This academic year has brought some new names (and familiar ones, too) to high profile positions on campus. Here’s your new people primer.
When Monica Augustin took over as registrar on July 17, she didn’t have to implement a new information system as she did at her last three jobs, including her most recent at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where she was registrar for seven years. However, she did have to learn a new system herself, which she considered a positive aspect of the job. “Coming here is a new experience for me. I love new experiences. It’s all about learning,” she says.
She had about two months to master the system before students arrived for the fall quarter. “With the quarter system, things turn over so rapidly, it’s like Groundhog Day—every 10 weeks, you’re starting over again!” she says with a good-natured laugh.
In her trek up the learning curve, she has already begun thinking of ways to improve things. “My personal goals are to make operations as seamless as possible. To grab other applications that are included in the tool that we’re using, enhance them, and roll them out to the community,” she explains.
She was drawn to SCU because of the strong tech support she felt she would be given in the position, the pleasant co-workers, the beautiful campus, and its proximity to her family in the Oakland area, where she was born.
Although Augustin loves most new experiences, she admits there’s at least one old experience she could do without. “I loathe flying, although I do. I take Amtrak. I’ve taken the California Zephyr six or seven times cross-country to Chicago. Then you pick up the Lakeshore Limited,” she says. “I read on the train. I have a sleeping car. I meet people who are traveling. I love it!”