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Lauren Auton '12

October 4, 2016

In just six years, Lauren Auton ’12 has gone from a UNCW transfer student to a full-time staff member and graduate student at the university.

“I started out in the Office of the Dean of Students as a work-study student, became a temp after graduation and then a full-time staff member,” she says. She currently serves as the assistant for student conduct and community standards in that office.

“Regardless of my position, I have always felt welcomed into the ODOS family. We have great leadership in our area; we are very student-centered and it shows.”

Auton graduated with a degree in sociology and criminology and is currently working on a master’s in conflict management and resolution. She credits her education from UNCW for preparing her to work well with diverse populations – a big part of her role now.

She is also the current chair of the Staff Senate. She says the group will focus on making campus connections in the upcoming year.

“We really want to connect staff to campus by promoting communication, staff morale, appreciation and involvement,” she says, adding that all UNCW staff members are invited to the senate meetings, which occur on the second Wednesday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m.

Auton feels the senate truly made strides with the campus walking event they hosted last spring, with representation and participation from many areas of campus. She is excited to lead Staff Senate, build on that momentum and plan similar events.

She also touts the many benefits available to UNCW employees, such as the tuition waiver and textbook scholarship – one she has used throughout her graduate coursework.

When she’s not at UNCW, Auton enjoys fishing, paddle boarding, hiking and “basically anything that gets me outdoors, even if it’s just enjoying a good book while relaxing on the beach.”  

-- Caroline Cropp