URL coordinator leaves for higher position

By Brenden Walz

An NIU minority resources administrator will be leaving this week to take a higher position at a private women’s college.

Yolanda Trevino, student programming coordinator for University Resources for Latinos (URL), has taken a job as director of Student Activities with Stephens College, which is located in Columbia, Miss.

Trevino said she plans to pursue a doctorate degree at a nearby state university while employed at her new job.

Trevino said she will have more responsibilities at her new job, including programming events for the entire campus, advising the school’s yearbook staff and student government.

Trevino’s responsibilities at URL included providing resources and working with various groups on campus such as Organization for Latin American Students, the National Hispanic Month Planning Committee, Latino fraternities and sororities and peer mentoring programs.

Trevino started her full-time position at NIU three years ago. Her salary at NIU for fiscal year 1992 was $1,668 per month, or $19,016 per year. She declined to reveal her new salary.

She said a committee is looking for a successor. The effect of NIU’s hiring freeze on the position is unclear.

Trevino said she has mixed feelings about leaving NIU. “I love working with the different organizations,” said Trevino.

“I think I’m leaving this position with the student organizations with better leadership and more connections to the university,” she said.

Wednesday might be Trevino’s last day at NIU, but she won’t have much time to rest. Trevino said she starts her new position next week.

George Gutierrez, director of University Resources for Latinos, said, “She wanted to have a position where she could advance professionally and financially.”

“She has done well with the students. I wish her well,” he said.

While at NIU, Trevino said she was involved in the receipt of a $13,000 Leadership Grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Eight midwestern universities were involved in the program, Trevino said, including NIU, Purdue University and Western Michigan University.