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Student Engagement Staff

Olivia Baumgartner
Olivia Baumgartner

Olivia began her time with Loyola in June of 2023. After graduating with a B.A. in English from Arcadia University, she decided to further pursue her passion of helping students, going on to complete her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. There, she gained valuable knowledge on how to plan programs that are not only fun and unique but contribute to the well-being of the campus community. As an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Engagement, she guides the group of students on the Hound Activities and Programming Board (HAP) to do the same! Olivia is also responsible for various other event planning efforts, including leading a multi-departmental Weekend Programming Committee. 

Outside of the office, Olivia enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and keeping up with pop culture, as well as hanging out with her boyfriend and two cats. Being new to Baltimore, she is looking forward to discovering all that the city has to offer, especially the art and food. 

Katie Derreth
Katie Derreth
Katie joined the Student Engagement team in June 2022 as an Assistant Director. Previously, she has worked in Admissions and in Fraternity and Sorority Life and has always enjoyed her work with students throughout their college career. Katie is passionate about helping students navigate transition and build transferable skills in college and is excited to work with student leaders and organizations at Loyola. Her office duties include advising the Transfer and Commuter Student Organizations, advising Student Government Class Year Presidents and their Assemblies, and general class year programming and initiatives. Katie completed her B.S. in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College and her M.Ed. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University. 

With family living in and around the Baltimore area and growing up only an hour north of the city in South Central Pennsylvania, Katie is excited to return to the area as a resident and make Baltimore her new home. When she isn’t at work, you can find Katie reading, baking, finding new coffee shops to try in Baltimore, or planning her next trip domestically or internationally.  
Luke Haus
Luke Haus, '17
Luke is currently an Associate Director in the Office of Student Engagement. Luke oversees the Evergreen program and helps coordinate new student programs. Luke joined Loyola in 2020 as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement for leadership development programs, before transitioning to his new role.  Luke is passionate about helping students better understand themselves and those around them so they can grow to their fullest potential while here at Loyola. Luke is a 2017 graduate of Loyola and has since received his Master's in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University. In his free time Luke can be found exploring local coffee shops and restaurants.
Laura Kuhns
Laura Kuhns
Laura joined the team in June of 2022 as the Assistant Director for OSE focusing on Leadership Development. She made the move down to Baltimore from Lehigh County, Pennsylvania where she completed her Master of Education in Higher Education Student Affairs at DeSales University. Prior to her masters, Laura completed her B.S in Public Relations at Millersville University and worked as a Wedding and Event Coordinator at a hotel until Covid struck and flipped our lives upside down. 

Laura’s current role in our office involves running the Student Leadership Corps. program, advising the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Honor Society, coordinating Leadership Week and the Leadership Summit, and planning Family Weekend. Although, when Laura is out of the office, she can be found exploring Baltimore or visiting friends up in PA! 
Erin Misiorek
Erin Misiorek, '20
Erin is the Program Coordinator for Student Engagement and joined the team shortly after graduating from Loyola in 2020 with a BBA in Management. Erin provides direction, training, and support to the 140+ student-led clubs and organizations on Loyola’s campus, managing much of these operations via The Bridge. 

Originally from Southern Maryland, Erin is excited to be wrapping up her MBA program at Loyola. When not at work, (or studying!) she enjoys baking and catching up on her favorite tv shows – she’s always looking for new recommendations! 
Sara Scalzo
Sara Scalzo
Sara joined Student Engagement in 2004 and has served as Director of the department since 2016. As Director, Sara is responsible for ensuring the Student Engagement ship stays on course and is well-represented across campus. Prior to Student Engagement, Sara worked in Student Life as an Assistant Director. She has a BA in Music from Baldwin Wallace University and a MEd from Kent State University.
Brendan Sweeney
Brendan Sweeney, '21
Brendan joined the Student Engagement team in August of 2022 as Program Assistant. After graduating from Loyola in 2021 with a B.A. in Communications and working at a media company for a year, he was thrilled to return in a professional role to help serve the student community. His office duties include the supervision of work study students, managing of office Social Media, upkeep of The Bridge, and assistance in departmental marketing efforts.   

Originally from Malvern, PA, Brendan has fallen in love with Baltimore and is working towards his M.A. in Emerging Media here at Loyola. When not sitting at the front desk he can be found at local trivia nights, playing volleyball with his friends, or listening to his new favorite album. 
Becca Winkler
Becca Winkler, '11
Becca Winkler is an Associate Director in the Office of Student Engagement. Becca has worked at Loyola since 2011 and has held several positions at the University. In Student Engagement, Becca serves as the advisor to the Student Government Association. She holds a Masters of Education degree in school counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology; both from Loyola University Maryland.  A Baltimore native, Becca enjoys trying new restaurants, gardening, traveling, and spending time with friends in her spare time.

Location & Hours

Student Center E315 and E413
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m