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The dean is in:

Dr. Jill Koslosky smiles as she makes herself comfortable as LCCC's new dean of students and student life.

New dean to oversee
student experience

Akin to her last name, Dr. Jill Koslosky has unique degrees and skills as well. (“Koslosky” means persistent, tenacious and determined). These traits and her training should serve Laramie County Community College well as this new dean of student services takes charge.

“I have an open door policy and hope lots of students stop by to say “hi” and get to know me,” Koslosky said. “I do this job because I enjoy getting to know students and see them progress and be successful. I am happy to be at LCCC.”

Vice President of Student Services Judy Hay echoed those views. “Her doctoral work and her experience put her at the top of the hiring pool, but she also has the added interest, education and experience in the agriculture world, which are important activity and academic programming areas at LCCC,” she said.

The new dean oversees the needs of student experiences outside of (and sometimes inside of) the classroom. Has something or someone had an adverse impact on a student’s education? Does a student require assistance while part of an athletic team? How are class schedules working in conjunction with sports schedules? Is time management an issue? If so, Koslosky wants to know about them.

New dean an advocate for problem solving

For students new to college life and concerned about living arrangements, a health issue, a learning issue (difficulty or disability), a personal problem, conflict with other students, campus climate, or anything else that can have an effect on a student’s experience, the dean of student services is an advocate for consultation, mediation and problem solving.

LCCC’s approach to student success is based on holistic methodology. “Because involved students are successful students, we look at student participation in campus activities like joining clubs or organizations,” the new dean said.

A member of the Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) and the Association of Student Judicial Affairs as well as being certified in mental health first aid and behavioral intervention teams, Koslosky created a culture of restorative justice for student conduct in her previous position. What does this mean for LCCC?

“The ‘whole picture’ also includes overseeing student conduct--which seems to be a tipping point for some students--if they need to see me for behavior issues. Our primary goal in this area is to learn from the situation and move the student forward instead of using the punitive system in the beginning. The LCCC CARE team tries to remedy situations before they become acute and guide students to available resources. LCCC has the most resourceful behavior interventions to help students be successful than any institution that I have ever seen,” Koslosky said.

Koslosky re-visits her journey to where she is now

Working in higher education for 13 years, she served the last six years as dean of enrollment management and marketing and the vice president of student services at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

From 1995 to 2001 Koslosky earned an associate of arts degree, a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a certificate in professional photography, and a master’s degree in agriculture science.

After taking a break, she completed a doctorate of management in community college administration and policy in December 2012. 

About the impetus for such diversity with her degrees and education Koslosky said: “My degrees are actually more similar than they appear, and they are all tied to education. I have always considered journalism as ‘education on a broad scale.’ My master’s degree is focused on cooperative extension/adult education. The doctorate gave me the administrative background of higher education.”
She said she enjoyed sharing knowledge with others whether it is through writing an article, taking photos, teaching in a classroom, or guiding the hands-on learning during a field trip.

Vice President describes Koslosky as a good fit for LCCC

Vice President Hay said Koslosky is a good fit for LCCC’s vision. “It is a broad-based professional background through both her experience and her educational preparation that fits our efforts to ensure that our students are well-supported,” Hay said. “This focus and understanding of the whole student experience and how our programs and services can contribute to student academic success makes her a fantastic fit with what we are trying to do here.”

As for Koslosky’s views on the LCCC vision, her student-teacher college background, bolstered by a doctorate, position her to move the student services department to the next level. “I already view LCCC as a premiere institution ahead of the curve in the way it views student success, and I’m excited to be a part of the vision,” she said.

Growing up on a sugar beet farm in Western Kansas,Koslosky noted, “I’m very happy when my agriculture background mixes with my passion for education.”

Hay said: “She has done just what I had hoped for: Get up to speed quickly with our programs and people. She has made a trip to watch and get to know our students at the recent stock show in Denver, has begun working with Student Government Association to update our practices and policy for the Student Fee Allocation process, and has already put together a draft operational plan for student life and a budget for 2014-15. At the time, she'd only been here a month!”

With her collection of ceramic horses unpacked, Hay said, “If you haven't met Dr. Koslosky yet, you may not know that she also is a lot of fun, and brings a great sense of humor to work with her every day.”

Jill Koslosky