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PDC 2013 Associates

Chris Dearth, Director of Admissions Chris dearth pic

Chris received a B.A. in Marketing from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and his M.A. in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Prior to his current position, Chris spent 6 years as Assistant Director of admissions at Richard Stockton College, a regionally ranked public college. There, he was responsible for increasing applications and the incoming student profile each year as well as creating several unique visitation programs for prospective students.  Chris is an active member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the New York State Association of College Admissions Counselors, the New Jersey Association of College Admissions Counselors, and the SUNY College Admissions Professionals.

Sarah Laurie, Environmental Safety & Sustainability Specialistsarah laurie pic

Sarah Laurie is a State University of New York at Fredonia graduate, holding a Master of Science in Biology. Sarah came to work at Fredonia in 2007, joining the Environmental Health & Safety department where she currently oversees employee training and hazardous waste management, among many other responsibilities. Over the last several years Sarah’s position at Fredonia has grown to include Sustainability as well. In this capacity she chairs the campus Sustainability Committee and acts as the Sustainability Coordinator and liaison to the numerous sustainability organizations of which Fredonia is a member. Sarah is one of 168 certified Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifiers in the world.

Erin Mroczka, Director, First Year and Transition Programs Erin Mroczka pic

Erin earned a Master of Science degree in Creativity and Change Leadership from Buffalo State (2010).  A student affair’s professional since 1998, Erin specializes in the area of first year programming, event management, FSU4U, and the advisement of student clubs and organizations.   She is passionate about utilizing Creative Problem Solving techniques to help individuals and groups create change, inspire progress, or assess initiatives.  

Dr. Jill Reese, Assistant Professor, School of MusicJill Reese pic

Jill received her Ph.D. from Temple University, and has been teaching at The State University of New York at Fredonia since 2011. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education. Her research interests include early childhood music development, creativity and improvisation, and professional development communities for preservice and in-service music teachers.

Dr. Guangyu Tan, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, College of Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction Guangyu Tan pic

Guangyu earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education at Kent State University in May 2009. She has taught as a Diversity Teaching Fellow in the Department of Adolescence Education at Canisius College from 2007 to 2010. Currently, Dr. Tan is an assistant professor at Curriculum & Instruction Department at The State University of New York at Fredonia. Before she came to the United States, Dr. Tan taught English at Xi Hua University in China for three years. Dr. Tan's primary research interest is equity in education, e.g. migrant children's education, and girls' education in China. As a first generation Chinese American, Dr. Tan is also interested in ethnic identity formation of immigrant children; international/intercultural education; and comparative education. In addition, Dr. Tan has teaching interests in philosophical and social foundations of education, multicultural education, and comparative education.

Peter Tucker, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts and New Media  headshot of Peter Tucker

Peter teaches Digital Foundations, Installation Art, Performance Art, and Video Sculpture.  He has a BA in Psychology from Oklahoma State University, a BFA from the University of Texas and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art.  Peter has taught at the University of Texas and at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.  His work has been shown in galleries across the country and is in the permanent collections of the Blanton Museum of Art and the Library of Congress.  Peter's work explores those feisty nooks and crannies between life and art.


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