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The Spangles: a new faculty duo

Lunder House is the destination for prospective students on the Hill. The Office of Admissions has decided to do away with the supplemental essay portion of the application for the high school class of 2011.

The commencement of the new academic year brought Paul and Barbara Spangle to the Hill. Paul is the assistant director of Campus Life, and Barbara is the assistant director of both the Goldfarb Center and the Oak Institute. They were married in Boston this summer and recently moved to Waterville. 

Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2004 and went on to receive his graduate degree in counseling at Minnesota State University in 2006. He then worked for the Student Activities department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for three years.

On the Hill, Paul works closely with the Student Programming Board (SPB) and will also advise other student organizations. “I am going to start by figuring out what  their needs [are],” he said. Paul is aware that many clubs and organizations are well-established and have already begun their activities for the year, but he wants to be sure they continue to receive the support they need, both from the administration and from the student body.

Another goal of Paul’s is to institute “leadership development initiatives” for students. In addition to a classroom education, Paul said students will “need to know how to motivate a group,” an essential skill for college and life beyond college.

Barbara graduated from Bowdoin College in 2001 and received her masters in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in 2005.  She studied abroad in Tuebingen, Germany for the 1999-2000 academic year, and taught English in Neubukow, Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship in 2001-02. After returning, she worked at a high school exchange program in Boston and then as the assistant director of international education at Bentley University. 

Barbara now works in the Public Affairs division of the Goldfarb Center and is developing a close relationship with the Student Advisory Board. She believes “it should be students who are generating the ideas and helping make events happen on campus.” She wants to increase publicity about events being brought to campus and wants to encourage students to be a part of bringing in events they are passionate about. She realizes that “students tend to influence students more than staff [members] do” in making these kinds of involvement decisions, so she wants to see those on the Student Advisory Board “be really proactive with their peers.” Her hope is to see students of all majors get involved in suggesting and attending events and to be aware of what is offered there.

She also aims to “to diversify events,” since “there is a myth that needs to be dispelled.” The events sponsored by the Goldfarb Center do not focus solely on government and politics as many people may think, and the Center recently co-sponsored an event with the environmental studies program.

Paul and Barbara live in a faculty apartment in Hillside and are excited to get to know faculty and students while living on campus. Although they are more settled now, “it’s been quite a whirlwind this second half of the summer,” Barbara said. The couple got married, went through the job application process, accepted their positions at the College and moved to Waterville and the Hill all this summer.

However, “there hasn’t been any point we’ve regretted that decision,” Barbara said. The warmth and enthusiasm of members of the College community have made the transition smooth. “Maine is a place that I can envision being for a long period of time.”