Posted on: April 26, 2013
Thompson Rivers University has hired a university enrolment expert and a librarian with influence in three countries to fill key, currently vacant positions.
Angelique Saweczko will start July 1, 2013 in the role that streamlines two critical positions relating to student recruitment, admissions and engagement; Associate Vice-President Strategic Enrolment and University Registrar. She brings more than 16 years of post secondary experience to the position, including experience with the University of Regina and York University..
Brenda Mathenia will start July 1, 2013 in the role of University Librarian and is filling a position vacant due to the retirement of long-time University Librarian Nancy Levesque. Mathenia brings 15 years of working in academic libraries including, most recently, the University of Lethbridge, where she was Associate University Librarian.
See below for a backgrounder on each.
“We’re excited to have filled these two key positions with such highly-qualified professionals, with stellar reputations in their field and in the post-secondary sector,” said TRU President, Dr. Alan Shaver.
“Each brings a breadth of experience that will benefit students, faculty, staff and even the general Kamloops community and region.”
TRU Vice-President, Advancement
Ms. Sawczko has been in the field of higher education for more than 16 years. Her expertise spans a number of areas including admissions, recruitment, student awards and financial aid, student engagement and retention, registration, policy development and governance at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
“TRU is a university unlike any other. It has maintained its traditional roots while developing innovative opportunities for students to learn and engage locally, nationally and globally,” Saweczko said.
“I look forward to working with the campus community to support the university vision and further enhance the student experience.”
Ms. Saweczko has been invited to speak at numerous conferences across Canada and the US on various projects/initiatives such as Aboriginal student success, marketing financial aid and utilizing technology to improve service to students and improve administrative efficiencies.
Saweczko completed her Masters of Education in Post Secondary Studies from Memorial University, and holds a Specialized Honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University. Since 2010, she has held the position of Treasurer/Secretary for the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada, and is a member of registrar associations representing Western Canada (WARUCC), Canada (CAUCUS), the Pacific region (PACRAO), the United States (AACRAO), as well as the Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
In her 15 years of working in academic libraries, Ms. Mathenia’s career has extended to many diverse areas including public service and instruction, collection development and management, facilities and access services management, and over seven years of direct library administrative experience.
“I am looking forward to working with an engaged and enthusiastic community at an institution that offers such a great array of educational choice. The fact that TRU offers traditional academic programs, supports the trades, and is playing a key role in the “open university” initiatives in Canada provides immense interest, challenge and opportunity for me as University Librarian,” Mathenia said.
“I’m excited to play my part in student success at TRU through leadership of, and support for, library staff and University priorities.”
Ms. Mathenia serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Alberta Library (TAL), the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) and as a representative to the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN).
As well, she is involved with professional organizations in three countries and has served at national, regional, and local levels. She presents regularly and publishes within professional and academic journals.
Ms. Mathenia holds a Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Urban Planning from Michigan State University.