University Affiliates Program Nearing End of Second Year

University Affiliates Program Nearing End of Second Year

The University Affiliates Program, an initiative to enrich the administrative and professional skills of Boston College AHANA staff, ends its second year of operation this month.

Nine employees took part in this year's program, a joint effort by the offices of Affirmative Action and AHANA Student Programs with the Irish Institute. Affiliates serve internships and attend monthly professional development events, and also work with senior BC administrators who are assigned as mentors.

The 2000-01 Affiliates and their mentors were: School of Nursing Program and Conference Planner Eugenia Barges and Associate Vice President for Development Robert Cunningham; Athletic Association Fiscal Coordinator Stephanie Campbell and Learning Resources for Student Athletes Director Ferna Phillips; Assistant Dean for Student Development Paulette Durrett and Law School Associate Dean Michael Cassidy; Financial Services Associate Yvette Johnson and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Sheilah Shaw-Horton.

Human Resources Research and Data Analyst Yasmin Nunez and Financial Vice President and Treasurer Peter McKenzie; AHANA Student Programs Associate Director Marisel Perez and Enrollment Management Dean Robert Lay; Technology Consultants Manager Raymond Rivera and Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John Neuhauser; and Technology Consultant David Sangurima and Director of Information Technology Academic and Research Services Ted Gaiser.

The remaining participant, Akima Rogers, whose mentor was Lynch School of Education Dean Mary Brabeck, left Boston College to pursue another job opportunity.

"In our daily work, most of us seldom get a chance to interact with people who have such significant roles and responsibilities at Boston College," said Rivera. "At every presentation and interaction, we were able to offer some insights, questions and comments from our perspectives, and these were heard and clearly appreciated," he added.

Internal Consultant for Employee Development Sidney Holloway, who this year served as facilitator for program events, said, "This is an evolving program, and we will continue to examine ways of making it better. Having the sessions facilitated seemed to help both the participants and the presenters."

-Sean Smith


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