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Two New Assistant Deans of the Residential Commons Named
The Division of Student Life, after a national search, has announced that it has filled two vacant positions in Residence Life. Mary Gleason and Christina Lowery have been appointed to the positions of assistant dean of the residential commons, effective Nov. 16.

“Mary Gleason and Christina Lowery are outstanding student life professionals who will add great value to our CLASS initiative,” said Eddie Ade Knowles, vice president for student life. “Their combined education and professional experiences in residential colleges and living and learning communities will enable us to enhance our program planning as we continue to implement Rensselaer’s signature residential college model.”

In the months and years ahead, members of the Class of 2013 and other current students will share a historic distinction: they will be the first group to experience the changes that will be felt and seen throughout the campus as Rensselaer embarks on implementing the “CLASS” initiative. “Clustered Learning, Advocacy and Support for Students” aims to transform the student experience by elevating the quality of support for students throughout the undergraduate years.

In their new roles, Gleason and Lowery will oversee the delivery of high-quality experiential residence life programs for students that build community. They will coordinate and oversee programming initiatives, as well as living and learning and theme housing, provide outreach counseling, personal assistance, and academic advising for students in the residential commons, and collaborate with Public Safety, residential commons staff, and other Institute offices to ensure the safety of all students in residence. Additional responsibilities will include serving as a Judicial Hearing Officer for student disciplinary cases referred by the Dean of Students Office, and working on special assignments or initiatives within Student Life and other Institute portfolios.

Both individuals bring to Rensselaer more than four years of experience working in residence life at other institutions. Gleason held several positions at the State University of New York campuses at Binghamton and Buffalo and at Manhattan College, including serving as an office manager, resident director, and area coordinator. She has experience with judicial processes including the selection and supervision of judicial boards, program development, and staff training, and has also facilitated career development programming in residence halls. Gleason has a bachelor’s in communications from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and a master’s in student personnel administration from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She will reside in the Polytech Commons.

Lowery has held a position as a resident director at the University of Maine and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has experience in adjudicating judicial cases and crisis response, as well as residence life programming and training development, and serves as the faculty adviser for Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. Lowery has a bachelor’s in English from the University of Maine at Farmington and a master’s in student development in higher education from the University of Maine. She will reside in Hall Hall.

“Mary and Christina are seasoned professionals who are coming to Rensselaer at the right time,” said Tom Tarantelli, director of the Career Development Center, who also serves as acting assistant vice president for student life. “My staff and I are looking forward to working with them to provide all students with a greater sense of belonging and community at Rensselaer under the new residential commons model.”
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