August 10, 1998

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New program coordinator named for

Vanderbilt's Office of Volunteer Activities


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Laurel Raimondo, assistant director of housing and residential education, has been named program coordinator for the Office of Volunteer Activities. She and Activities Coordinator Carina Benavides will oversee all student service efforts directed through the office.

Program coordinator is a new position and involves a three-to-five year commitment, rather than the two-year commitment of activities coordinator. The change is intended to provide the office with greater continuity. Raimondo, who assumed her new duties July 1, will coordinate student volunteer efforts, work with volunteer leaders and community agencies, and oversee the ever-growing number of programs with which the office is involved.

"I am very excited to be involved in community service again," Raimondo said. "I've volunteered a lot in the past, and this will give me the chance to get back into that while continuing to work with students. Education at Vanderbilt is not limited to the classroom and our office is very fortunate to be involved in that process."

A 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Raimondo holds the M.A. degree in counselor education and will complete her doctoral degree in educational leadership next year. Raimondo has worked at Vanderbilt as assistant housing director since 1995. She served as a residence hall director and educational programming coordinator at Butler University prior to that, and has served in several different housing capacities at Kentucky and the University of Iowa.

The OVA was founded in 1989 and serves as a resource for numerous student volunteer organizations, a liaison to local agencies that provide opportunities for students to engage in service work, and a link between academic life and the larger community, national service networks and international settings.


Vanderbilt University is a private research university of approximately 5,900 undergraduates and 4,300 graduate and professional students. Founded in 1873, the University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education and human development, engineering and music, and a full range of graduate and professional degrees.

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