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A look at the Office of Student Involvement: Assistant director strives for student growth

Shelby Coxon, assistant director in the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), has been at UMKC for five years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in higher education administration.

She supervises several coordinators, oversees Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and serves on various committees and special projects. Although her role with students primarily involves Greek organizations, she said she has an open-door policy and will try to assist any student who seeks help.

“We have such great students here who are all different in their own way,” she said. “Our students are doing so many amazing things and I love seeing them develop as individuals and leaders over their time here. I’ve now been here long enough to see students from freshman year through graduation and it is a great experience.”

Coxon said that although many students utilize the OSI, there could always be more.

“We have so many activities and ways for students to engage with their campus and fellow students,” she said. “Also something very important to note is almost every event through our office is free if you are a UMKC student.”

Coxon also thinks the OSI is a great place to work.

“Our office is always buzzing,” she said. “No day is ever the same and there are always students in and out of the office. This is an aspect of my job I really enjoy – students come by daily to talk to me about ideas they have for events and projects or just simply to say hello and tell me how their day is going. I would consider this an environment filled with very creative, energetic people who really want to see our students succeed and will go above and beyond to do that.”

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is currently developing a strategic plan in order to progress the fraternity and sorority community at UMKC. Such developments are not uncommon in the OSI.

“As an office we are always collaborating with each other as well as other campus offices to find new and innovative ways to improve campus vibrancy,” Coxon said. “For example, I have currently created a committee of students and student athletes as well as representatives from UMKC Athletics to brainstorm and collaborate on ways we can increase participation and sporting events and increase school spirit.”

Coxon encourages students to make the most of their collegiate years.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be by holding an office in a club or organization,” she said. “Attend an event hosted by the Activity and Program Council, go to a sporting event, or get involved in activities in the Residence Halls. Your college career is what you make of it, so make it great.”

mheiman@unews.com

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