Student life was revamped over the summer, bringing in six new staff members, including an acting Vice President of Student Development.
Dr. Richard Neville was the V.P. of Student life at Villanova University for 18 years before he retired. Neville worked for Villanova in total for over 30 years. Neville was a part of huge growth on Villanova’s campus, as eight new residence halls were built during his tenure.
Neville is taking the place of Dr. Myrna Grandgenett, who went back to her position of being special assistant to president for mission integration. Grandgenett was filling in the void left by Dr. Laura Valente, who left in May. The school will be doing a national search for a permanent replacement for the position.
There is a new title for the assistant director of Residence Life, now called the Resident Coordinator. Angie Hodgeman has taken on that role and the job of Resident Director of the apartment complex. With the restructuring of Residence Life, the two positions will remain in the hands of one person. Hodgeman graduated from St. Laurence University in New York and was a coordinator at Hesser College after graduation. Now she comes to Cabrini with a positive outlook on Residence Life, trying to make the Cabrini community the home away from home that college is supposed to be.
Woodcrest, Xavier and the Houses all have new Resident Directors. Kymber Lovett, a native of Newport News, Va., has taken over Woodcrest after graduating from James Madison University this past May. Before starting at Cabrini, Lovett worked for College Summit in Washington, D.C. to help low income high school seniors prepare for college. Lovett is hoping to enhance the sense of community all over campus, not only in Woodcrest. As well as being the RD of Woodcrest, Lovett is taking graduate classes in social work at Bryn Mawr College.
Xavier’s new resident director is Mike Quickel from Gettysburg College. He was an RA and a resident coordinator, which is the student equivalent of an RD, at Gettysburg. Quickel will be the advisor for the new Residence Hall Association. The goal of the association, and Quickel, will be to develop a group of residents to create a positive experience for all resident students.
Returning to Cabrini is Joe Johnson, the new RD of the houses. Johnson graduated from here in 2001. While he was attending Cabrini, Johnson was the RA of House 6. He also worked for WYBF the college’s radio station. Johnson was living and working in his home state of Conn. since graduation. “It’s good to be back in the area, going back to some old spots.”
The new coordinator of student activities, Jason Bazzone, is coming from Penn State – Abington, where he was coordinator of student life programming. Bazzone graduated from Kutztown University with an undergraduate degree in secondary education, social studies and a concentration in political science. He then went on to get his graduate degree in college student personnel – student affairs from Bowling Green State University. Bazzone wants to be an “advocate for the students in learning development and growth.” He is very excited about the student involvement on campus, looking for student leaders to perform in community service and other student organizations to make all the students of Cabrini successful in whatever they are trying to pursue.
The new staff is all very student oriented, coming in with smiles and ideas to make Cabrini more of a community.