Halin Tavano, Director of Student Services

What is your education and background?

I attended the University at Buffalo and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Legal Studies. Then I earned my Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College.  I also have a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College.  After working at University at Buffalo as a Peer Advisor, I started at Medaille in October of 1998.  I am passionate about my education and I am currently working on my Doctorate in Leadership and Policy at Niagara University.

 Tell us about your typical work day…

The majority of my typical work day is spent working with students and administrative staff in the Adult and Graduate programs.  I meet with students in person but spend the majority of time assisting students through e-mail and phone conversations.

What is your favorite part of working at Medaille?

The students.  Our adult students juggle so much, a job, family, commitments in the community and they still see the value in their education and expanding their knowledge.

Also, the incredibly bright and dedicated people I work with at Medaille.  I have never seen a commitment to students as I do here.

 What are your interests and hobbies?

My family would say education, specifically higher education, as I enjoy learning about new trends in the field.   I also enjoy traveling.  When I travel I love to immerse myself in their culture by participating in local traditions and trying new foods.

 Please tell a success story while working here at Medaille.

I have so many recollections of students transforming their lives while they are here earning their degree.  I have had some students that have been barely out of high school or have previously failed out of college and they worked very hard and earned their degree.  After graduating from Medaille, they are now the hardest working, brightest people who have gone on to be successful in their field and community.

 If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

I would want to go everywhere! If I had to pick one location, it would be China.  I find their culture fascinating.  I would love to experience Eastern traditions, visit their historic sites that helped shape their existence, eat traditional Chinese cuisine and learn their language!

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