Being engaged on campus is just as important as being engaged in the classroom. As the Director of Student Engagement, Andrea Wensowitch creates opportunities for students to get involved at Heidelberg. Naturally, she also likes to be involved with the students themselves.
“I love it when a student comes to my office to tell me a story, or even to just say hi,” she said. “I like to see how their college career is progressing.”
Andrea oversees all student organizations, BergLink, the Heidelberg Leadership Experience (HLE), Student Organization Leadership Development (SOLiD), and sets up activities with Berg Events Council (BEC). She also coordinates orientations, Homecoming, and Parent and Family Weekend.
For Andrea, it’s all about the students. “It’s great to see their journey,” she said. “Seeing who they want to be or who they think they could be.”
Students can come to the Office of Student Engagement to find a group to join, start a new group, or learn about existing programs. Not only does Andrea work to get students engaged on campus, but she has organized two new initiatives to allow students off campus experiences.
Freshman Foundations is a weekend camping retreat for just freshman. With leadership workshops, team building exercises, a ropes course, and swimming and boating, it’s a great way for the incoming class to begin building bonds and have fun.
BAT Trips (Berg Adventures and Travels) start this year with two trips each semester. Trips include Niagara Falls in October, a ski trip in December, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives experience in January, and a Hocking Hills Adventure in March.
“There are always new ideas and programs to try,” Andrea said. “I want to do so much more.”
Andrea is constantly doing more and going above and beyond for Heidelberg students. Next week for Welcome Week students can hear renowned motivational speaker Arel Moodie on Monday, create a team and compete in an Amazing Race game on Tuesday, and hear the up and coming musical group The Hunts on Wednesday.
“Involved students are happy students,” she said.