Melody Bauer Administrative Assistant Office: Department of Pre-Clinical Education Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2006
When did you come to the College of Osteopathic Medicine? Where were you before that?
I’ve actually been with NYIT for about 11 years. I started off as an undergraduate work-study student, working in the Academic Computer Lab. Being in that position enabled me to meet a vast array of students and faculty members who I probably would have not met otherwise. I later came to the College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006 working for the department of Pre-Clinical Education; I have been here ever since.
What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in Computer Graphics, which I received at NYIT.
What are you job responsibilities at the College of Osteopathic Medicine?
I like to think of myself as the behind the scenes “eyes and ears” of a first year student. I deal with everything from academic postings (Noodle), to grading of exams. I am also always available around the clock, and have been known to answer student emails in the wee hours of the night. I take handouts very seriously; if a lecturer hasn’t submitted his/her PowerPoint in on time, don’t think I won’t show up on said lecturer's doorstep. “That isn’t a Girl Scout selling cookies at your front door, it’s Ms. Bauer, and she wants your PowerPoint!” Everything I do is for the students.
What are some of your professional and personal goals?
Professionally, I would like to follow in the footsteps of the great Dr. Barbara Ross Lee. The role of dean can use another female presence (sorry Dr. Scandalis)….. A girl can dream, can’t she?
Personally, I would love to continue on my quest of world travel. My sister (who is my also my best friend and travel guru) has promised to be my world guide and take me every place under the sun.
I just love the NYIT community. So many amazing things in my life have come out of NYIT. I have met some incredible people here. I recently received one of the best compliments of my career from one of our Émigré students. She told me that I was the nicest person she has ever met at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and in general in the United States. That comment meant the world to me, and I will continue to strive to live up to that title.