FYE Office Staff - 100A Meier Hall
The first year experience staff are here to provide support and guidance as students go through their first year at the university and beyond. To contact any of the staff or faculty, please utilize the online directory or email the FYE office directly.
First Year Student Staff:
The first year mentors are upperclass students who assist in supporting first year students and help coordinate programs and events on campus. Mentors are available to meet with students throughout the day who need assistance or guidance. Mentors also write for the first year success blog and maintain/staff the office's social media accounts. Office assistants staff the main FYE office, answering questions and helping out with projects. Learn more about the first year mentors and office assistants and how to become one here.
First Year Experience Office Staff
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Mathew Chetnik, director
Mathew received his master's degree in student development from Appalachian State University and his bachelor's in English and black studies from SUNY New Paltz. As a first generation college student, Mathew has worked in residence life, orientation and student leadership at a number of institutions and has been involved in a number of initiatives related to the first year experience at Salem State University. He has worked closely with NACURH, a national student leadership organization, was named outstanding mentor by ACPA, the American College Personnel Association, and was a finalist for the First Year Advocate Award through the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience. Mathew is currently in his second year of a doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in higher education administration.
Michelle Pierce, faculty fellow for the first year experience
Michelle Pierce is in her 16th year as a professor in Salem State’s School of Education and currently serves as chairperson of the secondary and higher education department. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College, a master of arts in teaching degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in education from Boston University, where she specialized in literacy, language and cultural studies. Michelle’s research interests include the literacy development of English language learners and adolescent literacy. Fluent in Spanish and French, she was a Fulbright scholar to Chile in 2009, where she was a visiting professor at the Universidad de Tarapacá de Arica. An advocate for equal access to higher education for low-income and minority students, Michelle has authored several grants designed to provide early college opportunities to English language learners and students of color.
Peter Sampieri, faculty fellow for the first year experience
Peter Sampieri is a professional stage director, playwright and university professor who has served as guest faculty at New York University, Brown University, Providence College, New England Conservatory, Huntington Theatre Company, Northwestern University, and The Brown/Trinity Consortium. His professional directing credits include the Off-Broadway world premiere of On The Line at The Cherry Lane Theatre, and The Three Same Guys at The Public Theatre, in New York. His regional work has been seen at Trinity Repertory Company, Portland Stage, and The Gamm Theatre, where his direction of Radio Free Emerson received an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008. His playwriting credits include Kafka in Tel Aviv, a 2014 Regional Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a 2002 recipient of a Pell Award Scholarship for Artistic Excellence, and an assistant professor of theatre at Salem State University.
Kael Alberghini, student success coach
Kael Alberghini received his bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Vermont, graduating Dean’s List. He also served as a residential advisor for three semesters and as an undergraduate teaching fellow for two semesters. Kael transferred to the University of Vermont from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where he earned an AA in liberal arts. This is his first year at Salem State, studying to earn an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Patrick McIlveen, student success coach
Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. During his four years there, he worked as the assistant to the director of student activities, in addition to becoming a teacher assistant for the school of business his senior year. Following graduation, Patrick worked in the pro tennis industry for such organizations as the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well World Team Tennis. In all of his roles, he helped produce, manage and market worldwide tennis events. Following this, Patrick knew that his true calling was to work in a college setting, helping undergrads put together a future for themselves and climb the steps to their dreams. He is currently enrolled in Salem State’s Masters in Higher Education in Student Affairs program.
Cat Metcalfe, student success coach
Cat received her bachelors of arts in journalism and mass communication with a minor in religious studies from the University of South Carolina. While at Carolina, she served as the cinematic arts coordinator for Carolina Productions, multimedia assistant for GamecocksOnline.com, and volunteered with the study abroad department. After graduating she worked in the legal department for a major corporation, before deciding to pursue her masters in higher education in student affairs here at Salem State University.
Jennifer Migliozzi, student success coach
Jenn received her bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in media studies along with a minor in English concentrated in writing from Quinnipiac University. As an undergraduate, Jenn was a co-chair of the corporate sponsorship committee of Relay for Life of Quinnipiac, a staff writer for the online magazine, Her Campus Quinnipiac, and a selected service-learning participant in the political science department. She was also a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s honor society. She is currently enrolled in the master of higher education in student affairs program at Salem State University.
Brittany Rocheleau, student success coach
Brittany is a first year graduate student in the master of education in higher education in student affairs program. She received her bachelor of science in business administration and public and professional writing from Merrimack College in May 2014. As an undergraduate, Brittany was actively involved in various roles on campus as an orientation leader, writing center tutor, Relay For Life committee member/team captain, honors program mentor, student conduct board member and women’s rugby player and executive board president. She was also inducted into the national honor societies Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Iota Epsilon. Brittany wants to help students get involved, transition to college, and develop career paths, interests, and academic goals.
Sean Spellman, student success coach
Sean attended the University of Rhode Island where he received a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Sean began his involvement in the Office of Admissions as a Tour Guide and eventually became a Tour Guide Trainer. He then joined the Department of Housing and Residential Life where he became a Resident Advisor. It was this position that led Sean to become an Orientation Leader for the Department of New Student Programs. Being an Orientation leader sparked the inspiration to pursue a career in Higher Education. One of Sean's greatest passions in life is volunteering which led him to become a part of URI's Clearinghouse in which he participated in an Alternative Spring Break to Charlestown, SC. where he worked with Habitat for Humanity. Sean's dream is to work at a University where he can help others discover their passions during their undergraduate career similar to how he did and is looking forward to the next chapter of his life at Salem State University in the Higher Education in Student Affairs master program.
Jingwen Yan, student success coach
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