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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 joined the SDCA staff in early June 2010 from the University of Evansville in Indiana. She brings 8 years of professional field work experience in areas of residence life, study abroad, student activities, volunteer services, and leadership. She oversees the numerous office functions focusing on student development and supporting students as they create their own campus culture. Growing up in a naval family, Rachel spent most of her life living overseas. This lifestyle continued with multiple study abroad programs in England, Japan, and Russia. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville in International Studies/Japanese and a Master of Science in Public Services Administration. Professionally, her background includes Residence Life, Dean of Students for a study abroad campus in England, and Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Engagement. Rachel is a member of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), NASPA, and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). On a personal note, Rachel enjoys spending her time outdoors, camping, reading, travelling, karaoke, and anything to do with animals.

"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

Christine Bogulaski
Coordinator for Student Development

Christine Bogulaski serves as the Coordinator of Student Development. She began her work in Student Affairs soon after graduating from Marist College in 2010, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Christine served as a Residence Hall Director at LIU Post before moving to Albany, NY to pursue her master’s degree in Higher Education. Christine received a Master of Science in College Student Services Administration from The College of Saint Rose in 2013. During her time in graduate school, Christine interned at RPI where she was able to work with students to further their development and leadership skills. After finishing her master’s degree, Christine joined the Residential Life staff at Pace University before making her most resent transition into the Coordinator role with SDCA. In her personal time, Christine enjoys spending time with her husband and family, doing arts and crafts, reading, and being a photographer.

"People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives." - J. Michael Straczynski

John Reinhardt
Coordinator for Leadership Initiatives

John Reinhardt serves as the Coordinator for Leadership Initiatives. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Rutgers University, where his passion for working with students began. That led him to complete his Master of Science in Education Degree in Student Affairs and College Counseling at Monmouth University. As a graduate student, John worked with student leaders in the offices of New Student Orientation, Transition and Leadership Programs, First Year Advising, and Fraternity and Sorority Life. These experiences developed his advising and mentoring skills to help students find their own potential to succeed in their own careers. He is also a member of the National Association for Student Personal Administration (NASPA). John enjoys playing and watching sports, being an active traveler, and having new experiences in his free time.

“We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.” – Carl Sagan

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.