New Staff at Elms College Dedicated to Student Success
Friday, August 31, 2012
Although most classrooms and offices are quiet during the summer months, the campus has been buzzing with energy from new hires in admissions, student services, athletics, and academics.
These new additions to the Elms College family all share a passion for student development and a great enthusiasm for the possibilities ahead of them.
Director of Student Activities
Megan is an enthusiastic and experienced student activities professional. She has worked in student activities at several colleges, including the University of Connecticut, Rhode Island College, and most recently, Salve Regina University. She graduated from the University of Connecticut and holds a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island, where she most recently worked in Center for Student Leadership Development. Megan has big plans for student activities at Elms College. She hopes to create a student activities board to provide students with leadership positions and the opportunity to plan campus-wide events. She also hopes to create a club recognition process to help student organizations build their presence on campus and develop a late night program to create more activities on campus during the evenings and weekends. Over the long term, she also hopes to build a leadership program that will engage other campus offices.
Director of Athletics
Peter takes the reigns of the athletics department at Elms College following six years in athletics at New York University, and managing the Palladium Athletic Facility. He has extensive experience with the NCAA Division III, having directed the 2010 women's volleyball and men's soccer regional championships, and has served as meet director for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) indoor track and field championships, the director of the 2011 United States Collegiate Fencing Squad championships, and a member of the ECAC Division III Metro Soccer Championships selection commitee in 2009 and 2011. He was also actively involved in supporting the LGBTQ student population and creating sensitivity training programs for staff. A graduate of Vassar College with a bachelor's degree in English, Peter also boasts a strong record as a soccer player and skier. He also holds a master's degree from NYU in sports business.
Coordinator of International Programs and Latino Academic Success
Latino academic success is a very personal cause for Gretchen Marin. She arrived in the United States at age 3, when her family moved here from Puerto Rico. She studied sociology and black/Puerto Rican studies at Hunter College, and then fell into a career in international shipping and freight, but the work did not inspire her on a personal level. She joined the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, which is the headquarters of the Episcopal Church in New York, before earning her master's degree in sociology at UConn. In her role at Elms College, she will be able to use her passion for serving others and her own experiences as a Puerto Rican migrant to make the transition to a college education smoother for students from all over the world.
Director of Residence Life
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Jon affirms that he is a Texan by birth, but a New Englander by choice. After earning a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas A&M University, he completed a master's degree in college student personnel at Bowling Green State University, and began a career in student services. Having worked in residence life at Oberlin College, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Jon brings a broad set of experiences upon which he can draw in his new role. He is particularly excited to join the Elms Community because of the close-knit family feel that the college can provide to its students. Jon's goal is to provide students with the best possible residential experience, encouraging them to feel connected to the college and one another. He hopes to foster an on-campus community that will be scholarly, respectful, caring, and safe.
Assistant Director of Admissions
With extensive travel, work, and study on four continents, knowledge of seven languages and a great love for learning about other cultures, Elizabeth brings a global perspective to her new position within the Office of Admission, where her responsibilities include international and domestic recruitment as well as outreach via social media. Upon completion of her master's degree at Indiana University, Elizabeth helped "new Americans" begin their lives in greater Boston. These refugees inspired her to pursue an international career. During a span of 15 years, she managed several humanitarian assistance and educational reform projects in Hungary, Poland, Armenia, and the Republic of Georgia. She also directed study abroad programs in Poland, Hungary, and Armenia. After so many years abroad, deep roots in New England pulled Elizabeth back to western Massachusetts, where she is thrilled to join the Elms family. From her point of view, the campus is an emerald green oasis and home to a community that is rich in diversity, talent, and potential. She looks forward to contributing her multi-cultural experience and strong people skills to the success of Elms College students.
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