Student Engagement Joint Advisory Committee
Our Joint Advisory Committee is comprised of professionals from a variety of institutions. Their expertise reflects many aspects of student affairs. We are grateful to them for their enthusiasm, guidance, and collaboration.
Joint Advisory Meeting Log
April 2016 (1:1 meetings)
May 23, 2016
June 15, 2016
October 11, 2016
November 8, 2016
December 12, 2016
January 11, 2017
Dr. John Austin
Executive Director, Student Affairs, Ryerson University
John Austin holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Fordham University in New York City. His 22-year career in Student Affairs has focused largely on Residence Life positions at performing arts schools like the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and Canada’s National Ballet School. Along with Student Affairs positions at traditional post-secondary institutions such as the University of North Carolina and New York University, John currently serves as the Executive Director, Student Affairs at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada), where he has responsibility for five departments: Housing and Residence Life, Student Life, Student Learning Support, Student Health & Wellness, and the Ryerson Career Centre. He has great professional interest in assessment, change management, fundraising, and Student Affairs innovations. A fan of Campus Labs (specifically Campus Labs® Baseline and CollegiateLink), John is looking forward to learning more about OrgSync. You can find him on Twitter at @RyersonJohn.
Dr. Ted Elling
Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dr. Ted Elling is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for Research and Systems Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His current responsibilities include coordinating research, assessment, and information technology efforts for the division in addition to serving as the senior project manager of various divisional and university-wide initiatives. UNC Charlotte has used Baseline since 2003 (in the old Student Voice days) and the institution is currently utilizing the Campus Labs Course Evaluation and Compliance Assist systems. In terms of student engagement platforms, UNC Charlotte is an OrgSync campus with well over 520 currently active student organizations utilizing that system since going live in 2011.
Assistant Director for Organizational Leadership and Advising, Appalachian State University
Dustin Evatt serves as Assistant Director for Organizational Leadership and Advising in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Appalachian State University. He advises and supports the more than 400 clubs and organizations at Appalachian State through educational programs and campus events such as Club Expo and Homecoming. In his role, he advises the new student organization chartering process and club funding process. Dustin helps coordinate AppSync, Appalachian State’s version of the OrgSync platform, and
loves talking with students about engagement opportunities on campus and within the community. Appalachian State is honored to have been selected as OrgSync’s 2015 Campus of the Year after just one year of implementation. Dustin’s professional interests focus on leadership development for students and educators, social justice, spirituality, and change. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Appalachian State.
Assistant Director of Student Life, Collin College
Anna Kessenich decided to pursue her career in Student Affairs while being involved as an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She then obtained her Master of Science degree in College Counseling and Student Development from St. Cloud State University. Since then, she has worked within a variety of institutional settings, specifically focusing on areas within Student Life. Anna has been an OrgSync
partner since June of 2012 and currently serves as the OrgSync power user at Collin College in the role of Assistant Director of Student Life.
Associate Vice Provost of Campus Life, Illinois Institute of Technology
Ryan Miller currently serves as the Associate Vice Provost of Campus Life at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he oversees a variety of student affairs areas including student organizations, orientation and first-year programs, service learning, and parent and family programs. Campus Life has been using CollegiateLink and Campus Labs since 2013, primarily for student management. Before coming to Illinois Tech in 2010, Ryan worked in residence life in both graduate student and professional staff roles. Ryan received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University. Ryan lives in Chicago with his wife Ziena (also a student affairs professional) and son Jacob.
Assistant Dean for Student Involvement and Leadership, The University of Toledo
Donovan Nichols graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications as well as a Master of Education in Higher Education. In 2015, Donovan became the Assistant Dean for Student Involvement & Leadership at his alma mater. Donovan was later part of the office that implemented OrgSync at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Then he led his office at the University of Georgia to implement Campus Labs CollegiateLink with more than 650 student organizations. They recruited over 6,400 involved users within eight months. At Georgia, Donovan led the switch of the Student Government and Homecoming elections to CollegiateLink. At The University of Toledo, Donovan led his office to implement OrgSync with more than 275 student organizations. His team is currently in the process of supporting the expansion of OrgSync on their campus to Residence Life and their Medical Campus student organizations
Associate Dean of Students for Leadership and Student Involvement, Elon University
Jodean Schmiederer serves as the Associate Dean of Students for Leadership and Student Involvement at Elon University. In her current role, she is enjoying the challenges of developing a comprehensive peer mentoring education program, infusing leadership education across the institution, guiding the division of Student Life’s involvement in a Writing Excellence Initiative, and implementing campus-wide adoption
of CollegiateLink beginning this fall. She previously worked at the University of Texas-Medical Branch, the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. Jodean holds a master’s degree from the University of South Florida and anticipates completion of her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in spring 2017.
Director for the Department of Information Technology, Texas A&M University
David Sweeney is the Director for the Department of Information Technology in the Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University. David started the department in 2005, and today it serves about 1,000 university customers, not including students. David is the immediate past chair of the university’s IT Advisory Committee, and is active on numerous university-level committees and projects. David is also the chair
of the EDUCAUSE IT in Student Affairs Constituent Group. David holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is currently working on his dissertation in the area of audio comprehension and interface design for blind and visually impaired learners.
Associate Director of Campus Life, Quinnipiac University
Erin Twomey has been the Associate Director of Campus Life at Quinnipiac for the past six years. In this role, she oversees all undergraduate student organizations, the orientation program, and advises the Student Government Association. She manages all policy development, enforcement, and training, as well as event management and approval. She has served on the Division of Student Affairs Assessment Team since its formation in 2010. The Assessment Team is responsible for educating the division on current assessment practices and trends; assisting with the creation of divisional, departmental, and office assessment tools; and developing the overall strategic plan for the division as it relates to assessment and learning. Erin coordinates the assessment efforts for the Department of Campus Life and is the primary administrator for the university’s CollegiateLink site, Do You QU.
Roniciel “Joy” Vergara
Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement, University of Illinois at Chicago
Roniciel “Joy” Vergara currently is the Executive Director of the Center for Student Involvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Joy has 14 years of experience working in student affairs at institutions, including Northwestern University and DePaul University in addition to UIC. She has used both OrgSync and CollegiateLink, as well as Compliance Assist. At UIC, Joy has worked more closely with OrgSync to integrate systems with Blackboard and soon Maxient.