The Leadership Fellows cohort was designed and implemented in 2009 by Beth Hellwig, Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, to give staff members in Student and/or Academic Affairs the opportunity to:
Statement of Purpose: The purpose of the Student Affairs Leadership Fellows Cohort is to make UWEC a stronger institution by providing opportunities for selected individuals to take part in a structured program of professional development. The program will include skill and leadership development, the opportunity to take part in a mentoring relationship, and the completion of an individual project that benefits the university as well as a select service-related group project.
- Become part of a leadership cohort on campus
- Help take the lead coordinating a campus wide project
- Work with a mentor for the year
- Participate in a leadership retreat
- Learn about resources on campus
- Build skills in a number of critical areas
- Meet monthly for professional Development
2012-2013 Leadership Fellows
Andrew Jepsen (University Recreation & Sport Facilities)
I currently work in the Recreation & Sport Facilities Department as a Program Manager in charge of Sport Facilities and our Internship and Leadership initiatives. Along with those duties I am also employed on an overload contract with the Athletics Department in charge of Development and Marketing.My project is to coordinate the Leadership Fellows program. We have selected The 360 Degree Leader as our group read.
Quincy Chapman (Housing & Residence Life)
I serve as the Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life for Leadership and Education, where I coordinate a leadership program that involves over 400 students in the residence halls, ensure that our Housing staff creates opportunities for growth through our learning outcomes, and supervise our Living Learning Communities program.My Leadership Fellows project is to serve on the Priory Development Task Force, with a special focus on finding student and community uses for the residential spaces in the Priory.
Claire Couillard (Continuing Education)
I am currently an Outreach Specialist in Continuing Education where I work primarily with non-traditional students.I plan and coordinate a series of Community Classes for Adults and Senior Americans Day each year.For my fellows project, I will be working with the Student Honor Societies on campus.My project will focus on helping advisors and executive board members provide a broader experience for their members.I will be performing advisor and student board outreach and helping the organizations connect with their national affiliates. I will also be helping out with Honors Week planning.
Bill Hoepner (Learning & Technology Services)
Most people on campus recognize me in my role as a campus photographer.Behind the scenes I developed and currently maintain a searchable image archive, I'm also responsible for helping faculty and staff manage any large data storage needs.My Leadership Project is increasing bike commuter friendliness and awareness on campus.
Kate Schmidt (Housing & Residence Life)
My project will be to work with the Women's and LGBTQ resource center with a campaign regarding positive body image. I hope to focus on women's physical and mental health awareness while working to expand the "Love Your Body" campaign.I currently serve as the hall director in Sutherland Hall and work with students who live on campus and in housing and residence life leadership organizations.
Jodi Simek (International Education)
Jodi B Simek has served as International Adviser at the Center for International Education since 2007.She is a member of the national Trainer Corps team for her professional organization (NAFSA: Association of International Educators) and sits on the Leadership Team of Wisconsin Association of International Educators.Jodi is also a proud alumna of UW – Eau Claire graduating in the late 1990s.Her project involves developing a budget model of the university to educate staff.
Charles Vue (Office of Multicultural Affairs)
In 1998 after working for the Eau Claire County Department of Human Services as a Social Worker for nine years, I became the Associate Director of the Multicultural Affairs Office at UW-Eau Claire.
I believe that education is the key to self-sufficiency. Educational opportunities will enhance people's ability to help themselves as well as others around them.One of my roles is to help students achieve their educational and professional goals by showing them how to utilize the resources and the support within their environment.
Ever since high school I have been an active participant as well as a leader in creating structures that enhance and promote equality for people.As a student senator at UW-EC I acted on the voices of a broad group of students.As a community member, I have been on the boards of many non-profit organizations, created leadership camps for students, and provided leadership guidance for my community.My ability to connect with people in our community who may not always have a voice as well as that of the larger community has helped me understand leadership and how it connects to diversity initiatives on a boarder and more inclusive scale.
Danielle Widmer (Admissions)
I joined the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office in July 2010 as a freshmen Admission Counselor. As a Leadership Fellow, I'm coordinating the (FSAPP) Future Student Affairs Professionals Program. The program is designed as a mentorship opportunity for current UW-Eau Claire students to learn more about the profession of Student Affairs. Students are paired with a UW-Eau Claire mentor for the academic year and will work together on a project which will allow them to gain invaluable insight of Student Affairs. The FSAPP program is in its 4th year and looks forward to continued growth and success.