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Bernard promoted to associated director

April 4, 2014

The Wackerle Career and Leadership Center will be undergoing some changes this summer. Most notably for students, current Assistant Director of Greek Life, Leadership and Involvement Billy Bernard will be moving to Poling Hall for his promotion to Associate Director of the Wackerle Career and Leadership Center’s programs.

Other changes in Wackerle stem from Associate Dean of Students Michelle Merritt’s announcement to leave after this academic year. Current Program Coordinator for the Wackerle Center Stephanie Kinkaid was given a merit-based promotion to Assistant Director for the Wackerle Center and Marnie Dugan will step up as the Director for Wackerle as of July 1. Bernard’s current position is posted and the school will be looking to fill that position in the coming months.

Moving out of Stockdale’s Student Involvement Office will be a change for Bernard as his new duties for next year include being the head of judicial affairs for both fraternities and sororities, overseeing the women’s fraternities and supervising the new assistant director.

“In the student involvement area there is a definite need for additional staff members,” Bernard said. “[Hiring a new assistant director] kind of splits everything that I do now since I currently oversee five different areas.”
By dividing his current work duties of Greek life, involvement, leadership, service, Greek housing and alternative spring break with the assistant position he will oversee, Bernard hopes there will be room for program expansion next year.

“We really want to expand leadership programs and the community service and volunteer programs and having two people working in that area will be very beneficial to our students,” Bernard said.

Bernard, Dugan and Kinkaid hope to link the efforts of the Wackerle Center together. By providing additional volunteer or service opportunities, students will have developed more skills, which according to Dugan can benefit from Wackerle’s Career Center where they can get help in learning to “articulate the skills they develop from those experiences for professional purposes.”

Currently, the school is looking to hire someone who is committed to working in student affairs and who has Greek life or leadership experience, Bernard said. However, the most humorous qualification might be someone willing to reside in the Fraternity Complex’s north-side apartment where Bernard will be moving out of early this summer.

Even with the restructuring of the Wackerle Center, students can still expect to find Dugan and Kinkaid in Poling helping with resumes, career development or alumni relations but with a more collaborative focus.

“I look forward to having Billy’s input into what I do, because he and I are very separated in what we do…and I think he and I will overlap a little more now, which will be a definite positive for the students,” Kinkaid said.

Stevie Croisant
Editor-in-Chief

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