Cabrini College’s newly named Center for Student Engagement and Leadership has hired a new assistant director, Amber LaJeunesse.
Although there was a name change, the office is still providing Cabrini’s students with programs and activities. LaJeunesse, an energetic individual, offers a unique outlook for the office.
“I guess what I bring is a unique perspective,” LaJeunesse said. “I have the vision and experience of someone not yet accustomed to Cabrini and everything typical within it.”
LaJeunesse does not fill her days with petty tasks.
The assistant director advises the Campus Activities and Programming-CAP-Board.
She also supervises and staffs the many programs that CAP Board holds for Cabrini’s students.
LaJeunesse is involved in Cabrini’s New Student Orientation and the Passport Program.
She also helped plan Family Weekend, which was held the weekend of Friday, Sept. 26.
The new assistant director of SEaL does not stop there.
LaJeunesse works on services offered to commuter students, such as the Snack Shack, manages the office Web site and updates the records of the office budgets.
With all the roles LaJeunesse takes on, one must wonder where she developed her motivation.
LaJeunesse earned a bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Arcadia University.
Taking classes to earn her bachelor’s degree is not the only task LaJeunesse did at Arcadia. She was a student leader who gained her energy from leading, planning and being surrounded by other motivated people.
“Through these opportunities, roles and relationships I learned so much about myself, my abilities and my potential as a leader,” LaJeunesse said. “It only felt natural to me to assist others in doing the same.”
After taking a career-interest exam that placed dean of students in her top-five results, LaJeunesse pinpointed what leadership role she refers to as her “calling.” She knew that a career in Student Activities would greatly support her dream.
In 2008, LaJeunesse continued pursuing this dream and earned a master’s degree in student personnel services and counseling in higher education at Widener University.
Shortly after completing her master’s degree in education, LaJeunesse became a member of Cabrini’s Center for Student Engagement and Leadership.
“Now I get my energy from the students,” LaJeunesse said. “Knowing that I may have had even the slightest positive effect on a student’s future or self-esteem is beyond rewarding.”
LaJeunesse is nothing but excited and hopeful for her future at Cabrini. The new assistant director is eager to participate in the traditions of the office as well as the fresh new programs and activities SEaL will provide.
Cabrini is exactly where LaJeunesse fits in for this period of her life.