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 mentor staff are upperclass students who assist in supporting first year students and help coordinate programs and events on campus. The first year 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 here 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.
J.D. Scrimgeour, faculty fellow for the first year experience
J.D. Scrimgeour holds a BA and MA in English from Columbia University and an MFA (in poetry) and PhD in American Literature from Indiana University. He has published two collections of poetry, The Last Miles (2005) and Territories 92013), as well as two books of creative nonfiction, Spin Moves (2000) and Themes For English B: A Professor’s Education In and Out of Class (2006), which won the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction.With the musician and composer Philip Swanson, he released a CD of poetry and music, Ogunquit & Other Work in 2010. Scrimgeour serves as Coordinator of Creative Writing and Director of the Salem Poetry Seminar at Salem State. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and is a founding member of the Salem Writers’ Group..
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, where he loves teaching.
Josie Margiotta, student success coach
Josie received her bachelor's degree in education concentrating in early childhood with a minor in dance from Salem State University. As an undergraduate, she was a choreographer and dancer in the student run Repertory Dance Theater and was inducted into the Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society. Josie also spent a year as an academic mentor in Peabody Hall helping first year students gain valuable academic success skills. Josie is currently enrolled in Salem State's master's in higher education in student affairs program. Josie is primarily responsible for FYRE (the First Year Reading Experience), coordinating the Meet Your Major program, supervising the first year mentors, and developing initiatives for transfer students.
Steven Jeune, student success coach
Steven is a graduate of Franklin Piece University where he majored in political science and minored in philosophy. While an undergraduate he served as an admissions ambassadors, orientation peer leader, as well as a number of other student organizations. Steven is in his second hear of the higher education in student affairs program at Salem State University and is responsible for the ONE mentor program and coordinates the student success series.
Sasha Veiga, student success coach
Sasha received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Assumption College. After spending four years working in finance, she realized she wanted to make a bigger difference in people's lives. Recognizing the positive experience she had as an undergraduate student, she decided to head back to school. Currently, Sasha is enrolled in Salem State’s masters in higher education in student affairs program. Sasha is primarily responsible for advising Alpha Lambda Delta, supervising the FYE office assistants, and supporting the learning communities and first year arts community.
Christina Hannon, student success coach
Christina attended the University of Connecticut where she received her bachelors of arts in english and a minor is psychology. Christina originally went to the University of Connecticut to pursue her dream of being a high school english teacher, but changed her mind after she became a mentor for the first year experience program. She then became a facilitator for UConn Connects, where she helped students learn study skills and time management. Christina is now in the Salem State University higher education in student affairs masters program. She is primarily responsible for supervising the FYE office assistants, overseeing the first year exit survey, and coordinating the student success stations.
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 and concentration 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. In the FYE office, Jenn works with the first year seminar faculty and first generation students. She is also a co-advisor to the first year advisory board and coordinates the First Year Advocate Award.
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. Brittany is responsible for advising FAB (the first year advisory board), supervising the first year mentors, and developing programs for first generation students.