College Student Affairs Leadership
All Spotlights » Lisa Ortiz - CSAL Success Story
Lisa graduated from the CSAL program in 2002. That summer, she worked at Hope College as the Residence Life Coordinator for 3 years, then moved to Earlham College for 3 years serving as the Assistant Director of Residence Life. She is currently working at Ferris State University as the Assistant Director of Residential Programs and Services. We had a chance to speak with Lisa when she came back to GVSU to speak at one of our CSAL Professional Development meetings. She told us "the program gave me the opportunity to have a large range of experiences to add to my professional portfolio. I experienced everything from programming to facilities management to advising. GVSU provided me with many different professional opportunities and really cared about my development as a graduate student. The classes did a great job of taking theory to practice and prepared me to enter the field successfully." The Greater Grand Rapids area also provided diversity in experiences. "The city was open for exploring and provided many different experiences to take advantage of; from museums to zoos to cultural events. All your basic needs are met with new experiences that are waiting within a few minute drive (or bus ride) away." Lisa credits GVSU for providing a great foundation of theory and skills to be a success in the positions she has held. "My graduate assistantship was in student life, but my professional experience is in Residence Life. The skills that I learned in the classroom and in my assistantship provided me with tangible, transferable skills that made me successful in my current area of Residence Life. This foundation is apparent in the daily work that I do and will continue as I look on to a doctoral degree and my future in student affairs."