Jennifer DeSantis, 2013 LHE Graduate
Current Employment: Assistant Director Academic Resources, Case Western Reserve University
LHE Internships: Leadership in Higher Education and Master of Arts in Education Intern, Adult and Continuing Education Intern
It was my second week as the Assistant Director for Academic Resources at Case Western Reserve University. My supervisor had just supplied me with resources to review relating to Peer Tutoring. Then, there they were: Astin, Chickering, Perry, Kolb, Schlossberg, Kuh, and more! In that moment, I was able to reflect and truly appreciate my experiences in the Leadership in Higher Education Program at BW. The integration of theory into practice paired with practical application through internship and practicum experiences associated with this program has helped me tremendously.
In my current position at CWRU, I am responsible for the supervision and management of the campus-wide Peer Tutoring Program and assist with the daily management of the Study Group +1 and Supplemental Instruction programs. Additionally, I advocate and provide services and programming for commuter students, collaborate on programs with the First Year Experience, Housing and Residence Life, and the Undergraduate Studies Offices. I also meet with students individually who are seeking academic consultation. The LHE program has given me the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed in this position and throughout my career in higher education.
Grace Clifford, 2011 LHE Graduate
Current Employment: Assistant Director of ESS Disability Resources at Case Western Reserve University
LHE Internships: Learning Center Intern and Disability Services Intern
At the end of my undergraduate career, I was torn between applying to graduate programs in education or clinical counseling. I was avoiding the stack of applications piling up on my desk because none of it felt right. Then, I received the email from BW announcing the Leadership in Higher Education program and my soul searching was done. I was incredibly excited to be part of the pioneering cohort and tenacious thirteen. The program offered me one of a kind, in-depth experiences in higher education that have opened up countless doors for me both personally and professionally. As the Learning Center intern, I had the opportunity to hire and train peer-tutors, create drop-in tutoring opportunities, and create and teach a course. During my second year as the Disability Services Intern, I was able to get in-depth training in the field which aided me in landing my dream job as Assistant Director of ESS Disability Resources at Case Western Reserve University. (I have the added bonus of being office neighbors with LHE alum, Jennifer DeSantis!)
Alexandria Romanovich, 2012 LHE Graduate
Current Employment: INTO University of South Florida, Student Services Coordinator for Orientation
LHE Internships: International Student Services Intern (BW), Student Success and Orientation Intern (Cuyahoga Community College)
Upon my completion of the LHE program, I became Student Services Coordinator for INTO University of South Florida. In this role, I coordinate orientation for hundreds of international students enrolled in three distinct programs. The LHE curriculum fully prepared me for this job, as I served a diverse population as Graduate Intern at Baldwin Wallace's International Student Services, co-organized new student orientations as a Graduate Intern at Cuyahoga Community College, and developed a peer-advising program during my practicum with BW's Explorations and Study Abroad Office. Through these positions, as well as in-class discussions and readings, I've been able to use theories related to student development to create orientations that will retain INTO students and foster their success. Attending BW for both undergraduate and graduate school enabled me to build solid relationships with many professionals in the realm of higher education. I may live in Tampa now, but my heart will always be in Berea!
Eric Dubitsky, 2013 LHE Graduate
Current Employment: Assistant Director of Advancement, College of Business, Kent State Univ.
LHE Internships: Admission and The Learning Center & Disability Support Services
The Leadership in Higher Education program at Baldwin Wallace University thoroughly prepared me for a career in higher education. Academically, the coursework was focused on what it takes to be a leader and innovator in a complex and competitive environment. My two internships (Admissions and Learning Center & Disability Support Services) provided me with experiential learning opportunities to apply the coursework I was learning in the classroom. The program also allows for further discovery of higher education through our practicum experience to an area of particular interest or passion. As a student I was impressed by the commitment the University, faculty, and the practitioners made to make our experiences meaningful and applicable.Currently, I am working at Kent State University as an Assistant Director of Advancement in the College of Business Administration. I work with alumni and friends of the University to gather support for the college on all levels. Working with various faculty, administrators, and staff I am required to understand the complex network of how higher education functions, and Baldwin Wallace supplied me with the tools to navigate.
Valerie Rambin, 2011 LHE Graduate
Current Employment: Program Associate, Japan Study Program, Earlham College
LHE Internships: Study Abroad and Intercultural Education Intern at BW, Admissions Intern at Oberlin College
I discovered BW's Leadership in Higher Education program when I was looking for a career in higher education that would allow me to continue working with students and families from diverse backgrounds. I am particularly interested in providing students with support and guidance to help their development through college. I find joy in helping students make the best choices for them whether it be helping them choose the right university, the study abroad program that best meets their needs, or advising students on academic programs. After I graduated from BW's master's program in 2011, I accepted my current position as Program Associate for the Japan Study Program at Earlham College. My position is part study abroad advisor for all Earlham students who want to study in Japan, and part recruiter for the Japan Study Program at other colleges and universities in the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). I help oversee two programs: the Japan Study Program and the Studies in Cross-Cultural Education in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Zachary McGrain, 2012 LHE Graduate
Current Employment: Academic Advisor-School of Nursing, Ohio University
LHE Internships: Career Services Intern at BW, and Learning Center Intern at BW
After spending one academic year with the school of nursing. The Assistant Director position for the Career and Leadership Center and College of Health Sciences and Professions came open and I saw it as an opportunity that I could not pass up. I was the Career Services Intern my first year in the LHE program and really enjoyed the career development process. My new position was built to be a liaison between the CLDC and CHSP in-order to develop a strategic plan to help CHSP students.
The Career and Leadership Development Center at Ohio University provides services and resources that help students and alumni/ae succeed on their career path and develop the necessary leadership skills for the global workforce. We view career and leadership development as a lifelong process and we strive to provide comprehensive assistance in many areas of career and leadership development. We are also here to provide services that will enable employers to effectively recruit their future workforce talent. At Ohio, we collaborate across the institution to help all employers establish a recruiting pipeline by utilizing our center's resources. Lastly, we are here to provide career and leadership related services and resources that support and enhance the work Ohio University faculty and staff do with students, employers and alumni.
Cindy Ahonen, 2011 LHE Graduate
Currently Enrolled: PhD Program, Indiana University; Project Associate for the Center for Postsecondary Research working on the NSSE at Indiana University
LHE Internships: Advancement Intern, Academic Affairs Intern
While my research interests are still developing, they include the student experience, institutional differentiation, assessment and accountability in higher education. The LHE program gave me opportunities to actively shape and mold experiences, and the ability to create and innovate in graduate internships. My advice for LHE students: Network from day 1 with people across campus. Build relationships with faculty and staff that are similar to you or have similar interests, or even if they are really different. It's all about exposure and creating opportunities for Chaos Theory to manifest! Also, do your practicum off campus, or at least in a different area than your two internships. Diversity of experience introduces you to different persons and work environments which will help make you more marketable.
Nicole Gatrell, Part-time LHE Student
Current Employment: Director of International and Commuter Student Services, Hiram College
LHE Internships: (all at Hiram College) Impact Peer Mentoring, Student Academic Services, Commuter Student Services
I am enrolled in the Leadership in Higher Education program at Baldwin Wallace University as a part-time student while working full-time at Hiram College. I am part of a four person team that comprises Ethnic Diversity Affairs, International Students, Commuter Students, the Welcome Center and Campus Involvement. The option of enrolling part-time in the LHE program has afforded me the opportunity to maintain and expand my responsibilities at Hiram College while pursuing my master's degree. I am taking one class a semester along with an internship. Hiram is about an hour drive from Berea, so I have been taking my classes at BW East in Beachwood via interactive video, and I come to Berea to meet with groups and hear presenters. After completing an internship on how my department could incorporate commuter student services, I became the coordinator of this new program as part of the Student Engagement Team. My internships have also allowed me to work with retention warning systems, co-teach a study strategies and time management course, and lead a grant-funded peer mentoring program for African American and Hispanic students. Our class discussions and topics are meaningfully reflected in the tasks I complete on a daily basis at Hiram College; and the ideas and concepts we learn in the LHE program assist me in continually growing as a professional in higher education.
Brandy Bast, 2012 LHE Graduate
Current Employment: Student Success Mentor/Coach, Goodwill Education Initiatives
LHE Internships: Adult & Continuing Education at BW, and Student Success Intern at BW
As soon as I graduated in May, I successfully secured a position working with Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc. as a success coach/mentor in Indianapolis Indiana. The experiences I had in the classroom and in my internships allowed me to pursue my passion...working with at-risk students and first-generation college students. The research and projects I completed in the LHE program were geared toward first-generation college students. My position at Goodwill allows me to work with high school students who were unable to finish, who want to pursue their diploma. The LHE program provides students with a holistic view of higher education and equips graduates with a variety of practical experiences. I have worked on a number of projects both in and out of class that have real-life applicability and have gained an immense amount of transferable skills while in the program. The skills gained through practical experience and previous coursework prepared me to take on the role at Goodwill with confidence and passion!
Heather Schwager, 2011 LHE Graduate
Current Employment: Director of Admissions, Magnificat High School
LHE Internships: Living/Learning Intern, Kohler Hall Director, Student Activities Intern
It was the week of my college graduation when I discovered BW’s Leadership in Higher Education program, and like most college seniors, I was unsure of my next step. In speaking with the faculty and staff involved in the program, I knew Baldwin Wallace University and the LHE program would be an obvious fit. The LHE program provided me with the fundamental skills needed in higher education administration, specifically within the realms of Academic and Student Affairs. I was able to put these skills into practice through my internships and practicum, which provided a bridge into real life experiences in higher education. In my current position as Director of Admissions at Magnificat High School, I use my leadership and organizational skills on a daily basis when working with current and prospective students and their families. It’s an exciting time to be in higher education, and Baldwin Wallace was the stepping stone I needed to create my future success.