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Her job is to help Lakeland College students have fun.
Talia Proffitt brings an enthusiastic attitude to her new role as Lakeland's director of student activities, and she's anxious to get students engaged in her work.
Proffitt will be in charge of Lakeland's student organizations and oversee student activities, she will advise LC-Campus Activities Board and organize annual events like family weekend and siblings weekend.
"Students want to find something in an activity that benefits them, and if they see a direct benefit they are more likely to be involved," Proffitt said. "And it has to be fun. They want to have fun and meet new people. And that's what I'm here to help them do. If they can connect to something, they will stick with it."
Proffitt graduated this summer with a master's degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where she got a tremendous amount of experience.
She advised the University Program Board, creating student recruitment and retention strategies, assisting with the logistics of student programmed events and constructing leadership development activities.
She also worked on Ball State's student orientation program and coordinated and supervised the Alternative Spring Break Trip to Caretta, W.V.
An Illinois native, Proffitt is a 2005 Carroll College graduate where she worked as assistant to the director of student activities as an undergraduate. She also worked two summers as a special events assistant at the Wisconsin State Fair.
"I really enjoy the small school environment," Proffitt said. "The moment I stepped on Lakeland's campus, people were smiling and welcoming me. I think small schools foster the best environment for student involvement and learning."
Proffitt said she has a lot of programming ideas, but first wants to learn the culture of Lakeland's campus and student, and assess what has been done in the past. She said students can help with that part of her job.
"I want them to stop in and say hi," Proffitt said. "Once they come and meet me, I hope they keep coming back."
Students can contact Proffitt at extension 1235 or email@example.com or stop by her office in the Younger Family Campus Center.