2016 Student Affairs Fellows Appointed

January 13, 2016 - Dorene DiNaro

2016 FellowsDr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres is pleased to announce the names of the 2016 Student Affairs Fellows who will begin their 15-month term this month.  The Student Affairs fellows program began in 1999 and has grown over the years—to date over 100 people have participated.

This program provides leadership experiences not only for Student Affairs employees, but also for the overall University through the opportunity to assist on specific projects as determined by the Vice President of Student Affairs during a 15-month term. Benefits include networking with Student Affairs directors and departments as well as exposure to university-wide committees and meetings.

The 2016 fellows include: Jamila Clayton, program Specialist with African American Student Services; Moe Copeland, area coordinator with Residence Life and Student Housing; Margaret Ortega, associate director with the UNM Foundation/Office of Annual Giving; Lisa Ortiz, master teacher with the UNM Children’s Campus; and Jacqueline Paul, program coordinator with the Center for English Language and American Culture (CELAC).

Jamila ClaytonJamila Clayton

As the program specialist for the African American Student Services program, Jamila says that working with her students is very rewarding because she provides resources and support in helping them succeed to with their educational goals. Jamila is passionate about education and scholastic achievement and has over seven years of experience working in higher education.  She is excited to be a part of the fellows program because it encompasses everything that she is looking for with regarding to being an effective leader at the university level.

Moe CopelandMoe Copeland

Moe recently joined the UNM Residence Life and Student Housing department as an area coordinator where he has the responsibility of supervising resident and community development assistants. Parts of his duties include the upkeep of two residence halls, and organizing and orchestrating conduct meetings for policy offenders.  Moe is excited about being a fellow as one of his long-term goals is to be the Dean of Students at a University.  He feels that the fellowship will help him get closer to making that goal a reality someday as it will give him the opportunity to take an inside look at Student Affairs and make valuable connections.

Margaret OrtizMargaret Ortega

Margaret currently serves as the associate director for the UNM Foundation/Office of Annual Giving.  In her current role in addition to her associate director duties, she manages the UNM Cherry and Silver Society program, and has had the opportunity to plan several events including the Presidential Scholarship Program Golf Tournament, UNM Children’s Hospital Radiothon and various President’s Club events hosted at the UNM President’s House.  Margaret is excited to take part in the fellowship program as she considers it a great learning opportunity that will help her grow, and give her the tools to be a more valuable resource both in her current position and in the future. 

Lisa OrtizLisa Ortiz

Lisa has worked for the UNM Children’s Campus in a variety of capacities over the past 13 years and currently serves as a master teacher. The master teacher role is a managerial position in which she provides training and processional support for teaching staff, student employees and parents.  She would like to work toward completing her graduate education and continuing to grow professionally within the Children’s campus while building working relationships within the community.  She is excited about serving as a fellow as she sees it as a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and professional growth opportunities.

Jacqueline_PaulJacqueline Paul

Jacqueline currently serves as a program coordinator for the Center for English Language and Culture (CELAC) where one of her main duties is to assist small groups from Mexico who are attending the Center’s Intensive English program.  She is in charge of everything from immigration information and document issuance, airport pick-up, coordination of on-campus housing and meal plans to arranging meetings with various academic departments.  She is excited to participate in the fellows program as she feels it will give her a deeper understanding of the dynamic departments that encompass Student Affairs and strengthen her current campus connections.

Please help us in welcoming the 2016 fellows to the program!