Dean of Students Staff

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Travis Apgar

Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
P: (518) 276-6266
E: apgart@rpi.edu

Mr. Apgar possesses over twenty years’ experience in higher education and has constructed a variety of student services focused roles at top-tier universities. He is recognized as an outstanding higher education senior student life administrator with a broad range of experiences including affinity programming, student conduct, residential communities, student involvement, leadership development, first-year student engagement, and student crisis management.

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Victoria Luzinas

Administrative Coordinator
P: (518) 276-6266
E: luzinv@rpi.edu

Victoria joins us from the hospitality industry, bringing with her more than 5 years experience in business administrative management and customer service.

Victoria provides direct administrative support for the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and Director of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Judicial Affairs, acting as first contact for in person, telephone and electronic communications. Other duties include, the coordination of the Dean’s appointments and calendar events, assisting with the maintenance and coordination of judicial and student intervention case files, and the coordination of office operations. 

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Samantha Tymchyn

Director of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct
P: (518) 276-6266
E: tymchs@rpi.edu 

Samantha joins Rensselaer from Manhattan School of Music in New York City, New York. She brings with her a broad scope of professional experience in the student services field, including student conduct and community standards, Title IX, and student academic success.  As the Director for Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, Samantha will be responsible for the administration of all aspects of the Institute’s student judicial process.  Under the direction of the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Samantha will provide guidance to members of the university community regarding students’ rights and responsibilities. She will develop programming that promotes and build upon the Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) framework through which we offer the student experience; lead training seminars among the Student Life Staff for personal accountability, integrity, and ethical development; and oversee the process, development and completion of judicial cases.

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Aaron Youmans

Associate Dean of Student Intervention and Support
P: (518) 276-6266
E: Youmaa2@rpi.edu 

Aaron joins the Dean of Students Office from his time working in the Office of Student living and learning bringing with him a wealth of experience in Student Intervention and Crisis Management addressing incidents of bias while actively promoting a campus experience that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout campus.

The Associate Dean of Student Intervention and Support, is responsible for providing support and leadership to the student intervention network through incident intervention, case management oversight, supporting each team in their regular meetings, and responding to student concerns and complaints reported through the online centralized reporting portal. Aaron will also assist in developing and implementing programs in support of the student experience as presented through the Clustered Learning Advocacy and Support for Students(CLASS)platform. The Associate Dean will lead the Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART), serve as a judicial hearing officer within the Rensselaer Student Judicial System, and act as a liaison to internal and external constituencies for the Dean of Students Office.