by Pattie Moreno
With the end of summer and the beginning of the fall semester, the University of La Verne has a number of new faces on campus, which includes personnel changes in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Student Affairs Department.
New faculty include Dr. Deborah Burris-Kitchen in the Behavioral Science Department. Along with her teaching duties, she will also have special responsibilities for advising CAPA students.
“I hope to open students’ minds to a multi-cultural perspective on crime and social problems,” said Burris-Kitchen.
Dr. Ron Scogin joined the Biology Department on a full-time basis after teaching there part-time for the last few years.
Terry Boesel began this semester as an assistant professor of physical education and head basketball coach, replacing Gary Stewart who accepted a position at Cal State Hayward.
Dr. Reed Gratz returns to the Music Department and faculty after a two-year leave of absence in the Netherlands.
Student Affairs is a department that has undergone many changes. Dr. Teresa Bader-Hull was replaced by Terrie Lopez as director of career placement after Dr. Bader-Hull became the director of general education and service learning.
Moyofune Deas-Balewa replaced Lopez as coordinator of career placement. Deas-Balewa began on Sept. 1.
“I hope to provide resources for students so that they are able to go through the job search process and be successful,” said Deas-Balewa.
Cynthia Denne replaced Patricia Grissom as director of health services in the Health Center. Denne, who is in a part-time position, is a registered nurse with administrative education experience.
A change in the Residential Life Department has taken place, with Derek Vergara replacing Helena Gerstenberg as director of housing and residential life. Vergara, who will begin on Sept. 18, served as resident director of Brandt Hall from 1987-89. LaTasha Williams, a 1995 ULV graduate, is serving as interim director until Vergara begins.
In July, Lynn Stanton-Riggs, director of the Learning Enhancement Center, began serving a quarter-time position as coordinator of services for students with disabilities. In her additional position Stanton-Riggs will inform the campus of the needs for students with physical and learning disabilities.
“My goals are to educate students, staff and faculty about students with disabilities,” said Stanton-Riggs.