Campus Office Profiles: The Student Engagement Center

What Is It? The Student Engagement Center is a fantastic resource on Whitman’s campus for students to get engaged in and out of the Walla Walla community via alumni connections, internship opportunities, and the SEC’s brand new social media site, “Handshake”.

 

Mission Statement:We connect Whitman students and alumni to the communities and experiences that help them cultivate their futures. Since 2010, we’ve helped members of the Whitman family volunteer, find internships, secure jobs, change careers, and chase the myriad dreams available to liberal arts students and graduates.”

 

About The Staff:

 Abby Juhasz – Community Service Coordinator

“Abby joined the Student Engagement Center in 2012. She is passionate about service, education, and student life. She earned a B.A. in Education from Wittenberg University and an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of California Riverside. Abby enjoys connecting students with meaningful service experiences that allow them to address community needs, explore interests, learn outside of the classroom, and serve as active citizens.”

 

Abby Seethoff – Technology & Marketing Fellow

“Abby enjoys how communications operates at the nexus between precision of language and visual acuity. When she’s not working, Abby writes letters, reads literature, plays badminton, and coaches volleyball. She graduated from Whitman in 2016 with a degree in English and Spanish. Her specialties include SEC website mastery, social media vision and experimentation, poster design and feedback, tech trouble shooting, LinkedIn lingo and advice, and online job board questions.”

 

 

Gayle Townsend – Assistant Director of Career Development

“Gayle brings over 25 years of career counseling experience to the students of Whitman College. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Since joining the Student Engagement Center in the fall of 2014, Gayle has been committed to and passionate about helping students explore their strengths, values, skills, and experiences to develop a plan for their life after Whitman. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and experiencing new adventures. Her specialties include alumni and student career counseling, facilitating career-focused workshops, resume and cover letter revision, career assessments, graduate school information, and developing mentoring opportunities between students and alumni.”

 

Kimberly Rolfe Director of Business Engagement

“Kimberly has 20 years of experience working in a diverse range of environments in the for-profit sector. Her goal is to build partnerships with the business community that ultimately connect Whitman students to career opportunities. She is excited by the opportunity to combine her practical experience in business and her passion for assisting future generations with entry into that world.”

 

 

Marisol Becerra – Administrative Assistant

“Marisol started working at Whitman in February 2012. She also owns a fruit stand business in Milton Freewater, OR. She loves working in the Student Engagement Center and helping connect students with the resources they need.”

 

 

Noah Leavitt – Research Associate and Director of the Student Engagement Center

“Noah loves helping students move in directions that are meaningful and energizing to them. In addition to his work leading the SEC, he also serves as one of Whitman’s pre-law advisors, participates on the College’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Council, and is a Research Associate in the Sociology Department. Noah and his wife, Dr. Helen Kim, have a son, Ari, and a daughter, Talia. Their book, JewAsian: Race, Religion and Identity for America’s Newest Jews, was published in July 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press. Leavitt’s specialties include asking open-ended questions, being curious about how people are the same and how they are different, helping students figure out ways to bring their ideas for a more just and sustainable world to fruition, creating nurturing relationships with community partners, finding common ground, and volunteering on several local non-profit boards and task forces.”

 

Susan Prudente – School Programs Coordinator

“Susan, a Walla Walla native, finds her greatest purpose in her role as mom to three children. Her BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington confirmed her desire to dedicate her life’s work to supporting children and education. Susan oversees school-based initiatives that offer Whitman students practical, valuable experience working with students in our local schools. Also, working as an emergency substitute teacher for Walla Walla Public Schools has informed her work at the College, where she also serves as the Advisor for Students for Education Reform (SFER) and the Program Manager for America Reads/America Counts.”

 

Victoria Wolff – Internship Coordinator

“A native of Berlin, Germany, Victoria joined the Student Engagement Center in July 2014 with a background in literature, history, education and teaching. After receiving her B.A. of Arts in English and history from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Victoria worked at Whitman as the German Language Assistant (2010-11). She then returned to Berlin to complete her M.Ed. also in English and history. She is passionate about teaching, learning, and advising students on their academic and professional paths. “

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