Kristen Swanson named to Multicultural Programs and Services post

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 12, 2007 – Kristen Swanson of Christiansburg, Va., has been named assistant director for programming with the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services at Virginia Tech.

As assistant director for programming, Swanson will manage the Black Cultural Center and the Multicultural Center, both located in Squires Student Center. For more than a decade, the cultural centers have served as a comfort zone, resource center, gathering place, student organizational office and art gallery for multicultural students, faculty and staff. Swanson will also coordinate annual cultural celebrations and awareness programs, as well as offer advising, consultation, and event planning assistance to Registered Student Organizations and other multicultural student organizations.

Prior to her current appointment, Swanson served as associate director for student activities at Radford University where she advised the Campus Activities Board and the Black Awareness Programming Board. As an advisor, Swanson contracted, planned, and promoted campus-wide cultural celebrations, concerts, comedy shows, and performing artist events.

Before Swanson's move to Radford, she served as the director for student activities and new student orientation at Wingate University. At Wingate she advised the Activities Programming Board and planned and implemented all new student and family orientation programs.

While at Radford, Swanson served on the Blue Ridge Summit Regional Collegiate Leadership Conference Committee, the Club Programming Committee, the Scholarly Lecture Committee, the Tunnel of Oppression Committee, and several National Association for Campus Activities regional conference committees.

Swanson her bachelor's degree and master's degree from Radford University. As a volunteer, Swanson has continued to serve the Greek community as an advisor to various fraternities and sororities.

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