New Director of Residence Life begins year

By Monica Hill, staff writer

Newman University hired a new Director of Residence Life, LeaAnn Knaebel, over the past summer. She is taking over the position from Kate Kimble, who worked as Residence Life Director from the summer of 2010 to June 2012. Kimble is now the Director of Housing and Residential Life at The California Maritime Academy.

LeaAnn Knaebel was born and raised in Jefferson City, Mo. She attended William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in middle level education. After graduating in 2007, she taught 6th grade math for two years.

Ebony Ellison. Photographer
The Director of Residence Life’s office is located in the Student Center.

Knaebel then returned to William Woods in 2009 to pursue a master’s degree in education.

While working toward her master’s degree, Knaebel worked as the Area Coordinator of Residence Life for William Woods University. She helped oversee 14 residence halls and 800 on-campus students. Knaebel graduated from her master’s program in 2011.

Knaebel began working at Newman this past June. At Newman, Knaebel oversees four residence halls, 350 on-campus students, student mailboxes, and meal plans for both on and off-campus students. She said she is excited to be working as a director and eager to help students reap all the benefits of living on campus.

“The most important part of my life was those four years in the residence halls,” Knaebel said.

She also had many words of praise for the resident assistants.

“I’m super impressed with the RAs here,” Knaebel said. “They have a work ethic that I’ve never seen before.”
Both Knaebel and the resident assistants have big plans for the upcoming school year, she said.

Their goal is to have one program each week in every hall, led either by an individual RA or a team of RAs.

Some of the upcoming events include Glow in the Dark Frisbee, Beata and Merlini Laundry Lotto, and Fugate Homemade Ice Cream Night. Two community projects led by all resident assistants are also in the works.

For any questions, comments or concerns, visit Knaebel’s office in the Dugan Student Center, e-mail her at or call her at 316-942-4291, ext. 2209.

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