How long have you been at GCC and what do you do here?
TZOLER: GCC has been a part of my life for over 20 years. Had it not been for the opportunities afforded to me as a student here, I don’t think I would have ended up in education. I have worked at GCC for 15 years, serving as the Student Activities Coordinator, Program Manager of Student Outreach Services, and today, Dean of Student Affairs. In my current role, I provide support and oversight of eight college departments.
What do you wish people knew about your department or division that you think they might not totally understand?
TZOLER: Student engagement and connections outside of our classrooms are critical in a student’s success at our college. This is how many of my team members started their journey at GCC when they were students. Through our various services and programs, we help students find communities of support, create meaningful connections, provide opportunities for campus engagement, and help transition and retain students. Student Affairs programs have a lot of opportunities for faculty and staff to help aid in these connections. We would love for you to join us at these opportunities.
When you think about our movement toward a more student-centered campus, how can the rest of the campus be more supportive of your department/division?
TZOLER: Our team organizes and coordinates many events for student engagement throughout the year. What is critical to the student’s experience is also the connection with colleagues across the college. I would love to see more faculty, staff, and administrators attend and engage with our students at college events. This is where we can make a difference in the student experience. Students are not only looking for peer connection, but they are also eager for mentorship and support. No matter what role we have, or what office we serve in, we have an opportunity and responsibility to make a difference in our students' experience. I would love to see more of us present at student-oriented events and activities. Join us for a volleyball game in the gym or walk Club Rush and say hi to the students. Everything we do matters and is appreciated by students.
TZOLER: Reut truly cares about the student experience and providing the unique opportunity available through the El Vaquero. I was impressed to learn how much time she gives to each student in her classes as they learn and experience the intricacies of publications. Pre-pandemic, she would be on campus past midnight helping students meet deadlines and process the El Vaquero publication. I did not realize how much of the El Vaquero was student work, based on students' interest. This was awesome and impressive to learn, especially since Reut is a one-person department on campus. This speaks volumes to her care and love for GCC and our students. Not everyone would be able to do this as she has.