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By Mackenzie Dineen, Leanne Signoriello, Paris Adams – Arts Editor, Features Editor, 1851 Staff

Henderson named as Coordinator of Student Organizations

On November 9, The Office of Student Activities announced Jay Henderson as the new Coordinator of Student Organizations. Henderson has a great amount of experience in student activities, orientation, and admissions prior to Lasell that make him qualified for the position.

Henderson will be in charge of developing and assisting student clubs and organizations with registration, consulting, and workshops. “Jay has a great presence and approachability, wonderful knowledge on the areas of responsibilities, and overall top-notch talent and skills,” said Director of Student Activities and Orientation Jenny Granger in an e-mail. Henderson will also organize the biannual activities fair, in addition to working with the OSA staff.

Assistant Director of Student Activities Sarah Richardson managed the hiring process from August to September. Richardson held both phone and on-campus interviews, during which the candidates met the VP for Student Affairs, the Dean of Student Affairs, and several student leaders.

Symposium returns to show student success

This year’s Fall Connected Learning Symposium will take place December 5, allowing students to showcase projects and presentations from the semester. The event will be put on by faculty Connected Learning Symposium Organizer and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Sarah Abbott, with the help of the student director, junior event management major Katelyn Bellina.

Abbott and Bellina have been planning the event since the first week of the semester, but the two have been working together since Bellina was hired in January by Abbott and the former student director Kelsie Pace.

Plans for this semester’s Symposium include the use of the new Science and Technology Center as well as more representation of different departments.

“We are trying to get a lot more teacher involvement this year, aiming to represent every department so they can all be showcased,” said Bellina. “We want students to realize that this is a showcase for them and to show off work that they should be proud of, it’s not just for a grade.”

President hosts afternoon tea

Members of the Lasell community were invited to gather in the parlor of Dunne House on Tuesday, October 24 to enjoy high tea time, an event hosted by President Alexander. The gathering yielded nearly 50 members of Lasell’s faculty and staff, as well as Lasell Village residents.

The room was equipped with a spread of finger sandwiches, small pastries, chocolate covered strawberries, and a selection of teas for guests.

This occasion was a reinstatement of an old tradition President Alexander used to organize and he plans on hosting more in the future. “It’s our intention to do two or three of these a year for faculty and staff to interact, get to know each other, and find out what they’re doing” said President Alexander.

With the opening of Dunne House over the summer, President Alexander now has a space capable of hosting these events on a larger scale.

It is his hope that bringing people together in a more casual setting will initiate conversation between the various departments, eventually inspiring new ideas or collaborations for the Lasell community.

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