New faculty member changes across the NESCAC

With the commencement of the academic year, NESCAC schools have been implementing changes and announcing goals that aim to better their communities.
Earlier this month, Williams College welcomed Don Kjelleren as the new Director of the College Career Center. Since Kjelleren’s arrival, the Career Center has instituted several changes. According to The Williams Record, the most notable changes to the center’s programs are a more informative analytic system, increased involvement with first-year students, and the introduction of industry-specific advisors. The Williams Career Center hopes to be more accessible to and helpful for students on their journeys into the professional world.
As Williams’ Career Center announces its new goals, Amherst’s Health Center has done the same. Emily Jones has replaced Warren Morgan as director of the Keefe Health Center. Since last year’s separation of Amherst from UMass University Health Services, the Keefe Health Center has been under-staffed and disorganized. Jones hopes to continue the health center’s recovery from this setback. According to The Amherst Student, the health center has added nurse practitioner Alyssa Pawlowski and medical assistant Edward McGlynn to its staff. One of Jones’ goals for the year is to increase students’ accessibility to the health center’s services.
Middlebury has also accepted a new leader into its community. The new Dean and Director of the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Mark Orten, has announced some of his goals to strengthen the integration of students with varied religious beliefs in the student body. Orten plans to increase students’ awareness of the Scott Center in order to promote religious inclusion on campus. Orten also hopes to create a “multi-faith living learning community.” Students of all different religious backgrounds would live together and learn from one another in a safe and respectful manner. Orten acknowledges the challenges he might face in enhancing the incorporation of religion on campus. According to The Middlebury Campus, he said, “Some people may still hold the idea that academic institutions aren’t places for matters of the heart and the soul and the spirit. I think it’s going to be a challenge to make sure people know that this position is not intended to make Middlebury more religious, per say, but rather to enhance the overall education experience [by] acknowledging this very important dimension of our lives.”
Resembling Orten’s goal of fostering a more diverse and open-minded community, Bowdoin added a program to its freshman year orientation that is aimed at confronting matters of race on campus. The new program, “More Than Meets the Eye,” was planned by Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion, Leana Amaez. According to The Bowdoin Orient, the goal of the program was to help students figure out how they can discuss and deal with issues surrounding diversity. The program came to fruition following the racially controversial “tequila” and “gangster” parties that occurred at Bowdoin last year, but Amaez affirms that the idea had been under discussion for quite some time. The program began with select Bowdoin students sharing stories of their personal experiences with race on campus. The first-year class was then split into groups to discuss their responses to the students’ stories and their more general thoughts about race and diversity. “More Than Meets the Eye” hoped to catalyze conversation among students that hadn’t met yet and cultivate a sense of openness about racial issues within the community.

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