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MEET THE FALL 2014 ELP PEER MENTORS, ADVISORS, AND PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

The ELP is a collaborative effort, including the contributions of faculty, administrative professional staff and students who make up the Leadership Team.  Read below for more information about the team members.

 


 

 Reginald     ELP MENTORS
 

 Name: Reginald T. Gardner                                                                                                                                                        

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Political Science/Education Minor

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Bronx, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University:  The community and level of communication and comfortability between people, as well as the positive environment that facilitates it.

Best advice for incoming students: Talk to people and read your e-mail. Also, use Google calendar.

Molly

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 Name: Molly McNeely                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Double Major in Political Science and English Literature

Class Standing: Senior Hometown: Middletown, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: The sense of campus community, how welcoming and open minded the faculty and staff are --how linked the campus and surrounding community is.

Best advice for incoming students: TRY EVERYTHING--go to every meeting that sounds a little interesting and at least check it out. Meet everyone, go everywhere. There's no better time to try things than your first semester.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                  

Sarah

 

Name:  Sarah Saad                                                                                                                                            

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Psychology

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Manhattan, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: I love the small community Binghamton has, regardless of its size. There is definitely a place for everybody.

Best advice for incoming students: Take a lot of chances, try at least one new thing, and no matter how stressed you are, give yourself a little break doing something you love.

 

          

Zara 

                              

                                                                                                                                                 

Name:  Zara Shah                                                                                                                   

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Biochemistry and Anthropology 

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Vestal, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: Students on campus are very friendly, and the campus itself is very diverse.

Best advice for incoming students: Join whatever class or club sounds interesting to you, because you don't know what you might find that you like.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 
 
 
Vivian
 
 

Name: Vivian Vuong                                                                                                                                   

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s):Actuarial Science

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Bay Shore, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: Not to sound cliche, but definitely the clubs and endless number of events; there's literally something going on every week for anyone and everyone.

Best advice for incoming students: Try out new things. Forget who you were in high school because this is your opportunity to discover yourself.

 

 

Jackson

 

Name: Jackson Haskell                                                                                                                                                

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Mechanical Engineering Major/ Sustainable Engineering Minor

Class Standing: Senior Hometown: Binghamton, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: I think my favorite part of Binghamton is the sense of community within the student body. It's not at all competitive and when you know all your classmates are looking out for you its a great feeling and experience.

Best advice for incoming students: Don't be afraid, get out there and meet new people. The campus is big, but full of people just like you--coming to campus for the first time and unsure about how things work or who to turn to. The best advice I can give is to get out there and ask people questions when you don't know what to do; they'll be more than happy to help you and might just become a good friend.

 

 

Taylor 

Name: Sabrina Woods                                                                                                                                    

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Human Development

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Long Island, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: The diversity the Binghamton atmosphere produces gives students the ability to learn new things everyday. It's never boring here.

Best advice for incoming students: Don't be afraid to try new things. The world is now at your fingertips; enjoy the ride and create new opportunities for yourself.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

Rachel

Name: Rachel Nader                                                                                                                                                

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Linguistics

Class Standing: Freshman Hometown: Oneonta, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: It has the diversity of people, programs and opportunities that you'd expect from a big university, but with the sense of community and pride of a small school.

Best advice for incoming students: Don't stress too much. Spend time on your work since that's why you're at college, but take time to enjoy yourself. Create memories, and most importantly try new things. 

 

 

 

 

Jake

 

Name: Ryan Mirchin

                                                                                                                                                                                  Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Integrative Neuroscience                                                                        

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Putnam Valley, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: My favorite thing about Binghamton is the people on campus from the students, to the professors. And the campus is nice!

Best advice for incoming students: Put yourself in a situation you wouldn't usually put yourself in; you never know where it might lead you.

 

 

 

Jake

Name: Jake Groezinger                                                                                                                                               

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Industrial Engineering 

Class Standing: Sophomore  Hometown: Albany, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: My favorite part about Binghamton University is how comfortable campus is; people are always encouraging you to get involved and explore new things. I also love the diversity of the student body and how everyone feels welcome, from the day they arrive on campus.

Best advice for incoming students: My best advice for incoming students is to get involved as soon as you can and don't be afraid to try something new. 

 

 

 

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Name: Rachel Suntag                   

                                                                                                                          Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Accounting

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Rockaway, NJ

What do you like most about Binghamton University: I love how Binghamton creates a small school atmosphere with the resources of a big school. There is a sense of community and pride within campus and everyone is so friendly.

Best advice for incoming students: My advice for incoming students is to make every moment count. College flies by so quickly so make as many memories as you can!

 

 

 

Taylor

 

Name: Taylor Groo

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Italian

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Monroe-Woodbury, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: The community created by classes, living communities and clubs, and how friendly everyone is.

Best advice for incoming students: Don't be afraid to try something new. Get involved in a club or sport you never thought about or played before. There is something for everyone here from knitting club to fencing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FACULTY PROGRAM ADVISORS


 

Carrie

Name: Carrie Moylan                                                                                                                                   

Title and Department: Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work (CCPA)

Hometown: I grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, spent a number of years in Seattle, Washington, and am now living in Binghamton.

Research/Professional Interests:  Sexual assault, domestic violence, and what communities can do to prevent and respond to trauma

What you like most about Binghamton University:  The students!  I've found the students to be smart, talented, eager to learn, friendly, and full of great ideas.

Best advice for incoming students: Be open; open to learning; open to trying new things; open to finding talents and interests you never would have imagined; open to new ideas and new ways of thinking about the world; open to getting to know the amazing people who surround you.

                                                                                                                                                         

 

                               Vishal Gupta

Name: Vishal Gupta                                                                                                                                                          

Title: Assistant Professor, School of Management

Research/Professional Interests: Corporate Entrepreneurship, Women and Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Favorite thing about Binghamton: Small Town, Clean Environment, Location

Best advice for incoming students: Work hard because what you do now will lay the foundation for your future life

 

Name: Dylan Horvath                                                                                                                                                             Dylan


Title and Department: Steward of Natural Area, Environmental Studies

Hometown: Marcellus, NY

Research/Professional Interests: Wildlife/Field Biology, Land Management, Environmental Education

What do you like most about Binghamton University: I like meeting, working with, advising, and just conversing with so many great students/volunteers.

Best advice for incoming students: Don't hesitate to get involved in student groups, volunteering, and talking with faculty and staff.

 

 

Name: Sarah Thompson                                                                                                                                                         Sara   

Title and Department: Lecturer of Health and Wellness Studies, Decker School of Nursing

Hometown: Atwood, KS

Research/Professional Interests: Nutrition, Exercise, Obesity and Eating Disorders

What you like most about Binghamton University: I love the diversity and intellectual capital at Binghamton University. It is a wonderful place for students, faculty and professional staff to develop new technologies, share ideas and build skills to better ourselves and our world.

Best advice for incoming students: Get involved with things you are interested in and remember to take care of what is most important in the process, your health. It is important to maintain healthy eating, sleeping and exercise habits to make the most of your time at Binghamton University. You don't want to get yourself so run down that you aren't able to enjoy all the opportunity that BU has to offer! Be good to yourself!

 

Name: David Gerstle                                                                                                                                              David

Title and Department: Lecturer and Global Studies Program Assistant, Office of International Programs

Hometown:   Albuquerque, New Mexico

Research/Professional Interests: I study the functions of language and ideology in social movements, popular science, evolution and creationism debates, science education, multi-lingual public education - generally, the ways that people use different language strategies to argue what is factual and what kinds of impacts those arguments might have.  My dissertation research deals with this kind of thing occurring within and around the Evolutionary Studies (EVos) program that started here at Binghamton over a decade ago, but has branched into many other universities and non-academic institutions.  My undergraduate work was in behavioral ecology and biological anthropology, so I pretty much ended up studying the "rhetoric" of the scientists who teach and promote evolutionary theories (of one kind or another) and their critics.

Favorite thing about Binghamton University: The undergraduates here are outstanding!  There is a lot of curiosity, hopefulness and critical thinking going on at this school, and it makes teaching and advising a really rewarding job.

Best advice for incoming students: Read everything!!

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Name: Katie Collette

Title and department: Undergraduate Advisor, School of Management

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Undergraduate and graduate degrees: BS Biological Sciences (Binghamton University) MSW (University of Buffalo)

Professional interests: Student success with a special interest in freshman and transfer transition issues

What you like most about Binghamton University: Binghamton offers its students countless ways to take on leadership roles and gives students real power to make meaningful lasting change in the school and community. I am always amazed at what Binghamton students can accomplish in a short amount of time.

Best advice for incoming students: Take every (legal) opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone.

 

 

 Name: Barbara Wolfe

baraTitle and Department: Chair, Undergraduate Advisor, Costume Designer, Theatre Department

Hometown: East Greenbush, NY

Research/Professional Interests: Costume design, theatre design, costume history, history of interior design, Costume Designer at Cider Mill Playhouse

What you like most about Binghamton University: The students; they are driven, talented people without ego problems. Also they are from widely varying experiences and locations making every day an adventure.

Best advice for incoming students: Plan and be in charge of your own education. Don't be afraid to stand out.

 

 

 

 


 

STAFF PROGRAM ADVISORS

Name: Craig Broccoli                                                                                                                                          Craig Broccoli

Title and Department: Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Hometown: Carmel, NY

Research/Professional Interests: Entrepreneurship, sustainable design and engineering, leadership studies

What do you like most about Binghamton University: I like Binghamton's engaged student body that is academically talented and also driven to find their own career paths.

Best advice for incoming students: Be confident, network voraciously, get involved, and try new things and see where it leads you.

 

 

Name: Terry Creeden                                                                                                                                                            Terry

Title and Department: International Health Insurance Coordinator, International Student and Scholar Services

Hometown: Originally Long Beach, New York; now Binghamton, New York

Research/Professional Interests: Reaching across the perceived barriers that separate people with kindness, compassion and service.

Favorite thing about Binghamton University: The wide variety of activities and support services available to students to enhance their education and become successful.

Best advice for incoming students: Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone! Open yourself to new ideas, new ways of doing things, and getting to know people that you would otherwise never meet. Remember to be safe, look out for others and yourself.

 

Name: Tyler Lenga                                                                                                                                                          

tyler

Title and Department: Program Coordinator, Office of New Student Programs

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

Research/Professional Interests: First Year Experience/Student Transition, Leadership Studies, Communication Studies, Public Service, Local Government

What do you like most about Binghamton University: Without a doubt, the students! I enjoy every day that I get to interact with students and learn about all the amazing things that they do here at Binghamton.

Best advice for incoming students: Get involved! Take full advantage of all the resources Binghamton University has to offer you. Trust me, you'll be glad that you did!

 

Name: Ashley Serbonich                                                                                                                                                         Ashley

Title and Department: Assistant to the Director, Office of External Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards/Undergraduate Research Center

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

Research/Professional Interests: Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences, career development, academic advising, degree planning, professional development

What do you like most about Binghamton University: The students!

Best advice for incoming students: Balance your life. Seek out opportunities and connect with others.

 

 

 

Name: Sean Sherwood                                                                                                                                                          Sean

Title and Department: Resident Director, Residential Life & Housing

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

Research/Professional Interests: Transitional & Transformational Leadership Theory

What do you like most about Binghamton University: The students- they are very involved and advocates.

Best advice for incoming students: Join a club or organization! You will meet new people and find an interest.

  

 

Name: Shawna Szabo                                                                                                                                                    

Title and Department: Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services Office

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Shawna

Research/Professional Interests: I am interested in learning how to make Binghamton University a more culturally competent campus through offering cross-cultural training and activities for all students, staff and faculty.

Favorite thing about Binghamton University: I think having programs like ELP and offices like the Center for Civic Engagement make our campus unique in that we are always looking for ways to help our students become true global citizens. I also love having the ability to take a walk in our campus nature preserve on my lunch break.

Best advice for incoming students:  I encourage all students to constantly step outside their comfort zone. "We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are." - Max DePree

 

 

 

 


 

PROGRAM ASSISTANTS        

Max

 

Name: Max Bartell

Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science/ PPL

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Binghamton, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: I like the fact that all of the students are all really smart and hard working. However, at the same time, everyone is willing to have fun, and knows how to do so responsibly.

What you enjoyed best about the ELP in the past: I think that watching a group of students go from complete strangers to a community is really amazing. Additionally, being able to be part of the team has been an amazing opportunity. I look forward to being a part of this team once again.

Best advice for incoming students: Take the first semester to explore campus, and truly find yourself. After that, figure out what you enjoy doing, and pursue it. Along with time management, you'll be able to eliminate your stress, enjoy your time here at Binghamton, and get involved with this dynamic campus. 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Name: Jessica Young                                                     jh

Major(s)/Minor(s):Neuroscience

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Matawan, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: Binghamton is the perfect size. It has an endless amount of opportunities and new experiences. Binghamton is still small enough to see your friends when walking around campus. Binghamton is fun, diverse and very enjoyable.

What you enjoyed best about the ELP in the past:  ELP is a family. You get to meet great friends, mentors, staff and faculty members. It's an amazing networking experience while building up your leadership skills.

Best advice for incoming students: Get involved on campus. Join clubs you think you like and some random ones. Try new things and take advantage of the different opportunities at Binghamton.

 

 

                   

Name:  Lindsey Mironsdf

Major(s)/Minor(s):  Psychology/Spanish, Education

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Manhattan, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: There is always so much going on and so many opportunities for students to become involved as leaders. There's really something for everyone.

What you enjoyed best about the ELP in the past: I liked meeting new people and helping students get adjusted to Binghamton.

Best advice for incoming students: To get involved, but don't over-commit. Also, take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. You never know what one opportunity can lead to.

 


 

Megan

 

Name: Megan Curran

Major(s): Psychology with an Education minor

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Hicksville, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: I love Binghamton University because of the sense of community that is here on campus.

What you enjoyed best about the ELP in the past: I loved meeting new people through ELP and reaching out to the surrounding community.

Best advice for incoming students: Don't be afraid to ask questions and try new things!

 

 

 

 

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