By Paige Petersen
The University of Sioux Falls is pleased to announce the hiring of its newest member of the Cougar family. Nathan Hofer, a graduate of South Dakota State University applied for and accepted the position of “Assistant Director of Student Activities” at USF. What drew him in was something he couldn’t get at a typical State school.
“Something centered around faith was really important to me,” said Hofer. “I just love the servant attitude of the people that are here.”
Previously, Hofer had been employed at the University of South Dakota as the Assistant Director of Student Services for Programming. There, he organized events such as homecoming and concerts. His reason for leaving? Hofer wanted to get back into a small university like where he was before employment at USD.
Hofer was the Director of Student Activities at Dakota Wesleyan University once out of college. He was drawn to the university because of its small atmosphere and Christian beliefs. While at USD, he missed those aspects and after hearing about the opening at USF, decided to apply.
“The intimacy that comes from a small campus where you get to know students and get invested in them is what I really missed,” said Hofer.
Ashley Maturan, USF’s Assistant Director of Residence Life, was apart of the hiring process for the new activities director, and was impressed with Hofer from the start.
“You can just tell he’s super passionate about what he does,” said Maturan. “He just brings life to anything he’s a part of and he’s doing a fantastic job.”
One of Hofer’s newest ideas being brought to life is the start of a student led activities board. The purpose of the team will be to come up with and plan new activities for USF students to participate in throughout the school year.
“It’ll be the cougar activities board and we have a facebook page, twitter account, and we’ll be utilizing YouTube, ” Hofer said.
As far as his time at USF so far, Hofer is comfortable and fitting right in.