Director of the Learning Center Jennifer Loggins poses for a portrait. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Director of the Learning Center Jennifer Loggins poses for a portrait. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Learning Center Director Brings Service Experience to Student Support Role

Sep. 6, 2017
Kristen Oliver

After years teaching and tutoring in the community, Jennifer Wilson Loggins will focus on student support services in her new role as director of the Brenau University Learning Center.

The Learning Center accommodates the needs of students with learning, physical or psychological disabilities, as well as international and English-as-a-second-language students, and helps them develop skills to overcome these challenges to succeed in the classroom.

Loggins in August replaced longtime Learning Center Director Vince Yamilkoski, who retired. Yamilkoski headed the center since 1987. Karen Pfunder, a special education professor, founded the center in 1983. For more than 35 years, it has provided highly specialized services to hundreds of students who otherwise might not have graduated.

Although Loggins will be based in Gainesville, she says her mission includes making sure students on all Brenau campuses have access to the center’s services.

“This is the perfect fit for me,” Loggins said. “I am passionate about helping people with learning differences or any kind of disability to overcome that and achieve academic success. My oldest son Grey has autism, and my youngest son Grant has type 1 diabetes. They both have accommodations, and I’ve seen what a difference support like that we provide makes in their educations.”

For the past two years, Loggins served at Brenau as a learning support tutor, assisting students who have learning differences or who speak English as a second language. An adjunct professor since 2010, she teaches a variety of online courses for the psychology department.

Loggins earned her master’s in clinical counseling psychology from Brenau in 2011. She served as clinic coordinator for the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services while working toward the degree.
In her role as Learning Center director, she ensures the university is in full compliance with all laws concerning students with disabilities on all campuses of the organization. Additionally, she is responsible for all disability-related services provided by the Learning Center to include test proctoring, tutoring and academic coaching.

“Another aspect of this job is working with the student – and the parents if the student would like their involvement in the process – to decide what accommodations are reasonable and helpful,” she said. “I am also working with other faculty and departments to determine how we can accommodate students in, say, nursing, when they go into their fieldwork to ensure they are successful.”

Loggins’ unique experience makes her truly capable of working with students with disabilities. She began her work in developmental services as an early-intervention, in-home parent educator for Babies Can’t Wait from 2008-2009 in the Northeast Georgia District, providing in-home developmental services and parent education for children with special needs from birth to age 3.

She then spent a year as a psychometrist at Chattahoochee Child Psychology in Gainesville, performing psychological assessments, assisting in scoring and writing detailed reports with recommendations under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.

She worked most recently for Gateway Domestic Violence Center in Gainesville, first as a domestic violence community outreach educator and then as children’s program coordinator.

“I always have had empathy for those who have gone through difficult things and just needed a chance – and a little help – in getting their lives back together,” she said. “At the Learning Center, it is so rewarding to see students, who started here unsure and self-doubting, build their confidence and overcome challenges so that, by their senior years, they know they can be successful.”

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