Dean Focuses on the Student in Student Affairs
Mary Kelm, the
new assistant dean for academic and student affairs, says: When
I saw this position advertised, I felt that everything Ive done
in my career would come into play here.
Mary Kelm (right) speaks
with second-year student Kelly Morgan.
a lot. Her career, primarily in academic advising and learning assistance,
has taken her to large and small, public and private Illinois educational
institutions, starting at the University of Chicago and ending as an
independent consultant and including 10 years at Concordia University
in River Forest, Ill.
The one constant
throughout her work has been a focus on the student.
need support and assistance no matter where they are, she says.
She is as confident in her ability to meet those needs as she is excited
about learning the particulars of life at a veterinary college.
Her new duties
will range from recruiting a diverse student body, advising prospective
and current students, overseeing the admissions cycle, working with
undergraduate college advisors throughout the state, and planning activities
such as first-year orientation. Shell also work with student organizations
and begin a lunchtime discussion series to increase the sense of community
at the College.
her background, she just fit right into the job we have, says
Dr. Gerald Pijanowski, associate dean for academic and student affairs.
In addition to her breadth of experience in academic and student services,
Kelm also put in stints in the public education departments of both
the Brookfield and the Lincoln Park zoos.
Ryan Zinke, a second-year
veterinary student, served on the search committee that selected Kelm.
I was very
impressed when I first met Mary Kelm, he says. She has a
very pleasant and outgoing personality and a great sense of humor. This
is key. Mary is approachable and willing to do what she can to help
are best used working directly with students and faculty in eclectic
ways, says Kelm. I am going to learn a ton. I love the challenge.