Kevin McKeon admits that he initially measured his success as programming director for USF’s Center for Student Involvement, basing satisfaction on attendance levels for events he helped plan on a budget — everything from homecoming balls late-night programing series, where guest counts ranged from 100 to more than 2,700. He unexpectedly learned along the way that he should measure success by focusing on the opportunities to help connect students with their university in a meaningful way.
That lesson was strengthened by service as an orientation team leader for USF’s Orientation Office. As an OTL, McKeon has led countless campus tours, helped incoming students learn how to navigate USF’s registration systems, and spoken to large groups of new students about the opportunities available to those who want to serve. This service-centric philosophy – combined with his successes in event management and planning – led to an invitation for McKeon to present at the National Association of Campus Activities national conference in 2015, where he discussed how targeted entertainment has been a key element at USF events aimed to engage students and bolster school pride. McKeon also enjoyed the opportunity to study abroad in 10 countries as part of University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea Program, gaining hands-on experience with business courses and international corporate tours.