New addition to Residence Life

By Ashley Weyler
February 10, 2005

Ryan Norris

Laura Shapella started her new job as the assistant director of Residence Life last semester.

Originally from Northern New Jersey, Shapella graduated from Ursinus College with her bachelor’s degree. She then attended graduate school at James Madison University in Virginia.

After spending two years as Residence Life coordinator at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., Shapella was checking out Internet sites, posting various positions and saw Cabrini College’s ad. She sent in a resume to George Shroud, the director of Residence Life.

While on her honeymoon four and a half months ago, she got the call that Cabrini was interested in her. After a phone interview and then a face-to-face interview, she was hired.

Shapella has many goals for her time here at Cabrini. “I want to get to know students and residents and make them aware of why we are here. My ultimate goal is that residents enjoy being here. I would like the campus to be fun, safe and healthy for all students living on campus,” she said.

Shapella is getting well adjusted to her new job as assistant director of Residence Life. A lot of people in the department are new as well. “We are trying to make the processes here as efficient as possible,” she said.

The new assistant director has a passion for all kinds of music-she even sings in a choir. She loves being crafty, going to the movies and just being with her friends.

As for the future, she is looking forward to getting to know Cabrini and becoming part of its community.

She would also like the residents of Cabrini to come to her with any questions or problems they might have in regards to Residence Life or housing.

Shapella’s office is located in the Student Activities suite in the Widener Center. She can also be reached at her e-mail address:

Posted to the web by Ryan Norris

Ashley Weyler

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