Peter Fourlaris: “Tell the reader about your role at Concordia, you’re the Dean of Students and also a counseling psychologist, what do both of those titles mean?”
Dr. Barbara Van Ingen: The Dean of Students role oversees all of the non-academic roles for students on campus, that includes a wide range of things from athletics, residence, accommodation services, career services, and counseling services. Plus I’m responsible for the student code of conduct, I advise students on their rights and responsibilities for their behavior on campus. I get to support students in a counseling relationship through whatever issues they may be dealing with.
PF: “What is your favorite part of your job?”
BVI: “The students, absolutely the students, there’s long days and a lot of work to be done, but for me the relationships I get to build with the students and the impact Concordia has on their life and the impact they will have on the world. To have some part in their educational experience is huge for me.”
PF: “What is the most stressful part of your job?”
BVI: “Part of my responsibility is with Concordia’s behavioral report and responsibility team, and sometimes we get reports from anyone that is on the campus community. I feel a huge sense of responsibility in ensuring the safety of Concordia students.
PF: “How many years have you been working at Concordia?”
BVI: “Fourteen and I’ll be here until 2040 when I retire!”
PF: “What is the most strange or funny thing that you have seen on campus?”
BVI: “I have seen many strange or funny things, but I’d say the funny things I enjoy seeing are student activities and events, like last year when the bouncy castle was here and seeing students on that, or at open mike night, or at the pep-rallies for athletics. Seeing those funny times when the campus gets together are the most rewarding to me.
PF: “What is your favorite hobby or activity away from work?”
BVI: I have to go to the gym it is my stress reliever. I used to compete in Olympic weightlifting. I still love to go to the gym and lift weights. Otherwise I still love to read a good book, especially mysteries or autobiographies.
PF: “Do you have any advice for students entering their first year?”
BVI: Academics of course are important, but so are the co-curricular things. So get involved to get the most out of your university experience.
Thank you very much Dr. Barbara van Ingen for a great interview, and great advice. I hope this article can show everyone what a wonderful and interesting individual you are.
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