ALAC Staff

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Michael Hanna, Ph.D.

Director
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education
Associate Professor, Biology
hannam@rpi.edu

Dr. Hanna splits his time between the Biology Department and ALAC. Those roles inform his current interests in scientific teaching methodologies and academic advising. Prior research included the study of DNA replication, pathogenesis, and protein engineering. As Director of the Accelerated Physician/Scientist Program, Chair of Rensselaer’s Academic Standing Committee, and primary Pre-Medical/Pre-Health advisor, Michael understands the complexity of science and medical training. His background includes a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and postdoctoral work at Princeton University.

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Jeannie Steigler, M.S.

Associate Director
steigj2@rpi.edu

Jeannie joined Rensselaer in 1991 as the ESL Coordinator (English for Speakers of Other Languages), then broadened her work to academic advising. Jeannie collaborates with many offices on campus to improve student success. She works closely with the Office of Graduate Education to offer a series of advising workshops for faculty and professional staff.  She also developed the first year advising meetings and provides materials for all first year advisors. She knows many of the major templates by memory and assists students who are unsure of their choice of major. Jeannie’s background includes an M.S. in TESOL from the University at Albany (SUNY). She has attended and presented at National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) regional conferences and participated in NACADA Advising Institutes.

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Arielle Roberts, M.S., C.A.S.

Learning Skills Specialist
robera6@rpi.edu

Arielle has five years of experience in the education field. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Africana studies; with a minor in Sociology. Both her Masters and Certificate of Advanced study in Educational Administration and Policy studies, from the University at Albany, concentrated on Higher Education. Her area of expertise is in Disability Student Service programs, including research on “The Effectiveness of Testing Accommodation Services and Individual Advisement for Disabled Students that are on Academic Probation”. Arielle loves working with students, and her main goal is to insure that all students are academically successful.

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Barbara “Brea” Barthel, M.S. ’92

Language & Culture Support
barthb2@rpi.edu
Office = Folsom 155; 518.276.3241

Brea combines her passions for language, intercultural cooperation, technical communication, and teaching in the perfect job: helping Rensselaer’s undergraduate and graduate students make a successful transition to American culture and the English language. Brea’s M.S. in Technical Communication from Rensselaer, B.S. in Sociology, and years of experience in health services, software development, technical writing, and other fields gives her the depth of background needed to help Rensselaer folks explain their very cool technical interests.

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David Milford, M.S.

Learning Skills Specialist
milfod@rpi.edu

David has over 25 years of experience working with college students. A former Class Dean and Dean of Students, he is a student development specialist who has a Masters degree in Counseling and professional certificates in Mediation and TITLE IX. David loves helping students succeed and achieve their goals. He enjoys spending time in the Adirondacks and loves biking and golf.

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Sharon McGrath, B.S.

Program Manager - Supplementary Education
mcgras@rpi.edu

Sharon joined Rensselaer in 1982, working with a number of academic offices. Sharon coordinates all aspects of ALAC’s tutoring services, from selecting tutors through finding locations throughout campus for 40+ sessions. Sharon selects, trains and supervises all tutors for both individual and small-group drop-in sessions. She also trains the trainers, by recruiting and supervising the graduate Teaching & Learning Assistants who oversee drop-in sessions. Her background includes a B.S. in Higher Education from SUNY Empire State College.

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Patricia Tedesco

Administrative Specialist
tedesp@rpi.edu

Patty is the glue that holds ALAC together, providing “unflappable” calmness, even in occasional chaos. In addition to her administrative and budgetary responsibilities, Patty provides a high level of student support, answering a multitude of questions and assisting with everything from completing forms to directing students to other resources.  Her goal is to troubleshoot problems quickly and efficiently in order to minimize each student's stress level. Patty’s organizational skills were honed during 30+ years of administrative support in health offices.