Student Development recently replaced two former staff members and introduced a third, new position, becoming one of the many departments welcoming new staff this summer.
All former staff members left on good terms, either for retirement or to spend more time with family.
As of this summer, Michelle Rose, office manager of Wheaton College’s Office of Christian Outreach during the early 1990s, became the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean of Student Care and Services. Rose replaced Sandy Rienks, who retired in June.
According to Paul Chelson, Vice President for Student Development, “Michelle brings valuable https://thewheatonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/IMG_0048.webpistrative experiences from her previous work as a property manager and as an https://thewheatonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/IMG_0048.webpistrative assistant with a local park district. She will be assisting with the various aspects of student care including the student care network, the processes associated with students taking time off from Wheaton or returning to Wheaton, Title IX compliance and coordination, and the Student Handbook, to name a few.”
Amy Schumacher replaced Kristen Ross as the new Student Development Office Coordinator. She honed her receptionist and https://thewheatonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/IMG_0048.webpistrative skills prior to bringing them to Wheaton College. Schumacher will be a “welcoming face to the Student Development office suite,” according to Chelson.
According to Chelson, “(Schumacher) is from the Wheaton area, is a Concordia University (St. Paul, MN) graduate.”
Kristen Ross, formerly the Student Development Office Coordinator herself, transitioned to the Administrative Assistant for the Associate Dean of Residence Life.
Ross said that her position is new. The position of Residence Life Coordinator ceased when LaCosse left to take care of her newborn child at home, according to Ross.
Ross will do the work of the former Residence Life Coordinator, Carolyn LaCosse, and maintain some of the office coordinator’s responsibilities. Her new position entails such tasks as doing https://thewheatonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/IMG_0048.webpistrative tasks for residence life; assisting Justin Heth, Associate Dean of Residence Life, with scheduling within the department; and “be(ing) the voice of residence life,” according to Chelson.
Chelson said, “(Ross) has a wonderful spirit and desires to help students and families adjust to Wheaton College.”