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Teal Spotlight Archives 2009 :

Jennifer Smist

Teal Spotlight November 2009: Jennifer Smist

The Teal Spotlight, presented by the UNCW Staff Senate, highlights the dedicated staff members on the campus of UNCW. The staff member is chosen at random for an interview, and for the month of November 2009 Jennifer Smist was selected for the Teal Spotlight.

Relaxing at the beach and reading a good book is how Jennifer Smist likes to spend her time when she is not working on the campus of UNCW. When she is on the campus of UNC Wilmington, Jennifer is the Assistant Director for the Center for Leadership Education and Service where she communicates and promotes workshops to students regarding leadership, community service and involvement outside the classroom.

Prior to her career here at UNCW, Jennifer earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Personnel Services, with a concentration in College Student Personnel, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has prior experience in leadership education and development, community service-learning, civic engagement, and research and assessment. In addition, Jennifer served two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member with Massachusetts Campus Compact.

Jennifer’s biggest challenge in her job position is keeping the current programs and workshops interesting and technologically up to date, along with balancing all the programs they would like to have available to students with the resources at hand.

Over the past three years Jennifer has worked at UNCW, the most rewarding part of her job is working along side the first group of undergraduates and witnessing how much they matured in those three short years. She is just so positive about program and the progression of the students in regards to their leadership skills. Jennifer also emphasized the reward in cross training job skills from one student to the next for themselves, and for the betterment of the Center for Leadership Education and Service area.

A free lunch certificate, donated by UNCW Campus Dining Service to Dub’s Cafe, was presented to Jennifer Smist in appreciation for a job well done. Congratulations to Jennifer Smist, this month’s Teal Spotlight.

Victoria Craven

Teal Spotlight October 2009: Victoria Craven

The Teal Spotlight, presented by the UNCW Staff Senate, highlights the dedicated staff members on the campus of UNCW. The staff member is chosen at random for an interview, and for the month of October 2009 Victoria Craven was selected for the Teal Spotlight.

Victoria Craven is a native of Washington, North Carolina and moved to Wilmington eleven years ago. Victoria began her professional career by working at the former independent booksellers Bristol Books and currently works in the UNCW Department of Communication Studies.

In April of 2007, she accepted a temporary position at UNCW in the office of Advancement, where her main responsibility was data entry. Victoria’s current job title is Administrative Associate. A few of her job duties involve maintaining the departmental website, Sharepoint, key distribution, organizing faculty spots and keeping the Communication Studies course book orders on track.

One challenge for Victoria is when she encounters a student who is unable to obtain admittance to a certain course they desire to take. With seats prioritized for upper level students and graduating students first, having to tell a student they’ll have to wait for another time can be wearisome.

One of Victoria’s favorite days on campus is Communication Studies Day. It’s a day where alumni visit the department of Communication Studies to speak with current students about their current job positions. It’s an interesting time for Victoria because she learns how UNCW graduates are utilizing their degrees.

Outside of work hours, Victoria likes to write and read. Her favorite authors are Proust and Dickens. In addition to these activities, she likes to spend time with her husband Karl, their dog, two cats and gerbil. She and her husband are talking about adding another furry friend to their household. To find out what it might be, you’ll have to pass by the UNCW Department of Communication Studies and say hello to Victoria.

A free lunch certificate, donated by UNCW Campus Dining Service to Dub’s Cafe, was presented to Victoria Craven in appreciation for a job well done. Congratulations to Victoria Craven, this month’s Teal Spotlight.

Lesia Heltzel

Teal Spotlight September 2009: Lesia Heltzel

The Teal Spotlight, presented by the UNCW Staff Senate, highlights dedicated staff members on the campus of UNC Wilmington. Each staff member is chosen at random for an interview, and Lesia Palmer Heltzel was selected for the September 2009 Teal Spotlight.

It is apparent, from Lesia’s welcoming smile, that working with the student office assistants and student hall staff in the office of Housing Residence and Life (HRL) “brings much joy to my job and makes it easy to come to work every day.” Lesia Heltzel initially acquired her computer, public relations and customer service skills at a local uniform company called Texilease Cooperation. She is a native of Wilmington. She received her BA in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Business Administration and Psychology, from Shaw University, and she completed her Master’s here at UNCW in 2002.

Her current job position is the Assignment Coordinator for HRL and her current job duties include coordinating assignments with 11 special interest groups, such as Athletics, Honors and the National Student Exchange program. Due to the rapid growth of on-campus housing, an additional coordinator’s position has been added to help manage these developing areas. Because of this, Lesia’s future job tasks will focus more on the 12-month leasing areas on campus.

“Each year is unique in its challenges,” so it is important to learn how to access, balance and quickly adapt to the circumstances of the moment; to insure you are adhering to the decisions made by management. In addition, Lesia has to assure numerous parents that the HRL hall staff is able to assist their child with developing good decision-making skills in their new living environment.

When asked, Lesia found it hard to pick only one memorable moment while working at HRL, but the memories that stand out for her the most are the simple thank you notes from parents and students. Knowing that all she has done to assist a student or a parent, and that it was appreciated is fulfillment in itself.

Outside of work hours, Lesia enjoys photography, Spanish lessons, sewing and anything that has to do with the beach. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Rick, family and pets, Coconut, their Bichon Frise, and their cat, Ms. Cleo also known as Ms. Prissy.

UNCW Campus Dining Service will generously donate a free lunch certificate for Dub’s Café. A Staff Senate representative from the Public Relations Committee will present it to Lesia in appreciation for a job well done. Congratulations to Lesia Heltzel, this month’s Teal Spotlight.


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