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A conversation with Christina Mastrangelo

Sean Hobson

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: News
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Christina Mastrangelo (center) with two students at 2009's Case Leads.
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Christina Mastrangelo (center) with two students at 2009's Case Leads.
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Sean M. Hobson: Congratulations, you were recently awarded the "region's most outstanding new professional" award. Tell me about the award and your feelings about receiving it.

Christina Mastrangelo: Thank you. The award was given by the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and is in recognition of young professionals who have made outstanding contributions to their campus and university's student life. I was both surprised and humbled when I found out I would be this year's recipient. I really wasn't expecting it because there are just so many people doing great things on this campus, and I didn't think I'd be picked over them. Receiving this award is very motivating and makes me feel that what I'm doing is right, and that I'm making the difference that I hoped to make when I went into this profession.

SMH: Tell me more about your profession and your position here at Case Western Reserve University.

CM: I am assistant director of the Student Activities and Leadership Center here at Case. I really take up the leadership portion of the title of our office. I am the project manager for all of the center's leadership initiatives. I direct the Emerging Leaders Program, advise the Student Leadership Journey council, coordinate the Women in Leadership (WIL) power leadership summit for upper-class students, and I'm a committee member for both the Second Year Institute (SYI), and Women In Leadership Week. I see my role as not only creating programs, but being a clearinghouse for students. I hope to help navigate them in the direction that they're interested in being a leader in.

SMH: How did you get into leadership?

CM: I did my undergrad at the University of Rhode Island double majoring in communication studies and history. I was also heavily involved with Greek life and was president of the Panhellenic council. My school also offered a leadership studies minor, and it was while doing this minor and getting involved on campus that I realized that helping students develop their leadership ability was actually a profession. People go to school for this. You don't really think of higher education as occupational option until you're there. And I've always seen myself helping people or teaching in some degree. So, for me, working on cultivating leadership abilities in college students makes me feel like I'm doing a little of both.
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