Sept. 15, 2011
Lori Jancik has been hired by the Siena College athletic department as its first-ever Director of Student-Athlete Engagement. Jancik comes to the department from the college's Office of Development and External Affairs, where she served as Assistant Director for Prospect Research.
Most recently, in addition to her post at Development and External Affairs, she had been an adjunct instructor in Siena's History department. Jancik has a wealth of experience at Capital District colleges and universities, having also served in administrative capacities at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2001-04) and at Albany Law School (2004-05).
"The creation of this position is a strong testament of Siena's commitment to give its student-athletes a rich academic experience," Jancik said. "Siena's student-athletes already have a robust resume of academic achievements, and I'm thrilled to have a role to play."
Jancik will oversee the department's athletic support services and life skills programs, working in conjunction with academic advisor Gail Picillo and life skills coordinator Ellen Howe. In addition, she will also actively promote and develop academic enrichment opportunities for Siena's student-athletes, including internships, participation in undergrad research, independent study, and original programming.
A graduate of Butler University, Jancik earned a fellowship at the University of Maryland, where she completed her Master's degree. She also obtained her New York State Teacher Certification at Siena in 2008.
Jancik's hiring comes as part of Siena's new strategic plan, scheduled to officially kick off next month. She will report to Joyce Eggleston, Siena's associate athletic director for compliance.
"As an initiative of Siena's strategic plan and in keeping with our core value of being student-centered, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to add this position to our department," Eggleston said.