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New Faculty & Staff 2016-2017

A number of faculty and administrative staff were introduced at Convocation ceremonies to start the 2016-2017 academic year, either new to the St. Lawrence community or starting in new positions since the fall of 2015.

Cristian Armendariz-Picon joins St. Lawrence as an Associate Professor in Physics, following a period of  twelve years at Syracuse University. Dr. Armendariz-Picon obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich in 2001, under the supervision of Slava Mukhanov. His research focuses on theoretical cosmology and the early Universe. Prof. Armendariz-Picon will be teaching a variety of courses offered by the Physics Department.

Fred Arroyo is a novelist, short story writer and essayist, whose The Region of Lost Names and Western Avenue and Other Fictions have received wide acclaim. He received his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Willson College. His research and creative endeavors are focused on contemporary fiction, creative nonfiction, and literacy. As the Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, Fred looks forward to teaching introductory courses in fiction writing as well as seminars focused on multigenre creative writing, such as "The Art and Craft of Brief Short Prose Forms."

Katie Ba joined St. Lawrence as the Coordinator for the Global Gateways Grant Project in May of 2016.  In this role, she works to help international students adjust academically and socially to life at SLU. Since completing her Master of Science in Teaching in 2011, Katie has worked at SUNY Canton as Interim Coordinator for International Programs, Adjunct Instructor of French, and Senegal Program Director.

David Babb joined the Admissions team in fall 2015 as an Assistant Director and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment. David has a recruitment territory that covers a vast majority of the New York City area. David coordinates the admissions HEOP program recruitment and is one of three co-coordinators of our admissions tour guide/ambassador program. David was previously at the New Jersey Institute of Technology as an Admissions Counselor. He received his Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies from The College at Brockport – SUNY in 2014.

In fall 2015, Meg Bernier Keniston ’07, M’09 was promoted to Associate Director of Marketing. She joined the University Communications team in March 2012. She is a content strategist for traditional print publications, including numerous admissions and advancement materials, the University website and manages the University’s expanding electronic and social media presence. Her efforts have helped earn St. Lawrence national recognition for print publications and social media. Meg majored in English and minored in education at St. Lawrence, graduating cum laude, and earned her M.Ed. in educational leadership. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved with campus life as an athlete, a member of Tri-Delta sorority, an Alumni Executive Council student delegate, and a member of her class council.

Joe Blum joins the University Communications and University Advancement departments as a Video Producer. Prior to coming to St. Lawrence, Joe served as a video producer and instructor of digital media storytelling at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Before working in higher education he worked in the film industry in Los Angeles and as a videographer in Syracuse, NY. Joe holds a Master of Science in photography from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech.

Amanda Brewer ’12, M’15 joined University Advancement as Assistant Director of Laurentian Engagement in September 2015.  Amanda is responsible for coordinating all non-presidential regional events, Homecoming Weekend and Laurentian for Life Week, managing Reunion Ambassadors during Reunion Weekend.  She also serves as the co-chair to the Student Alumni Association.  Prior to joining the Laurentian Engagement staff, Amanda worked as assistant coach for the Saints women’s rowing team while completing her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence.  Originally from Saranac Lake, NY, Amanda came to St. Lawrence as an Augsbury North Country Scholar and earned her B.S. in Biology and English.  As an undergraduate student, she was a four-year member of the women’s varsity rowing team and studied abroad in London.

Sam Byrne comes to St. Lawrence as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies.  Sam earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Health from the University at Albany in 2016. His research interests include the environmental causes of health disparities, the health effects of environmental chemicals, and the social and cultural factors which influence risk for disease.  He will be teaching an introductory course in environmental studies, and advanced courses in environmental health and epidemiology.

Erin Casey began her duties in the Torrey Health Center as a Physician Assistant and was appointed the Director of Health Services in January 2016.  Erin has a degree in Physician Assistant Studies and Exercise Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and certification from the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.

Sun Ki Choi comes to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics.  Sun Ki earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky in 2016. His research interests include wage and fringe benefit differential between public and private sector employees, trend of wage differential, and the determinants of total benefit differential. He will be teaching quantitative methods in economics.

Colleen Coakley ’02 was named Coordinator of Academic Development, within the Academic Advising office, in September of 2015. This comes after two years serving the Psychology Department, first as Laboratory Coordinator, then as Visiting Instructor. Colleen also teaches in the First Year Program.

Kimberly Covill returns to St. Lawrence University as one of the new Assistant Directors of the Adirondack Semester. She graduated from SLU in 2006. Most recently, Kim completed an MFA in Creative Writing, focusing in Nonfiction, and an MA in Literature, focusing in Ecocriticism, at the University of Montana in Missoula. Kim has built up a variety of professional skills over the years, including working as a ski patroller and EMT, habilitation aide for developmentally disabled adults, and field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Maverick Cummings began his responsibilities as a Residential Coordinator in our Residence Life office earlier this summer.  He comes to St. Lawrence from Canisius College where he was a graduate assistant in the Griff Center for Academic Engagement with experience in new student orientation, career services and accessibility support.  Maverick has had Resident Director experience at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Gwen Cunningham just took on the role as Interim Science Librarian. Gwen has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.  She comes to SLU with past experience at Brown University’s Center for Digital Initiatives as well as the Providence Athenaeum.  Her office is in the Launders Science Library in Madill Hall which houses the University’s science collections and GIS services.

Tiara Davis is a 2014 graduate of St. Lawrence and joins our Residence Life staff as a Residential Coordinator.  While a student here, Tiara was a Community Assistant in our Residence Life office.  She received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Relay Graduate School of Education.  Most recently, Tiara served as a Special Education Teacher at The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters.

Matt Deschamps is an assistant men's hockey coach. He has spent the last two years in Austria with EC Red Bull Salzburg Hockey Club as the head coach of the RBS U18 team while also serving the club in director and development coordinator roles. Matt played for the University of Maine, helping to lead the Black Bears to the 2004 Hockey East Championship, four appearances in the NCAA Tournament and two trips to the NCAA Finals. He graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in public policy, management. During a five-year professional career, Matt had stops playing in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League.

Deb Dudley joined St. Lawrence as the senior writer and editor for the Office of University Communications in June 2016. Deb serves as the managing editor of St. Lawrence magazine and also collaborates with faculty, staff, students and alumni on producing content for numerous University outlets in both print and digital media. Prior to joining St. Lawrence, Deb worked as the Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications at SUNY Potsdam from 2005 to 2016.  Before relocating to the North Country in 2005, Deb's career in communications included work for commercial publishing companies as well as international human rights organizations based in New York City. She received BA and BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a MFA from Plymouth University, United Kingdom.

Erin Eggleston is joining the St. Lawrence community as a Visiting Assistant Professor from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Eggleston earned her PhD in Microbiology from Cornell University in 2015. She looks forward to teaching microbiology, and continuing her research in microbial ecology of aquatic environments.

Christopher Felix joined the Admissions team in fall 2015 as an Assistant Director. Chris has a large recruitment territory and coordinates the admissions overnight program. Chris was previously working as a substitute teacher and in sales. He received his Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University in 2008 and was an important member of the golf team from 2004-2008.

Jake Fredericks '13 returns to St. Lawrence as a full-time assistant coach for both the men's and women's track and field teams. Jake, who captained the indoor and outdoor track and field teams as a senior, holds the University record in both the 60 and the 110 hurdles. During a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach for the Saints, Jake coached national qualifiers and program record holders in eight individual events, as well as two relay teams. The Ogdensburg native graduated with a degree in government and philosophy. He was the recipient of the Ronald C. Hoffmann Outstanding First-Year Student-Athlete award following his rookie season, was the president of Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honorary, and earned a fellowship in the summer of 2012.

Dan Gallagher will join the Performance & Communication Arts Department as Technical Director & Production Manager.  He most recently served as Director of Operations for RGB Lights in Chicago where he managed large scale video & lighting productions for clients such as Google, Nike, the Dave Matthews Band and the White House.  He is a member of United Scenic Artists and spent seven years as the Assistant Lighting Director for New York City Opera.  He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his MFA and has been a guest artist at Connecticut College, Lock Haven University, Daytona State College, Northeastern Illinois University and Arizona State.  At St. Lawrence
he will be overseeing the technical elements of departmental productions and teaching classes in stagecraft, design, CAD drafting and new media.

Richard Gerber was promoted in February 2016 from Director of Advancement Operations to Executive Director of Advancement Operations. Since Rich began his career with St. Lawrence University in October 2014, he has been a member of the Advancement Management Team and has assisted in the overall strategic planning for the University’s comprehensive campaign. Rich brings with him over 15 years of senior finance and operations management experience in the academic and development fields.  His Advancement Operations background includes management of the day-to-day fiscal, administrative, information technology and strategic planning functions for Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Business School, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute divisions for development and alumni relations. Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, as well as an MBA, from St. John Fisher College. He is also a native northern New Yorker.

This past year Olga Grant was promoted to Manager of Office Services. She has been with St. Lawrence for over two years and before that worked as the branch manager for the American Red Cross of Northern New York.  Olga has her BS from RIT.

Sun Haoyu comes to St. Lawrence as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Beijing Language and Culture University. She earned her Master's Degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2011. Her research focus is translation and interpreting. She will be teaching Chinese courses as well as taking some courses related to American culture and society.

Robin Hart has joined the Admissions team this summer as an Assistant Director. Robin has a recruitment territory that covers a select group of private schools in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Robin will be one of three co-coordinators of the admissions tour guide/ambassador program and the event coordinator for major admissions events. Robin was previously working as a para-educator in Vermont. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University in 2012 in Francophone Studies with Honors with a minor in Educational Studies and German.

Brook Henkel joins the Department of Modern Languages as Assistant Professor of German and Film Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from Columbia University in 2013 and served as Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Haverford College before coming to St. Lawrence. His research focuses on 20th-century German literature, film, and media theory. Dr. Henkel will be teaching all levels of German language at St. Lawrence and contributing to the program in Film and Representation Studies.

Alvin Henry is joining the English Department. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. A two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Middlebury College in Vermont initiated him into North Country winters. He is finishing his first book, an analysis of how African American novels depict the challenges of growing up under racism. His next book project asks how novels narrate the lives of the elderly. Professor Henry will teach courses in literary theory as well as minority literature.

Brian P. Higley has joined St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology.  He has taught a variety of psychology courses at various universities and colleges (including the University of Florida and the University of North Florida) and has earned a variety of teaching awards and honors, including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honorary Membership Award (honoring outstanding contributions to the classroom, the campus, and the community) and the Disability Resource Center Professor Empowerment Award (honoring professors who promote students’ learning and growth). He has also consulted with individuals, teams, and organizations on how to implement evidence-based best practices in education, leadership, management, and work/life satisfaction in organizations ranging from major universities to mental health facilitates to Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Higley received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida, where his research earned him the Ted Landsman Award for excellence in the promotion of human growth and development. During his undergraduate years at Baldwin-Wallace University, he was the captain of the basketball team and won numerous academic and athletic awards, including the Clyde Lamb Award (awarded the outstanding student-athlete at the university) and the Dr. William Prokasy Award (awarded to a psychology major based upon academic achievement, contributions to the department, and potential in the field of psychology). Dr. Higley is currently focused on the development of trainings and tools that facilitate education excellence, execution excellence, and work and life satisfaction.

Ann Hubert comes to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in English from Eureka College. Dr. Hubert earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 and also holds a Master’s degree in the Classics from Illinois. Dr. Hubert's research focuses on the rhetorical and performative intersections of medieval English preaching and drama. She will be teaching several English courses as well as classes on Greek and Roman mythology.

Samuel Joseph joins St. Lawrence University community as the Sustainability Program Director and Homesteader in Residence.  While studying Ecology and Natural Resource Management at Cook College in Rutgers University, Samuel was introduced to the important role agriculture has on our living systems.  Soil, water, and energy flows all interconnect in agriculture.  After college he worked on numerous organic farms learning the skills in growing vegetables, fruit, and livestock.  Prior to coming to St. Lawrence University, Samuel was the farm manager of a non-profit community supported agriculture (CSA) with the goals of providing fresh produce to food pantries and low income families.  He enjoys thinking about food and energy systems holistically as well as mushroom foraging, hiking, and nature observation. 

Mary Kelley was promoted from Assistant Director to Senior Assistant Director in Admissions. Mary has a large recruitment territory and chairs the leadership and community service scholarship committees.

Nicholas Kenney joins St. Lawrence's Department of Government as a visiting professor. He completed his doctorate in international relations at Tufts University in 2015 after teaching for a security studies graduate program in North Carolina. Dr. Kenney's experience as a practitioner includes working for the State Department and a conflict resolution NGO in Jerusalem. His research focuses on strategic decision-making, nationalism, and non-state threats to national security. He also holds a JD from Boston College and researches legal issues related to counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. Dr. Kenney will be teaching introduction to international politics as well as upper level seminars on international security and methods.

Derek King comes to Saint Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Government Department following a year at the University of Oregon.  Dr. King's research focus is on politics in developing countries, especially East and Southeast Asia.  He will teach introduction to Comparative Politics and a seminar on Asian protest movements in the fall semester.

Sarah Knobel is a photographer and new art faculty at St. Lawrence University. Her work has been featured in exhibitions national and internationally, which include Miami, Seattle, Portland, Kansas City, Washington DC, Germany, Belgium and Greece.  Sarah holds an MFA in Photography from the Design Architecture Art and Planning Program at the University of Cincinnati and a BFA in Studio Art from Texas State University.

As a Visiting Professor in the Chemistry Department, Charles Krois will be teaching General Chemistry this year. He earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where he then continued his research on the biochemistry of vitamin A. Last spring, he also taught general chemistry as an adjunct professor at the College of Alameda.

Karen Kus will serve as a Career Advisor in the Career Services office for the 2016-2017 academic year.   She has career services experience from Humber College, the University of Toronto at Mississauga and at Evergreen College.  Karen has a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto. 

Elizabeth (Beth) Larrabee has been promoted from Assistant Director to Associate Director of Career Services.  Beth has been with our Career Services office since September of 2012.

Marina Llorente was appointed Associate Dean of International and Intercultural Studies in March 2014. Dr. Llorente came to St. Lawrence in 1997 after earning her PhD in Spanish at the University of Kansas.  She was promoted to Professor in 2013. In 2013, she also delivered the Piskor lecture, while in 2009, she was the winner of the Maslow Award. She is the author of two books, has co-edited two additional books, and has a third co-translated and co-edited volume that is expected to be published in 2017. She has also published more than ten articles, essays and interviews, as well as produced a documentary.  In addition to serving a five year term as the Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, Dr. Llorente has served as the co-director of the Mellon Humanities Grant, as well as on the grant’s advisory board. As a teacher and administrator, she has directed the Spain Program fourth times. Her committee service has included the CIIS Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, the Faculty Life Committee, and the Scholarship, Fellowships, and Grants Committees. She has also been a board member of the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program, the European Studies Program, the Film Studies Program, and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.  She brings experience managing a department and an abroad program, and many years of collaborating with colleagues in departments across campus. 

Jillian Locke returns to St. Lawrence as a part-time Career Services Fellow in our Career Services office.  Jillian received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence in 2012.  She will be responsible for and gain experience in performing career-related advising with all undergraduate students on all aspects of career services.

Cully Long is a Visiting Professor from New York City, where he works as a scenic and costume designer. He holds an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Connecticut. He will be teaching theatrical design as well as designing for the departmental productions of Legally Blonde and Everyman.

Lyndsay Malcomb was promoted from Senior Assistant Director to Associate Director in Admissions. Lyndsay has a recruitment territory and coordinates the admissions social media programs. Lyndsay also coordinates the admissions summer intern and senior fellows programs in Admissions.

Jeffrey McLean comes to St. Lawrence University as a Post Doctoral Associate in Statistics from a visiting stint at Sonoma State University. Dr. McLean earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University in 2015. Dr. McLean’s research focus is statistics education and will be teaching introductory statistics coursework.

Mark Morris was named the Charles W. Appleton II Head Men’s Ice Hockey Coach at St. Lawrence in May of 2016. Mark, who served as an assistant coach to Joe Marsh from 1985-88 and was part of the 1988 national runner-up team, returned to the North Country after a year as the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League. He holds the distinction of being the only coach to have won more than 300 games at both the collegiate and professional level. A Massena native and a 1981 graduate of Colgate University, Mark went on to a three year professional playing career which included stints with the Dallas Black Hawks and the New Haven Nighthawks before entering the coaching profession as an assistant coach at Union College in 1984-85. Morris spent 13 seasons as the head coach at Clarkson. He broke into the professional coaching ranks as a coach with Manchester of the American Hockey League in 2006 where he spent eight years as head coach. He joined the Checkers in July of 2015 after serving the previous season as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers in the NHL. He has also served as a special assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach with the Vancouver Canucks, an assistant coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit and coached at the Northwood School in Lake Placid.

Meghan O’Brien joined the Admissions team a year ago as an Assistant Director. Meg has a large recruitment territory and is a co-coordinator of the admissions tour guide/ambassador program. Meghan also works with Dean Jeff Rickey on the prestigious Vilas Scholarship program and selection committee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University in 2015 with a major in English – Creative Writing and Psychology.

Cedric Joseph Oliva comes as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies and director of the Self-Taught Language Program. Before coming to St Lawrence University, Dr. Oliva taught Linguistics, French and Italian at Cal State, Long Beach and authored several textbooks on teaching 3rd languages to speakers of English and Spanish. His research focuses is on linguistic proximities and intercomprehension.

Nick Ormasen graduated from St. Lawrence in 2003 and began his career as a member of the IT department here at St. Lawrence.  He held several support roles before moving on to the Office Services department assuming the post of Manager in 2008.  For the last year he has served as the Director of Purchasing and EHS as part of the Finance Division.

Kathryn Ort was appointed Counselor in our Counseling Services office in February 2016.  She received a BA in Human Services from SUNY Plattsburg,  a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, and has a Mental Health Counselor license from the State of New York.  Kathryn came to St. Lawrence by way of the St. Lawrence County Mental Health where she served as a mental health counselor.

June Peoples is the new Advancement Communications Writer. She will write and edit brochures, feature articles, newsletters and other digital and print communications to help share Laurentian stories of giving and gratitude with SLU donors, alumni, parents, and friends. Before joining the advancement team, she spent 12 years leading the annual giving and finance program for SLU’s award-winning NPR affiliate, North Country Public Radio. She has a BS in Psychology and MS in Counseling from the University of Memphis.

Casey Peterson’03, M’04 joined University Advancement in November of 2015 as Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts. Casey works remotely for the University from her home in Western NY meeting with alumni prospects in the central NY and Midwest regions. Prior to working for St. Lawrence, Casey spent nearly 12 years working in advancement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS).  During her tenure at HWS, Casey served in a variety of roles, including Director of Annual Giving, Director of Development for Athletics and - most recently - Senior Director of Leadership Giving. In addition to her B.S. in Economics and Mathematics, Casey also earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from St. Lawrence in 2004. A former Saints ice hockey player, Casey remains active helping to coach her son’s and daughter’s hockey teams.

Lauren Rosenthal joined North Country Public Radio in December 2015. She reports on the St. Lawrence Valley from NCPR's home base in Canton. She spent the last three years in the Aleutian Islands, covering energy, commercial fishing, and politics for the Alaska Public Radio Network. An award-winning reporter and radio producer, Lauren’s had work on NPR's "Weekend Edition” and “The Salt,” WBUR's "Here & Now," and in The Hairpin, Al Jazeera America, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and more. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in comparative literature.

Gianmarco Savio comes to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology. Dr. Savio earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Stony Brook University in 2016. His research specializes in the area of social movements and he will be teaching a number of courses on that topic, in addition to Principles of Sociology.

Sara Schaff has taught creative writing at Oberlin College and at the University of Michigan, where she received her MFA. Her debut story collection, Say Something Nice About Me, is forthcoming this fall. At St. Lawrence, where she will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Fiction, she'll be teaching courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting.

Eric Shinnick is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin who received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. He then made the transition to Economics with the hope of developing skills applicable in industry. He received his Master’s in Economics at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Eric’s professional background is primarily in data analysis for the insurance industry. Hired in December as a Financial Analyst, St. Lawrence gave Eric the opportunity to transition to financial analysis which had been a goal of his for some time.

Terri Selby was promoted this year from Executive Director of Major Gifts to Executive Director of Major and Planned Gifts and now oversees a new combined gift program.  When Terri joined St. Lawrence in 2015, she brought over 15 years of higher education development experience including front-line fundraising, volunteer and staff management in the annual fund, parent giving, major gifts and planned giving. Prior to joining St. Lawrence University she worked at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Terri’s approach to development is informed by more than 10 years of corporate sales experience at a variety of publications including the Providence Journal and Yankee Magazine. Terri has also served on a number of non-profit boards including the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northern New England Chapter and co-chaired their 2012 annual conference.

James Sieja comes to St. Lawrence as an assistant professor of government from a visiting position at Skidmore. Dr. Sieja earned his Ph. D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. His research focuses on the American judicial system, particularly the process for selecting federal judges. Dr. Sieja will be teaching introductory classes on American government, as well as higher level courses on the presidency, judicial system, and constitutional law. He looks forward to rooting for consecutive Liberty League basketball champions.

Jessica Sierk is excited to join the St. Lawrence faculty as an Assistant Professor in Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Social Analysis, Educational Policy and Reform from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May. Dr. Sierk's research focuses on the sociopolitical context of education, specifically as it relates to race and whiteness. This fall, she will be teaching Contemporary Issues in American Education and Teaching in a Differentiated Classroom.

Christi Sommerfeldt has joined the University Advancement team this year as Assistant Director of Prospect Research from previous employment at SUNY Canton as Circulation Supervisor at the Southworth Library Learning Commons. In her new position, she will identify new donor prospects, as well as gather and update information for existing prospect records.  Christi earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in music from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.  She brings to St. Lawrence more than nine years of library experience, including holding a variety of positions at Miami University of Ohio and public libraries in Wisconsin, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky.

Angela Sweigart-Gallagher comes to St. Lawrence as an Assistant Professor of Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.  Dr. Sweigart-Gallagher earned her PhD in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2008.  Her research interests and performance projects focus on the intersection of politics and performance.  She will be teaching several acting classes in the fall, and will be directing Everyman in the spring.

Tina Tao joined the Academic Advising office last fall as the Coordinator of Academic Support. Previously at St. Lawrence, she taught general chemistry labs and continues to teach in the First-Year Program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Gettysburg College and a master’s degree at the University of Delaware. In her current position, Tina works with students individually and in workshops to find and use the skills and tools they need for academic success.

Aaron Todd '00 returns to St. Lawrence as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications and Marketing. After graduation, he served as a graduate assistant in the sports information department at St. Lawrence from 2001 to 2003. He later served as the sports information director at Bates College and Merrimack College and was the communications and marketing manager for the Brown University Sports Foundation. Aaron was most recently the managing editor for Information Technology Systems/Casino City/GPWA.

Connor Weis joined the Admissions team in the fall of 2015 as an Assistant Director. Connor has a large recruitment territory and coordinates the admissions Book Award program for high school students. Connor also participates in the St. Paul’s Advance Studies Summer Program as a mentor to the select students from that area. Connor joined the staff after graduation from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Alexis “Lexi” Williams ‘15 joined University Advancement as Assistant Director of Laurentian Engagement shortly following her Commencement.  Lexi is charged with strategizing the Laurentian Engagement Office’s content and digital media presence.  This includes a variety of platforms such as the University alumni website and social media outlets. As a student, Lexi capitalized on every opportunity that St. Lawrence had to offer.  She served as an Admissions ambassador, an orientation leader welcoming first-year students to campus, and sang in the co –ed a cappella group “The Upbeats.”  Lexi earned valuable experience interning with the University Communications Office in the summer of 2015, as well as serving as a member of the student social media team.

Katharine Wolfe comes to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Philosophy. She has previously held faculty positions at Allegheny College, Bard College, and the University of King’s College. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from SUNY Stony Brook in 2015. Her research focuses on the relational nature of selfhood, and considers the implications of need, vulnerability, and dependency for ethical and political life.

Emily Wood recently joined the athletic training staff at St. Lawrence. Emily was a graduate assistant and intern for Salisbury University from 2013 until 2016 and completed her graduate work earning a master’s degree in applied health and physiology. Her primary coverage for the Seagulls included cross country, basketball, tennis and swimming with additional coverage for football. Prior to Salisbury, Emily was a student athletic trainer at Alfred University and completed student internships with SUNY Geneseo, Houghton and SUNY Alfred.

Michael Yang joins St. Lawrence University in the fall of 2016 as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016. He attended SUNY Geneseo as an undergraduate, where he received a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Business Management. Dr. Yang's research interests include international economics, public finance, and time series analysis. Currently, his research focuses on the relationship between economic openness and fiscal policy.

Weiwei Zhang received her PhD in Sociology from Boston University and currently is a visiting assistant professor at St. Lawrence University. Before joining St. Lawrence University, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University. Her primary areas of research interest are economic sociology, the sociology of culture, Chinese society, and globalization. She is particularly interested in examining urban China’s socioeconomic and cultural changes in the context of globalization.