors Association's Outstanding New Professional Award at its national conference this November in San Antonio. His work with adding Faux Friday to the orientation experience, Lehigh Life program, and the Lehigh After Dark kickoff event at SteelStacks, were all noted in his nomination. Congratulations Steve on this awesome national distinction!
News from the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
Newly Hired Staff: 2013
Carli Toliver will be serving as the Interim Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services; she will primarily be providing academic support and coaching to our student-athletes in an effort to support their overall success at Lehigh. Carli is a former student-athlete and graduate of Lehigh receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sociology & Social Psychology and Sociology, respectively. She served as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Lehigh, as well as an Academic Advisor for Student Athlete Services at James Madison University. Carli brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to this position and we are looking forward to the contributions she will make to the experience of our students and the Dean of Students and Athletics Staff.
The Office of Residence Life is excited to announce that Michael Mullin will join our team this year as an Assistant Director of Residence Life. Mike will directly oversee Dravo and Richards residence halls with over 400 first-year students. Mike completed his Bachelor of Science at New York University in Media, Culture, and Communication. He then traveled to Virginia, to attend The College of William and Mary to earn his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration.
Most recently, Mike worked at Ursinus College as an Assistant Director of Residence Life. During his time at The College of William & Mary, he served as a complex director and hall director. Based on his experience and passion for student affairs, I am delighted for our office. His start date is July 15th.
The Office of Student Activities has hired two new Assistant Directors to begin work on June 28, 2013.
Aarsenio Perry is joining us from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. In the next few weeks he will be graduating with a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Services & Administration. He did his undergraduate work at Mississippi State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Counselor Education. In his new role Aarsenio will be providing support to and advise our 125+ undergraduate student organizations. This includes providing advice on organization finances and operations (programming, officer transition, etc.). He will also coordinate student organization training programs, oversee student programs such as the Club Expo, manage the student organization resource room, supervise the resource room student staff, and provide oversight to the CollegiateLink club management system.
Andrea Barker is joining us from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She will be graduating in the next couple of weeks with a Master of Education degree in Educational Policy Planning and Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. She did her undergraduate work at Marywood University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education. In her new role Andrea will oversee the program offerings in Lamberton Hall including the popular Make & Take series and weekend evening programs, manage the reservations and building operations of Lamberton Hall, supervise the Lamberton student staff, serve as a co-adviser to University Productions, and coordinate outdoor programming (Outdoor Adventure Program Prelusion trip and monthly outdoor trips).
Both will also be working with Matt Kitchie on Office of Student Activities' projects such as assessment and connecting with and supporting the implementation of the Student Life Curriculum with office program offerings.
Each May at our annual DOS Recognition Award Program, we gather as a staff to celebrate the accomplishments of the year, collectively and individually. These awards represent our collective commitments to professional development, outstanding educational programming, and overall excellence in our day-to-day work with students.
This year's recipients are:
Excellence in Professional Development (Exempt Staff): Allison Ragon
Excellence in Professional Development (Nonexempt Staff):Donna Clearie
DOS-Sponsored Program or Service of the Year: Steve Dutton for Lehigh After Dark Kickoff Event
Nonexempt Staff Member of the Year: Jill Forrest
Exempt Staff Member of the Year: Jenn Scaia
Great Collaborator Award: Kelly Grim & Jenn Scaia for the Residential Studying & Tutoring Program
DOS Spirit Award: Becky Davison
DOS Commitment to Assessment Award: Kate Conway
Team Player of the Year: Taran Cardone & Becky Navedo
DOS Inclusive Leadership Award: Ashley Baudouin