Message from Director of Off-Campus & Commuter Communities, TiRease Holmes
I am delighted to be back in my hometown of the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection… Philadelphia serving in the role of Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Communities. I work with students and neighbors in the area adjacent to the University where students are heavily populated as well as traditional commuter students who commute from family homes. I manage programs that provide support to Off-Campus and commuter students, permanent community residents, and the University. These programs are aimed at improving students and residents experience at La Salle University. I enjoy educating, advocating and serving as a resource for these populations. I also hold students accountable to the University’s Off-Campus Behavioral policies.
I was attracted to La Salle because of the commitment to the students, the holistic experience, the rich resources of the University and surrounding areas, the culture and diversity in the city, and the familiar scenery. I look forward to working with and engaging the many different internal and external constituents that I will have the opportunity to work with in this position.
I am honored to be a part of your journey here at La Salle University. My name is Holly Orr, and I am the Commuter Student Services Coordinator, having rejoined the La Salle family in Fall 2014. I am originally from NJ, and have always loved Philadelphia and all that it has to offer. I am an alumni of La Salle University, class of 2011, and couldn’t be more proud to be an Explorer! After graduating, I went on to earn a Master’s degree in Counseling in Educational Settings and worked in Residence Life at two universities before deciding it was time to come back to La Salle as a professional staff member and bring what I have learned to this campus. My biggest goal is to help commuter students succeed and have a fulfilling experience here at La Salle.
Through resource sharing, advocacy efforts, programming, and supervision of our awesome Community Connectors, I hope to make a positive impact on our students and help create their home away from home. My biggest wish for every La Salle student is that you have opportunities that will help you achieve your goals and make incredible memories during your unique college experience. Good luck in all that you do, and please stop by and say hello! My door on the lower level of the Union is always open to talk about your experience, collaborate on ideas, and support you!
Message from Off-Campus Community Coordinator, Kendrell Edwards
It is great to be here at La Salle University! My name is Kendrell Edwards and I am the new member of the Community Development family, serving as the Off- Campus Community Coordinator here at La Salle University, and I am excited to meet and interact with many of you. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland and proud Baltimore Ravens fan; I graduated from Penn State University with my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and my Masters of Arts degree in Community Psychology and Social Change.
Prior to coming to La Salle University I worked as a Resident Hall Director (RHD) for Coppin State University, and before that an Assistant Coordinator of Residence Life at Penn State Harrisburg. Although a lot of my job functions at these previous institutions dealt with on-campus students, I created programming that was geared towards our off-campus students as well. This means providing the “off campus experience” these trips including: bowling, go-kart racing, paint balling, movie, and dinner theaters just to name a few.
As the OCCC my role is to be an advocate for my off-campus student body, but also provide education as to how they have an impact on our local community members. Programming through C.A.O.S, which I advise, and walking through the community are just some ways I plan on being integrated into our community. I look forward to meeting with many of you soon! #TEAMLASALLE
Hi Everyone, my name is Cody Swan and I’m a junior marketing major with minors in Public Relations and Leadership & Global Understanding. I grew up in a small town outside of Scranton, PA, and fell in love with Philadelphia’s culture and diversity the minute I came to La Salle. As an advocate of La Salle’s missionand of the LGU program, I feel strongly about my responsibility towards civic engagement. I’m looking forward to working with Community Development as an Off-Campus Advocate with much enthusiasm, and I think that we can turn the infiltration of students upon Olney into a source of development and growth for all involved parties, including La Salle, local businesses, and long-time residents of the neighborhood.
My name is Elise Corbett, and I am a sophomore communication major and Leadership and Global Understanding minor here at La Salle. I am both honored and thrilled to be working with Community Development as an Off-Campus Advocate. By becoming involved in many different programs my freshman year, such as SGA and the Habitat for Humanity service trip, I developed a deep love for La Salle very early on. My aim as an Off-Campus Advocate is to help foster the pride that I have for La Salle and spread it to the off-campus community and the surrounding neighbors.