The Virginia Association of School Personnel Administrators has named Thomas DiRoma, University of Lynchburg’s assistant director of student involvement, the Outstanding New Professional for 2017. The award was announced at the Virginia Student Services Conference last week.
DiRoma was recognized for his constant investment in the student experience at Lynchburg.
“Tom is constantly looking for ways to improve the areas of programming and fraternity and sorority life,” said B.J. Keefer, director of student activities. “His work with the College Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council over the last three years includes a review and revamping of their internal evaluation process, recruitment practices, and overall self governance.” DiRoma also has implemented the College’s use of Presence, an app that helps students communicate about their clubs and activities. Keefer said this app has helped reduce the number of campuswide emails pertaining to student events while also giving the office data about participation in and the cost of providing events.
“As a continuous learner, Tom spends time reading and listening to TedTalks and podcasts that will help him in his position at Lynchburg and beyond,” Keefer added. “His dedication and contribution to OSA and University of Lynchburg is what led to the nomination for the VASPA New Professional Award at the Virginia Student Services Conference in Wintergreen last week.”