The Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville ’01 — who currently serves as the college’s chaplain and director of spiritual life — has been selected for a new role.
Pomerville will serve as the founding director of the college’s new Center for College and Community Engagement (3CE), a program launched earlier this summer designed to create collaborative opportunities for the college and greater Alma area. In his new role, which reports to President Jeff Abernathy, Pomerville will focus on four key areas: engagement, community, sustainability, and purpose.
“I am exceptionally excited for this opportunity to connect my beloved alma mater, our community and alumni base together to promote meaningful engagement and service to benefit the whole mid-Michigan region. Together, we will help students, faculty and staff discern and understand the needs of the people who live here and continue to be the heartbeat for the entire state of Michigan,” Pomerville said. “I think the 3CE will be a hallmark program, something that sets Alma apart from all other colleges — one that demonstrates what it means for town and gown to be truly linked in matters of business, service and education.”
Joining Pomerville at the 3CE is Carla Jensen, director of career and personal development. Jensen will transition to serve as the associate director of the 3CE, while maintaining her current role.
Additionally, four AmeriCorps VISTA staff members will also become part of the 3CE. The VISTAs will work with community partners on issues including food insecurity, homelessness and individuals with disabilities.
Initiatives and activities that will work through the center include new service and service learning opportunities, faculty and staff engagement and training, community partnerships and curricular programming to promote ethical reflection and engagement. The 3CE will also start a social entrepreneurial competition for students with grant funding awarded to those who participate.
Finally, the 3CE will also play a pivotal role in organizing and expanding already-existing programs; including leadership and community organizing courses; Alternative Breaks, the Presidential Speaker Series and Alma Venture programming.