March 6th, 2007 03:23 EST
Leader Shapes Campus Life
For the past 27 years, Cassie Iacovelli has remained a central figure in shaping the lives of students at Rider University." As assistant dean of Campus Life, she supervises a diverse assortment of activities." She initiated and continues to oversee the Emerging Leaders, a program for any incoming student to develop leadership skills." She has also been the SGA Advisor since 1997."
During her career, Iacovelli developed meaningful relationships with many different groups of people." One student that she advised in 1982 calls her annually to thank her and has never missed a year." Many alumni contact her regularly with e-mails, holiday cards, and phone calls." "Who couldn`t be happy to have a career like that--to have people remember you," she said." "At least you feel that you do a job that has some meaning."
Iacovelli sighted some of her proud contributions in recent years including creating University Day, starting Bronc Buffets and Bronc Bingo, and overseeing Midnight Madness." One of the highlights of her work that she is most proud of was an alcohol awareness program where she invited a 26-year-old drunk driver, whose victim became a quadriplegic, to do a presentation."
"I had the drunk driver, the victim, and the victim`s mother all talking at the same time and it was very powerful," she said." "Many students were affected by this program and it may have saved lives."" Iacovelli has gathered numerous awards, and she prides herself on her receiving the Frank N. Elliot award for Distinguished Service in 1995."" There is one from the SGA named after her called the Cassie D. Iacovelli award."
"The best accomplishment I`ve given to Rider University is the relationship I`ve formed with students," she said." "Hopefully I have been a part of their success in life."" Jan Friedman-Krupnick, assistant Vice President of Student Affairs said that Iacovelli is "really effective in helping students grow and develop" and that she has "mentored more students than anybody else over the years.""
David Keenan, the director of Campus Activities, refers to her as one of the "greatest student advocates." "The energy and dedication that she has is unparalleled," Keenan said. "Both students and staff look to her as a role model and leader." """"""""
When Iacovelli first started at Rider, she worked for the Office of Residence Life and resided on campus in the Lincoln B apartment from 1980 to 1983 with her husband and baby son." The yearbook called the infant "the littlest resident on campus."" " The essence of her life lies in family." She has been married for 26 years and has three children.""
"They are what most matters to me," she said." "That`s what I want to be remembered for:" being successful in balancing family with career.""" "I take my role as a working mother seriously," she continued." "I try to be a good role model for family first yet I am committed to working hard at my job for Rider.""""
Iacovelli`s goals for the immediate future are to just enjoy and believe in what she does."""
"I don`t know how long I`m going to stay at Rider, but I know that while I`m here I`ll give it everything I`ve got," he said.""" Cassie Iacovelli lives by this philosophy:" "You can`t get out of life alive, so live life to the fullest."
Note: This article was originally contributed by a writer who is no longer affiliated with theSOP