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DATE: Nov. 13, 2003

Kristine Day named director of student activities and programs at UM-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Kristine Day, student organizations coordinator in the Student Activities Office at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has been appointed director of student activities and programs at UM-Dearborn. Richard Sypula, director of student activities since 1981, retired last month.


In her new role, Day will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive co-curricular student activities program, manage the Student Activities Office and the administration of student organization policies and procedures, and participate in operational and policy administration of the University Center.

She also will manage a team of 14 students known as University Center ambassadors, who will staff the information desk at the east entrance of the University Center and provide support for events in the center.

"I'm very excited about my new position and the move to the University Center," Day said. "There's lots of new energy and possibilities."

Day joined the Student Activities Office staff in October 2001. Previously, she held student activities/student union positions at Northern Michigan University, DePauw University, Indiana University, University of Idaho and Michigan State University.

She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Northern Michigan University and a master's degree in college student personnel administration at Indiana University.

"Kris is playing a major role in completing the University Center, and she will provide inspired leadership to achieve its educational potential," according to Donna McKinley, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Day said holding a director's position has always been a professional goal. She looks forward to creating new student-centered activities and programs.

"With the opening of the University Center, there are more opportunities because of better facilities and more space," Day said. "The new center was designed to support co-curricular programming. There's so much potential here to enhance student life on this campus. There's no limit to what we can do."

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