The Office of Residence life has recently made a new addition to its staff. Crystal Lopez has just been hired as the Assistant Director and she is eager to get the department back on track. Lopez attended Rutgers University in Newark for her undergraduate degree as well as her masters, and has nine years of experience working in Residence Life.
“I think I am transitioning well,” said Lopez about her first weeks on the job. Being at a new institution she is still observing how the department functions, and has yet to face a challenge she cannot overcome. During the semester she plans to learn how Saint Peter’s runs.
“I have to truly assess everything before making a big change,” said Lopez. She is fitting in with the rest of her staff and is already developing relationships with the students.
“I think the students are a lively bunch,” said Lopez after attending the Turkey Bowl event held on campus. The students at Saint Peter’s have made a positive first impression on Lopez with their school pride and dedication to academic success. Lopez is determined to make sure Residence Life works to satisfy the students’ needs, and most important of all keeps them safe.
Regarding past issues with the department, Lopez is keeping a positive attitude. Things can get hectic when a department is missing crucial staff members, so now that all positions are filled again , she believes improvements will be made.
“If students are concerned and there is a way for me to inform them, I will,” said Lopez. She is a firm believer in being as transparent as possible and making sure students are as informed as they can be. The Residence Life department is in the business of customer service and making sure they are attentive to their customers, according to Lopez. Her mission is to make living on campus the best experience possible.
Having only been at Saint Peter’s a few weeks, Lopez is still learning the ropes, but is already excited about being a part of the tight knit community. The University has made a positive first impression on Lopez in the short amount of time that she has been here. Lopez hopes to do the same.
“If there is anything I can do to help a student, I will go to the end of the world to do so,” said Lopez.