25 Intrapreneurs in Student Affairs

Intrapreneurs are known for their innovation, ideation, and motivational techniques – they aim to connect deeply with others around them.

The term intrapreneurship means to behave like an entrepreneur while working within a larger organization. For this post, we’re focusing on humans who are intrapreneurs within the realm of student affairs.

Our team reflected on professionals who we’ve interacted with in some way, shape or form: we selected humans who embody an intrapreneurial spirit by acting as a change agent within students affairs and higher education. We considered things like diversity of thought, perspective, functional area, leadership experiences, and the point they’re at in their career path.

We asked them a variety of questions and we received more than expected – personal stories, insights, and advice that everyone in student affairs can benefit from.

What was the latest milestone you’ve achieved?

“Using the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies as a foundational framework, we released our own #RyersonSA Competencies last summer. There are many similarities to the work done by ACPA/NASPA and I think that shows that, at the core, the Student Affairs profession is commonly understood across geographic regions. We spent a considerable amount of time thinking about how we wanted to frame professional development for our Ryerson context. The Empathy/Emotional Intelligence competency area is unique to us and is directly aligned with our institutional and divisional values. We promote a “People First” culture at Ryerson, and I allow AND expect our Student Affairs staff to bring their whole selves to work. Providing empathic response is very important to us, and I am proud of our competency framework.”

– John Austin, Executive Director of Student Affairs

“The latest milestone I’ve achieved is forming our STEM Women of Color Initiative. This program is something I’ve been researching since I interviewed for my graduate assistantship. We had a great fall semester of planning/outreach so to see the work come together with a packed first session was wonderful. This initiative is a social support program that includes inter-group dialogue focusing on the intersectionality of being a woman of color in STEM related fields. We are currently inviting many esteemed faculty and researchers like Gabriela Gonzalez who just received credit for discovering Gravitational Waves.”

– Ricky Meinke, Graduate Assistant of African American Student Affairs

“Earning a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. I’m proud of earning a terminal degree, something I have wanted for some time now! It was hard work, but worth every penny.”

– Ed Cabellon, Assistant to the VP, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

“I was recently elected to serve as the 2017-2019 Co-Chair for the NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC). I am extremely humbled and proud to be serving in this role and to be giving back to my community in such an esteemed position.”

– Queena Hoang, Program Coordinator, Aztec Student Union

“I helped edit and author a book – Beyond Meetings: Lessons and Successes in Advising Student Organizations. It started as a collaborative blogging project to highlight voices in the field and provide encouragement during April, a notoriously busy time in student affairs. There was a clear need for this writing and the book has been incredibly well-received. Dr. Cindy Kane and I are presenting a workshop on the book next month in Washington at a state-wide conference!”

– Becca Fick, Center for Student Involvement

“I was asked to coordinate a university and city wide charity drive called Ten Tons of Love. With little more than 3 months and no background experience, I organized this charity drive and coordinated donating over 40 tons of clothes, small appliances and other items to a local church in Syracuse. We are now donating over 50 tons of donated items a year and I have a great group of students helping to coordinate this program. We now we assist over 3000 families a year.”

– Elin Riggs, Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services

“Graduating from college and being the first person in my entire family to do so as a first generation college student. Also, graduating with two majors (biological sciences) and three minors (chemistry, sociology, and leadership studies) really made me feel accomplished, knowing that I made the most of my time.”

– Brandon Sousa, Graduate Assistant in Academic Success Center

“I’ve taken on larger projects including my role as President of AACUHO (the Asia Pacific association for student housing), seeking opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues across institutions nationally and internationally (contact me if you’re keen to work on something!), and using my experiences to conduct research, contribute to the field via blogs, conferences and journals and mentor new professionals in the industry.”

– Laura Burge, Residential Education Manager

“As I sit here in my new office at Rutgers University, I cannot help but say that this has been my latest and greatest milestone. It is an understatement to say that I am thrilled to have joined the Office of Student Affairs & Compliance at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. I’ve compared my transition to the one my students make because like them I “transferred” into the four year school.”

– Juhi Bhatt, Investigations Specialist, Office of Student Affairs

“I got a job after a year-long job search!”

– Craig Bidiman, Health Education & Promotion Specialist

“One project that I have been working hard to complete this past year is a “train-the-trainer” workshop on providing identity-conscious career development for marginalized students including students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities. This is an area that I believe falls through the cracks when looking at career development on college campuses. The majority of the information provided to students is obtained through a White, cisgender, and fully abled perspective. We fail to recognize the differing experiences of our students with marginalized identities when it comes to the job search process and job satisfaction. My personal goal for this upcoming academic year is increase the number of professionals equipped with the information needed to provide identity-conscious career development workshops for their students with marginalized identities.”

– Jamie Piperato, Student Affairs Educator & Speaker

“The latest milestone that I have achieved is completing the chapter, ‘Recruiting,Selecting, Supervising and Retaining Staff.’ In the The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration (4th ed.).”

– Dr. Zebulun R. Davenport, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

“I will be serving on the ACPA 2017 Planning Committee as a member of the Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board.”

– Wayne Glass, Residence Hall Director

If you have a motto, what is it?

“A broken clock is correct at least twice a day. We just have to be looking at the right moment. My dad used to say this all the time when I was a kid, which meant that I should look for the positives and the lessons in every situation. My father taught me that learning a lesson, even in defeat, is still a victory.”

– Jason Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. – Chuck Palahniuk.”

– Junior Pena, Graduate Assistant for the Center for Leadership & Social Change

“Do or do not, there is no try. – Jedi Master Yoda”

– Ed Cabellon, Assistant to the VP, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

“Don’t be a worrier; be a warrior.”

– Queena Hoang, Program Coordinator, Aztec Student Union

“I don’t ask my staff to do anything that I would not do myself. Even with the most mundane or tedious tasks are not above me.”

– Elin Riggs, Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services

“I have several sayings that I always come back to:

1) Past performance is the best indicator of future success.

2) Thinking is not doing.

3) Sore today, strong tomorrow.

All three basically affirm the same things: The measure of a successful person is based on their ability to persist, deliver and achieve–every single time. I’m not interested in talking about accomplishing goals–I’m focused on the execution and actually doing it.”

– Dr. Ann Marie Klotz, Dean of Campus Life

Life is all about perspective. No matter what you experience in life, there is always a positive side to things, a lesson to learn, a deeper meaning behind it all. Change your perspective, and you can change your life.”

– Brandon Sousa, Graduate Assistant in Academic Success Center

“Work hard and be nice to people.”

– Kimberly White, Academic Advisor, Pre-Nursing & Pre-Health Professions

“Don’t be a d*ck and ‘WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB’- Rick Sanchez, from Rick and Morty”

– Craig Bidiman, Health Education & Promotion Specialist

“‘Nobody hears the stories that aren’t told.’ I use this to empower our student affairs staff to be more mindful of the power of storytelling. Our jobs are easier when we take time to talk about what we’re doing. It’s easier and more comfortable to make changes when you’re doing the kind of informal review of your programs and services that storytelling requires. It’s easier to attract resources with a compelling narrative.”

– John Austin, Executive Director of Student Affairs

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Thank you Dr. Maya Angelou for the constant reminder.”

– Hon Lam, Career Coach

“Treat people the way that you want them to treat your loved ones.’

‘Be content with what you have but never satisfied with where you’

‘Stay hungry because success breeds complacency”

– Dr. Zebulun R. Davenport, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

How do you stay focused/what makes you productive?

“I also keep a detailed to-do list with notes, deadlines, and reminders set. I keep all my files on Dropbox, keep ideas down in Evernote, and like to chat quickly with people via Google Hangouts. All of this helps me keep up with the work I need to do, wherever I am.”

– Dustin Ramsdell, Resident Director at Husson University

Productivity is a blessing, not a burden. I grew up working on our family’s tobacco farm. We had to be up super early for farm work, and I worked on other farms, plus was an athlete, on student council, and worked at a grocery store, and I’ve had a job every day of my life since I was 12 years old. Working is like breathing, and I actually enjoy it. Student affairs is a great field with lots of nuanced challenges and it is important to have clarity about who I am here to serve and understand how my university’s mission structures that service. Essentially, hard work with mission clarity leads to productivity.”

– Jason Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

“Some common practices I like to use in order to facilitate this focus and productivity are the creation of to-do lists, outlining the ‘big picture’ and approaching tasks by breaking them up into small, accomplishable projects. I find that when I am able to attack a project into smaller segments then I am able to complete the larger project more efficiently.”

– Jamie Piperato, Student Affairs Educator & Speaker

“I always try to look for the best in every situation and work to internalize that my role within student affairs is to help create / fight for positive change. Additionally, Google Calendar and I have a great relationship.”

– Wayne Glass, Residence Hall Director

Who do you call on for advice?

“I’ve got a core group of friends mentors and professionals. They’re like my Avengers of Education. My sister who is psychologist and has also worked in student affairs always provides the best advice as well. I also talk to the students. They have theirs ears to what’s popping and they help me see a number of things I might have missed.”

– Jeffrey Dessources, Assistant Director of Campus Life

“Who don’t I call on for advice might be a better question here! I love input. I love gathering everyone’s thoughts in order to make informed decisions. I call on my mentors, my peers, my colleagues, and my outside-of-student-affairs-friends. It’s very important for me to be a part of a team that is diverse in background, experience, and interests so that we can continue growing and learning both professionally and personally.”

– Queena Hoang, Program Coordinator, Aztec Student Union

How do you bring different ideas into your workplace (gather buy-in)?

“More times than not, I find that buy in does not always mean championing your own idea. Working on a small staff has taught me a lot about the power of agreement. For a while, I was under the impression that to be the best professional I needed to have these awesome ideas and that if I did not I was terrible at my job. After I let go of that notion, I found out that I am good at developing general ideas, and then my colleagues have added on and in the end, a great process is born.”

– Annie Greaney, Residence Director

“I sit and think. Sometimes for a good long while. Then once I can’t add to it, and think it’s a sound idea, I put it out for people to build upon. I never expect any idea I present to be taken as is. I always expect it to be criticized and revamped into the best version it can be.”

– Brian Proffer, Assistant Manager, University Activities Board

“Listening and respect for your team is a recipe for making good decisions. Creating an environment where people feel ownership of the organization year-round is more effective than just calling the troops together when it is time to “get feedback” or in a crisis. It is also important to give credit to members of the team for their successes, and to share good news about our team with our campus community. On our team, every one matters, every day.”

– Jason Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

“I’m constantly watching the trends in education and trends in popular culture. When I want to bring in the new Beyonce video as a topic, it’s filled with learning outcomes and drenched in assessment. So my ideas come from whatever is the current wave. The Trill or Not Trill team is on social media, watching Sports Center and reading the Chronicle all at the same time.”

– Jeffrey Dessources, Assistant Director of Campus Life

“I’m addicted to big ideas. I’m committed to creating a workplace that encourages and expects our Student Affairs team to think big about their work and how we can be outside the box of traditional practice. I think I get buy-in for my big ideas because my team is so used to a warm reception from me when they start exploring their own. I set the pace for creativity, and they outrun me every time. My biggest job is to find a way to say yes to every great idea that comes my way. I have a colleague who is known for saying, “No is never the right answer, even when yes isn’t possible”. I agree with this, and I always strive to find a way to get to ‘YES!’

– John Austin, Executive Director of Student Affairs

How do you on-board your team to new ideas?

“I do my best to bring in ideas from other institutions, especially those that are implementing best-practice models or cutting-edge initiatives on their campuses. In the past, I’ve brought in colleagues of mine from these institutions to discuss what they’re working on and to exchange ideas – I think it’s great to be able to highlight the amazing folks behind the work that I’m thinking about borrowing ideas from and it’s a great way to secure buy-in. Hearing about a new initiative or program from its creators can make a strong impact on stakeholders.”

– Kimberly White, Academic Advisor, Pre-Nursing & Pre-Health Professions

What are you planning to do next to strengthen your intrapreneurial role?

“I really want to become a ‘handy’ person with various platforms that are beneficial to a student affairs professionals. What I mean by handy is, I want to be proficient in working with specific computer programs, social media sites, assessment techniques, etc. I’m trying to gain as much applicable experience that can really make me marketable for my future job search.”

– Brandon Sousa, Graduate Assistant in Academic Success Center

“I also have the desire to edit a book, which I won’t start working on until next year. But the book will be a bunch of student voices, discussing their mental health experiences during college. Our field often focuses on the mental health of professionals and self-care and work-life balance, which is fine. But no one seems to focus on our students. So I’m going to work on creating this book. I want to be a thought leader in the health and wellness aspect of our work, and I feel this will give me a big spark of inspiration to ensure that our students are taken care of while on campus. And I feel a book like this could really uncover some explosive findings in terms of exposing what our students’ lives are really like.”

– Craig Bidiman, Health Education & Promotion Specialist

What’s something Student Affairs is missing (what would you change)?

“Student affairs educators need to understand own and effectively communicate the fact that we contribute to the educational mission of academia.”

– Dr. Zebulun R. Davenport, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

“I would update our Student Affairs graduate education curriculum to reflect what new pros need to succeed inside their first 3 years.”

– Ed Cabellon, Assistant to the VP, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

“When I think about what our profession is missing, I inherently think about the need to genuinely self-reflect on our purpose. Now while I use the collective, I think this requires a lot of singular introspection as well. It is no secret that our profession has high attrition rates, and that the work we do is at times not compensated for the endless amounts of hours we commit. Nonetheless, we must determine why we decide to pursue this profession and how to make meaning of our unique privilege to serve as educators on college campuses. I say this because we often lose sight of our purpose in search for the next promotion, the next big presentation, the endless bureaucracy, and the constant need for self-promotion. I particularly urge my colleagues in the field to reflect on some questions I asked myself pretty regularly. More specifically, do I know the student needs on my campus? If not, why not? How am I putting students needs at the forefront of my work? What is hindering my ability to show up authentically? Am I taking up space for others to feel comfortable? How can I learn to do my work more effectively? What haven’t I done so well and how can I learn from it? Lastly, what is taking energy away from me and what is giving energy to me?”

– Junior Pena, Graduate Assistant for the Center for Leadership & Social Change

“As far as I know, we don’t have a national Student Affairs Professionals Appreciation Week. I’m thinking of launching something this year. I’m 75% of the way finished with the planning phase.”

– Sinclair Caesar, Assistant Director of Student Life

“Before answering this question, I think it is important to acknowledge that my entire student affairs career has been (intentionally) within an equity and inclusion office in one form or another. This experience may contribute to the slight bias one might find in my answer to this question. If I could change one thing about our profession, I would expand the curriculum required for graduate students to include a stronger emphasis on social justice education. A quote by Alejando Jodorowsky states, “Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” Although there are many conclusions that could be derived from this quote, I believe it speaks to the importance of social justice education within our own field. Higher education will continue to perpetuate systems of oppression unless we are willing to engage in authentic conversations, as professionals, about the reality of our marginalized students, faculty, and staff (i.e., Black and Brown students/faculty/staff, trans and gender nonconforming students/faculty/staff, queer students/faculty/staff, undocumented students/faculty/staff, students who are homeless, students/faculty/staff with disabilities, and any other member of our institutions who experience marginalization due to their identities). It is my belief that the lack of conversations around social justice in our field will only lead to the continuation of reactionary measures instituted by ill-equipped professionals as a way to respond to the experiences of disenfranchised students, faculty, and staff. Furthermore, it is my hope that as professionals are encouraged to value social justice in their work that the weight of identity-conscious programming is shared among all functional areas on our campuses instead of only those that work in equity and inclusion offices on campus (which are typically understaffed and underfunded).”

– Jamie Piperato, Student Affairs Educator & Speaker

What’s your routine like (does it include breakfast)?

Some people may call me rigid but I prefer the term “consistent!” I lay out my clothes each night before I go to bed. I wake up every day between 5:00-5:30, go to Starbucks, get to the office by 7:30, workout nearly every day after work and am in bed by 11:00/11:30. When I interviewed female college presidents as a part of my dissertation study, I found that they also had very consistent days. I like to eat the same things nearly every day, too. It makes for quick decision-making and keeps me healthy!”

– Dr. Ann Marie Klotz, Dean of Campus Life

“I wake up at 4:45am Monday – Friday; go to CrossFit; have breakfast around 7/7:30am; work on several projects / attend meetings / meet with students / have lunch at 11:00am and then dinner at 5:00pm; and then conclude my day around 6:00pm.”

– Wayne Glass, Residence Hall Director

“Wake up around 5am, pray and meditate, then spend about an hour writing. My wife and I talk to my kids in the morning about their day and review schedules for their activities because they are as busy as we are. I read the chronicle & inside higher ed every morning. Once the kids are gone to school I get myself ready, eat a bowl of marshmallow fruit loops, and get to the office by 7:45 a.m.”

– Jason Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

“My professional and personal lives (which, are very much intertwined) are pretty busy and unpredictable, so I find routines difficult. By nature, I’m a very structured and organized person, but I’ve had to let go of a lot of my routine dependency.”

– John Austin, Executive Director of Student Affairs

Who’s an SA Pro you’ve always wanted to meet?

“I am fortunate to have met many SA Pros (in real life) IRL over the last few years, but there are definitely a few I still want to meet. Dr. Chris Conzen is one of my favorite people, but since we work on opposites sides of the country and in different areas of Student Affairs, we have not yet had the opportunity to meet. If anyone is interested in sponsoring us, let me know.”

– Kathryn Magura, Assistant Director of Operations

“Well, I love Chris Stone-Sewalish. And we met once, briefly, when I was interviewing for grad school at Kansas. But since then we’ve become closer as colleagues through social media and him giving me lots of support during my job search. He’s my professional brother in tattooed sleeves.”

– Craig Bidiman, Health Education & Promotion Specialist

“I would like to meet Paul Gordon Brown, I always enjoyed the topics he discussed. Additionally, I would love to sit down with the hosts of #HigherEdLive one day and pick their brains about their favorite topics on #HigheredLive.”

– Hon Lam, Career Coach

“I would love to meet Marcia Baxter-Magolda.”

– Wayne Glass, Residence Hall Director

Why do you do what you do?

“For me, I feel that I came into the field of student affairs for a reason that is different from many of my peers and colleagues who I have worked with. In my junior year of college, a friend of mine committed suicide, and that impacted me in a life changing way. When I entered student affairs and landed a job in housing, it provided me with an ability to try to reach students who may feel like my friend had. I have learned over the years about my own mental health and the impact this field has on it. I am here to hopefully provide a voice to other professionals who may be feeling similar or have had similar experiences as mine. To let others know that yes, I have PTSD and depression, but I am still a kick ass professional. I feel that mental health is stigmatized so much, and in particularly in our field. So as much as I am here for our students, I am also here to help bring more positive attention and awareness to the mental health of our professionals.”

– Annie Greaney, Residence Director

“Because I give a sh*t about my student’s health. Their academics are whatever to me. I genuinely care about making sure that they’re taking care of themselves mentally, physically, sexually, and socially. Those are my four main aspects of care and I hold myself to checking in with them as much as I can.”

– Craig Bidiman, Health Education & Promotion Specialist

“Student affairs is my calling. The greatest two days in a person’s life are the day they are born, and they day they figure out why they were born. When I was in undergrad, I learned that I was born to serve college students.”

– Jason Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

“I do what I do, because there are young people out there who need to see education from a different perspective. My goal in life is to provide a transformative voice for my generation and help younger generations find theirs.”

– Jeffrey Dessources, Assistant Director of Campus Life

“I was able to obtain an Assignments Coordinator role right out of college, and have actively been working to give a voice to Housing Operations professionals (we’re not all res lifers in Housing) ever since. I have a strong ethos of care when it comes to customer service, and I enjoy applying those principles to college students.”

– Kathryn Magura, Assistant Director of Operations

How do you feed your creative side? hobbies or passions?

“Since finishing grad school 6 years ago, I’ve been working hard to fill my life with things and people that make me happy. Running, dancing, yoga, scuba diving, cooking, and hiking are on the list. I also write and read voraciously. I didn’t realize these were actually hobbies for the longest time because they’re just so ingrained in who I am. Each year I aim to read 52 books, roughly one per week. This is my 5th year attempting this goal, and I have yet to reach it. Even in falling short of this goal, I’ve still read more in the last 5 years than I would have without this stretch goal (195 and counting!).”

– Becca Fick, Director, Center for Student Involvement

I really enjoy expressing myself in writing. I think that when I write, I am at my best. I write poetry pieces and blog posts, attend open mic events, and participate in writing workshops to release creative energies. I also enjoy reading books and reading online articles, I feel like it’s fueling when I enter writer’s block or when I feel disconnected from people and the outside world.”

– Karyn Dyer, Graduate Assistant of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

“I’m a big believer in attempting to achieve balance in life and doing something crazy every now and then. Whilst I frequently spend more time at work than I should (thanks to student activities, events or after hours incidents), I think it’s critical to spend quality time with family and friends, squeeze in some exercise every day, and schedule in fun activities on a weekend. My friends joke about my hectic social calendar – it would be unusual to not find me down the beach dragging my fiancé on 10k walks, attending a festival, carnival or sporting match, or participating in the latest adventure based activity (think Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, colour run or the like)!”

– Laura Burge, Residential Education Manager

“Ever since I was little, I was able to get lost in songs, and music truly energizes me. In another life, I would probably have been happy as a lounge singer. Those who have seen me karaoke know how much I enjoy putting on a show.”

– Kathryn Magura, Assistant Director for Operations

What’s the largest challenge faced during your time as a professional?

“The post-grad job search was the closest thing to hell I think I will ever experience.”

– Craig Bidiman, Health Education & Promotion Specialist

“Staying relevant. As much as I’m in tune, there’s always something new to learn. It moves fast.”

– Jeffrey Dessources, Assistant Director of Campus Life

“Coming out after being in the student affairs field for a couple of years was probably the most difficult. It was a lot of trial and error and redefining myself, not only in my own eyes but also to everyone else. Let me tell you: it was a learning experience for both me and my supervisor.”

– Brian Proffer, Assistant Manager, University Activities Board

“As much as my role is to lead my division, I am always required to be a press agent for the learning that happens through student affairs services. Sometimes I may have to use student development literature to explain to faculty that student affairs is driven by scholarly discourse, and I am always expressing our impact in measurable outcomes, data, and revenue impact to anyone who will listen. Student Affairs could most benefit from expressing the value of services in ways that people outside of our field understand I am not sure this is the biggest challenge, but it is certainly one of the most ongoing.”

– Jason Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

“My largest challenge has been working at an institution whose values don’t exactly align with my own – and that’s hard. We talk about “fit” all the time, but how do you really define what “fit” is? How do you spot that in an interview – especially when they’re really good at selling their product? I’m not sure I have a clear cut answer or anything better than to do your research and to really trust your gut. However, the best advice I received from a mentor was that the reality won’t change, and the people won’t change; the only thing I could change is my attitude and how I choose to receive and react to the situation. Oh, and to get out [of the toxic environment].”

– Queena Hoang, Program Coordinator, Aztec Student Union

“I would say navigating the political environment at my institution is a challenge and I would say this is common across the board at all schools. Learning how to question policies and procedures appropriately is difficult but necessary. As a director the hard part can be relaying to your own staff and students what is going on.”

– Elin Riggs, Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services

How did you get to where you are?

“Existentially, by not completely giving up on myself. I’ve struggled A LOT with my mental health and suicidality, so I’m just thankful to be alive.”

– Craig Bidiman, Health Education & Promotion Specialist

“Dedication, persistence, and authenticity go a long way. You’ve got to be able to fall in the love with the process and stick with it to get anywhere. You also need to be able to connect with people in a genuine way and do something that is unique to you to stand out. This doesn’t mean you have to rock the boat, but just know what you’re unique strengths are and lean into those.”

– Dustin Ramsdell, Resident Director

What’s something you do that’s unique?

“I am a total wresting fan (or “mark” to use the correct nomenclature). I am a proud member of the #SAKliq, and as the photo shows, wrestling is something I love. My family and I have gone to wrestling events for years, I’ve been to a couple of Wrestle Mania, and I have a collection of WWE championship belts.”

– Jason Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

“I perform one man comedic poetry shows all based in haiku poems.”

– Jeffrey Dessources, Assistant Director of Campus Life

Create your own question and answer it!

“Name a person in our world that had an impact on your life? Peter Magolda, I had the privilege to meet Peter and if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t have gone to Miami University for #SAgrad and be the #SApro I am today. Shout out to Peter Magolda!”

– Hon Lam, Career Coach

Connect with the Intrapreneurs


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Jason Meriwether

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

Indiana University Southeast

Say hello to Jason on Twitter or LinkedIn


Junior Pena

Graduate Assistant for Development within the Center for Leadership & Social Change

Florida State University

Say hello to Junior on Twitter or LinkedIn


Kathryn Magura / ‘Magura’

Assistant Director of Operations, Housing & Dining Services

Oregon State University

Say hello to Kathryn on Twitter or LinkedIn

Ricky Meinke

Ricky Meinke

Graduate Assistant of African American Student Affairs

Louisiana State University

Say hello to Ricky on Twitter or LinkedIn


Becca Fick

Director, Center for Student Involvement

Ohio Dominican University

Becca’s Blog

Say hello to Becca on Twitter or LinkedIn


Jeffrey Dessources / ‘MrJeffDess’

Assistant Director of Campus Life

New Jersey City University

Founder and Editor in Chief of Trill or Not Trill

Say hello to MrJeffDess on Twitter or LinkedIn


Ed Cabellon

Assistant to the Vice President, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Bridgewater State University

Ed’s Blog

Say hello to Ed on Twitter or LinkedIn

Queena Hoang

Queena Hoang, ‘Queens’ ‘Queenarrss’ ‘Queen Bee’

Program Coordinator, Aztec Student Union

San Diego State University

Say hello to Queena on Twitter or LinkedIn


Elin Riggs

Director of Off Campus and Commuter Services

Syracuse University

Say hello to Elin on Twitter or LinkedIn


Dr. Ann Marie Klotz / ‘AMK’

Most people call me AMK.

Dean of Campus Life

New York Institute of Technology

Ann Marie’s Blog

Say hello to Ann Marie on Twitter or LinkedIn


Karyn Dyer

Graduate Assistant of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Syracuse University

Karyn’s Blog

Say hello to Karyn on Twitter or LinkedIn


Brandon Sousa

Graduate Assistant in Academic Success Center

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Say hello to Brandon on Twitter or LinkedIn


Kimberly White

Academic Advisor, Pre-Nursing & Pre-Health Professions

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Kim’s Blog

Say hello to Kimberly on Twitter or LinkedIn


Laura Burge / ‘Bruge’

I’m called Bruge at work – no idea why, just stuck.

Residential Education Manager

La Trobe University

Say hello to Laura on LinkedIn

Juhi Bhatt

Investigations Specialist and Compliance, Office of Student Affairs

Rutgers University- New Brunswick Campus

Say hello to Juhi on Twitter or LinkedIn


Craig Bidiman, ‘Crig’

Health Education & Promotion Specialist

UMass Boston

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Dustin Ramsdell

Resident Director

Husson University

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Jamie Piperato

Student Affairs Educator & Speaker

Jamie’s Blog

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John Austin

Executive Director of Student Affairs

Ryerson University

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Sinclair Caesar

Sinclair Ceasar

Assistant Director of Student Life

Loyola University Maryland

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Brian Proffer

Assistant Manager, University Activities Board

Michigan State University

Brian’s blog

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Annie Greaney

Residence Director

Pitzer College

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Hon Lam

Career Coach

The University of Texas at Austin

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Move-in Day 2014, Zeb Davenport, IUPUI Vice Chancellor for Student Life

Dr. Zebulun R. Davenport

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)

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Wayne Glass

Residence Hall Director

Macalester College

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