Housing starts semester with fresh, new faces
October 9, 1998
Three new female staff members Catie Mccorry-Andalis, Lorena
Gomez and Laura Lopez - have filled positions in the University of
La Verne Office of Housing and Residential Life as Program Coordinator,
Housing Services Coordinator, and Area Coordinator, respectively.
Not only do they all work in the same department, but they are all experienced,
hard working individuals who are willing and determined to make a difference
at ULV. The Office of Housing and Residential Life has greatly benefitted
from their assistance with the largest enrolling class, but these three
women have plans for the housing department that will benefit the University
for future years.
Director of Housing and Residential Life, Julie Thurman-Francisco, said
that every year the department goes to a conference where they select several
prospective candidates. A search committee then looks through resumés,
and interviews the applicants until they make a final decision. This is
the process that Mccory-Andalis and Lopez experienced.
Gomez, on the other hand applied through Human Resources and "her
resumé rose to the top," said Thurman-Francisco.
After experiencing with different housing programs in a few different
regions of California, Mccory-Andalis now serves as the new program coordinator
She has had five years experience at Cal State Hayward, near San Francisco,
as the assistant director of housing. From there she was a residence hall
director at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes for two years, and
then she set off to get her bachelor's and master's in Northern California
at the College of Notre Dame. Mccory-Andalis worked there for four years
running the conference programs in the residence halls.
"My first year at La Verne is going to be a learning experience
to see what is happening around campus," Mccory-Andalis said.
As a program coordinator, she oversees the programs and activities in
the residence halls. She also oversees the Homecoming committee, the Leadership
Education and Development Program (LEAD) committee, and New Student Orientation.
Senior Elizabeth Rodarte, a program assistant in Stu-Han, said, "Catie
has a strong background in housing. She puts in her own ideas and helps
the PA's develop those ideas. Catie is also very supportive by attending
Mccory-Andalis said that she would like to see more faculty involved
with the programs in the residence halls. The department hopes to have cosponsorships
with Davenport Dining Hall, campus safety, and the Health Center.
Making the move from Seattle to sunny Southern California is exactly
what Lorena Gomez had to do.
After attending the University of Washington, she worked at an architecture
and accounting firm. Gomez said that she had no past housing experience,
but she does have office administration experience which helped her get
the housing services coordinator position.
"It was a good opportunity for me to move down to La Verne,"
Gomez said. Her cousin, Claudio Muñoz, works as associate professor
of accounting at the University. Two of her other cousins have graduated
from the University's College of Law.
As a housing services coordinator, Gomez works closely with student
assistants and takes care of the basic administration duties. Gomez is
replacing Joel Perez who was the coordinator last year.
"I had to go in there and get my hands wet. It was overwhelming
and frustrating at times, but the help I had was incredible," said
Gomez. "So far this has been a great experience and it has thought
me a lot."
Laura Lopez, area coordinator, attended Mt. Saint Mary's College in
Santa Monica. While attending, she moved her way up from a Resident Assistant
to a Program Assistant to a Summer Housing Supervisor. Her last year attending
the college, she was the acting director of housing. Lopez also attended
Azusa Pacific University and Scripps College and continued to involve herself
with various housing positions.
"Overall, I want to be more visible than the area coordinators
have been in the past," Lopez said. "I would like to attend more
of the programs and activities."
"She's really professional about her job, but at the same time
she is a really nice and caring person to be around," said Maria Muñoz,
a sophomore Resident Assistant, said about Lopez.
Lopez said that she had interviewed for the assistant area coordinator
two years ago, but did not get the position. There was an opening for the
area coordinator position this year searching for a replacement for Chris
Freeman, and Lopez became one of the two finalists after interviewing with
both students and faculty.
"All three of them work very well together, because they have
different attributes," said Thurman Francisco. "Lorena has brought
us a business prospective. Catie has brought us her many years of experience
and different perspectives from the different institutions she has attended,
and Laura has brought her appreciation for the culture at ULV and her belief
in the Mission Statement. She is very holistic which is important to our