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Amanda Gabbard

February 6, 2018

Amanda Gabbard attributes her passion for connecting students with community engagement opportunities to her own experiences as a college student. While earning her bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management from Indiana State University, a spring break service trip led to the career path she is following today.

Now as the Coordinator for Community Engagement in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, Gabbard connects students to campus/community events like spring break service trips, the Halloween Carnival, Adopt- A-Family and Angel Tree programs. “I hope to pay it forward and spark passions that may be dormant to help students on their path at UNCW,” she said. “As cheesy and obvious as it sounds, students are the best part of my job. I love seeing what ‘being a Seahawk’ means through the student lens.”

She says “fate” led her UNCW in July 2017. “I was in Florida looking for another job and came across this position and knew it was exactly what I wanted.”

As she acclimates to the campus and builds her professional network, she is thankful for the collegial relationships she has with the community engagement specialists she advises and event volunteers and hopes she is as welcoming to others as they have been to her.

While she has many professional development goals set for the next year, Gabbard jokes she wishes more people knew where the OSLE is located – Fisher Student Center 2029. “In all seriousness though, I welcome faculty, staff and students to stop by or contact me to collaborate on community engagement projects.”

-- Caroline Cropp