Amy Hill, the new Director of Campus Activities and Student Orientation, seems to have a type. After four years as an undergraduate at Sewanee: the University of the South, a small liberal arts college in Tennessee, five years in admissions at Sewanee, two years as a graduate student at Bowling Green State University, and 4 1/2 years at Occidental College, Hill started at Colorado College on July 9.
“This job ended up in my email inbox, and it was just kind of fate,” Hill said. “I looked at the job description and showed it to some friends and they all said, ‘That job is made for you. That’s your skill set, and your passion area.’ The more I learned about CC and Colorado Springs, the more I grew to like it. It’s obvious that the sense of place is very strong here and that people feel a strong sense of community and family. Strong commitment to the community involvement and service are also personal values of mine that I hold very highly.”
In her time at CC, Hill has helped execute plans and events that were already in the works before she arrived. Most of the logistics for New Student Orientation had already been planned, but Hill made sure that they all worked out.
Her biggest challenge thus far has been knowing all the answers for events that she did not plan herself. However, Hill says that it all came together well, and she is already looking forward to next year. In the meantime, she has been busy planning other campus events including movie night, laser tag, and LoCCal.
“One of the things we really want to do is have the pulse on what students want and what students feel are lacking and kind of fill in those voids,” Hill said. “That is kind of how LoCCal fest came about this year.”
The idea for LoCCal came from a group of students who wanted to replace Blues & Shoes with a more inclusive campus festival. Hill and the rest of the Residential Life and Campus Activities staff worked with them to bring their idea to reality.
Since she started in July, Hill has been busy with events, all of which seemed to happen at once. RLCA tends to plan more frequent events at the beginning of the year, to provide programming until student organizations are able to get back into their regular activities. “Typical days can be long,” Hill said. “When students are in class, we have a lot of staff meetings, and then in afternoons, I’ve been meeting with students most days.”
So far, Hill has helped student leaders submit space reservation requests and list their events in Summit.
“If students have an idea for an event, they should come by and pitch it to us and see if we can make it a reality,” Hill said. RLCA has open office hours from 12:15–1 p.m. every day. Anyone is welcome to stop by their office in upstairs Worner to talk to the staff about events and event planning.