You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
– Abraham Lincoln
Volume 76 | Issue 2
March 2008

Two staff members join the Central Office

The ACUI Central Office is proud to welcome two new staff members—Nicole Brooks and Helen Colosimo.

Brooks is the new membership data and services coordinator. She will be the members’ primary link for updating records and responding to member requests.

With a bachelor’s degree in business and computer information systems from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Brooks is currently pursuing a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs. She is excited about the opportunity to work in a position that uses her knowledge of both areas of study.

"I was really interested in this job because it allows for an overlap of my technology skills and my current concentration on higher education," Brooks said.

Previous to accepting the position with ACUI, Brooks worked at Ernst and Young in Chicago and then Cornerstone Information Systems in Bloomington, Ind. After returning to Indiana, she also served as a career counselor at the Kelley School of Business where she discovered her interest in higher education.

"When I started in career services, I fell in love with working with the students to help them achieve their goals," Brooks said.

Brooks started at ACUI in February and is excited about the future.

"I have been learning a lot, and I am anxious to get my hands into the work I will be doing," Brooks said. "Everyone here is easy to work with. It is really like our own community."

Outside of ACUI and working on her master’s degree, Brooks has a husband, Brandon, and son, Landen.

Colosimo, customer services coordinator, started in January, and like Brooks, is enjoying her work at ACUI.

"The people are great," Colosimo said. "It is really interesting to take calls from all across the United States and be able to help those people."

Colosimo earned a bachelor’s in political science, criminal justice, and sociology from Roanoke College and a master’s degree in legislative affairs from George Washington University. From the time she graduate from Roanoke College, Colosimo worked in the Senate and lived in the Washington, D.C., metro area until recently moving to Bloomington while her husband pursues his MBA from the Kelley School of Business.

The position at ACUI sparked Colosimo’s interest because she had always been involved in student activities while in college.

"I was in a few different student organizations. I was in women’s groups and very involved in Alpha Phi Omega," Colosimo said. "Also, I focused my criminal justice thesis and summer scholar work in the area of campus crime and dispute resolution in higher education."

And Colosimo did not completely leave the world of government. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College, teaching political science.

Both Brooks and Colosimo are attending the ACUI annual conference in New Orleans.

"I am looking forward to meeting all the people I correspond with on a daily basis," Colosimo said. "As a life member of Alpha Phi Omega, I really look forward to doing community service in New Orleans."

For Brooks, the New Orleans trip will be her first conference ever.

"I am interested to see how it all works and get to know all the members I will be working with in the future," Brooks said.