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Amy Pettengill Named Class Dean

The Division of Student Life has filled a new position in the Office of the Student Experience. Amy Pettengill has been appointed to serve as the inaugural Class Dean for the Rensselaer Class of 2013, effective March 1.

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 implements the “CLASS” initiative. CLASS, or “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.

“The establishment of a class dean model will give students time-based support for their academic and personal development, said Eddie Ade Knowles, vice president for student life. “Amy Pettengill’s breadth of education and professional experiences in higher education on a national and global level adds great value to the CLASS initiative, and the class dean model is instrumental in creating more tightly knit student communities.”

In her new role, Pettengill will work with the residential and faculty deans of the residential commons, class councils, and upperclass and graduate student resident assistants to provide programming opportunities for students under the CLASS initiative. Additional responsibilities will include serving on the Intervention Team, a multidisciplinary group of faculty and staff responsible for the development of campuswide strategies to increase the “safety net” and student retention initiatives, and collaborating with the academic portfolios to create programs and services for students. Pettengill will also provide outreach, counseling, and experiential and community development programs.

“I am truly honored to have Amy join Rensselaer,” said Lisa Trahan, assistant vice president for the student experience. “My staff and I, along with residential commons deans and class council members, look forward to working with her to foster the development of living and learning communities that will enhance student engagement and affinity group development.”

Pettengill has been working in the field of education for over 25 years. Prior to joining Rensselaer, she held several positions at various institutions, including program director and instructor for the Marist Abroad Program at Marist College; assistant dean of the college and international student adviser for Williams College; and high school and college counselor for the American International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Most recently, Pettengill has served as internship and career services coordinator for the University at Albany School of Public Health.

She received a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University and an M.A. in international administration from the School for International Training.

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Volume 4, Number 4, March 5, 2010
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