The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) welcomed Herrison J. Chicas as administrative support specialist in the School's Administrative Offices effective April 14, 2014.
Chicas assists with a number of office responsibilities including welcoming visitors and interacting with faculty, students and alumni while working closely with administrative areas such as Finance, Student Services, Communications and Development.
"We waited a long time to fill the position and we couldn't have made a better hire," said Tammy Cox, assistant dean for administration at SILS. "Herrison brings a substantial energy and vibe that will allow the first point of contact for the school to be one of lasting value and engagement. His enthusiasm for processes and community will allow him to fit right in with the school family."
Chicas is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. He worked as a Project Uplift Counselor in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs where he counseled prospective students via educational workshops, collegiate panels and campus tours. Chicas was a facilities coordinator at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center where he provided administrative support for planning, marketing and managing events and meetings. In his spare time, he is a spoken word artist, creating dynamic performances and poetic workshops at a variety of universities around the country. He performed an original spoken word piece, "Living While Dying" as one of the selected speakers at TEDxUNC in spring 2013. In this capacity, he manages finances, updates electronic balance sheets and produces contracts for events, national organizations and university departments, and produces promotional graphics and advertisements using digital media.