Office of The First Year Experience Aims to Aid New Students

April 6, 2011

Located in Dewar Union, Hartwick College's Office of the First Year Experience is up and running.

The staff includes Robin Diana, Director; Chad Christensen, Assistant Director, and Ann-Lis Glenn, Associate Director of Enrollment Management.

Christensen graduated in December 2010 with his M.S.Ed. in college student services administration degree from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. His experiences include residence life, academic advising, and orientation.

Glenn has been a part of the Hartwick College Enrollment Management team for the past 10 years. During that time she has gained experience in Admissions, Orientation, new student communications, and first-year student programs. She brings a perspective of institutional history to the FYE team as well as experience in event planning and communication management.

Kelly Griffin will provide administrative support through the end of May. Staff can be reached at extension 607-431-4915. Her hours are Monday from 11 a.m. to 3p.m.; Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The newly established Office of The First Year Experience reports to Dr. Michael Tannenbaum, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The office will play a leadership role in helping to implement a systematic and comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of first-year students. FYE staff will work with faculty and staff to oversee planning and coordination of Orientation, Welcome Weekend, First Year Seminars, and other elements of the First Year Experience, including assessment of its effectiveness.

Creating a comprehensive first-year experience will involve the entire campus community. The staff looks forward to working in partnership to make a difference in the lives of our students.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030