newteamAlumni Marilyn Charba (’14), Zachary Smith (’14), and Theresa Francis (’14) recently joined the administrative staff at Christendom College, filling the new positions of female residence director, public relations specialist, and special events manager respectively. Each position has been recently created by the college as it continues to expand not only in campus size, but in staff size as well.

“The college is really focusing on improving the quality of life for our students and other constituents,” says vice president for enrollment Tom McFadden. “We’re growing as a college, having our largest fall and spring enrollments in our history, and having these new positions gives us the opportunity to develop more personal relationships with the student body, our generous donors, and the media.”

Charba, Smith, and Francis, all history majors from the class of 2014, prove the value of a liberal arts education in taking on these roles, bringing well-honed communication skills and an ability to see the big picture to their respective jobs on campus.

Francis, who began her job in December, works directly with vice president for operations and facility planning Mike Foeckler and college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell in coordinating all special events for the college, from the Major Speaker series to exclusive college donor events.

Charba and Smith both return to campus after completing internships with the Walt Disney Company, an experience that helps them bring real-world communication skills to not only the Christendom community, but to the media as well.

As female residence director, Charba will be working with the residence life office to provide leadership and direction to the student body as a whole, as well as focusing specifically on the formation of women on campus. In the position of public relations specialist, Smith will be handling all media relations for the college, from social media to taking over as managing editor of the weekly online publication, The Chronicler.

These alumni join other recent alumni hires Klarissa Blank, Maribeth Kelly, and Matthew Speer on the college staff, raising the number of members of the class of 2014 who now work for the college to six. When asked why so many members of the class of 2014 wanted to work for Christendom, Smith says, “Christendom gave us so much during our time here—when we were given the opportunity to return to the college as staff, it was a no-brainer. It’s wonderful to be able to give back to the college in such a way.”

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