It didn’t take long for Jamie Vassel, MA, to get to the heart of the matter in her role as OUWB Student Affairs Coordinator for student activities and events.
Vassel, who started at OUWB in July, is already helping with orientation for the Class of 2025, which is underway and culminates with Friday’s white coat ceremony.
Going forward, she will not only be responsible for coordinating the OUWB orientation and white coat ceremony, but also the kickoff and match day (while helping with other events like the Convocation). She also advises the government of OUWB medical students and oversees student organizations.
Vassel, who was recently director of student life and a Greek advisor at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, says she is already very impressed with the level of teamwork at OUWB.
“Knowing that I don’t have to do everything on my own and that I can count on others to help me is definitely something that makes me extremely happy,” she says.
Vassel holds a BA from Saginaw Valley State University and an MA in Higher Education, Student Affairs, from Eastern Michigan University.
|Vassel and his family|
She is married to Jason, who works as a nurse in the emergency department at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Together they have two children, Nathan, 6, and Morgan, 3.
Vassel’s hobbies include crafts, reading, photography, watching college football, and playing fantasy football (she is in two leagues).
Vassel says his most rewarding workdays are when big events run smoothly.
“There are always going to be problems happening behind the scenes,” she said. “But as long as guests or students don’t experience these issues, it’s a successful event. “
She became interested in OUWB because she said it provided the opportunity to focus largely on event planning, while also advising students as a government advisor to the medical students of the OUWB.
“Instead of wearing several hats, I wear a few hats and I can really focus on those skills and develop them a bit more,” she says.
Vassel says she’s excited about planning events like Commencement, especially in light of how the COVID-19 pandemic has already had such a big impact on medical students.
“Knock on wood, we can have a normal start in 2022,” she said. “Being able to help these students who had such a crazy journey in medical school celebrate with families… I am thrilled to be a part of something so important.
Vassel says she spends a lot of time people-watching, absorbing as much information as possible along the way. The process includes taking note of what works and what presents an opportunity for “a new perspective”.
Plus, Vassel says she’s already spent a lot of time getting to know the students.
“I’m just trying to be like a sponge and soak up as much as possible at this point,” she says.
Vassel says she wants people to know they can stop by anytime to chat and that she’s definitely open to new ideas.
“I’m always ready to take any advice or suggestions and learn from what’s been done historically,” she says.
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