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Student Development and Campus Activities Office

Kessel Student Center
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville NY 10570

Office: (914) 773-3767
Fax: (914) 773-3160

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Meet our Student Support staff

Rachel Carpenter
Assistant Dean for Assessment & Planning / Director of Student Development & Campus Activities

Rachel has worked in SDCA since June 2010. She brings 15 years of professional experience in areas including residence life, study abroad, student activities, volunteer services, and leadership. She oversees the numerous office functions focusing on student development while creating opportunities to measure student learning outside of the classroom. Growing up in a naval family, Rachel spent most of her life living overseas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Japanese and a Master of Science in Public Services Administration from the University of Evansville. She is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Management.  Rachel's current research interests include team demography, coaching, and organizational (team) committment. She enjoys backpacking, travel, and outdoor experiences.

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." - Jack Welch

Shawn Livingston
Senior Associate Director for Student Development

Shawn joined SDCA as the Assistant Director for Campus Activities in January 2006. As a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, ’05, having studied Education and as a graduate of Pace in ’10 with a degree in Public Administration, Shawn recognizes and celebrates the opportunities for higher education. As the current Senior Associate Director for Student Development, Shawn works with student organizations, Student Government Association, and departments to enhance the core mission of the student learning experience outside the classroom. Shawn is an member of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), National Association for Student Personal Administration (NASPA) and is presenting at the Spring NCSL National Conference. While away from work- Shawn enjoys home life with his wife Megan, playing volleyball with many friends and spending time with family.

In the end, people will respect you more for who you are than who they want you to be.

Katie Owsianiecki
Assistant Director for Greek Life

Katie Owsianiecki serves as the Assistant Director for Greek Life. Immediately after graduating Davis and Elkins College with a Bachelors of Arts in English, Katie went to graduate school for Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). During graduate school, she had the opportunity to work at Clarion University—Venango, Carnegie Melon, and IUP. She received her Masters of Art in Student Affairs in May 2010 and began working at La Salle University as the Community Coordinator for Greek Life in November 2010. Katie joined the staff in SDCA in February 2016 and is an active volunteer in her sorority, Theta Phi Alpha and the Northeast Greek Leadership Association.  In her personal time, Katie enjoys spending time exploring new places, finding new restaurants, dancing, and reading.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

Niki Fjeldal
Associate Director for Orientation & Transitions

Niki Fjeldal serves as the Associate Director for Orientation & Transitions. She primarily oversees orientation and transitional programming for all undergraduate students and advises programming board. Additionally, she coordinates a number of programming initiatives including Welcome Week, Homecoming and Senior Week. Niki graduated from State University of New York College at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communications. After working in Orientation and First-Year Programs for a year, she pursued a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College. After receiving her Master’s degree, Niki moved to Georgia where she worked professionally in Orientation and First-Year Programs for 2 years. In her spare time, Niki enjoys traveling, trying new things and spending quality time with friends and family.

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Zikomo Barr
Coordinator for Leadership Initiatives

Zikomo Barr has a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.Ed. in Student Development in Higher Education. While completing his master's degree, he has worked with student organizations and leadership development in the office of Campus Activities & Student Engagement at the University of Main.  In May of 2015, the NYIT Board of Trustees awarded him with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial Award for outstanding contribution to the minotiry student community at NYIT's Manahttan campus.  He continues to have passion for student involvement, community service, and civic participation in his professional and personal lives.  All of Zikomo's personal, educational, and professional experiences have shaped his advising and mentoring skills to help students be successful on campus and in their communities.

Sister Susan Becker
Coordinator of the Center for Spiritual Development

Susan Becker is a Sister of the Divine Compassion, headquartered in White Plains, and is currently the co-director of the Divine Compassion Spirituality Center, also in White Plains. Her professional background includes elementary, high school, and college - level teaching, spritual direction, and administration of not-for-profit agencies. Susan is a licensed clinical social worker and maintains a small private practice in Westchester County.