by Araceli Esparza
When LaNelle Maurer, University of La Verne admissions representative, and Vicky Cabezas, assistant director of admissions, resigned in the beginning of the summer, the Office of Admissions was left short-staffed.
While working to find replacements for these vacancies, the office was also left with the task of accommodating ULV’s largest class in history.
“This summer was challenging because we were short two counselors,” said Lisa Meyer, director of undergraduate admissions. “All of last year there was a lot of turnover within the office.”
According to Meyer, a number of factors were involved in both resignations.
“LaNelle realized she was more interested in counseling, not marketing,” Meyer said, “so she took a job at Mt. San Antonio College, and is counseling very remedial students.”
Meyer said that Maurer had expressed interest in pursuing another area of counseling since Meyer became employed by the University in May. Therefore, when Maurer learned of a counseling position at Mt. SAC, she took advantage of the opportunity.
Within the same time frame, Cabezas looked into a position at California State University, Long Beach. Although Cabezas “hadn’t announced it [her interest in resignation] as LaNelle had, she was thinking about it,” said Meyer.
Having lost two members of its staff, Brian MorganArmstrong was hired by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a temporary assistant.
“I was interested in the work, and my other career choices were not working out,” he said. “My college education trained me to be a high school teacher; this job is a bridge between the two.”
When a permanent position was later offered to fill one of the two original vacancies, MorganArmstrong applied and was hired permanently. On Sept. 14, he began his role as an admissions counselor for the University.
“Brian is very good at admissions work. He is very flexible and learns fast,” said Meyer. “Those were just some of the factors in hiring him.”
Through an extensive application review and interview process for the associate director position, the Office of Admissions took interest in Sharon Cruz-McKinney.
At the time, Cruz-McKinney was employed by the University of California, Irvine, where she was a link in their admissions program. By Aug. 31, Cruz-McKinney had begun her first day as the associate director of admissions.
“Sharon has brought in a wealth of knowledge to us,” said Meyer. “She has a wonderfully cheerful, dynamic personality, and during her interview her warmth and personality were evident to us.
“She is a very good leader and brings people together.”
Cruz-McKinney has experience in the field of recruitment and outreach, having worked in that area for 22 years. Cruz-McKinney has brought with her many ideas to strengthen the existing admissions process and help shape students’ academic profiles.
“We’re all ready to roll up our sleeves and do what we have to do,” she said. “We want to develop a way of interacting with faculty and include them in the whole process of developing the campus.
Both Cruz-McKinney and MorganArmstrong have had positive experiences.
“I am very excited to be here and see positive things for the University in general,” said Cruz-McKinney.
MorganArmstrong said, “I am looking forward to the new year. La Verne is warm and good, and I am very happy to be here.”
“I want to make sure that the word gets out that La Verne is a really viable place to be,” said Cruz-McKinney. “I’ll stay here as long as I can, if they’ll have me.”