Student Connection with Engagement Fellow

Contact Info

Bronwyn Neal

Bronwyn Neal is from Colonial Beach Virginia. She graduated with a BA in both Psychology and Communication Studies. Throughout her time at JMU she was heavily involved on campus. She was fortunate enough to be a FrOG at the beginning of last year and as well as have the opportunity to guide and amazing group of women through the formal recruitment process as a Rho Gamma. In addition, she was a member and held a position for both Alpha Sigma Alpha and Phi Sigma Pi. Finally, Bronwyn had the pleasure of working with students as a psychology of learning TA and learned from amazing leaders and role models as a communication studies research assistant. She is most excited to continue to make my mark on this campus. As a fellow, she looks forward to the ability to connect further with students, as well as the Harrisonburg community. She is working to create a JMU experience that is full of a wide array of engagement, on and off campus.


The Position

Bronwyn works to be the bridge between students and the administration here on campus. Much of her duties include actively seeking out opportunities to connect with students and learn more about their engagement experience at JMU. She has begun “Coffee Breaks”, an initiative to have meaningful conversations with students over a cup of coffee, and use information collected from these conversations to impact university planning. The fellow has also begun setting the groundwork for “engagement hubs”, one stop shops for student engagement news and opportunities across campus. The fellow sits in on important engagement related committees and meetings across campus, acting as the student perspective and keeping up to date on all engagement related news and initiatives across the university. Throughout this position, she is developing and implementing a strategic communications plan the targets students, beginning with a student body-wide engagement newsletter. This communication plan is intended to lay the groundwork for future fellows to improve the JMU student connection with engagement. 


Primary Fellowship Responsibilities

  • The fellow aids the university in expanding its effectiveness in communicating with students about engagement opportunities
  • The fellow understands both students and student affairs, and acts as a bridge between the two to strategically encourge more students take advantage of the learning afforded by engagement opportunities
  • The fellow sees the year as personally and professionally fulfilling - citing it as very enjoyable and valuable  
The Student Connection with Engagement Fellow must:
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the university mission and vision statement, as well as strategic plan.
  • Have effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Be willing to learn and actively seek out engagement opportunities available to students.
  • Have experience with project management.
  • Have knowledge of the JMU student culture.
  • The fellow should see the service year as personally and professionally fulfilling

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