Working With Workman: The Director of Student Engagement

Paige Price

Staff Reporter

The 2010 Fall semester brings new students to the Hill along with new administrators. Christine Workman, the Director of the Office of Student Engagement, began her McDaniel career on August 31st. She is involved in activities ranging from Greek Life to the development of various student organizations in order to mix academic affairs with student character.

Workman attended Clemson University, where she received her B.A. in Speech and Communication Studies. She continued her higher education at Iowa State University, where she received her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

She has worked in Student Affairs at numerous universities, including the University of South Carolina and Kutztown University. With the majority of her experiences having occurred on large campuses, Workman wanted to find a smaller school in hopes of more one-on-one interaction with students.

“Building relationships with students is what is important in any college setting,” said Workman, who was very enthusiastic about her smaller and more personal setting at McDaniel.

Workman has had many experiences that have led her to her current position. Being a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity as well as an orientation leader in college have given her the type of knowledge that can only be gained through experience. She has also had experience working with Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Education.

Workman was pleased to have an excellent transition into McDaniel’s friendly environment. She is excited to continue to see one of her favorite perks of the job: “Seeing students grow from when they are Freshmen to when they are Seniors waiting to graduate.”

The only negative aspect of her job is working late nights, but she does admit that “the nights pay off when you get to work with students and see their development.”

With Workman already immersing herself into McDaniel, students are looking forward to working with her to develop a great standard of Student Engagement.

Although she admits to being a die-hard Clemson Tigers fan, hopefully the Hill will win her over and turn her into a Green Terrorizer!