Alison Sinadinos's first love will always be the work of student residential life -- which is why she decided to leave her formal position in that field to become an emergency management coordinator at IU Bloomington.
She joined IU Emergency Management and Continuity several years ago after realizing that she is really good in
"I've seen that our students really thrive and get to develop when the university provides them a safe place to live," she said. "I enjoy being able to provide that safety and security to students to help them grow. This is a time in their life when they can do it safely, explore who they can become."
Where you may have seen her
The work of an emergency management coordinator involves a tremendous amount of planning and details and it requires making connections. Sinadinos reviews and writes evacuation maps and coordinates the writing of emergency action plans for campus buildings. She helps conduct the state-mandated evacuation drills that occur throughout the school year and she participates in training for herself but also conducts training on a range of safety topics for students and employees.
The topics can seem like a lot of doom and gloom -- how to respond during an active aggressor incident, how to pack an emergency go bag, how to shelter during tornadoes. Still, presentations are the most satisfying part of her job.
"Sometimes the topics aren't the most fun," she said. "It stinks that we have to train on
She and her
She remains active with the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers, where she serves on the contemporary issues committee, which is focusing on emergency preparedness this year.
You may also have seen Sinadinos through her involvement with the campus speaker's bureau, where she is part of a group of LGBTQ+ speakers who participate in panel discussions to provide an opportunity for students to ask them questions and to see that IU employees include the LGBTQ+ community.
"If they need someone to talk to, we're around," she said.
Sinadinos is also active with the Echo Dance Company, where she serves as the productions coordinator and a dancer. The dance company is a collective of dancers of all ages and experience levels. It celebrates dance and other arts and movement that bring people together. The annual show takes place on June 1 at the John Waldron Arts Center and is titled the Shape of Memory. (include Echo Facebook page and an event for the dance.)
Years ago, Sinadinos stumbled upon a Groupon for a class at the Hoosier Athletic Club and decided to try it out. Six years later, she said she's the strongest and healthiest she's ever been. Her work in the gym has made her a better dancer. The gym has become a home for her as well, helping her gain a "Bloomington family." She even met the woman who would later become her fiancée there.
"I never thought I'd be lifting stones or carrying a yoke that weighs more than my body weight," she said. "I always enjoyed fitness but never knew what I was capable of."