The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, departing Director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). Her last day with CWRU will be Monday, April 10. From everyone at Weatherhead, we thank her for her service and dedication to the institution and its students.
Hello All! I just wanted to write a little note to wish you all the best as I depart Weatherhead next week. I have had the pleasure of working as your Director of Student Experience for almost two years. While this is not a very long time, I feel as though I have been able to share an incredible number of great memories with you all. The students have always impressed me with their passion and interest in becoming better leaders. From my first Weatherheadless Ball, seeing nearly 250 students from the Weatherhead community come together, to this year, seeing that number increase by nearly 100, I know student enthusiasm for being a part of this school is booming. I have truly loved seeing students pull together to participate in meaningful community service work, such as Junior Achievement and the many projects organized by student clubs such as Net Impact and Multicultural Club. It has been so exciting when career-focused clubs, such as the Finance, Consulting and Marketing clubs, find events and opportunities to grow their understanding of their chosen fields.
I’d also like to make a special thanks to all of the staff and faculty who worked so hard to incorporate Student Experience into the school. A sometimes amorphous department, we enjoyed so many collaborations around the school and the university. We truly couldn’t have been successful without you. To name just a few: Professor Goldberg’s efforts at connecting Weatherhead with the Breakthrough Schools, and MaryBeth Keeler’s enthusiasm for helping students interested in finance find successful opportunities for leadership.
Finally, I’d like to thank the STEX Team: Meenakshi Sharma, George Smiltins and Mimi Filsinger. Always quick to respond and find a way to realize student goals, it has been fantastic to work together. With a student body hovering around 800, around 14 clubs, over eight graduate programs and innumerable career goals, working to ensure the student experience is a positive and productive one is not easy! The STEX Team has worked incredibly hard to help students every day and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.
I wish you all the best on your journeys! Have a fantastic summer!