By Joshua Ostrer
Over Union’s winter break, the administration hired a new Residence Director for College Park, Oluwatomi Abayomi, or Tomi for short.
Abayomi has previous experience at the University of Buffalo, where she worked as both an academic advisor in the Athletics department and as a graduate assistant in the Education Opportunity Program (EOP), helping to run the student center.
Additionally, Tomi played for the University of Buffalo basketball team in her time there as an undergraduate.
Abayomi feels that her two years with the EOP were very similar to her new job as Residence Director.
“What I did there was basically the same, just for a shorter time,” she said.
“I like the small campus feeling, as it provides the opportunity to grow as a professional and gain experience.”
Abayomi’s main goal for her new position centers around students’ personal growth.
She says, “My goal is just to understand the culture first; it’s been a big learning experience and I want to see where I can fit in and then best help students.”
So far, she says the adjustment period to campus has been fairly easy.
“Not anything I couldn’t handle. All the staff has been really supportive and the campus community has offered a lot of support,” said Abayomi.
She has been impressed with the Union student body, but she hopes to help students become increasingly independent.
“Students really are able to work out their issues when given some time,” Abayomi notes.
Abayomi’s office is located on the first floor of College Park and she can be reached via e-mail to answer any questions.
“I just want to thank everybody: faculty, staff, especially students. I didn’t really expect that, [to be welcomed so warmly] but I’m glad that everyone has helped me,” concluded Abayomi.