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Distinguished Alumna Diane Austin to Visit Campus

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Diane Austin, dean of student affairs at Lasell College in Newton, Mass., will be visiting Plattsburgh State University of New York as part of the Distinguished Visiting Alumni Program on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 24 and 25.

Diane Austin She will be making a public presentation, "The College, the Student, the Parents: The Challenge of Renegotiating Boundaries," on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Mowry Conference Room, Redcay Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Austin received both her undergraduate degree in English in 1973 and her master's degree in education in 1976 from Plattsburgh State. She has served as the dean of student affairs at Lasell College since 1995. As the dean, she is the chief student affairs officer for the College providing leadership and administration for a comprehensive student affairs program. She also serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and oversees all student affairs operations including athletics, career services, the counseling center, health services, judicial affairs, new student programming, residential life and student activities.

Prior to her current position, Austin was the associate dean of student affairs and director of new student programs at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass.

While a student at Plattsburgh State, Austin was a residence hall director and a teaching assistant in the Department of Counselor Education.

Austin will spend her time at Plattsburgh State meeting with students, faculty and staff members. She will also host a senior seminar, "Arts Management and the Role of Major Music Volunteer Organizations," on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. in Room 112, Myers Fine Arts Building. The seminar is free and open to the public.

The Distinguished Visiting Alumni Program brings alumni to campus to discuss their careers with students, faculty members and others. They are invited to share new ideas and become more involved in the academic mission of the College. The program is sponsored by the Plattsburgh Alumni Association. For more information, call the Alumni Affairs Office at 518-564-2090.

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