By Kait Bedell and Rebecca Osowski – News Editor & Features Editor
As the school year begins and students return to a more normal life on campus, Lasell is introducing two new professors as full-time community members.
Visiting Assistant Professor and Program Director of ESports and Gaming Business Management Christina Alejandre is among these new hires. Alejandre graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif. with an Advanced Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Alejandre has worked in the video game industry for over two decades, including the companies Octopi, 38 Studios and Turner Sports. During her time at Turner Sports, Alejandre and her team were the first esports program to be nominated for a Sports Emmy, competing against events like the Olympics.
Alejandre, a former professor at Becker College, is bringing her passion for the esports industry to Lasell, using real life experiences and current esports professionals in the classroom to prepare students for a future career.
“I like teaching classes that provide practical experience… I think it is really important to give students the skills they will need and the ability to apply that in whatever job they land in,” said Alejandre. She is also passionate about game’s ability to connect and educate people on the esports industry to “show that there are viable career opportunities in gaming and esports,” she said.
When she isn’t teaching, Alejandre is likely spending time with her three cats or playing video games with her friends around the world.
Assistant Professor of the School of Communication Jovonte Santos is another new hire. Santos has been an adjunct professor at Lasell for the past nine years and has now been officially signed on as a full-time faculty member. Santos said making the choice to come on full time was an “easy decision.”
“Since I’ve been here for so long, I know the caliber of the students and I’ve been a part of the family already, so just the timing was right,” Santos said. He also mentioned that he “really enjoys” Lasell’s focus on preparing students for their careers.
Santos is also looking forward to the advising aspect of the job which he did not experience as a part-time professor. “I’m excited about how I cannot just teach a typical class, but I can find out more about advisees, what they want to do, and how I can help. So I think that’s pretty exciting.”