posted August 1, 2000

New Student Development Staff

The student development office at Hope College has added several new staff members.

The new staff members are: Kelly Burris Wesener, assistant dean of housing and residential life; Amber Garrison, assistant director of housing; Kysha Frazier, career counselor; Ellen Awad, residential life coordinator in Dykstra Hall; and Sean Fochtman, residential life coordinator in Kollen Hall.

"I'm very excited, as should the students and the college be, at the exceptional quality and competencies that each of these staff people bring," said Dr. Richard Frost, who is vice president for student life and dean of students at Hope. "They will be well able to meet the demands and expectations of students during their years at Hope College."

Wesener has been the residence manager at Indiana University since 1998, and has residence life experience dating back to August of 1990. She holds a doctorate in education from Indiana University, a master's degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Garrison has been a graduate assistant and conference coordinator at Texas A & M since August of 1998. She holds a master's degree in student affairs and higher education from Texas A & M, and a bachelor's degree from Texas Woman's University.

Frazier has been a graduate assistant, teaching assistant and intern at the University of Iowa since the fall of 1998. She holds a master's degree in higher education and a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa.

Awad served as director of housing at Augustana College during the 1999-2000 school year. She had been a member of the Hope residence life staff from 1995 until May of 1999, most recently as residential life coordinator in Cook Hall. She holds a master's degree in student personnel in higher education from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor's degree from Hope.

Fochtman has been an intern in the Career and Counseling Center at Aquinas College since January of 2000, and has been a graduate assistant in residence life at Michigan State University since August of 1998. He holds a master's degree in student affairs administration and a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.