Feature Story

Welcome New Employees

Daniel Turgeon is a new officer in Campus Safety & Security. He comes to us from Garda World, a security services company, where he was an armed and armored officer. Daniel is a Charlotte native and lives in Harrisburg with his wife who is a cosmetologist. His first day on the job was Mon, Oct 21, and he is being trained to work in dispatch and on patrol.

Welcome back to Claude Louis, our new assistant men’s basketball coach. (He previously served as an assistant under former head coach Jim Casciano.) The Irvington, NJ, native also works as a customer service representative at American Airlines. Claude has an associate degree in sport management from Union County College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University Maine at Presque Isle. His duties include recruiting and coordinating team meetings, practices and study halls.

Mathew Ford is our new assistant men’s soccer coach. A native of Wellington, England, he coached in England with Arenal Soccer Schools and was a head coach with Somerset FA Girls Centre of Excellence. He was also involved with the English Football Association, being awarded National Young Coach of the Year. Mathew was selected to travel to Rwanda to educate local coaches and make a difference through a shared love for the game. In addition to his work at JWU, he is also the youth academy boys director at Charlotte Soccer Academy. He also has roles with the NC Olympic Development program.

From Rags to Riches - An Entrepreneur Tells Students to Think Big

Students shared a fascinating discussion with Brian Hamilton, entrepreneuer and philanthropist, during the College of Business Executive Speakers Series. From his childhood of poverty to becoming a multi-millionaire. Melinda Law, communications & media relations director, captured quotes and student reactions.

Read Melinda’s blog here.

Faculty Development & Showcase

Friday, Oct 11
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Posters will showcase their talent, publications, or research. The session will allow faculty to browse, ask questions and share opinions and advice about qualitative research, publication and curriculum development. In-service learning is an important part of the JWU community. By showcasing the scholarly activities they are engaged in outside the classroom, our faculty is building, maintaining and improving our educational environment. You are invited to drop in and view and discuss their work.


Welcome New Employees

Welcome New Employees

Keyana Shyrier (right) is new associate director of community standards & conduct. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the Student Code of Conduct, including the conduct review process outlined in the JWU Student Handbook. Keyana will also be responsible for developing and implementing educational initiatives and programs to build an engaging and inclusive JWU campus for all students. She comes to JWU from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro where she worked in Housing and Residence Life. She received a master’s degree in adult education, with an emphasis in higher education administration and leadership studies, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina A&T State University. Keyana is a doctoral student at UNC-Greensboro and is enrolled in the educational studies program with an emphasis in higher education administration.

Hannah Oxendine (bottom left), a Charlotte native, is the new administrative assistant for the Center for Academic Support and the College of Hospitality Management. Hannah comes to us from Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden where she worked as a guest services representative. Hannah was also an intern with Communities in Schools last year at West Meck High School, where her mother and grandparents graduated! She has a Bachelor of Social Work from UNC-Charlotte, and is currently working on her master’s degree in counseling, with a concentration in school counseling, via NC State University’s online program.

Raymond Obertautsch (bottom right) is our new project manager with CMTI. He transferred from Kissimmee, Fla., to the Charlotte office to fulfill his role at JWU. Raymond and his CMTI team are responsible for maintaining the Academic Center, Cedar Halls, Wildcat Center, and City View Towers. Please route service requests via School Dude or Charlottehousekeeping@jwu.edu. (Gateway Village and Gateway Center are cleaned by UMC. For cleaning assistance in those areas please use School Dude or contact Glenn Hamilton.) Raymond is currently commuting from Greenville, S.C., where his daughter’s family lives, so he is enjoying time with his young grandson and granddaughter while he looks for permanent housing in Charlotte. His wife works at Disney and plans to move to Charlotte in a few months.