Activities director eager to connect with students
Students with a sweet tooth will find Shelby Coxon's office to their liking.
Baker University's new director of student activities has a bowl of sweets to attract people to her office on the main level of Harter Union.
"The candy basket is specifically meant to lure students in to come talk to me," said Coxon, who started July 1 at BU after being the Greek life adviser for two years at Nebraska Wesleyan in Omaha, Neb. "I love being able to work with the students and be right there on a daily basis. To me, that's what keeps me going and keeps me young. I want to be able to give the students what I had. I want to be able to give them a good experience."
Coxon hopes Baldwin residents can experience some of the activities, too.
"Community is extremely important," she said. "It would be nice to see more activities for the community to be involved in and we can reach out a little more and do some things, encouraging members of a community to get to a football game and work more with children."
One of the annual events is the children's hospital community service project. Baker students present plays and skits for children at the hospital.
"This is a new event for us," said Emilee Merry, a member of the Student Activities Council. "In the past we have done various other community service events such as having an angel tree, hosting a canned food drive during homecoming week or working at a soup kitchen."
Such activities are important to college students, Coxon said.
"Building a sense of community, getting students involved and feeling a part of the institution I think is huge," she said. "The classroom is incredibly important, but getting involved on campus and taking ownership is a great learning experience for students."
Coxon wants to challenge the Student Activities Council to come up with creative events.
"In the spring, I will be involved in actually setting up some programs," she said. "I really want to let the students give me some input. I'm really going to rely on them a lot for some history. I want them to have a lot of say in what we do. I don't want to come in and change everything, yet I don't want to do everything the way it was. I want to challenge them and ask them maybe why they continue to do some things and maybe look at things differently."