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Barry McNamara
New faculty/ staff include (l-r): Noelle Schriefer, libr. acquis. mgr.; Sara Gorchoff, asst. psych. prof.; Sean Schumm, PE instruc.; Erin Alderson, dir. instrumnt. activts.; Jan Winbigler, dvlp. secy.; Tom Prince, PEC lect.; Mishelle Banas, dir. acad. supprt. prgrms.; Marci Switzer, res. life secy.; Billy Bernard, asst. dir. Greek life/leadrshp.; Bridget Draxler, commun. across curric.; Germain Badang, MFL lect.; Angeline Harpman, asst. alumni dir.; Connie Mersch, asst. prof. of acctng.; Todd Skrivseth, men’s b-ball coach; Wendy Downing, admiss. rep; Jeremy Pool, postdoc history fellow; Rev. Teri Ott, chpln.; Roger Hess, dir. construc. svcs.
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Monmouth College officially welcomed new personnel at the start of the fall semester.

Six full-time faculty members are beginning tenure-track positions as assistant professors this fall:

• Bridget Draxler will direct the college’s Communication Across the Curriculum program. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Draxler earned her master’s degree at York University and her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.

• Sara Gorchoff is the newest member of the psychology department. She did her undergraduate work at the University of California-Santa Cruz before earning her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.

• Ashwani Kumar has joined the physics department. He completed his Ph.D. two years ago at Florida State University, where he also received a master’s degree. He earlier completed degrees at two institutions in India.

• Sheila Marquardt, who received her Ph.D. earlier this year from Michigan State University, has joined the educational studies department. She received her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and her master’s degree from St. Cloud State University.

• Connie Mersch is an assistant professor in the accounting department. A graduate of Northern Illinois University with a master’s degree from the University of Toledo, she will also assist with the college’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

• Sean Schumm has been hired in a non-coaching role in physical education. He recently earned his Ph.D. from Ohio University, and his master’s degree is from Appalachian State University. Schumm completed his undergraduate work at Bradley University.

Five other individuals have joined the faculty, including two who are part of the ACM/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow program.

• Erin Alderson will serve as a lecturer in the music department while taking over as director of instrumental activities. Earlier this year, she earned her master’s degree from Western Illinois University. Her undergraduate degree is from Lake Forest College.

• Germain Badang is new to the modern foreign language department. Fluent in seven languages, he holds a pair of master’s degrees from Ohio State University and also completed degrees in Spain and his native Cameroon.

• Michael Laughy (classics) and Jeremy Pool (history) are the postdoctoral fellows. Laughy received his Ph.D. last year from the University of California-Berkeley. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of New Hampshire and earned a master’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Pool’s Ph.D. is from Emory University, where he also earned his master’s degree. He received his bachelor’s degree from Macalester College.

• Tom Prince will serve as a visiting assistant professor in political economy and commerce. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Stetson University.

New part-time faculty include Kyle Christensen and Cori Ellis in communication studies; Pier Debes and Juan Mendoza in music; Erin Jezuit, biology; Christine Maisto, classics; and Rose Sandstrom, educational studies.

New or recently hired full-time members of Monmouth College’s staff include: Mishelle Banas, academic affairs; Billy Bernard, residential life; Wendy Downing, admissions; Michelle Dutton, personnel; Angeline Harpman, development and college relations; Roger Hess, physical plant; Alicia Marrero, admissions; Teri McDowell Ott, chaplain; Noelle Schriefer, library; Marci Switzer, residential life; and Jan Winbigler, development and college relations.

Marrero, a May graduate of Monmouth College, will join the staff on Aug. 29, and another new employee, Craig Schmidt, will start on Oct. 3, taking a position as senior development officer. Currently employed by his alma mater, Iowa State University, Schmidt serves as director of development for the Iowa State University Foundation. He was the lead fundraiser for the Ag & Biosystems Engineering building project, raising $13.1 million of the $14 million private fundraising goal.

In athletics, the college recently announced the hiring of men’s basketball coach Todd Skrivseth, assistant men’s basketball coach Steve Schweer, men’s and women’s swimming coach Alex de la Pena and women’s tennis coach Kimi Wegner. Also new to the athletic staff are assistant volleyball coach Laura Anton and cheerleading coach Kara Sprecher-Bent.