Welcome to New North Park Activities Coordinator

On August 12, 2014 by Grad Forum

perry_thumbnailThe Graduate Studies Office welcomes the new North Park Activities Coordinator, Perry Scheetz. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Scheetz now works with Professor David Glueck in the Department of Chemistry where she studies rhodium complexes and phosphine ligands. She will be entering her second year of the PhD program this fall.

For those unfamiliar with North Park, this community offers incoming graduate students a place to live among other first-year graduate students on campus. A student may choose to live with three other roommates in a suite-style apartment, or by him or herself in a studio or one bedroom apartment. As the new NPAC, Scheetz will work to foster a sense of community within North Park, and help first-year students acclimate to graduate school. She hopes to encourage interdisciplinary interactions between the students by hosting a variety of social events in coordination with the Graduate Student Council. The first official event will be a wine and cheese mixer on September 13. Be on the lookout for other smaller events that will be held in August. North Park events are open to all graduate students, regardless of whether or not students live in North Park. Everyone is invited to attend!

After working for three years as a live-in peer counselor at her undergraduate institution, Bard College, and then as a resident assistant for the Boston Ballet the summer after her graduation, Scheetz is no stranger to the residential life community. When asked what she enjoys about this type of resident assistant work, she states, “I enjoy planning events that people want to attend and that encourage people to mingle among strangers as well as friends.” Reflecting on Dartmouth’s graduate student culture, Scheetz went on to say, “I think it can be hard for graduate students to leave their work and their departments, but I think if they do, they’ll be happy that they spent some time outside of work, and will ultimately be more productive as a result.”

With that in mind, please feel free to get in touch with Scheetz if there are any events that you would like to see organized this year. Additionally, if you would like to help host an event, or if you have ideas to improve past events, please contact Scheetz via email.

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