A day in the life of Assistant Director of East Campus and Outdoor Programs Angela Veatch is always different. East Campus is always hosting programs for students and giving people a positive outdoor experience. With the help of student staff workers and all the East Campus staff they help everyone there to expand their knowledge.
“My day is typically dictated by what events are going on at East Campus,” said Veatch. “If there are external groups, groups of the community, I am usually working with our student facilitators assisting them in developing the programs, if we are hosting some of the PEAC or PEPC classes, like Outdoor Adventure then I might be working with the graduate fellows and students supporting their courses.”
As the seasons change, Veatch’s focus of her tasks also changes. In the fall, the majority of her focus is aimed towards supporting challenge-course programs. In the spring, her focus shifts to Camp Massasoit preparations and Outdoor Pursuits, which is an elective students can take. As the summer rolls around, though, all of her time and energy is focused toward Camp Massasoit.
This job calls for a lot of interaction with a variety of people. Veatch interacts with people over the summer all the time because at least 200 campers and staff members surround her daily . In the fall and spring, she interacts with people a fair amount between the challenge course groups and staff members, as well as working with Outdoor Pursuits and student staff. Aside from being the Assistant Director of East Campus and Outdoor Programs, she also teaches a few courses, so she is constantly interacting with undergraduate and graduate students.
Something that not many people know about her job requirements is that she is involved in the software development for Camp Massasoit. This task includes creating the registration process that families utilize when enrolling their child for the camp. She also manages the website and social media, keeping the websites active and up to date as the seasons change. Also, she works with the Office Development to raise money for improvements at East Campus.
Veatch is a dedicated worker and an essential member of the Springfield College community. She is vital to East Campus and has been a dedicated [J3] part of the staff since 2004 when she started graduate school at Springfield College. Not only does Veatch act as East Campus graduate fellow, but she is also a member of AmeriCorps.
“We serve roughly 5500 users annually and with only two full time staff members here at East Campus, we are extremely reliant on our dedicated student staff,” said Veatch. “We feel that if it wasn’t for their time, dedication and commitment to our mission we wouldn’t be able to provide 99% of our programming or have the reputation out in the community that we do.”