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Who are Discovery Advisors?

Discovery Advisors (DAs) are motivated, creative, and academically successful students whose primary responsibility is mentoring students to achieve academic success. Our DAs are internationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) as advanced peer mentors. These student work in close contact with several offices on campus including each of the five schools’ undergraduate advising offices and Division of Student Affairs offices such as the International Student Scholar Services and Services for Students with Disabilities. DAs are part of the Student Success Network available through myBinghamton and they are certified as advanced peer mentors by the College Reading and Learning Association.

Discovery Advisors help students develop effective strategies in such areas as: study skills, time management, and note-taking. DAs assist students in making informed choices about courses and class schedules. They encourage students to explore and utilize the services and resources of the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development early in their academic careers.

Discovery Advisors also promote learning experientially outside the classroom by relaying information on internships, study abroad, the National Student Exchange (NSE) and volunteer opportunities. DAs hold evening office hours (Monday through Thursday, 5-7 p.m. in all four residential-based Discovery Centers.

Meet The Student Staff

Graduate Student Organizational/Academic Success Coaches

jake

Name: Jake Giladi
Year: Graduate
Major: Accounting with a Concentration in Taxation
jgiladi1@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Jake. I am a graduate academic success coach for the Discovery program. I am currently a graduate student studying for my Masters of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Taxation. I plan on pursuing a career in public accounting and one day receiving a C.P.A license. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. This is my third year with the Discovery program so I am well versed in the different academic resources offered by Binghamton University. I'm excited to start helping students achieve academic success here at Binghamton! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

 

nik

Name: Nicole Bunyea
Year: Graduate
Major: Biomedical Anthropology
nbunyea1@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole and I'm an Academic Success Coach here at Discovery. I'm currently in the final year of completing my Master's in Biomedical Anthropology, after graduating from Binghamton last spring with a Bachelor's in Integrative Neuroscience and Biological Anthropology. Outside of class, I'm currently conducting research examining social determinants of health in my hometown of Syracuse, New York. I worked as a Discovery Advisor for two years as an undergraduate, so this will be my third year with the program. As such, I am pretty well versed in the programs and services available on campus. I'm very excited to share my knowledge and experiences will you all. I love to meet new people and help other students so please feel free to come to me with any problems, questions, or even just to talk!

 

Youfang

Name: Yvonne Zhang
Year: Graduate
Major: Accounting
yzhan248@binghamton.edu

Hello everyone. My name is Yvonne and I am currently a graduate student majoring in Accounting within School of Management. This is my first year working for Discovery Program as an Academic Success Coach. I am a teaching assistant for the Accounting Information System class. Additionally, I serve a role in the Binghamton Accounting Association as the Committee Chair of General Affair and am the VP of Public Relation for Toastmaster Club. As an international student, I know what the challenges and difficulties the international students face. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to meeting you all!

 

mitto

Name: Matthew Gitto
Year: Graduate
Major: Accounting
mgitto1@binghamton.edu

My name is Matthew Gitto, I'm a grad student in the School of Management pursuing a Master's degree in accounting. I am currently a tour guide on campus, as well as an Organizational Coach with the discovery program. In my undergrad, I was a tour guide as well as an RA in Dickinson Community. I have a passion for helping my peers and find that through the positions that I've had, I have been able to effectively act upon this. Following graduation, I will be starting a position at Grant Thornton LLP.

 

danny

Name: Danny Graziosi
Year: Graduate
Major: Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and Business Analytics
dgrazio1@binghamton.edu

My name is Danny Graziosi, I am currently a Fast-Track MBA Student Concentration in Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and Business Analytics. Last year, I graduated undergrad with a degree in Management Information Systems. I a member of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and non-profit organization Lazarus Rising. In my free time, I like hanging out with friends, playing sports, and watching tv shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld.

 

 

 Discovery Peer Advisors

linda2

Name: Linda Sabbagh
Year: Junior
Major: Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
lsabbag1@binghamton.edu

Hey everyone! My name is Linda Sabbagh and I'm a first year Discovery Advisor. I'm from Brooklyn and am currently studying Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in SOM. Outside of being a DA, I am a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. I also work as an advisor in the School of Management advising office. I love getting to know people and I'm excited to be working as a DA and help out as many people as I can! Please reach out if you have any questions or just want to talk!

 

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Name: Lauren Stiles
Year: Junior
Major: Nursing
lstiles1@binghamton.edu

Hello! My name is Lauren Stiles and I am currently a junior nursing student in Decker minoring in Women's Gender Studies. I am also a member of Phi Mu interested in pediatric and newborn health. I can't wait to help students find their way at Binghamton and make their experience as amazing as possible! Feel free to contact me with any questions at all.

 

Arianna

Name: Ariane Lucchini
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
alucchi1@binghamton.edu

I am a junior in Harpur College, pursuing a degree in Biochemistry.
I am currently on the pre-health track and plan on taking the MCAT next
spring. Throughout my three years here at Binghamton University, I have
been highly involved on campus. Freshman year, I was a member of the
bowling team and competed in tournaments against other universities.
Sophomore year, I was elected the social vice president of Roosevelt Hall. I
hosted events and community builders for my peers to enjoy. As a Discovery
Advisor, I work to help students find important resources on campus and
plan for their futures. I am also a Supplemental Instruction leader for Bio
117. I hold group-study sessions to help students practice and further
understand the material.

 

alaina

Name: Alainna Iannella
Year: Junior
Major: Neuroscience
aiannel3@binghamton.edu

My name is Alaina Iannella and I am a first-year Discovery Advisor. I am currently a junior majoring in Neuroscience looking to pursue a career as a physicians assistant. I am a member of the Binghamton Equestrian Team and Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority. As a DA, I mainly work with the Binghamton Advantage Program students to help assist them throughout the program and their transition into Binghamton University. I look forward to working with students this year and introducing them to the opportunities Binghamton has to offer!

 andrea

Name: Andrea Papp
Year: Junior
Major: English
apapp1@binghamton.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Andrea Papp and I am currently
majoring in English with a minor in Education. I hope to be an English
teacher someday. I will be a first-year Discovery Advisor and hope to help
with any questions or concerns that may arrive, especially pertaining to
being a transfer/spring admit for I, too, entered Binghamton through Spring
Admission. Additionally, I am the Sisterhood Chair of the sorority Phi Mu
on campus, a BU Student Ambassador, and a news contributor of Pipe
Dream. Please feel free to make an appointment with me and I hope to see
you soon!

 

nicole

Name: Nicole Cipriano
Year: Junior
Major: Philosophy, Politics, and Law and Italian
ncipria1@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole Cipriano and this is my first year as
a Discovery Advisor! I am currently a junior on a pre-law track majoring in
Philosophy, Politics, and Law and planning to attend law school in 2019. I
am also pursuing a major in Italian as well as a minor in history. Outside of
Discovery, I am the Vice President of Operations for Delta Phi Epsilon
sorority. I look forward to working with students this year and showing them
all the opportunities that Binghamton has to offer! Please feel free to reach
out to me anytime if you have any questions!

 

danny

Name: Daniel Rozhkov
Year: Junior
Major: Electrical Engineering 
drozhko1@binghamton.edu

Hello Everyone! My name is Danny and I am junior studying
Electrical Engineering in the School of Watson. I am both a driver and a
trainer for OCC Transport. I am a member of the IEEE club and I like to
play various sports including tennis, basketball and running. I am excited to
help and support students so please feel free to contact me anytime!

 

sabrina

Name: Sabrina Simanoff
Year: Junior
Major: Accounting with a Concentration in Finance
ssimano1@binghamton.edu

Hi! My name is Sabrina Simanoff and I'm currently a junior
majoring in Accounting with a Concentration in Finance. In addition to
being a first year Discovery Advisor, I am a member of Delta Phi Epsilon
sorority and the VP of the Panhellenic Council. As an intra-university
transfer student myself, I am most looking forward to being able to help
inform and guide students interested in university transfer as well. Feel free
to email me about IUT, academic resources, or any questions you may have
regarding your success here at Binghamton.

 

tharini

Name: Tharini Gara
Year: Junior
Major: Integrative Neuroscience
tgara1@binghamton.edu

Hello! My name is Tharini Gara, I am currently a first year DA and completed the Discovery internship my sophomore year. I am on the Pre Health track and eventually want to be a Pediatrician. I am very eager to help others with their journeys at Binghamton University, if you have any questions don't hesitate to email me !

 

liyang

Name: Liyang Tao
Year: Junior
Major: Accounting with Concentrations in Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Ltao1@binghamton.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Liyang Tao, and I am a senior majoring in Accounting with Concentrations in Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. This is my first year as a Discovery Advisor, and I am beyond excited to know students and offer my help. Aside from the Discovery Program, I am the Vice President of Internal Affairs of Ascend. I spent two years in Missouri, and as an international & transfer student, I am more than happy to assist students to transit into Binghamton and get more involved on campus! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

 

kris

Name: Kris Candella
Year: Junior
Major: Biochemistry
kcandel1@binghamton.edu

I am a junior in Harpur College, pursuing a degree in Biochemistry. I
am currently on the pre-health track and plan on taking the MCAT next
spring. Throughout my three years here at Binghamton University, I have
been highly involved on campus. Freshman year, I was a member of the
bowling team and competed in tournaments against other universities.
Sophomore year, I was elected the social vice president of Roosevelt Hall. I
hosted events and community builders for my peers to enjoy. As a Discovery
Advisor, I work to help students find important resources on campus andplan for their futures. I am also a Supplemental Instruction leader for Bio117. I hold group-study sessions to help students practice and further understand the material.

 

amy

Name: Amy (Xinxin) Kou
Year: Junior
Major: Accounting with a Concentration in Finance
xkou1@binghamton.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Amy. This is my first year as a
Discovery Advisor. I am currently a junior majoring in Accounting in
School of Management. Additionally, I am a member of Alpha Kappa Psi
Professional Business Fraternity, Orientation Advisor and secretary of
Chinese Students and Scholars Association(CSSA). I love getting out of my
comfort zone and influence people with my passion. I'm really excited to be
a Discovery Advisor and help students achieve academic success here at
Binghamton! Please contact me if you have any questions!

 

franky

Name: Francesca Rozencvit
Year: Junior
Major: Management Information Systems
frozenc1@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Francesca, but everyone calls me
Franky, and I am a first-year Discovery Advisor and the Econ162 Supplemental Instruction Leader. Outside of Discovery, I am a member Alpha Kappa Psi, which is a co-ed professional business fraternity. I have also been heavily involved in hall government for my first two years living on campus. I have partaken in marketing internships for companies such as Live Nation and LearnVest. My interests include music festivals, philosophy, and sustainable economics. I love helping people find their passion and chatting, so feel free to reach out to me with any questions or problems you may have!

 

Theresa

Name: Theresa Pyrce
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
tpyrce1@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Theresa, and I am a first-year Discovery
Advisor. I am currently a senior in Harpur College majoring in Psychology
with minors in Spanish and Global Studies. I recently studied abroad in
Spain and would love to help interested students find the study abroad
program that integrates best into their academic careers. Feel free to contact
me if you would like advice or information regarding any resources on
campus or just have questions in general. I'm very excited to help students as
a part of Discovery this year!

 

jeremy

Name: Jeremy Solomon
Year: Junior
Major: Accounting and Finance
jsolomo7@binghamton.edu

Hi, my name is Jeremy and I am a junior studying Accounting and
Finance in the School of Management. After having served as a Discovery
Advisor Intern my sophomore year, I am very excited for my first year as a
DA! Some of my other involvements on campus include serving as the
President of the PwC Scholars Program, serving on the DECA E-Board for
my 2nd year, and being a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business
Fraternity. I hope that I can help students as much as possible, and I look
forward to a great school year. Feel free to contact me or schedule an
appointment if you have any questions!

 

 

katebutera

Name: Kate Butera
Year: Senior
Major: Business Administration
kbutera1@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Kate and I am a junior studying Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and supply chain within the School of Management. Outside of Discovery, I am President of Binghamton University's only Broadway/Disney a cappella group, titled No Strings Attached. I am also a Tour Guide on campus, as well as a participant of multiple business case study competitions. This past summer, I completed my first internship at Nestlé and I'm looking forward to what this upcoming year has in store. Please feel free to contact me if you would like advice regarding internship search, general campus questions, or any questions at all!

 

 

stephanielevitt

Name: Stephanie Levitt
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
slevitt4@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie and I am a first year Discovery Advisor from Long Island. I am a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in education in Harpur College. Outside of class, I am a member of Colleges Against Cancer, Student Psychological Association, and the philanthropy chair of my sorority Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. I am so excited to begin my career as a DA and get to know and help out fellow students, so if you have any questions or just want to chat about college life, please feel free to contact me or make an appointment!

 

andrewshaw

Name: Andrew Shaw
Year: Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
ashaw4@binghamton.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Andrew Shaw and I am studying Mechanical Engineering in the Watson School. I am the president of the Bowling club, as well as a member of the gymnastics, stand up, and math clubs. I am a math and physics tutor and enjoy helping others out. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have! Have a great day!

 

annajiang

Name : Anna Jiang
Year: Senior
Major: Business Management with a Concentration in Leadership and Consulting; Theatre with a Concentration in Acting and Directing.
yjiang53@binghamton.edu

Hello!! My Name is Anna and I am a Junior Majoring in Business and Theatre! This is my second year as a DA and I am beyond excited to meet new people and just chat about school, life, and whatever else comes up! Outside of Discovery, I help out with Mainstage shows and am a part of Rotaract and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I am a talker, so feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have!

 

cesco

Name: Francesco Scioscia
Year: Senior
Major: Human Development
fsciosc1@binghamton.edu

Hey there, my name is Francesco Scioscia. I am a senior majoring in Human Development, along with minors in Education and History. I am the Vice President of Education Club, a member of Club Basketball, and volunteer on the Education Minor Steering Committee. I also serve as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for PSYC 111. I'm excited to assist and support Binghamton students in all of their academic endeavors so if you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to contact me.

 

irischan

Name: Iris Chan
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
ichan6@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Iris, and I am a first year Discovery Advisor. I am currently a junior in Harpur College majoring in Psychology with minors in Economics and Theater. Aside from being a part of Discovery, I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity on campus, and a Campus Tour Guide. I love to help out, so if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send them my way!

 

alexalmonte

Name: Alex Almonte
Year: Senior
Major: Biology and English
aalmon10@binghamton.edu

Hi! My name is Alex Almonte and I'm a junior majoring in Biology and English. This is my first year as a Discovery Advisor, and I am also Secretary for the professional pre-health fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu. Currently my career goal is to become a Physician's Assistant and start my own private practice. I'm really looking forward to helping students out in any way that I can so please contact me with any questions or problems you may have!

 

 

 

drewbarkin

Name: Andrew Barkin
Year: Senior
Major: Accounting
abarkin1@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Drew and this is my first year as a Discovery Advisor. I am currently a Junior majoring in Accounting. My campus involvements include being Vice President of Finance for Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity. I'm very excited to start helping students on their path to achieving academic success. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at abarkin1@binghamton.edu.

 

enning

Name: Enning (Katniss) Zhang
Year: Senior
Major: Accounting
ezhang8@binghamton.edu

Hello everyone! I am Enning and I am a junior majoring in accounting in School of Management. In addition, I am co-founder of international language association, which is a foreign language studying organization. I am also a social media intern in the undergraduate admissions office. More importantly, I am the kind of person who loves a challenge and always try my best to step out of my comfort zone. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out, I would love to help you out!

 

shira

Name: Shira Peretz
Year: Senior
Major: Human Development
speretz1@binghamton.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Shira Peretz and I am a junior majoring in Human Development and Graphic Design. This is my first year as a Discovery Advisor and I am a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority. I'm also secretary of the Binghamton Student Design Agency here on campus. I really look forward to helping students with any academic help they might need in addition to finding various involvement opportunities. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and hope to see you soon!

 

Last Updated: 3/19/18