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Jayne Richmond
Dean, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:
University of Florida, English Literature

Graduate school/degree:
University of Florida, Ph.D. in counselor education and higher education administration

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I love being able to help students to be successful in college, to make changes to the system when needed and to create ways to help them have the most fulfilling time while here.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I am interested in books, in hiking, and in group dynamics.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 1993


Linda Lyons
Assistant Dean, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

University of Rhode Island, Psychology

Graduate school/degree:
University of Rhode Island, Master of Science, Higher Ed Admin/Counseling

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
Knowing that they can all make it, when the time is right. Seeing those who struggle walk across that graduation stage.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
Confessed workaholic, but only things that matter deeply to me. On the board of the Pawtucket Credit Union, and a strong advocate/volunteer for Melanoma Foundation of New England.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2000


Lisa Abreu Morel
Advisor , University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

University of Rhode Island, Human Development and Family Studies

Graduate school/degree:
Rhode Island College, Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
Coming to college is a huge social/emotional/academic adjustment for people. I love to see the personal and academic growth students experience as they discover themselves on a college campus. I also enjoy helping students explore their interests/skills and relate that to careers and majors. Students are often fascinated by all of the possibilities.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I was born in the Dominican Republic and am fluent in Spanish. I travel back home very often to visit family and to enjoy the beautiful beaches and landscape.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2007


Val Trainor
Advisor, University College for Academic Success and A&S Liaison

Undergraduate School/Major:

Catholic University Of America/ Music

Graduate school/degree:
Queens College - CUNY, Master of Arts, Applied Social Research

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I love helping students discover their strengths and assisting them in selecting a major they may have never considered on their own

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
Zumba instructor, participates in road races every week, loves to cook, and is a total pop culture princess

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2010


Kim White
Advisor, University College for Academic Success and LLC/Undeclared Liaison

Undergraduate School/Major:

Lesley College , Social Work/Education

Graduate school/degree:
Lesley University, Special Education/ Counseling

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I enjoy getting to know my students  through both advising and in the classroom.  I feel privileged to be a part of their journey toward understanding themselves as students, as well as discovering who  and what they want to be in the world. College is an exciting time of great personal discovery!

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I am the mom of two college age sons .  When I am not at URI, I enjoy being outside, particularly on the ocean. I also enjoy involvement in community service both here and abroad. I am deeply dedicated to working with children and families.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2009


Nancy Sisson
Advisor, University College for Academic Success and HSS Liaison

Undergraduate School/Major:

University of Massachusett, Management

Graduate school/degree:
Lesley College, Master of Education

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I enjoy how motivated so many of our students are to make a difference in the world.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
Have lived or have visited all but one continent.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2005


Jan Shumate
Advisor, University College for Academic Success and NU Liaison

Undergraduate School/Major:

University of Rhode Island,Psychology

Graduate school/degree:
University of Rhode Island,Master of Science in College Student Personnel

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I enjoy working with UC students, helping them to focus their career goals and to position themselves for academic success. The first few semesters of a student's academic career is a time of challenging long-held ideals and exploring new opportunities. I find it exciting to be part of this process.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I enjoy exploring the beaches as well as painting in oils, particularly florals and lighthouses. However, my most treasured pleasure is re-discovering the world through the lens of my granddaughters' eyes.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2012


Kristine Buss
Advisor, University College for Academic Success and EGR Liaison

Undergraduate School/Major:

Bridgewater State University, Psychology

Graduate school/degree:
Bridgewater State University/MEd, Counseling/Higher Education track

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I enjoy being a part of the various stages of the student experience.  From the beginning where a student may not know what direction they want to take through the end when they are excited about their chosen major and ready to begin the next chapter in their careers. 

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
My interest in higher education as a profession began before I even knew it was a possibility.  I was a work study student for an Academic Advisor and an Orientation Leader as an undergraduate. This is when it clicked that working with college students was something that I may want to do as a career. 

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2007


Jared Abdirkin
Advisor, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

University of Rhode Island, Human Development and Family Studies

Graduate school/degree:
University of Rhode Island, Master of Science, College Student Personnel

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
The time you spend as a U.C. student, generally the beginning of your college career, can be one of the most exciting and defining times in your life. I look forward to helping you make the most of these moments and setting a pathway to achieving your goals, both in and outside of the classroom.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
 I love baseball, politics, and traveling. I have driven across the country and seek to see and do as much as I can in the U.S. and around the world.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2013


Jennifer Legare
Advising Support Staff, Transfer Resource Center, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

University of Rhode Island, Communications

Graduate school/degree:
University of Rhode Island, Master of Science, Adult Education

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I love helping students realize the unlimited possiblities that URI has to offer them.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
It took me 10 years to complete my undergraduate and graduate degree while working full-time.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2007


Deborah Bergner
Coordinator, Educational Programs, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

Brown University, Urban Studies

Graduate school/degree:
Springfield College, M.Ed.  Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I enjoy working with college students and helping them to discover all the possibilities and options that they have.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dogs, running and cycling.  I recently completed two mud-filled obstacle races and the 5 Boro Bike Ride where I rode 40 miles through all 5 boroughs of New York City.  In my spare time I raise scholarship money to send South Kingstown children to summer camp in New Hampshire.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2013


Karen Noblet
Receptionist, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

Corning Community College, Corning, NY, AAS in Computer Science

Graduate school/degree:
N/A

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I enjoy interacting with students and helping them.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I enjoy knitting, gardening, camping, and photography.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2006


Anne Dawson
Records Office, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

Art courses taken at University of Rhode Island and Community College of Rhode Island

Graduate school/degree:
N/A

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
Being able to give the students/parents personalized attention in this increasingly automated world.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I enjoy spending time with my family, walking the dog, and painting in my art studio. (Some of my seascapes can be seen on the walls of UC).

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2001


Lisa Giudici
Graduate Assistant/Advising & New Student Programs, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

University of Rhode Island, Elementary Education and Spanish

Graduate school/degree:
University of Rhode Island, Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel (in progress)

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I enjoy serving as a mentor to UC students. By being a mentor I am able to interact collaboratively with students to assist them in exploring the endless options to achieve the utmost successful outcomes throughout their undergraduate adventures here at URI.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
Enjoying time with friends and family, Beach life, Volunteering and engaging in my local community

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since July 2013


Michaela Delaney
Student Intern, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

University of Rhode Island, Communication Studies

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?

I love working with students to help them discover what they enjoy and what they might like to do in the future.



Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I love to travel, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and spent my semester exploring Europe. I also spent time in Israel learning about the culture and the lifestyle there. I plan on combining my love for travel with working with students in the future and teaching English in Israel.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since September 2013


Kelly Ryan
, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:

Mitchell College, Behavioral and Social Sciences

Graduate school/degree:
University of Rhode Island, MS, College Student Personnel (in progress)

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I enjoy interacting directly with students to help develop their interests and encourage growth throughout their college experience.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I enjoy cooking and reading

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Spring, 2014


Meredith Rose
, University College for Academic Success

Undergraduate School/Major:



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Lucy
UC Mascot

Undergraduate School/Major:
Canine Academy, Basic training

Graduate school/degree:
Too young to get in yet

What is it about working with UC students you enjoy most?
I really enjoy being passed from student to student in the hall, and kissing their noses. I also like to run around in the Great Room and play.

Something interesting you want to share about yourself (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel experiences etc.)
I love my bone, and I have a great wardrobe already. My travel experiences include North Kingstown where I live, Roosevelt Hall, and Barlow Hall where I have made many friends.

How long have you worked in University College for Academic Success?
Since 2011


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