Inside Rensselaer
Randi Mogul Named Assistant Dean of the Residential Commons
Jessica Otitigbe
Senior Communications Specialist

The Division of Student Life, after a national search, has appointed Randi Mogul to the position of assistant dean of the residential commons, effective May 3.

In the months and years ahead, Rensselaer is focused on implementing the “CLASS” initiative. CLASS (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. Statistics show that in addition to a quality academic program, students are looking for positive life experience opportunities in their search for a quality university.

“Randi Mogul is an outstanding student life professional who will add great value and leadership to our CLASS initiative,” said Eddie Ade Knowles, vice president for student life. “Her education, professional experiences in residential colleges and living and learning communities, and support of students will enable us to enhance our program planning as we continue to implement Rensselaer’s signature residential college model.”

In her new role, Mogul will oversee the delivery of high-quality experiential residence life programs for students that build community. She 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 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.

Mogul has more than 14 years of experience working in residence life at other institutions that include: the State University of New York campuses at Delhi, Oneonta, and Cortland, as well as Cazenovia College, Jacksonville University, and the University of Texas at Dallas. She has held several positions including serving as a resident director, community coordinator, and residence life coordinator. Mogul has experience with the judicial processes that includes the implementation of all policies of the judicial handbook, and serving as a hearing officer. She has also developed a training program for community advisers, counseled and advised students in an academic setting, worked with a privatized leasing company to coordinate student housing, and developed programming in residence halls.

Mogul has a bachelor’s in English from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She comes to Rensselaer from the University of Texas at Dallas where she served as a residential life coordinator for nearly seven years and was closely involved in developing their residential college model. She is a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers, and the Committee for the Support of Diversity and Equity.

“Randi is consummate professional who is 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. “Residence Life is now staffed with four assistant deans of the residential commons who will work with the class dean, two faculty deans of the residential commons, and upperclass staff and graduate student resident assistants to provide programming opportunities for students under the CLASS initiative. My staff and I are looking forward to working with Randi to provide all students with a greater sense of belonging and community at Rensselaer under the new residential commons model.”

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Volume 4, Number 8, April 30, 2010
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