Staff Spotlight: Cassie Nelson 


The Office of Student Engagement is about to get a new, yet familiar, face. On September 13, 2021, Cassie Nelson will move from the Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement to the Program Coordinator of Student Engagement.

At 10:30 in the morning on September 2, 2021 Cassie Nelson is already buzzing around the office of student engagement to get things done.

Whether she is, “calling vendors, answering emails, making flyers and more.”

Nelson remarked when asked about her new day to day schedule.  She sits diagonally from the offices intern, Haley Barnacz. On this day, their working on sending out flyers for the upcoming bingo. As well as figuring out last minute details for the upcoming event, Cassie will be running a showing of Cruella on the quad on September 12.

Nelson seemed excited to be hosting the first movie night on campus this year.  Dave DeCew even steps into the office to double check that Cassie will continue to drive shuttles for athletics.   Cassie Nelson, whose office is on the Simon third floor prefers to keep her door open.

Nelson said, “my job is student engagement, so I want to have a good relationship with students.”

Cassie, who was a graduate assistant for 13 months, says her biggest change from her old position “are the hours on campus and the level of professionalism.”

Instead of being a graduate assistant and working 2 days on campus. Nelson now spends 5 days a week on campus, including weekends, if needed. Cassie already has the qualifications for her new position. She filled the role of director of student engagement for four months last spring while NEC searched for its new director.

Besides spending time in the office, Cassie also advises the Student Entertainment Committee. As well as helping Student Senate with their budget and purchases she holds daily meetings with Director of Student Engagement Kirsten Spooner. Cassie also chats with Stan Horton, Liza Shoedinger, and more daily.

Cassie graduated from Becker College with her bachelors in exercise science with a pre-PT concentration and a minor in sports management.

Cassie is from the “seacoast of New Hampshire”, so she is familiar with Henniker and the surrounding area.

Cassie Nelson’s goal this year is to graduate with her MBA in Business administration from New England College. When asked about the difference of working and going to school at NEC, Nelson said “There is more responsibility as a staff member than just a student.”

Her main goal in life is, “to be an events director at a college and coach a women’s lacrosse team.”

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Lily Geber is a Senior at NEC with a double major in Political Science and Communication. She serves as Editor in Chief of the New Englander.
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