RCA offices move closer to home

Originally based in Upland, the Regional Campus Administration moved into its new offices in the Enrollment Management Building, off E and Second streets, after major renovation was completed to accommodate the staff. Shown in the office common, the staff includes Loreto D’Monte, Lilibeth DeBord, Sabrine Campfer, Linda Fager, Theresa Botello, Lorene Thomas, Homa Shabahang, Cindy Saunders, Manuel Escalante, Alene Harrison, Robin Carder, Cindy Ballard, Steve Lesniak, Matt Luna, Melissa Lau, Roselyne Shutts, Donna Nasmyth, Thomas Solis, Cheryl DeVroom, DeAnne Bland, Renee Rivera, Ingrid Carruth, Tierry Kolpin, Carrie Lewis Hasse, Judy Henson, Tom Scali, Jeff Nonemaker and Tim Klepper. / photo by Rhiannon Mim
Originally based in Upland, the Regional Campus Administration moved into its new offices in the Enrollment Management Building, off E and Second streets, after major renovation was completed to accommodate the staff. Shown in the office common, the staff includes Loreto D’Monte, Lilibeth DeBord, Sabrine Campfer, Linda Fager, Theresa Botello, Lorene Thomas, Homa Shabahang, Cindy Saunders, Manuel Escalante, Alene Harrison, Robin Carder, Cindy Ballard, Steve Lesniak, Matt Luna, Melissa Lau, Roselyne Shutts, Donna Nasmyth, Thomas Solis, Cheryl DeVroom, DeAnne Bland, Renee Rivera, Ingrid Carruth, Tierry Kolpin, Carrie Lewis Hasse, Judy Henson, Tom Scali, Jeff Nonemaker and Tim Klepper. / photo by Rhiannon Mim

Antonio Foncillas
Staff Writer

The Regional Campus Administration’s office was relocated this summer and is now on the University of La Verne campus.

It is located in the newly-renovated Enrollment Management Building off E and Second streets.

Before its Aug. 1 move, the building housing the RCA was in Upland.

The staff that works in this building supports and gives their services to faculty and students

Their responsibilities include student admissions, student registration, student records and advising.

The staff also manages all of the University of La Verne’s regional campuses, as well as oversees the degree programs for non-traditional students at ULV – all students attending must be 25 or over.

This move has brought different benefits to RCA staff and to the University.

Due to this move, RCA staff can save a lot of time and therefore increase their efficiency.

The University has also benefited economically by moving the RCA facility on campus.

Homa Shabahang,, vice-president of enrollment, said she was pleased about this move.

“The current location is much more convenient for us,” Shabahang said. “We have a very large staff, and with the old location it was very difficult to integrate that part of the University with the rest of the campus. The geographic separation created a big problem for us.”

The University of La Verne owns the RCA’s new building, which results in the benefit of money saved on leasing office space.

Stephen Lesniak, dean of RCA student services, said he enjoys the convenience that resulted from the move.

“This makes us so much more efficient, and every year our staff is growing so it was getting even worse,” Lesniak said.

“It has also been a good economic move, as we were paying around a quarter million dollars rent every year,” Leshlak added.

Over the years, the RCA has moved from several locations as the staff grew.

The Upland location had sufficient space to accommodate the current staff but was too costly.

After the initial cost of remodeling the current RCA office, the funds used in the past for rent can be used by the University for other purposes, Lesniak said.

According to staff members, the commute from the old RCA building to main campus took from 15 to 20 minutes during rush hour. Juline M. Behrens, regional campus director, said the time saved due to the move has been a great benefit.

“We could lose easily up to one hour by driving and trying to find a parking spot, now we just have to walk to go to meetings in main, it is much easier,” Behrens said. “This move just brings us closer to the people that I work with personally.”

Antonio Foncillas can be reached at bokeron_11@hotmail.com.

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