HAVERFORD WELCOMES NEW STAFF
As Haverford’s endowment grows, so does the group of people who manage it. Formerly the domain of Vice President for Finance G. Richard Wynn, endowment management has now become the purview of Michael Casel, Haverford’s new Assistant Vice President for Finance.
The Swarthmore alumnus and Atlantic City native comes to Haverford after a decade as an investment advisor. At Haverford, most of Casel’s work is similar to what he did in the corporate world: researching and analyzing investments. “What’s different is that this is an institutional setting, so it has institutional investments like private equities and alternative investments as opposed to your standard stocks and bonds.”
Moving from private investment advising to an institutional setting “has been great” for Casel. “The people are great, the setting is great, the work is interesting, the endowment investments are interesting. It’s a different atmosphere than a corporate setting – it’s much more of a community.”
Casel is now the man to go to with endowment questions. “My goal is to be the key internal resource for Haverford staff.” In addition to the endowment, Casel is also heavily involved in the budgeting process, a new arena for him.
So what does Casel do outside of work? “Any spare second is spent with my three-year- old,” he explains, “We go back to the Atlantic City area and spend a lot of time at the beach.”
He has another simple goal: “Bring Haverford’s endowment above Swarthmore’s.” Haverford has a long way to go, but Casel looks forward to the challenge.
This fall, Jamie Gluck joins the Haverford community as the new Head Women’s Soccer Coach. A 2003 graduate of Muhlenberg College, Gluck has held assistant positions on the coaching staffs of East Stroudsburg University, where she received her M.S. in Sports Management in 2004, as well as Washington College and most recently Washington and Lee University, where she was also a physical education instructor. Her many duties as Head Coach include training of the team, recruiting, fundraising, team management and community service. She will also serve as an NCAA liaison to Haverford athletes.
When asked why she chose Haverford she says, “The people here, both students and staff, are what make this college such a wonderful place. Haverford is a place where students can really succeed both in the classroom and on the game field and have a great overall college experience. I wanted to represent a school that I believed in, and Haverford is that place.” Her favorite aspects of her new position and of Haverford so far have been the people, whom she feels have been very welcoming and helpful. Gluck enjoys the opportunities to meet with prospective student athletes, interact with the team and coach a sport that she professes to be absolutely passionate about, and says, “I believe the role of coach is so important and I feel fortunate to have this position at such a great school.”
Off the field, Gluck likes spending time with people, whether it is going out to a nice restaurant, playing pick up soccer or just hanging out. She is originally from Rye, New York, where her parents still reside. She also has a brother who currently lives in New York City. Gluck is thrilled to be close to her family once again as she starts her exciting new position here at Haverford.
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, raised in Burlington, Vermont, and educated at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, Helpdesk/Public Computing Coordinator Jennifer Scales comes to Haverford after several years at Temple University’s computer helpdesk. Scales took up the reins of Haverford’s helpdesk in July.
Scales’s first goal is to determine the long-term goals of the helpdesk. “I’m happy to have started in July, because I need to fully understand what’s going on before I can create concrete goals,” she says, “I need to see what’s working, what isn’t working, and get other staff member’s opinions about what’s working and what’s not working to help create a common goal and that I can then help facilitate.”
Haverford’s size is a welcome change for Scales, who used to work with over 30,000 students and staff at Temple. “The work is similar in the sense that it’s all the same computers - it’s the interaction with the community that’s different,” she says, “At Haverford you can develop better relationships with individuals; you can really get to know students, faculty, and staff.”
Bill Ulrich is Haverford’s new Web development administrator.
After graduating with a degree in engineering, Ulrich went “from catalytic converters to Web programming, back to grad school – I always felt like I missed something not having the computer science undergraduate experience.”
Ulrich first heard about the job opening at Haverford from his mother-in-law. “At first, it seemed interesting, so I took the interview here,” he explains, “It was the appeal of staying on a college campus, the work seemed like a lot of fun, and Haverford was just a good fit.”
Ulrich’s primary responsibilities are to get the College's new site ready for launch, and once that happens, to perform maintenance on the servers and work on whatever projects come up. “Once the new site goes live, I don’t think anyone’s going to run out of ideas of things to do with the Web site once it’s up and running,” says Ulrich. “There will hopefully be streaming video, an ‘Ask the Experts Section’ – there will be lots of interesting things to do.”
Ulrich’s computing projects don’t stop when he leaves work, however. At home, his favorite hobby is tinkering with something that’s interested him since college: robots. “I want to get back to building ‘Gary.’” Gary is Ulrich’s pet project: a heavily modified Roomba vacuuming robot. Gary has a motherboard, a camera, Linux, and, most importantly, is controlled via Ulrich’s Nintendo Wii controller.
The idea of robotics also influences Ulrich’s work at Haverford. “I want to automate as much of the boring stuff and focus as much on the interesting stuff as I can. Hopefully we can push the envelope with the technology we have.”
As for goals, Ulrich has the same dream as the comic character Dilbert: “To retire without being blamed for a major catastrophe.”
Cory Walts comes to Haverford as the new Fitness Center Director and Strength and Conditioning Coach. After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in clinical exercise science, he went on to earn his master's in exercise physiology from the University of Maryland. Walts holds certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has also held internships with the Strength and Conditioning Departments at Cornell University and the University of Maryland, as well as with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. Walts has also worked as a personal trainer in many locations.
As director, Walts' responsibilities include overseeing all things related to the fitness center, among them maintaining equipment, ensuring member safety, promoting fitness in the Haverford community, and directing all weight room employees. As coach he will develop and administer performance enhancement programs for all Haverford athletes as well as teach a fitness class to all incoming freshmen. Walts chose Haverford for its excellent facilities and welcoming environment in which the people are always willing to lend a hand. “I enjoy the ability to work with almost everyone on campus as the fitness center is the type of place where a variety of people visit. I like having the capabilities of improving health and in turn quality of life for individuals.”
Originally from Albany, N.Y., Walts is a self professed sports fanatic who roots for the Giants and the Jets, a possibly unfortunate circumstance considering his new Philadelphia area location. He is also fond of being outdoors whether he is playing sports, kayaking, or going for a run. His parents still live in Albany and he has a 21-year-old brother who currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.