By Brittany Davenport
He’s the man behind the scenes, making things happen on campus. He helped bring Emerson Drive and the coin challenge to campus, and he said he’s not done yet.Lonnie Scott started working as the assistant director of student involvement and leadership this year.
Scott said he was confident about coming to Eastern. With all the energy and knowledge on campus, he knew it was the right place for him. And the ability to produce new programs was a major deciding factor as well, he said.
Before coming to Eastern, Scott completed his undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University where he worked in the leadership program. After he graduated, Scott worked at SUNY-Maritime College in New York, overseeing housing and resident life as the assistant director of Student Programs.
Brandee Petrey, director of student involvement and leadership, said Scott is good for the university, too.
“It is very important in the Office of Student Life that we function as a team,” Petrey said.”When Lonnie joined our team, it was a perfect fit.”
Petrey said Scott’s job at Eastern involves focusing on student activities and student organization development.
“My goal for him, as a new employee, was to expand activities and events on campus and refine our RSO system,” Petrey said. “His creativity and energy has helped him to meet his student activities goal. He is continuing to work through refining the RSO system.”
Under Scott’s direction, Student Life brought its first concert to campus this semester with Emerson Drive.
Scott said the goal behind the Emerson Drive concert was to give Student Life the opportunity to work on a large-scale show and allow the organization to experience the process of working with a nationally touring act.
“I also wanted to gain exposure for Student Life, Campus Rec. and University Housing, while providing a great night of entertainment for students,” Scott said. “Major shows like that are a lot of work, but have a huge payoff in the end when they go successfully and show the department and university in such a positive light.”
But Scott said students are his biggest motivation.
“The more smiling faces I see in a crowd, the more rewarding my job is,” he said.
As for his creativity, Scott said he draws a lot of inspiration from his previous supervisor.
“She always challenged me to come up with new ideas that students would enjoy,” Scott said.
Petrey said she took notice of this.
“I think his creativity, enthusiasm and positive attitude make him good at his job. It is obvious that he loves working with students, and it shows in his work,” she said. Scott said he thinks his age helps him on the job.
He said being younger helps him connect with students.
Lindsay Greenwell, associate director of student involvement and leadership, said she admires his work.
“He has an idea and follows it through to the end,” Greenwell said. “Having another staff member in the office who is passionate about student involvement works out well, not only for our office, but for our students as well.