Brief Biographies of New or Promoted Faculty and Staff, Fall 2013 | St. Lawrence University

Brief Biographies of New or Promoted Faculty and Staff, Fall 2013

Dr. Fatima Amir comes to St. Lawrence as Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics from St John’s University.  Dr. Amir earned her Ph.D. in Physics from University of Houston in 2003.  She then, spent two years as postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Texas in Denton, and one year at University of Texas at Arlington.  She was a research scientist for three years at the University of Texas at Arlington before joining the Holy Cross College as a Visiting Assistant Professor.   Dr. Amir’s research focus is on metal oxides synthesis for energy storage systems and solar cells applications.  She will be teaching a number of introductory courses as well as senior classes in Physics.

Ms. Sara Ashpole is an Instructor of Environmental Studies, receiving both her undergraduate and master’s degree in Zoology & Toxicology from the University of Guelph, ON.  Sara is currently completing her Ph.D. and advising Graduate students at the University of Waterloo, ON.  Since 1999, Sara’s research has been collaborative with NGO, government, First Nation peoples, and private landowners examining cumulative impacts to amphibian, reptile, and turtle populations in the Great Lakes and the South Okanagan Valley, BC.  Projects include long term amphibian population monitoring, wetland restoration and rehabilitation, road ecology, alien vertebrate species mitigation, agricultural eco-toxicology, landowner stewardship, community outreach and education.  In the last couple of years, Sara has been travelling to China each spring to teach Chinese Environment and Business students environmental studies, to investigate amphibian and reptile research opportunities, and to explore main land China.

Brian Atkins joins the St. Lawrence athletic training staff as the head athletic trainer after spending four years as an assistant athletic trainer at the College of Holy Cross. A graduate of SUNY Cortland with a master’s degree from Ithaca College, he was a graduate assistant at Cornell prior to begin his professional career. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Mr. Mari-Djata Amadi kwaa Atsiaya is joining St. Lawrence as a Swahili Language Instructor. He will be teaching foundation courses in Swahili language and culture. Mr. Atsiaya has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Kenyatta University (where he taught in the department of Theatre Arts and Film Technology) and at the United States International University (where he taught in the department of Languages). Mr. Atsiaya is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi, where he earned a Master of Arts in Linguistics (Swahili option). His main area of interest is language and its application in creative endeavors. Besides Swahili language and literature, Mr. Atsiaya has a lot of interest in other languages and has worked for many years as a Japanese Language and Cultural Studies instructor in Kenya. He is also a practicing theatre artist, with a keen interest in music and film. 

Meg Bernier '07, M'09 has been promoted from university writer to assistant director of editorial services and social media in University Communications.

Dr. Eloise Brezault is an Assistant Professor in French with the Modern Languages Department and the African Studies Department. She recently taught at Wagner College as visiting professor in the English Department and gave classes at New York University in the Media, Culture and Communication Department. She earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the New Sorbonne (Paris III) in 2005. Dr. Brezault's research focuses on the emerging trends in francophone African literature. She is the Assistant Editor of the academic journal, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, and has published a collection of interviews with African writers as well as a book on Congolese writer Emmanuel Dongala’s novel, Johnny Mad Dog, about the recent civil war in Congo. She will be teaching French language classes and African francophone literature classes exploring various issues in colonial and post-colonial Africa.

Cristina Cammarano received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, in May 21012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Masters of Education in Philosophy, History, and Pedagogy from the Universita’ Cattolica di Milano, Italy. Before moving to New York for her studies, she was a teacher of Philosophy and Social Studies in the Italian High School. Last year she was a Lecturer in the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College  where she taught courses in Foundations of Education and Aesthetics.  She joins the Department of Education as Visiting Assistant Professor and she will teach courses on Contemporary Issues in Education and Principles of Teaching. Her research interests regard: the practice of philosophical thinking in relation to the education of teachers; liberal education in view of cosmopolitan theories; philosophies of dialogue and of translation.

Neil Caniga, a graduate of Moravian College who was a four-year all conference player on the tennis team, joins the staff as men’s tennis coach following an outstanding career at Roger Williams College. Neil was a three-time Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year at Roger Williams, and set records for wins in a season during his four-year career. He was the head tennis coach at his alma mater prior to his stint at Roger Williams and was conference coach of the year in 2009. He is a USPTA Certified Teaching Professional.

Anne Clements joined the Office of Annual Giving & Laurentian Engagement in October 2012. She is responsible for management and execution of the University's Calling All Saints phone-a-thon program, the undergraduate giving and philanthropic education program, and serves as the staff advisor to the Student Alumni Association.  Anne is responsible for the hiring, training and managing of student workers during Reunion weekend and also coordinates the student component of the Laurentians in Residence program.  Originally from Cincinnati, Anne earned her Bachelor of the Arts degree in French and Women's Studies from Denison University in Granville, OH. At Denison, she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, was a managing member of the Student Calling Program, and is a dedicated volunteer for the University's Annual Fund.

Kevin Collen is director of the Brewer Bookstore.  He has most recently served as the bookstore manager at the University of California – Hastings Law School where he served as manager and assistant manager since 2009.  Prior to that, Kevin worked at an independent bookstore and Borders in San Francisco and started at Borders in Syracuse.  He earned his BA from Syracuse University with dual majors in Philosophy/Musicology and his MA from the European Graduate School in Media/Communication.

Dr. William Collins has his doctorate in Educational Administration from Boston College.  He joins St. Lawrence University as Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program and Visiting Assistant Professor of Education.  Bill has spent the last decade as a school principal, most recently in Massachusetts.  Bill recently co-authored his first book: Leader of Leaders: The Handbook for Principals on the Cultivation, Support, and Impact of Teacher-Leaders. He founded the Pioneer Valley Literacy Conference and presents on school culture topics including: Principal Evaluation, New Teacher Induction & Mentoring, and Teacher-Leadership. Bill resides in Potsdam with his wife Diane Marie and their two daughters, Mary Catherine and Julianna.

Timothy J.  Corbitt, Director of Counseling Services, was most recently at the Clarkson University counseling center and prior to that at the Central Connecticut State University.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut—Storrs and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut--West Hartford.

Dr. Lauren Davis comes to St. Lawrence as Visiting Assistant Professor of English. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2012.  Her research takes a comparative approach to late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century American and Irish Literature.  At St. Lawrence, she will be teaching courses in Early American Literature, Ethnic American Literature, and Irish Literature.

Ryan Deuel joined University Communications as the director of media relations in July 2013. Ryan previously served as chief of staff to the president at SUNY Canton and as the government relations and communications coordinator at SUNY Potsdam. Ryan also worked as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y. He has a master's degree in history from Kent State University and a bachelor's degree in history and sociology with a minor in French from Gardner-Webb University. He is pursuing a doctorate in international and cultural studies in education at McGill University.

Dr. Aída Díaz de León earned her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Kansas (at Lawrence). Dr. Díaz de León's research is focused on historical memory in Latin America, with an emphasis on autobiography and film. She will be teaching advanced Spanish language courses as well as a course on Latin American cinema this semester.

Macreena Doyle is director of recruitment, training and affirmative action in Human Resources, as well as the staff coordinator of the Diversity Commission, 2013-2014.  Macreena has a new role at St. Lawrence after 28 years as the college’s coordinator of news services.

Geoff Falen joined St. Lawrence in November 2012 as the new Director of Career Connections in the Dean’s Office.  A longtime supporter (and beneficiary!) of a liberal arts education, Geoff holds a BA in European History and German and an MA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.  During his career, he has worked extensively with students and alumni at Penn, Bryn Mawr College, and Colorado College on internships, career development, job search and the graduate/professional school application process.  At St. Lawrence, he collaborates with faculty and staff colleagues across the university to develop resources, programs and opportunities for students to make connections between academic and co-curricular pursuits and their professional ambitions after college.
Amanda Fish has been with the Office of Annual Giving & Laurentian Engagement since January 2012, and has since been promoted to Associate Director of Annual Giving. She is responsible for the management of leadership giving in support of St. Lawrence’s annual fund. She also oversees and coordinates volunteer recruitment, training and engagement within the University’s Leadership Gifts Committee. Amanda earned her B.S. from Vanderbilt University in 2007, majoring in Human and Organizational Development, and was captain of the women’s tennis team. She also earned her MBA from UNC-Charlotte with a concentration in sports management.

Dr. Adam Fox comes to St. Lawrence as Assistant Professor in Psychology from West Virginia University where he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis. Dr. Fox’s research focuses on multiple aspects of human and non-human learning with an emphasis on perception of time. He will be teaching an introductory course and the learning course with a laboratory this fall.

Jeremy Freeman ’96 joined the Admissions staff as director of admissions in July. Jeremy graduated with a B.S. in psychology from St. Lawrence and earned a M.S. at Michigan State University. Jeremy had previously spent the past 14 years in Athletics at St. Lawrence as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach and Assistant Director of Athletics. His current duties include working with students from and managing select private schools in New York City/Westchester County.  In addition, he oversees our alumni engagement, publications, department technology and the operations staff.

Dr. Karen Gagné comes to St. Lawrence as Assistant Professor in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  Dr. Gagne earned her Ph.D. in Historical Sociology from Binghamton University in 2008.  Dr. Gagne's research focus is the transformation of education in the 21st century through community/grassroots practices. She will be teaching Rural Sociology, Gender and Sexuality and Social Problems and Policy.

Dr. Jennifer Gifford comes to St. Lawrence as an Assistant Professor in Geology from the University of Florida where she earned her Ph.D. in Geology in 2013.  Dr. Gifford’s research focus is the tectonic reconstruction of Southern Laurentia.  She will be teaching a number of introductory courses as well as upper level course on Structural Geology and Petrology.

Katie Green ’13 joins the Admissions staff as an assistant director. Katie graduated summa cum laude from St. Lawrence with a B.A. in government and philosophy. While at St. Lawrence, she was a member and director of the Upbeats a cappella group, worked as an admissions fellow and ambassador, and also worked in the library as a student research assistant. Katie served as an orientation leader and completed a SLU research fellowship. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Tau, and Pi Sigma Alpha. She will be coordinating the overnight program, co-coordinating the Vilas Scholarship, assisting with social media, and traveling in Texas, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Dr. Fatih Harpci, born and raised in Turkey, comes to St. Lawrence as Visiting Assistant Professor from Moravian College and Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA. Dr. Harpci earned his Ph.D. in Religion from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. His research area is comparative religions and interfaith dialogue. He will be teaching courses on World Religions and Islam.

Dr. Adam Hill comes to St. Lawrence as Assistant Professor in Chemistry from his time as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Hill earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Berkeley in 2013. He will be teaching both general chemistry and an advanced course in inorganic chemistry. His research seeks to develop and understand molecules related to solar energy conversion.

Helen Huang joined St. Lawrence in January 2013 as the Director of Asia Programs at the Center for International Studies. Helen comes to SLU from the Center for Public Leadership in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She holds Master degree of Theological Studies from Harvard University, and Master degree of Education from Nanjing Normal University.  At St. Lawrence, she will help to create and strengthen connections to Asia involving students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Helen loves everything related with water: boating, waterfall, ocean, beach and Pisces.

Dr. Li Hui comes to St. Lawrence as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant. Dr. Li earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Tsinghua University, China in 2011. Dr. Hui’s research focus is conversation analysis. He will be teaching Advanced Chinese 201 in the fall and 202 in the following spring.

Dr. Walter Jatkowski, III comes to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Government. Dr. Jatkowski earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma in December of 2012. Previously, Dr. Jatkowski taught courses in the American politics and public policy subfields at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, and Seminole State College. Dr. Jatkowski’s main research agenda deals with congressional politics, particularly congressional hearing witness selection. This semester, he will be teaching an introductory course on American politics and upper level courses on public policy and the U.S. Congress.

Alison Jenkins Jayman comes to St. Lawrence as a visiting instructor in Sociology. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in sociology at York University in Toronto. Her research focuses on women and health insurance coverage in Canada and the United States. She will be teaching introductory sociology courses as well as a course on women’s health.

Bill Juda joined University Communications as a web developer in January 2013. Bill helps to develop, maintain and enhance the University's website. He previously worked in Rochester as a web developer for a health care company developing web applications. Bill graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science.

Dr. Kirsten Kaschock is joining St. Lawrence as the Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing. She recently finished her second Ph.D. in dance at Temple University.  Previously, Dr. Kaschock earned a Ph.D. in English from University of Georgia.  Dr. Kaschock is a novelist and a poet and will be teaching both fiction and poetry this year as well as a class on feminist science fiction.

Mary Kelley ’07 joins the Admissions staff as an assistant director. Mary graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in educational Studies. After graduation, she taught high school Spanish in the Albany, NY area. During this time, she earned a M.A. in Spanish at the University at Albany. While at St. Lawrence, she was a member of Chi Omega, a TA, a tutor at several North Country schools, and an orientation leader. She also studied abroad in St. Lawrence’s year-long program in Spain. She will be traveling in the Capital Region of New York, and in California, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Wes Kline comes to St. Lawrence as an Assistant Professor of Photography and Video after teaching for six years at the University of Florida. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2005. His research and work looks at "minor" pivots in modernist narratives, focusing specifically on aesthetics, language and performance in proximity to architecture. He will be teaching courses in photography and video art in the fall semester.

Greg Kreitzer, a graduate assistant coach at St. Lawrence in the 2012-13 season, becomes the head women’s tennis coach for the upcoming season. Greg was assistant coach at Allegheny College prior to joining the Saint staff a year ago. He is a graduate of Hamilton College, where he was a two-time captain and both a NESCAC All Academic and ITA Scholar-Athlete. He is a Professional Tennis Registry Certified professional.

Dr. Jane Kring comes to St. Lawrence University as a Visiting Assistant Professor shared between the First Year Program and Biology Departments.  Dr. Kring earned her M.D. at SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2003.  She will be teaching Human Development Personalized in the first year program in addition to anatomy and physiology.

Lyndsay LaBarge ‘10, who rejoined St. Lawrence University in 2011, has been promoted to senior assistant director of Admissions from assistant director. Lyndsay graduated from St. Lawrence in 2010 with a B.S. in biology and a double minor in educational studies and African studies and went on to earn her Master of Education at Boston University with a concentration in higher education administration. Her current duties include managing a medium-large size admissions territory in our primary, secondary and tertiary markets. She coordinates the Admissions summer internship, the Admissions senior fellowship, and the Admissions social media programs.

Matt Lavin is the new Associate Program Coordinator for a Mellon grant titled "Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century." He completed a doctorate in English at the University of Iowa in 2012 and, from 2012 to 2013, he was a Council on Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. His scholarly work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Cather Studies, Western American Literature, and Studies in the Novel.

Dr. Choong-Soo Lee attended Wesleyan University as an undergraduate where he majored in Computer Science, Economics, and Physics. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at WPI.  He joins St. Lawrence University as Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics after teaching at Gustavus Adolphus College for three years. His areas of research include multimedia, home networks, and human computer interaction.  While earning his Ph.D, Dr. Lee took a leave of absence to complete his mandatory military service in South Korea where he worked with both Republic of Korea and U.S. military officers. His non-academic interests include classical music, hiking, and video games.

Marie Loson has been with University Advancement since March 2008, and was recently promoted to Associate Director of Advancement Operations in May 2013. Previous to her current role, she had been Assistant Director of Prospect Research since late 2012, and before that had worked in the Office of Planned Giving. Originally from Rome, NY, Marie graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2007 with a B.S. in Business Administration. In 2011, she earned her MBA from Clarkson University with a concentration in environmental management.

Charnele Luster is a recent graduate of Roger Williams University.   Charnele has experience at King University as a Residence Life Area Coordinator and Student Activities Coordinator.  She joins our Residence Life staff.

Emily Marquart is filling a temporary opening in Career Services.  She has a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and a B.S. from St. Lawrence University.  Emily has served as a mental health counselor and a school-based clinician at a Middlebury high school.  During spring semester, she filled a temporary opening in our counseling department. 

Jillian McKernan-Walley ’93 joined the Office of Annual Giving & Laurentian Engagement as Associate Director of Laurentian Engagement in August 2013.  She is the staff contact for Reunion Planning Committees (excluding the 25th and 50th classes), coordinates volunteer recruitment and engagement for the reunion classes, and manages the my St. Lawrence online alumni community. Prior to her role in AG&LE, she was Associate Director of Career Services where she focused on alumni engagement and events, as well as student and alumni career advising. Jillian graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence in 1993 with a double major in history and philosophy, and served on the Alumni Executive Council in 2010.  After receiving her master’s degree from Binghamton University, she remained there for 15 years working in roles directly related to alumni and career development. 

Daniel Newell McLane is joining St. Lawrence University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Sociology.  Daniel earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Colorado State University where he has been teaching for the past four years.  He also holds a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from American University and a Masters of Arts in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations’ University for Peace in Costa Rica.  He will be teaching a variety of courses examining the relationship between society and the environment. 

Dr. M. Solaiman Miah will be a visiting Assistant Professor of Economics for this year at St. Lawrence University.  He has previously taught at Purdue University Calumet and McNeese State University.  Dr. Miah received his Master's in Economics from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. in Economics from Northern Illinois University.  His fields of specialization are:  Labor, Health, and Public Economics.

Dr. Meryl Motika is joining St. Lawrence as Assistant Professor in Economics with a mandate to re-start the economics experiment lab. She completed her doctorate at the University of California, Irvine in June.  Her current research projects look into how people make saving decisions and the effect of high-pressure environments on productivity. In addition to working on the laboratory, she will be teaching microeconomics and behavioral economics.

Michael Mott joined St. Lawrence University’s IT department in May as a Systems Administrator helping to oversee day-to-day maintenance of Servers and to implement new technologies. Michael is a north country native, but earned his B.A in English while attending the University At Buffalo. He most recently worked in the IT department of a health insurance provider in the Buffalo NY area.

Dr. Judith Nagel-Myers comes to us as Assistant Professor of Geology with a Ph.D. in Geology and Paleontology from the University of Muenster in Germany. She worked at the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, NY as Collections Manager and as Adjunct Lecturer for the Department of Geology at SUNY Cortland. Dr. Nagel-Myers has also collaborated with the BBC and Discovery Channel as consulting researcher as well as an on-screen expert. Now she will be teaching all things Paleontology in our Geology Department and further her research program on the ecology of fossil communities of marine invertebrates from around the world.

Ms. Heidi Pitzer joins the Department of Education as a Visiting Instructor. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. Her research interests include social justice education and teachers’ labor, and she has a background in women’s studies. This fall, she will teach Contemporary Issues in American Education and a research methods course.

Sue Regier joined University Advancement in March 2013 as Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts. Prior to coming to St. Lawrence, she worked in development at Middlebury College for 15 years. A staunch believer in the value of a liberal arts education, Sue helps alumni, parents and friends balance their philanthropic objectives with the priorities and mission of the University. She received her B.A. from Vermont College.

Alex Rhea joined University Communications as the assistant director of creative services in October 2012. Alex is responsible for the conceptualization, management and graphic design of a variety of publications. He is a recent transplant to the North Country from Brooklyn, where he worked as a graphic designer in the music, publishing and printing industries. Alex has a bachelor's degree in electronic design and multimedia from the City College of New York.

Lori Rich joined St. Lawrence University’s IT department in October as a Programmer/Analyst.  Previously, Lori worked as a software developer for DSC Communications Corp. in Plano, TX, and for Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX.  A native of Gouverneur, she received her B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Clarkson University.

William Ritchie joins St. Lawrence as Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator.   Bill’s previous positions with Hueber-Breuer Construction and G4S Technology provided him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with all aspects of OSHA regulations and NYS Fire & Building Codes.   He earned his A.A.S. in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology and B.B.A. in Technology Management: Facilities Operations and has earned certification in a variety of related areas.

Alexandra (Alie) Sarhanis joins St. Lawrence as the Community Coordinator for the Center for Civic Engagement and for the University’s new Sustainability Semester program. She graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, where she also had the opportunity to apply her studies beyond the classroom through numerous service projects and internships. She strongly believes in the value and power of community-based learning and is passionate about providing St. Lawrence students with opportunities to have similar experiences with organizations in the North Country.

Carla Shirtz became the Chief Clerk of Office Services.  Carla received her Master’s in Education from SUNY Potsdam in 2008. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University.

Jessica A. Thompson, counselor in the Counseling Services Office (emergency appointment through December 2013). In February Jessica Thompson returned to her Alma Mater, St. Lawrence University, after she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling.  Most recently Jessica was a counseling intern at St. Lawrence University, a ward clerk/nurse aid at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Emergency Department.

Anna Townsend returns to St. Lawrence as the Coordinator of Volunteer Services as an emergency appointment.  She has served in a variety of positions at St. Lawrence and retired as Director of the David Garner Center for Collegiate Volunteerism in May 2008. Anne has an M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development from St. Lawrence University, a Certificate in Management from San Diego State University, and a B.A from Temple University.

Jordan Walker joined the Office of Annual Giving and Laurentian Engagement in June 2013. He is the staff contact for the Reunion Development Committees (excluding the 25th and 50th classes) and coordinates volunteer recruitment, training, and engagement for the reunion classes to help achieve their participation and gift goals. Jordan earned his Bachelor of the Arts degree in Politics from SUNY Potsdam.

Brenna Wallace joins the Admissions staff as an assistant director.  Brenna graduated cum laude from Denison University with a B.A. in communication and minor in psychology.  While at Denison, she worked at the admissions office as a senior interviewer.  In addition, she served as the President of her sorority’s chapter at Denison University and as a member of Psi Chi and Lambda Pi Eta, the academic honorary of the psychology and communication departments respectively.  She studied abroad her junior year in Stirling, Scotland.  Brenna will be managing an admissions territory of primary, secondary, and tertiary markets as well as helping to coordinate campus events and supervising admissions ambassadors.

Eric Williams-Bergen '87 was promoted to Director of Digital Initiatives within the Libraries and Information Technology division.  He is responsible for the strategic development of digital services and infrastructure, with a focus on the planning, implementation and support of scholarly digital projects such as the libraries’ websites, digital collections and institutional repositories.

Cody Witherell ’11 joined the team as the Assistant Director of Student Financial Services in April.  Cody graduated from St. Lawrence with a Global Studies major.  During his undergraduate career he worked in the Admissions Office, and also was a Bell Ringer at Gunnison Chapel.  After graduation Cody worked for two years in student account administration at St. Lawrence University supporting both the Student Financial Services and Financial Aid offices.  Cody’s attention to detail, perspective as a student and good sense of humor will serve him well in his new position. 

Shayla Witherell ’11 has been with University Advancement since January 2011, working in the Advancement Services & Stewardship office primarily as a prospect researcher. In July 2013, she joined the Donor Relations team as Assistant Director of Donor Relations, taking on the responsibility of planning and organizing events to steward and recognize our benefactors of the University. Shayla graduated from St. Lawrence with a B.A. in English and Francophone Studies in 2011.  As a student, she studied abroad in France and Senegal, was a mentor in the First Year Program, and conducted research as the recipient of a Daniel F. '65 and Ann H. Sullivan University Fellowship.

Dr. Barat Wolfe returns to teach at St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology after a year-long teaching position at the University of Windsor. Dr. Wolfe earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Windsor in 2012. She also graduated from St. Lawrence in 2004. Dr. Wolfe's research focus is on women's health and the care seeking behaviors of other marginalized groups such as chronic disease sufferers. She will be teaching several courses including Introductory Psychology and a Health Psychology seminar.

Ms. Mahrou Zhaf came to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Instructor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Spring 2013 semester and will continue for the Fall 2013 semester. She is a doctoral candidate in Psychoanalysis, society and culture at Boston Graduate School of psychoanalysis. Her main research focus is the relation between psychopathology and social structure. She will teach a number of introductory courses as well as an interdisciplinary course between media and gender.