The Dearborn Icebreaker: Kevin Lewtschanyn

10/4/2013

The Dearborn Icebreaker is a Reporter feature designed to help us get to know our UM-Dearborn colleagues. Nominate a colleague to be featured in The Dearborn Icebreaker.

Kevin Lewtschanyn

Name:  Kevin Lewtschanyn
Position: Assistant Director for Orientation Programs
Years at UM-Dearborn: 3 years

What does a typical workday look like for you?
I am not sure a “typical” work day exists in the Office of Admissions and Orientation. One day I may be busy planning, coordinating or running an orientation program, the next I may be in planning/strategy meetings all day or meeting with prospective students. One thing is for sure, there isn’t a typical day or a day that is ever the same – things are always busy!

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I absolutely love my interaction with the students, both incoming and current. I have been fortunate enough to supervise and work with outstanding student leaders (orientation leaders) over the past couple of years; these students motivate me and challenge me to be a better professional and to provide a unique student development/employment opportunity for them. I also love to help aid and work with incoming students to ensure they are off on the right track when they join our community. It is so invigorating to see such motivated and dedicated students. Also the staff and members of the UM-Dearborn community are outstanding and my fellow colleagues in Admissions and Orientation are incredible!

What was your first job?
My first job was actually de-tasseling corn. I grew up in a small town in the thumb of Michigan (if this wasn’t evident by my job) and worked for a family friend. Long hours in the sun pulling the tassels off of corn stalks.

What do you do to relax?
This may sound weird, but running relaxes me the most. I try to run at least four times a week and I see it as my escape. Some people like yoga or meditation to relax, but I like to clear my mind and unwind by running. I must also admit, I am a sucker for the couch, a blanket and some good ol’ reality TV.

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?
To sing! As much as I think I can belt out some tunes in the shower, my friends constantly remind me that I have a horrible singing voice and can’t carry a tune. I am always super impressed and have much respect for anyone who can sing or who is musically talented in anyway.

What’s your definition of a life well lived?
A life well lived is being able to look back and be proud of what you have accomplished/done in your life. For me, having close friendships and family, trying to make a difference in the world and living life to the fullest is a life well lived in my book.

What’s the proudest moment of your life?
Graduating with my master’s degree and having my family there to support me was one of my proudest moments.

If we were to create a UM-Dearborn playlist, what song would you want to include?
“Till the World Ends” – Britney Spears (Flash mob at the Staff Appreciate Picnic 2012)

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I love to gamble – slots and blackjack. Viva Las Vegas!

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you were a teenager?
The one thing I wish I would have known as a teenager is to recognize the sacrifices and contributions my parents have made. I wish I had more respect and appreciation for my parents when I was younger.

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