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New employes and notable changes - April 14, 2014

Apr 14, 2014
New Director of
Freshman Honors Program

Balint Sztaray

Balint Sztaray, associate professor of Chemistry, has been appointed director of the Freshman Honors Program for 2014-15. Dr. Sztaray will build on the current freshman honors program by developing intellectually rich programming to expand students' educational experience and foster a close-knit honors community. Sztaray brings past honors program experience, thoughtful ideas, and great energy to the position.

Welcome to Pacific

Jennifer L. Cavagnaro is an enterprise risk management specialist in Budget and Risk Management.

Leah K. Cleveland is the new administrative assistant to the associate vice president in the Office of Marketing and Communications.

Alohna F. Dever is a new administrative assistant II in University Development.

Valerie D. Segura is an applied behavior analyst I in the Psychology Department in College of the Pacific.

Mary Stowes-Knodt is the new associate director in SUCCESS.

Angie Tan is a financial aid counselor I in the Office of Financial Aid.

Notable changes

Valeria Andeola has transferred to the position of grants and research specialist in Research and Graduate Studies.

Arlene Brown has been promoted to associate director of Student Leadership and Involvement in Student Life.  

Natalyia Farias has been promoted to financial aid analyst in the Office of Financial Aid.

Lori Guerrero has been promoted to Senior Treasury Analyst in Treasury Management

Saul Guzman has transferred to the position of financial aid specialist in the Office of Financial Aid.

Rebeca Stovall has been promoted to Information Systems Analyst in the Office of Information Technology.  

Carol Brodie '06, assistant dean of Research and Graduate Studies, will leave Pacific to pursue a new opportunity as proposal development manager at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to coming to Pacific in 2000, Brodie was director of Advancement Services at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Her first position at Pacific was Sponsored Programs administrator. She was later promoted to manager of research administration & compliance and then to  her current position of assistant dean of Research & Graduate Studies. She earned her Ed.D. from Gladys L. Benerd School of Education in 2006. 

Lisa CooperLisa Cooper, Associate Vice President for Student Life, has announced she will leave Pacific to pursue a new professional opportunity as Dean of Enrollment Services and Student Development at San Joaquin Delta College. Her official last day will be Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

"After a combined total of 10+ years of service at Pacific, Lisa has been an invaluable part of the Student Life leadership team and her impact on the Division and the entire university is truly significant," said Vice President Patrick Day. "I look forward to seeing her do great things at San Joaquin Delta College including assisting with the enhancement of our future partnership."

There will be a farewell reception from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in the President's Room.

In her current role, Cooper has oversight of the Diversity and Community Engagement Subdivision of Student Life, which includes the Career Resource Center, the Center for Community Involvement, Educational Equity Programs (SUCCESS, CIP, Promise Scholars and the Students Emerging and Pacificans [STEPs] Programs), the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities and the Multicultural Center and its associated programs. 

"I am grateful that my role at Pacific has enabled me to pursue my personal and professional passion for creating access, equity, inclusion and opportunity for all students, particularly those who are underrepresented and underserved," said Cooper. "I have also appreciated the opportunity to create bridges between the University and the Stockton community through collaborations with numerous local agencies."

Cooper came to Pacific first in 2002 as the founding coordinator of the Office of Services for Students with Disability (2002-2005). She served as director of the Educational Resource Center and as assistant professor in Gladys L. Benerd School of Education from 2005 to 2008 and was appointed interim assistant provost for diversity in January 2007 and served until August 2008 when she left to pursue an opportunity when she left to pursue an opportunity as dean of the Educational Support Services Division at the Community College of Philadelphia and earned her Ed.D. Cooper returned to Pacific in 2010 in her current position as associate vice president for student life.  Among her accomplishments, she supported the development of Pacific's first Statement on Diversity and Inclusion, co-chaired the subcommittee that developed the University's first Diversity Course requirement, and helped implement the STEPs Program, designed to help incoming African American freshmen successfully transition to Pacific. She is the co-founder and co-convener of the University's Bias Response Team and creator of Pacific's burgeoning dialogue program, Campus Conversations, created to engage in meaningful discussions toward improving campus climate. 

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