Funk Named to New Campus Activities Position at UA
August 5, 2003 - Filed under: Uncategorized
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Rick Funk has been named director of campus activities at The University of Alabama. Dr. Kathleen Cramer, interim vice president for student affairs, and Dr. Roger Thompson, assistant vice president for enrollment management, made the announcement today.
In his new position, Funk will report jointly to Molly Lawrence, director of administrative services in the Office of Student Affairs, and Mary Spiegel, director of undergraduate admissions. He will be responsible for coordinating numerous campuswide programs and events for student recruitment and retention.
“Recruiting excellent incoming students and retention of our current students are top priorities for both Admissions and Student Affairs,” Cramer said. “We feel that both these areas will benefit from the support of this new position, and Rick is well qualified to take on this new role.”
Thompson noted that Funk brings 25 years experience in working with students to the position. “Rick’s managerial skills combined with his long-time experience in student affairs and his familiarity with the University will be great assets, and we look forward to working with him,” Thompson said.
Among Funk’s responsibilities will be coordination of Homecoming activities, Kickoff on the Quad, Family Weekend and Honors Week. He will also help recruit for high school conferences on campus.
Funk served most recently as associate dean of students at UA. He joined the University as associate director of the Office of Student Life in 1996 and was named associate dean in 1999. Prior to joining UA, Funk spent 12 years at Penn State, including six years as coordinator of Greek life and four years as assistant director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. He also spent four years in the Office of Student Activities at Texas Christian University.
The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.
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