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New and Returning Faces of Student Life 2014-2015

Each year, responsibilities and faces from the Division of Student Life change a bit. Below, we offer a visual of who we are: our leadership team and the departments they oversee.

Dr. Joanna Royce-Davis - Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

We are happy to introduce Dr. Joanna Royce-Davis, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. Joanna comes to us from the University of the Pacific, where she most recently served as Dean of Students in the Division of Student Life. In her 15-year career at the University of the Pacific, she served as Associate Professor and Program Director in the Benerd School of Education, Interim Vice President for Student Life, Assistant and Associate Vice President for Student Life, and Associate Director of the Career Resource Center.

Eva Johnson - Dean for Student Development

Eva Johnson returns this year as Dean for Student Development, and continues her role as Director of Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL). She oversees student activities and leadership programs, coordinates Student Rights and Responsibilities with the support of Melissa Williams (Resident Director of Harstad Hall), and serves on the Wild Hope Center for Vocation Steering Committee and the Summer Academy Task Force.

Tom Huelsbeck - Associate Dean for Campus Life

Tom Huelsbeck is the Associate Dean for Campus Life, and Executive Director of Residential Life. The daily operations of Campus Safety and parking issues report to Tom. (In situations requiring emergency operations, Campus Safety reports to the Vice President for Student Life).

Tom is also the Interim Director of Facilities Management, overseeing the responsibilities of that department until the installation of a new Director later this year.

Laurie Turner (right) returns as the Director of Athletics. Laurie supervises Intercollegiate Athletics, Club Sports, Intramurals & Recreation, and the Names Fitness Center.

athletics staff 2014-2015

Laurie’s staff includes:

Left to right: Jud Keim – Assistant Football Coach; Lance Glasoe (new) – Head Softball Coach; Geoff Loomis – Assistant Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach; Rob Thompson – Coordinator of Recreation; Craig McCord – Assistant Football Coach; Jen Thomas – Associate Athletic Director (Compliance & Student Athlete Affairs); Matt Sellman – Head Swim Coach and Director of Aquatics; Sarah Hebel – Marketing & Social Media Coordinator; Steve Dickerson – Head Men’s Basketball Coach; Luann Corso – Assistant to the Director; Tyler Scott – Director of Communications; Scott Westering – Head Football Coach; Aaron Gunther – Head Athletic Trainer; and Laurie Turner – Director.

Not pictured: Kevin Aoki – Head Volleyball Coach; Jennifer Childress – Head Women’s Basketball Coach; Mike Fosnick – Head Women’s Golf Coach; Anna Fukunaga – Assistant Athletic Trainer; Craig Hamilton – Head Men’s Tennis Coach; Heather Kreier – Head Cross Country / Track & Field Coach; Chris Rice – Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Coordinator; Seth Spidahl – Head Women’s Soccer Coach; Kris Swanson – Head Men’s Golf Coach; Lorrie Wood – Head Women’s Tennis Coach; Todd Yamauchi – Assistant Athletic Trainer; John Yorke – Head Men’s Soccer Coach; and the Women’s Rowing Coach.

Nancy Connor & Dennis Sepper

Continuing this year are University Pastors Nancy Connor (left) and Dennis Sepper (right).  Both Nancy and Dennis are also Co-Directors of Congregation Relations.

Greg Premo (not pictured) is the Director of Campus Safety, and a Sergeant with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Campus Safety staff 2014-2015

Greg’s team is pictured above (left to right): Professional Safety Officer Shawn Thompson; Parking Enforcement Officer Annmarie Pearson; Assistant Director Ron Giddings; Operations Supervisors Shep Clarke and Jason Weaving; Campus Safety Assistant Jennifer Gierke; Professional Safety Officer Joe Olson; Parking Enforcement Officer Jackie Schaffrath, and Operations Supervisor Adam Schreiber.

Not pictured: Operations Supervisor Michael McDonald; Professional Safety Officers Mat Hitchiner, Tim Walt (new), and Dan Hockaday (new).

Ramstad Commons houses the following offices: Academic Advising, Academic Assistance, the Center for Community Engagement and Service (CCES), and Career Connections (which encompasses the following departments: Academic Internships, Career Development, and Student Employment).

Catherine Swearingen is the Executive Director of Career Connections. She reports to both the Provost and the Vice President for Student Life.

catherine_swearingen_2014 - Executive Director of Career Connections

This year, Catherine welcomes Kate Schneider, Director of Employer Relations (left), and Jody Horn, Recruiting and Outreach Manager (right).

Kate Schneider, Director of Employer Relations
Jody Horn, Recruiting and Outreach Manager

Pictured below is the Ramstad Commons team:

Ramstad Commons staff at PLU on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (Photo/John Froschauer)

Top Row (left to right): Director of Academic Assistance Leslie Foley; Assistant Director of Academic Assistance Katherine Bourdonnay; recently retired Director of Academic Internships Maxine Herbert-Hill; Executive Director of Career Connections Catherine Swearingen; Manager for Student Employment and Technology Tommy Skaggs; Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Services (CCES) Tiffany Lemmon; AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Rachel Haxtema; Academic Advisor Andrea Shea.

Bottom Row (left to right): Director of Academic Advising Hal DeLaRosby; Transfer Student Advisor Abigail Blankner; Director of CCES Joel Zylstra; Academic Advisor Heather Leque; Career Counselor Paul Bauer; Associate Director of Academic Advising Allison Stephens. (Tracy Pitt is also pictured, however has left to pursue other endeavors.)

Not Pictured: Kyle Jutte, AmeriCorps College Access Corps Coordinator; and Kim O’Rourke, Senior Administrative Assistant.

Returning Director Matt Freeman, DNP, MPH, oversees both the Health Center and the Counseling Center.

Director of Disability Support Services (DSS) Paula Burns and her Assistant Becky Sebasty (new) share office space with the Counseling Center.

Myles Getman returns as Administrative Assistant, and assists both the Counseling Center and DSS.

Health Team 2014-2015

Pictured above (left to right): Counselor Cheri Campbell; Nurse Practitioner Alli Fairbanks (new); Director Paula Burns; Nurse Practitioner Tamsin Sarich; Assistant to DSS Director Becky Sebasty (new); Administrative Assistant Myles Getman; Director Matt Freeman; Psychologist Lizz Barton; Clinic Coordinator Doreen Splinter; Administrative Assistant Sarah Beaver (new); and Health Educator Ross McLeod.

Not pictured: Nurse Practitioners Marit Featherstone and Erin Hohman; Medical Assistant Crystal Kennedy; Psychologist Joanne Ito; Psychiatrist Liban Rodol; and Intern Jon Weber (new).

Associate Dean for Campus Life and Executive Director of Residential Life Tom Huelsbeck (middle) works with Director of Residential Programs Jes Takla (second from right). Jes oversees the Resident Directors.

Res Life team 2014-2015

This year, Residential Life welcomes two new Resident Directors: Ángel de Jesus González (third from right) for Foss and Pflueger Halls, and Luke Ruiz (right) for South and Kreidler Halls.

Pictured above (left to right): RD for Tingelstad Hall Dan Hammerquist; Director Jes Takla; RD for Ordal and Stuen Halls Mercy Daramola; Residential Operations Coordinator Dana McDonald; Associate Dean Tom Huelsbeck; RD for Hinderlie and Hong Halls Kat Slaby; RD for Harstad Hall Melissa Williams; Senior Office Assistant Ginny Cooper; RD for Foss and Pflueger Halls Ángel de Jesus González; Office Supervisor and Facilities Coordinator Rebecca Rumpza; and RD for South and Kreidler Halls Luke Ruiz.

Student Engagement also oversees programs related to new student orientation, student media, student government (ASPLU), student clubs and organizations, Emerging Leaders, and support for commuter and transfer students.

Student Involvement team - Eva Frey, Ian Jamieson, Aaron Steelquist, Hansel Doan, Nicole Juliano, Angie Hambrick, Debbie Darms

Eva Johnson (second from left) is the Dean for Students.

She is pictured with: Assistant Director of Technology and Social Media Hai Doan (new); Diversity Center Assistant Director Nicole Juliano; Director for Student Engagement  Ian Jamieson; Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Social Justice and Sustainability Angie Hambrick;  Aaron Steelquist (new) and Senior Office Assistant Debbie Darms.

Student Life team - Joanne Royce-Davis, Larie Winer, Barbara Barnett

Dr. Joanna Royce-Davis (left), is the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.  She joins returning Senior Associate Laree Winer (middle), and Senior Administrative Assistant Barbara Barnett (right).