Assistant coordinator named interim student life director

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Emily Kahanek

Emily Kahanek

Student life events will continue as planned.

By FAITH DUARTE

fduarte3@student.alamo.edu 

Emily Kahanek, assistant coordinator of special projects, has been appointed interim director of student life while the college begins the process of filling the position, Dr. Robert Vela, vice president of academic and student success, said Wednesday.

Vela said the director of student life position would be posted internally before looking for potential employees outside of the college.

The college’s executive team would need to approve the position before giving it to human resources before posting it, he said.

“Every position must be vetted through our college executive team before we can submit it for posting,” he said.

The executive team will more than likely begin the process the week of Nov. 25 and “will probably take a few weeks after that to get it posted.”

The position of student life director is vacant because the employment of Jorge Posadas, the director since 2006, ended Nov 9. College officials will not comment on the reasons for Posadas’ departure.

Kahanek said Thursday in an interview that she was hired in March 2011 as service learning coordinator for the office of civic engagement, which operates under the office of student life.

She said she will continue to work as a coordinator while serving as interim director of student life.

One event Kahanek organizes includes the OxFam hunger banquet, which takes place once a semester. Students draw cards representing different income classes and are provided with meals depending on the cards they draw.

There will be no interruption of student life events, Kahanek said. She said student life will “continue to provide excellent programming for our students and making sure that we have a continuous stream of great events.”

Kananek came to the college in February 2009 for the college Alumni Association coordinator after having been a senior public relations coordinator for H-E-B Grocery Co. She resigned in September 2009 to pursue a master’s degree in education at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

For more information, call the office of student life at 210-486-0125.

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