Christopher Miofsky encourages extra-curricular activities


Christopher Miofsky is the assistant director in Washburn Student Involvement and Development. Prior to joining Washburn in November 2018, Miofsky had a similar job at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri for four years.

“This is the first time that I’ve ever lived in anywhere other than St. Louis,” said Miofsky. “It’s nice not having a 45-minute drive to work like I had in St. Louis.”

He originally came from St. Louis, Missouri, and he received his Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University and Master of Education at University of Missouri in St. Louis.

“Everyone who works here [Washburn] really wants students to succeed,” said Miofsky. “It’s very clear that students’ success is at the forefront of what Washburn is doing and that’s very serious here.”

Although Miofsky is new to Washburn, he has set up several goals to accomplish as he works on students’ extra-curricular activities.

“All the things are happening around us,” said Miofsky. “So, finding ways to put that information out in front of students is going to be one of the big goals that I have.”

Miofsky also works toward more integration of the Greek community into a larger Washburn community. He seeks different departments at Washburn, like the athletics department, diversity and inclusion and the library staff for collaboration.

Miofsky helps students participate in extra-curricular activities with his experience. He also encourages organization members to get students’ thoughts and opinions on the activities.

“I think the best method [to get students involved] is empowering students and the members of organizations.” 

Angela Kiamco, senior computer science major, has been to many events hosted by Student Involvement and Development.

“Student Development and Involvement has given me, as a student, the freedom of expression through various mediums and activities,” said Kiamco. “I personally feel like I’ve vastly improved both my leadership and social skills. It not only helped me grow, but also opened a window to opportunities after graduation.”

Miofsky pointed out that culture shift can be a difficult thing. Miofsky’s job is to push something new for students and help them experiment with new ideas.

“The biggest challenge I am going to face is that we’ve always done it in this way, why [do] we need to change it,” Miofsky said. “If we stop experimenting, we stop growing.”