Three new employees have joined the Student Life Office at William Woods University: Claire Wiegand as director of Greek life and student involvement, Cheree Meeks as director of career services and student transition and Kristen Oesch as nurse practitioner.
Wiegand holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., and a master’s degree, with a concentration in student affairs and higher education, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa.
While at Western Illinois, Wiegand received the James B. Grigsby Award for student leadership as an outstanding senior student who exemplified excellence in extracurricular activities.
Wiegand gained experience in student affairs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she worked as a graduate advisor for Greek life programs from August 2008 until recently, She also interned at the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) in Bloomington, Ind.; Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa.
As graduate advisor for Greek life programs, Wiegand advised the Panhellenic Association, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council in organizational management, recruitment, programming, judicial procedures and officer development. She also advised individual fraternities and sororities and the Greek honor societies.
Meeks earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a political processes emphasis and a master’s degree in student development in postsecondary education, both from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
She was a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa from 2003 to 2005 and served as manager of the Afro-American Cultural Center and as an instructor with college transition.
Meeks worked at the University of Missouri as a residence hall coordinator and as an instructor for learning strategies for college students for three years. From 2008 until recently, she was a program director in the Missouri College Advising Corps in the division of enrollment management at the University of Missouri.
Oesch earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at MU, she worked as a registered nurse in the surgical/burn/trauma ICU and the emergency room at the University of Missouri Hospital. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Missouri Nurses Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Oesch is a registered nurse and nurse practitioner contracted though Callaway Community Hospital.