Four administrators move to key positions
Friday, August 27th, 2010
Melissa Grunow, Gladys Aviles, Leslie Wilson and Scott Trudeau have moved to new administrative positions at Lawrence Tech in time for the start of the new academic year.
Over the summer the Office of Leadership Programs merged with the Office of First Year Programs to become the Office of Leadership Programs and First Year Experience. Melissa Grunow had been director of leadership programs since that office opened in 2007. She is now responsible for all first-year experience programs in addition to overseeing the leadership curriculum and supporting programs, and opportunities for study abroad.
Grunow will coordinate instructors for University Seminar, oversee first-year advising and mentor programs, work with at-risk students, and serve as a liaison to parents and an advocate for students, as well as assist with the first-year student components of Orientation and Registration, Discovery Days, and the Spring Symposium.
Katie Hayes continues to serve as entrepreneurship/leadership assistant coordinator, and Elyse Mathos will serve as the office’s 2010-2011 AmeriCorps*VISTA working on volunteer programs.
Aviles, the former coordinator of First Year Experience, is now director of the Academic Achievement Center. In addition to coordinating the academic support and tutoring services for students, she will continue to oversee the Early Feedback and Midterm Grade processes for first-year students.
Aviles was a research chemist for BASF and an adjunct faculty member in chemistry before becoming the First Year Experience coordinator in 2005. In 2008, she co-chaired the Foundations of Excellence in the First Year self-study that led to a number of recommendations implemented during the 2009-10 academic year.
Trudeau has been promoted to director of recreation, athletics and wellness, replacing Student Recreation Director Al McLaughlin, who retired over the summer. Trudeau served as assistant director since 2002, and oversaw the development of the Blue Devil hockey program. He will lead the university’s efforts to join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Don Gillette is the new assistant director of recreation, athletics and wellness. He has a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was intramural sports graduate assistant.
Wilson has been promoted to director of student engagement. She served as coordinator of student activities since 2005, and oversaw the many different student organizations and campus activities like the Miss Lawrence Tech scholarship pageant and the Mardi Gras celebration. She now is responsible for overseeing Greek life, and will continue to develop educational and engaging events on campus.