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III. Office of the Dean of the College

Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Interim Dean of the College

Office: Main Building, second floor, center (M-C214, x5600)
Office of the Dean of the College website

The dean of the college oversees the offices of the Dean of Studies, the Dean of Students, Student Growth and Engagement, Campus Activities, and Safety and Security.

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Dean of Studies

Dean of Students

Campus Activities

Dean of Studies

Dean of Studies

Benjamin Lotto, Dean of Studies and Advisor to Class of 2019
Jamie Kelly, Advisor to the Class of 2020
Peipei Qiu, Advisor to the Class of 2021
Denise Walen, Dean of First-Year Students
Pauline Saavedra, Assistant Dean of Studies

Office: Main Building, first floor, north wing (M-N128, x5255)
Dean of Studies website

Lisa Kooperman, Assistant Dean of Studies and Director of Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising
Office: Main Building, first floor, north wing (M-N162, x5263)

Stacy Bingham, Assistant Dean of Studies and Director of Career Development and Pre-Law Advising
Office: Main Building, first floor, south wing (M-S170, x5285)

MaryJo Cavanaugh, Director of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity
Office: Metcalf House, first floor (x7584)

The dean of studies advises all students about their curricular plans and other academic matters. Students with questions about leaves of absence, fellowships, and other academic options are encouraged to speak with the dean, as are those who wish to petition the Committee on Leaves and Privileges or who wish to raise more general questions about the curriculum of the college. The dean chairs the Committee on Student Records, the Committee on Readmission, the Committee on Fellowships, the Committee on Leaves and Privileges, and the Academic Panel. The dean of studies is the advisor to the senior class, to graduate students and visiting students who are accepted for study at Vassar, and to special (part-time, non-matriculated) students.


The dean is responsible for the execution of educational policies of the college as they relate to the students. The dean of first-year students supervises the pre-major advising system, is responsible for the academic program in New Student Orientation, and advises first-year students on all academic matters.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors should consult the advisor for their class. In addition, the advisor to sophomores serves as general advisor for sophomore transfer students and assists sophomores in their plans for a declaration of major. The advisor to juniors assists juniors as they integrate their plans for concentration in a discipline or work in a multidisciplinary program with their program of general education.

The assistant dean of studies in the dean of studies office helps students who petition the Committee on Leaves and Privileges and is responsible for advising students interested in undertaking a domestic academic leave at institutions in the United States and Canada, including the Twelve College Exchange and Historically Black College Exchange. The assistant dean serves as the liaison between the Office of Admission and transfer students, advises pre-health students along with the director of fellowships and pre-health advising, and works with the dean of studies to advise the senior class.

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Accessibility and Educational Opportunity

MaryJo Cavanaugh, Director and Moorhead Learning Specialist

Office: Metcalf House, first floor (x7584)
Accessibility and Educational Opportunity website

The director of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity evaluates requests for accommodations and services from students, faculty, or staff members with disabilities, and to coordinate accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services with appropriate college personnel. To ensure the provision of reasonable and effective accommodations, individuals must provide documentation of their disability or disabilities by an appropriate professional. Individuals with disabilities must also provide the director of Accessibility and Educational Opportunity sufficient time to evaluate the request, to determine the appropriate course of action, and to implement appropriate accommodations and support services.

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Career Development and Pre-Law Advising

Stacy Bingham, Director
Susan Smith, Associate Director of Employer Relations
Aimee Cunningham, Assistant Director of Career Development
Jannette Swanson, Assistant Director of Career Development

Office: Main Building, first floor, south wing (M-S170, x5285)
Career Development and Pre-Law Advising website

The Office for Career Development (CDO) offers services and programs to help students and alumnae/i explore fields of interest, examine career options, prepare resumes, arrange employment interviews, and apply for special programs and employment. The CDO boasts an up-to-date career library, many job and internship databases, and several online subscription-based resources.

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Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising

Lisa Kooperman, Director

Office: Main Building, first floor, north wing (M-N162, x5263)
Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising website

The Office of Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising provides guidance and services for students seeking entrance into medical school and other schools in the health professions (dentistry, veterinary, public health, etc.). The director also administers the work of the faculty committee on fellowships, the premedical advisory committee, and the W.K. Rose selection committee, acting as liaison between the committees and students and graduates of the college.

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Safety and Security

Arlene Sabo, Director

Office: 2500 New Hackensack Road, Security Building (845) 437-5200
Safety and Security website

Campus Safety and Security is responsible for the security of all campus buildings and student and faculty housing, as well as the enforcement of campus parking and other regulations.  All automobiles and bicycles must be registered and on-campus parking requires a valid parking sticker.

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Dean of Students

Dean of Students

Adriana di Bartolo, Dean of Students

Office: Main Building, first floor, center (M-C121, x5315)
Dean of Students website

Wendy A. Freedman, PhD, Director of the Psychological Services
Office: Metcalf House, first floor (845) 437-5700)

Irena Balawajder, MD, Director, Health Services
Office: Baldwin House, first floor (845) 437-5800)

Andrea Pesavento, Director, Health Education/SAVP
Office: Metcalf House, solarium (845) 437-7769)

Nicole Wong, Director, Sexual Assault Violence Prevention
Office:  Jewett Hall 121 (845) 437-7863

TBD, Director, Residential Life
Office: Main Building, first floor, center (M-C120, x5860

The dean of students oversees the operations of the Office of Residential Life, the Counseling Service, the Health Service, and Health Education/SAVP.

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Counseling Services

Wendy A. Freedman, PhD, Director of the Psychological Services

Office: Metcalf House, first floor (845) 437-5700)
Counseling Service website

The Counseling Services are staffed by psychologists and a consulting psychiatrist and provide confidential help for students who have personal concerns. Counseling for special problems is also provided by physicians at the Health Services and by the associate dean of the college for Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices. The Counseling Services advise faculty on how best to help students but cannot discuss a particular case without written student consent. Student records are strictly confidential, including the fact of whether or not a student has been seen at the counseling services.

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Health Services

Irena Balawajder, MD, Director

Office: Baldwin House, first floor (845) 437-5800)
Health Service website

The Health Services primarily serve students.  Faculty and staff may be seen in the clinic for emergencies.  There are many well-qualified physicians in the area and health services staff are glad to assist in referrals.

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Health Education

Andrea Pesavento, Director

Office: Metcalf House, solarium (845) 437-7769)
Health Education website

The director of Health Education works within the residential college, in collaboration with the Health Services, Counseling Services, Residential Life Office, and student peer counseling groups to promote programs and practices leading to health awareness among all campus constituencies.

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Sexual Assault Violence Prevention (SAVP)

Nicole Wong, Director

Office: Jewett Hall 121 (845) 437-7863
Sexual Assault Violence Prevention (SAVP) website

The Sexual Assault Violence and Prevention (SAVP) Program, housed in the Office of Health Education, is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the Vassar community. It aims to prevent sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking on campus through prevention education and bystander intervention.

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Professional Development

Edward Pittman, Senior Associate Dean of the College for Professional Development

Office: Main Building, first floor, north wing (M-N163, x5426)
Professional Development website

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Residential Life

TBD, Director

Office: Main Building, first floor, center (M-C120, x5860)
Residential Life website

The director of Residential Life oversees programs and policy implementation regarding all aspects of student residence in campus housing.  The director also has responsibility for advising student organizations within the residence halls and is in charge of the student fellow/house advisors program.

In the case of a security or health emergency, call (845) 437-7333.  Assistance is also available at the Campus Response Center (CRC), Main Building and (845) 437-5221.  

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Campus Activities

Campus Activities

Teresa Quinn, Assistant Dean of the College for Campus Activities
Michelle Ransom, Director of College Center, Associate Director of Campus Activities
Jasmine Mitchell, Program Manager of Campus Activities

Office: College Center, north atrium (x5370)
Campus Activities website

Maureen King, Senior Director of Dining Programs
Office: College Center (x7748)

The Office of Campus Activities coordinates student extracurricular activities and all nonacademic scheduling, including the college center and evening use of all auditoria. The office maintains the college calendar, and all lectures and other faculty-sponsored events should be registered through Campus Activities to avoid conflicts with other similar or competing events. Campus Activities manages the college convocations and commencement and makes arrangements for academic dress. The assistant dean oversees the campus activities office, College Center, Summer Programs and Campus Dining. The assistant dean also advises student organizations and programming groups.

The College Center in main building provides rooms for social, educational, and extracurricular activities and auxiliary services for the college community. It houses the campus activities office, the computer store, the post office, the Vassar College Bookstore, the WVKR radio station, offices for student government, organizations, as well as the Retreat, the Kiosk, and Matthew’s Mug. The director of College Center is responsible for the college information center and the James W. Palmer III ‘90 Gallery in the College Center and its year-round rotating exhibits.

Located in the lobby of Main, the visitor center disseminates information concerning local area events and points of interest, including directories, maps, and schedules.

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Campus Dining

Maureen King, Senior Director of Dining Programs

Office: College Center (x7748)
Campus Dining website

Campus Dining operates Gordon Commons (formerly the All Campus Dining Center) and UpC Cafe in the Students’ Building; The Retreat, Kiosk and Vassar Express at College Center; and Matthew's Bean in the Library. Catering for special events is also available through the Campus Dining Catering Office.

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Student Growth and Engagement

Wendy Maragh Taylor, Associate Dean of the College for Student Growth and Engagement
Andrew Meade, Assistant Dean for Student Growth and Engagement and Director of International Services

Office: Main Building, first floor, center (S-185, x5831)

Capria Berry, Director of Transitions Program

Office: Main Building, first floor, center (x7618)

TBD, Director for the Student Growth and Engagement ALANA Center

Office: ALANA Center (AL 210, x5953/5954)

TBD, Director for the Student Growth and Engagement LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center

Office: College Center 235 (x3521)

The Student Growth and Engagement Office’s primary aim is to enhance the quality of campus life for all students through advancing Vassar’s mission to provide a socially responsible and inclusive education. We promote campus inclusion, equity, social justice, global learning, and cultural pluralism through a variety of resources, including the ALANA Cultural Center to support students of color, International Student Services, the LGBTQ Center, Transitions Program, and the Women’s Center.

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ALANA Center

TBD, Director for the Student Growth and Engagement/ALANA Center

Office: ALANA Center (AL 210, x5953/5954)
ALANA Center website

The ALANA Center supports the campus life and academic experiences of African-American/Black, Latino/a, Asian, and Native American students. The center offers leadership programs, intercultural and cross-cultural dialogues, and a big sister/big brother and alumnae/i mentoring resources. Other resources include cultural/ethnic journals, IMAGES newsletter, educational videos, career and graduate study information, a community room, computing resources, and a full kitchen.

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International Services

Andrew F. Meade, Director, and Assistant Dean for Student Growth and Engagement

Office: Main Building, first floor, center (S-185, x5831)
International Services website

The Office of International Services and Special Projects offers a full range of resources for our international community of students and scholars, including advice and assistance in visa, immigration, tax, employment, cultural and general matters.

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LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center

TBD, Director for the Student Growth and Engagement LGBTQ Center and Women's Center

LGBTQ Center
Office: College Center 213 (x3521)
LGBTQ Center website

The LGBTQ Center supports the campus life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students and their allies by providing social, cultural and academic programming; fostering strong leaders; highlighting Vassar’s unique history; and engaging the entire campus in discussions of social justice and inclusion. The LGBTQ Center is located in College Center, Room 213.

Women's Center
Office: College Center 235 (x3521)
Women's Center website

The Women’s Center supports and celebrates women’s leadership; provides empowering spaces for female-identified people; takes action to address gender inequity on campus; provides programming and resources on local, national and global gender issues; honors Vassar College’s unique history; and promotes understanding among people of different genders, cultures, beliefs, racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities and sexual orientations. The Women’s Center is located in College Center, Room 235.

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Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices

The Reverend Sam Speers, Associate Dean of the College for Spiritual Life and Contemplate Practices
Elizabeth Aeschlimann, Rachlin Director for Jewish Student Life and Assistant Director, Office of Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices

Office:  2nd Floor, Chapel, (x5550)
Spritual Life and Contemplative Practices website

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices is responsible for the coordination of religious services and organizations on the campus and for insuring that the diverse religious interests of students are recognized. The associate dean and assistant director also serve as counselors and are assisted by local clergy and religious associations.

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