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RDP has staff changes

By Leanna B. Blevins, Residential and Dining Programs

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 08 - October 12, 1995

Residential and Dining Programs has made several changes in staff and management.

The associate director for cash operations of Culinary Services is Robert Coffey from Greensboro College in Greensboro, N.C., where he served as the food service director.

Coffey has several years of experience in diverse food-service settings and management positions from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Longwood College. He will work directly with the cash operations of Culinary Services including Owens Food Court, Hokie Grill & Co., Deet's Place, and the Vet Med Cafe.

Several members of the staff within the department have taken on new assignments and challenges for this academic year: manager of Shultz Dining Hall-John Price; manager of Hokie Grill & Co.-Chase Sink; manager of Cochrane Dining Hall-Donna McEldowney; manager of Owens Food Court-Steve Opeka; executive chef, Shultz Dining Hall-Steve Everette; food production manager, Dietrick Dining Center-David Christenson; food production manager, Shultz Dining Hall-Jed McCracken; assistant manager, Owens Food Court-George Burroughs; assistant manager, Owens Food Court-Alice McNeil; assistant manager, Shultz Dining Hall-Dennis Fowler; and manager assistant, Deet's Place-Lynn Morris

In the Residence Education department of Residential and Dining Programs, there are three new area coordinators. Cathy Downes will work in the President's Community. She is a former hall/area director from Roanoke College and has experience in alcohol and substance abuse education. Downes received her B.A. from Radford University in communications and a master's in counselor education.

Larry Robertson has joined the staff as an area coordinator for the Prairie Community. Robertson most recently was employed at Longwood College where he completed three years as a residence education coordinator. He received a B.A. from Longwood College and did his graduate work in counseling psychology at James Madison University.

Deb Andersen is the area coordinator for the Summit Community. Anderson worked for Virginia Tech last year as a hall director. She received an undergraduate degree in international relations from Randolph Macon Women's College and will receive her master's in student personnel in December.

Gerard Kowalski, director of residence education, has been elected president of the Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administration/Virginia Association of College and University Housing Operations. It is a two-year term and includes serving as the conference co-chair for the 1996 VASPA/VACUHO conference.