Meet the Staff
KRISTIN AUSTIN, Ed.D.
Senior Director of New Student Programs
Areas of responsibility: Provide strategic leadership and direction to the Office
of New Student Programs and guide all orientation programming. Work with campus partners
to support the Mission, Vision, Values and Goals of the University, the Division
of Student Affairs, and the Office of New Student Programs. Represent NSP on key campus
committees. Supervise NSP staff members and foster their professional development.
Oversee budget for New Student Programs and Orientation.
DEVAN KOWALEK ZGLESZEWSKI
Associate Director of New Student Programs
Areas of responsibility: Logistical planning for all orientation and Welcome Weekend
programs including program schedules, space reservations, presenters, technology,
catering, etc. Hiring, supervision and training of graduate staff and NODA interns.
First-generation student initiatives.
(LENORA) ANN MITCHELL
Assistant Director of New Student Programs
Areas of responsibility: Undergraduate orientation leader team including recruitment, hiring, training, staff development and supervision. Supervision and mentoring of orientation leadership team and returning orientation leaders. Administration of D2L Orientation Leader Experience course.
Coordinator of Communication & Orientation Registration
Areas of responsibility: Orientation communications including mailings, orientation booklets and email communications. Orientation registration and attendance for all orientation programs and attendance for required welcome weekend programs. Administration of online pre-orientation program and D2L orientation modules. New Student Programs website.
Staff Assistant for the Office of New Student Programs
Areas of responsibility: New Student Programs reception and clerical support. Administering general orientation email inbox. Budget reporting, purchase orders and procurement card reconciliations. Orientation leader hiring paperwork, background clearances and payroll.
Summer 2020 Graduate Staff
Abbie graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2015 with a bachelors in Communication Studies: Leadership and Public Advocacy and Gender Studies. She was involved in multiple community engagement organizations and played on the women’s volleyball team. After graduating, she worked in Yellowstone National Park for several months before returning home and working as a dog walker/pet sitter and PIAA official, and later for a financial company. Abbie realized she wanted to return to higher education and is beginning her second year in the Higher Education Policy & Student Affairs program. In 2019 she served as the graduate assistant for the Alternative Break Program and interned with Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs. She's excited to work with undergrads this summer as this is her first time being immersed in the orientation experience. She is thrilled to work with students who are passionate about orientation and WCU, and excited to serve as a resource to new students and families!
Delaney is an upcoming second-year graduate student in the Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs program at West Chester University, and is currently living in her hometown of Collegeville, PA. Delaney received her undergraduate degree in Human Services from York College of Pennsylvania in 2019. As an undergraduate student, she was an active member of her sorority, most notably serving as her sorority's chapter president. Delaney is very much looking forward to building relationships with the undergraduate students involved in New Student Programs this summer to help them achieve their goals!
2020 NODA Intern
Tom is a graduate student finishing up his first year at the University of Pittsburgh where he is studying to get his M.Ed. in Higher Education Management. As an undergraduate at Susquehanna University, Tom worked as an Orientation Team Leader for two years and as a member of the Orientation Lead Staff for one year. Tom also worked in Residence Life and was a member of Greek Life at Susquehanna. He is very excited to be able to work with incoming Golden Rams and assist new students and their families in whatever way possible!
Nzingha is a first-year Master’s degree candidate in the Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs program at West Chester University. Nzingha went to Widener University for her undegrad and graduated in 2018 with a BA in Sociology. During her undergrad career at Widener, she was involved in many clubs and activities. The leadership role she enjoyed the most was being an Orientation Leader, which makes her super excited to have this opportunity to welcome you all! She is looking forward to working alongside the orientation team as they welcome new Golden Rams into the Ram Fam! #RamsUp!
2020 Orientation Leader Team
Jai-La Aponte ● Holly Bostwick ● Dez Brock ● Calia Burger ● Kayla Bynum ● Julian Cairns ● Bonnie Calhoun ● Ian Chappelle ● Haley Clark ● Will Claudio ● Andrew Costello ● Shadow Deyo ● Adrienne Duesberry ● Gwen Eckert ● Neb Elias ● Josie Ferlick ● Sydney Galtere ● Matt Giannella ● Nashaya Goodman ● Isabelle Gunson ● Caroline Helms ● Tre Howard ● Ananiya Jones ● Iris Kazzi ● Elaina Maahs ● Sean McGroary ● Blake Metro-Gault ● Jay Ni ● Princess Ogujiofor ● Fanny Ortiz ● Dina Pappas ● Riley Pontician ● Sharon Regland ● Lope Rojas ● Emma Sevick ● Katie Sheeran ● Kayla Smith ● Dakirah Stevenson ● Sydney Stockmal ● Nadiyah Williams ● Cheryl Wiltshire ● Robert Wylie ● Catherine YoungMeet the 2020 OL Team
New Student Programs Partners with D-Cap
New Student Programs, in partnership with the DUB-C Autism Program (D-CAP), is extremely excited to introduce Emma and Mel, two orientation leaders who will be part of our innaugural Orientation/D-Cap collaboration at West Chester University! This new position provides employment opportunities for autistic students at WCU who display an abundance of Ram Pride and are eager to welcome new students and parents to the Ram community. This partnership was created to assist in areas of need for the orientation team while also meeting the needs of employees with autism. Mel and Emma are looking forward to assisting new students and their families while also spreading their passion for Autism acceptance and an inclusive campus environment.