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Aug 2005May 2009

Bachelors of Arts

Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Work experience

Aug 2009Present

Graduate Assistant for Special Student Populations Programs

Student Success Center, University of South Carolina
  • Provide direct supervision to two student leaders and advise two student mentoring programs
  • Match and monitor mentor relationships for over 100 first-year, out-of-state students and over 30 first-semester, transfer students
  • Design and implement the first leadership-based mentor training series, including a three-day spring leadership training and monthly in-service trainings during the academic year
  • Coordinate retention programming for out-of-state and transfer students, such as an Introduction to Shag Seminar, study skills seminars, and regional technical college socials
  • Assist student leaders in the development of monthly newsletters for out-of-state and transfer students
  • Organize and supervise day trips for out-of-state and transfer students to Charleston, SC (Fall 2009) and Savannah, GA (Fall 2010)
Jan 2010Present

Assistant Supplemental Instruction Supervisor

Student Success Center, University of South Carolina
  • Supervise supplemental instruction (SI) leaders during the evening sessions
  • Observe SI sessions and provide feedback to the leaders on methods of collaborative learning, session planning, and small group management
  • Assist the Coordinator and Graduate Assistant for SI in the training of the 50 SI Leaders at fall and spring trainings as well as the monthly in-service trainings
  • Complete program improvement projects, including website review and session evaluation redesigns
May 2010Aug 2010

Graduate Intern

Orientation and Family Programs and Services, George Mason University
  • Researched best practices for online transfer orientation models and developed a comprehensive proposal for new transfer orientation initiatives
  • Coordinated the participation of campus partners in the Green and Gold Showcase, an information fair during the orientation program, for the Freshman and Transfer sessions
  • Served as the on-site professional staff liaison for the Family Relaxation Area to off-campus partners, including IKEA, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Visit Fairfax
  • Developed the orientation supplements for each session using Adobe InDesign
May 2009Aug 2009

Special Projects Coordinator

Orientation and Family Programs and Services, George Mason University
  • Assisted in the preparation and implementation of orientation initiatives including Patriot Information Sessions,program supplements, and space coordination for all sessions
  • Coordinated catering for six two-day freshman orientation sessions and five one-day transfer sessions
  • Developed assessment tools for freshman and transfer orientations
  • Coordinated with National Orientation Director Association Interns and other Coordinator to design and facilitate student reflection initiatives
May 2008Aug 2009

Student Assistant

University Development and GMU Foundation, George Mason University
  • Provided support to the Vice President of University Development and the GMU Foundation President by archiving documents, arranging information for the Board of Trustees and planning office events
  • Worked with the Advance and BOXI database systems to research donor information and coordinate event mailings
Oct 2008May 2009

Administrative and Program Support Specialist

Orientation and Family Programs and Services, George Mason University
  • Collaborated with Associate Director to coordinate and report the Summer 2008 assessment data
  • Researched online transfer orientation models and overarching transition trends in preparation for a new transfer program
  • Co-designed and co-facilitated the retreat for returning student leaders
  • Worked collaboratively with professional staff and student leaders in the sponsorship of the 2009 Mason Family Handbook and Calendar and the 2009 Summer Orientation Program Booklet
May 2008May 2009

Student Intern/ Office Assistant

Leadership Education and Development Office, George Mason University
  • Supported and implemented initiatives with the office, such as the L-TEAM, the Emerging Leaders course and the Leadership Mason Conference
  • Served as a student office representative to both the Leadership Steering Committee and the Student Union II Renovation Planning Committee
  • Supported the Appreciative Inquiry on Leadership program by conducting interviews during Leadership Week, creating videos for the Mason Leads website, and participating in two full-day Appreciative Inquiry workshops
Jan 2007Feb 2008

Family Programs Coordinator

Orientation and Family Programs and Services, George Mason University
  • Provided general supervision to more than 20 student leaders
  • Collaborated with a team of four to coordinate and implement Freshman Family Orientation for nearly 4,500 families, including the Mason Family Panel Discussion and the Patriot Family Reception
  • Coordinated and executed programs within the 2007 Family Weekend, a three-day event, for approximately 1,000 family members, including the Mason Family BBQ & Bake-Off and the FunZone activities for younger siblings
  • Edited and adapted the Mason Family Handbook and Calendar for 2007, to provide a resource guide and survival tips for parents and families
Mar 2006Jan 2007

Orientation Leader

Orientation and Family Programs and Services, George Mason University
  • Implemented the freshman and transfer orientation programs, including small group discussions focusing on leadership and personal interaction with an emphasis on student retention
  • Developed and enacted programming aimed at retaining freshman students during their first semester, including a series of skits in order to give information to students and families in a memorable manner

Affiliations and Committees

  • SafeZone Trained Ally, 2010
  • Search Committee for the Coordinator of Tutoring & Financial Literacy, StudentSuccessCenter, 2010
  • Search Committee for the Coordinator of Supplement Instruction, StudentSuccessCenter, 2010
  • Advisory Board for Office for Optimizing Educational Experiences, 2009-2010
  • Treasurer 2010, Student Personnel Association (SPA), member since August 2009
  • SPA Graduate Assistantship Recruitment Program planning committee, 2009-2010
  • Chi Sigma Alpha Honors Fraternity, member since January 2010
  • Director for Comps Preparation and Thesis Day, Chi Sigma Alpha Honors Fraternity, 2010-2011
  • Retention Committee, 2009-2010
  • President/ Provost Student Advisory Council, 2008- 2009
  • Appreciative Inquiry Working Group for Leadership, 2008-2009
  • President of LEADScholars, May 2008-May 2009, member since May 2008
  • Vice- President of L-TEAM, May 2008- May 2009, member since September 2007
  • Golden Key International Honour Society member, November 2008- May 2009
  • MasonSchool of Embodied Leadership Graduate June 2008
  • LeaderShape Institute Graduate May 2008
  • George Mason University Virginia21 lobbying organization representative, 2005- 2006, 2007- 2008
  • National Orientation Director Association, Region VIII Conference attendee, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Honors in General Education Student, George Mason University
  • Dean's List, 8 semesters
  • Recipient of the 2009 President's Student Leadership Award, presented by Student Activities, George Mason University
  • Recipient of the 2009 Patriot Award, presented by Student Activities, George Mason University
  • Recipient of the 2009 Lead By Example Core Value Award, presented by the Leadership Education And Development Office, George Mason University
  • Finalist, 2009 Senior of the Year, presented by Alumni Affairs, George Mason University
  • Recipient of the 2007 "Be the Difference" Award, presented by the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services, George Mason University
  • Recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2005
  • Recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award in 2002

Teaching and Practicum Experience

University of South Carolina

University 101 Graduate Co-instructorAugust 2010-Present

  • Plan and implement a University 101 syllabus while working with a full-time staff member
  • Facilitate class periods on various topics, including the personality assessments, campus resources, critical thinking and time management
  • Manage the content of the Blackboard site, including assignments, grades, and syllabus updates

Practicum StudentOctober 2010-November 2010 CareerCenter

  • Develop an understanding of the theory and history of career services
  • Observe workshops, one-on-one career counseling, and general operations of the CareerCenter

Practicum StudentSeptember 2010-October 2010

Office of Student Disability Services

  • Research best practices for disability services offices
  • Develop an annotated bibliography regarding students with disabilities
  • Assist the staff with test proctoring and the Assistative Technologies Lab

Publications and Presentations

  • Bowen, K.E. (May 2010) “Tips from business literature for optimizing student organizations and their leaders” NACA’s Campus Activities Programming Magazine.
  • “Values auction: What would you pay?” presented at the University of South Carolina Student Leadership and Diversity Conference, 2010
  • “Taking your leadership from Good to GREAT!” presented at the George Mason University Life Professional Development, 2009
  • “Taking your organization from Good to GREAT!” presented at the George Washington University Student Leadership Symposium, 2009
  • “Looking on the Brightside! Appreciative Inquiry at Mason” presented at the LeadershipMason Conference, 2008
  • “Go FISH! The Fish Philosophy” presented at the Association of College Unions International Region IV Conference , 2007
  • “Go FISH! The Fish Philosophy” presented at the Leadership Mason Conference , 2007


Doug Little

As the Director of Orientation, Doug supervised me for two summers, as a Special Projects Coordinator and a Graduate Intern.

Kirsten Kennedy

Kirsten Kennedy served as my staff co-instructor for teaching University 101.