Renee Camerlengo is the Housefellow for three Oakland community CMU apartment buildings: Clyde House, Shady Oak Apartments, and The Highlands. She also serves as the Student Affairs Liaison to CMU’s Qatar campus and as the College Liaison to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Is it possible for Renee to wear yet another hat? Yes, indeed. She also advises the Fifth Year Scholar program. Clearly, her 19 years at Carnegie Mellon University have kept her plenty busy.
Renee completed her undergraduate studies in communications and English at SUNY Oswego. She earned two master’s degrees – one in higher education from the University of Vermont and the other in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.
In the photograph, Renee (directly above the CMU sign on the right) poses with a group of Carnegie Mellon alumni at a wedding of a former Resnik/West Wing CA and RA.
Let’s learn more about Renee!
How did you come to join CMU?
I had the opportunity to lead the Carnegie Mellon Student Life team.
Why are your CMU Housing communities so awesome?
The residents are so varied and interesting … everyone has a story to share!
Share one of your most prized CMU memories.
Too many to pick one: the time students took my dining room chandelier to hang in their Carnival booth; former CMU President Dr. Cohon’s conversation with students from the Doha campus at the memorial for Carnegie Mellon University victims of 9/11; the 10-year anniversary of our Qatar campus; every commencement day; the annual holiday concert in the grand hall; and learning how to Bhangra dance!
What is an important life lesson you have learned from a student or students?
That we can all find a sense of resilience! And how grateful one can be for small kindnesses from others.
Outside of work, what are your hobbies/interests? What are you passionate about?
I’m learning to make beaded jewelry. I like to cook and am trying to train my crazy dog, Stella!
All-time favorite book: To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Marion Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. I admire her courage and trailblazing spirit.
You get to eat a meal where fat, calories, sodium, and cholesterol get completely wiped off the books. What would be your food of choice for this very special (and sadly impossible) meal?