WMU News

New coordinator named to oversee orientation

April 25, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University has named alumna Adrienne L. (Bradley) MacKenzie of Kalamazoo as coordinator of orientation in the Office of Admissions and Orientation, effective Jan. 13.

Prior to the appointment, MacKenzie had been an assistant director in the Office of Admissions and Orientation since 1996. She replaces Christopher W. Tremblay, who is now director of admissions at Gannon University in Erie, Pa.

Orientation is designed to prepare students for their transition from high school to college. WMU's program, which has won numerous national awards, serves some 4,500 first-year students each summer and features more than a dozen two-day sessions as well as special sessions for parents and transfer students.

As coordinator, MacKenzie develops, implements and evaluates the annual orientation program; supervises about 40 student staff members; and serves as a liaison with various WMU offices to ensure smooth integration of programming.

In her previous admissions and orientation post, she was responsible for recruiting high school and transfer students from five West Michigan counties and served as all-staff training and development specialist for the office. She also served for four years as parent orientation program coordinator and spent two years each coordinating the Cultural Diversity Scholarship Program and providing assistance to both the freshman orientation and Student Tele-counseling programs.

While a graduate student at WMU, MacKenzie was programming assistant for the Office of Student Life from 1994 to 1996. Her duties included serving as Campus Activities Board advisor and coordinating the student-life aspects of such major annual University events and activities as ComUniverCity Night, International Festival, homecoming, Bronco Bash and the Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities program.

MacKenzie, a "Who's Who" honoree herself in 1994-95, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1993 and a master's degree in human resources and development from WMU in 1995. She is a member of the National Association for Admission Counselors and its Michigan affiliate, for which she has just completed a two-year term as treasurer. Her community service activities include two stints as a team leader for the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Awareness walkathon in Kalamazoo.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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