Meet a Tiger: Paige Zoltewicz
Move-In Weekend takes a year to plan. The long hours, coordination and detail is important because it means a smooth transition for students who leave the familiar comfort of their parents’ homes for a new and unfamiliar campus environment.
This Tiger, her team and more than 1,500 volunteers work diligently to ease the transition to that new campus environment. She’s seen it all – the bear hugs parents give to their children, because they realize their babies are now young adults. The younger siblings who cling to their older brother or sister who have been with them all their lives. It’s an emotional time, mixed with sadness, excitement and anticipation – and a milestone in students’ lives.
That insight propels this Tiger and her team. Because at the end of the weekend, when the final dorm room door has closed, she knows it was all worth it.
Meet Paige Zoltewicz.
Title: Customer relations, University Housing & Dining, Division of Student Affairs
Years at Clemson: 2.5
What I do at Clemson: I work in customer relations with University Housing & Dining. It’s a great feeling because I have the pleasure of working with families and students who live in our residence halls, apartments and those that dine with us. I recruit and coordinate more than 1,500 people, who have the important job of assisting our first-year students as they make their move to the university. In addition, I am part of the Student Affairs professional development committee and a chairperson for the Student Affairs synergy conference.
At this time of year, you’d think we hear a lot from students – which we do. But we hear a lot more from their parents. While this time of year is certainly about students, it’s also our chance to be good ambassadors to parents. They are entrusting their children to us. Parents are excited and want to make sure that their child will have everything he or she needs to be successful at Clemson.
What I love about Clemson: My father graduated from Clemson in 1955, so the university has been part of me my entire life. We moved around quite a bit, but we always took a piece of Clemson with us. I think that’s what I love most. Clemson is not only a college, it is a community that is shared wherever you go. The world knows Clemson University and those beloved Tiger paws.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: My proudest accomplishments are my two children, Tyler is 22 years old and works at Ford. Valerie is 19 years old and works at Gold’s Gym while going to school full time. They are my biggest fans and I am theirs. Lucky me!
Where I see myself in five years: I am starting graduate school this fall where I will pursue my masters in Human Resource Development. Five years remains a mystery, but I am excited to see what opportunities arise once I’ve graduated. I want the opportunity to grow professionally and personally. Clemson has given me the opportunity to continue my education and I am very grateful.
Last thing I watched on TV: The last thing I watched on television was American Ninja Warrior. The athleticism and perseverance of each contestant is amazing.
One thing that people don’t know about you: I have never seen the Wizard of Oz.
What does it take to coordinate an event like move-in weekend? It’s an “All In” approach from so many people, departments and organizations. Planning begins a year in advance to coordinate all of the facets necessary to be successful. We all work hard to make Move-In an exciting time for students, parents, faculty and staff.
Here’s how to volunteer: We’re still accepting volunteers to help with Move-In Weekend. Just visit http://signup.com/go/tzVtHe to register. If you have someone who is under the age of 18 and wants to volunteer, they are not allowed to select the box to sign the waiver. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a parent waiver form to be signed by the parent.
Volunteers will be available from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19 to help unload vehicles, carry boxes and direct you to parking. Move-In volunteers will be specifically identified with Clemson Home wristbands and easy for you to spot. Also, look for volunteers wearing orange shirts featuring our new volunteer tagline, “You Bring It. We’ll Move It.” This year’s t-shirt will also feature the Bryan Mall/Horseshoe community.
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