In a few days, one door in my career will close while another one opens. I bring closure to 15 years of work in Residence Life. On November 11, I begin a new part of my career as the Associate Director in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at Syracuse University. I am very excited about this new venture and journey. In some strange way, it feels like a return to home. My first work in student affairs began in judicial affairs as a graduate assistant at Shippensburg University. Now, 17 years after starting graduate school, I find myself returning to student conduct, the same work within Student Affairs that started my passion.
However, after being in residence life for so many years, I would be remiss if I didn’t say it feels strange. Just yesterday, I took an inventory of my keys to pass on to my supervisor. For years, I have had so many keys to random locations on campus. Then, next Monday, that access disappears. Each day that passes makes it more real.
To my current staff, I will miss working with you. It has been an honor to work with you for these past several months. In a very short time, you have put together exciting new initiatives, brought schools and colleges to South Campus to help connect students academically, and have worked hard to build relationships with students. I would have loved to see this year through and work with you throughout the year. It has been exciting for me to watch you work together. Yet, my move to OSRR now also makes perfect sense. You are working well as a team, develop your own ideas, divide responsibilities, and follow-through. You are self functioning and will thrive without me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to witness your work ethic and commitment to South Campus and our students.
When I have more time, I will work to put some thoughts down on some of the things I learned from my work in Residence Life in the hope that it helps others find something of value while also giving me time to reflect on my experiences. Finally, to all of the students and staff with whom I had the privilege to work, I say “thank you.” I look forward to building new connections with a new group of colleagues and students, while still maintaining my commitment to my current relationships.