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Cherished Assistant Dean of Students Returns after a Year Abroad

Byline: by Shin Young Lee

Posted: January 16, 2012

Rebecca Hammell, Asst. Dean of Students, returned after a year spent in England. For freshmen students, her name is unfamiliar but she is well known to upperclassmen.

Rebecca Hammell, Asst. Dean of Students, returned after a year spent in England. For freshmen students, her name is unfamiliar but she is well known to upperclassmen.

Hammel on campus

Despite not knowing her name, freshmen may recognize her from orientation week. Hammel is not only responsible for planning orientation activities but is the advisor of the Campus Activity Board (CAB) and Wilson College Government Association (WCGA).

“My job consists of assisting the dean of students with any special projects or tasks that she has for me. I sometimes do programs and activities from my office,” says Hammell.

A year in England

Hammell spent one year on a leave of absence from Wilson to be with her husband, who is teaching in England for two years.

“The opportunity to live abroad is one that not everyone gets to experience, and I was fortunate that Wilson gave me a year to spend time with my husband.”

In addition, she traveled to Norway, the Netherlands, France, Scotland and Ireland.

Reformation in Britain J-term course

This trip also provided material for developing the J-term course, “The Reformation in Britain,” that Hammell and Chaplain Rosie Magee have planned. This course is for students interested in both study and travel.

“Even though she didn’t need to give her time to send information about England, she did it for Wilson students. For planning this course, she gave a lot of information,” says Magee.

Eleven students are currently enrolled to study at Wilson during two weeks in January and then will continue the course in Britain with Magee and Hammell.

Hammell added her advice to freshmen, “I’ve been working with first-year students for the past 15 years, so I always have a lot of advice! Study hard; ask questions in class; visit your professors during office hours to get help when you need it; find at least one co-curricular activity that you love; learn to edit your work ruthlessly and use the writing center if you need help; visit the Academic Support Center at least once every year” and the most important thing, she said, “Have fun.”

Last Updated: January 16, 2012

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