‘We are here as resources,’ explain deans

During your time at RPI, you’ll undoubtedly meet a lot of new faces that will aid you in learning and growing as a person. As part of the Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students initiative, assistant deans have been selected to live in certain residence halls on campus for students to go to whenever they need help of any kind. Below are short profiles of some of the people you might be living with; use them as brief introductions to get to know them a little bit better.


Christina Lowery
Hometown: Gardiner, Maine
Residence Hall: Hall Hall
What she looks forward to doing as an assistant dean: “Building relationships with the ResLife staff.”
If she could be any kind of fruit: I’d be a blueberry, because blueberries are sweet and they’re from Maine.


Randi Mogul
Hometown: Latham, N.Y.
Residence Hall: Crockett Hall
What she looks forward to doing as an assistant dean: “I’m big on programs—hosting and going to them,” Mogul remarked on doing fun programs for her residents.
If she could be any kind of fruit: “Strawberry—it’s my favorite.”


Mary Gleason
Hometown: Clarence, N.Y.
Residence Hall: Polytechnic Residence Commons
What she looks forward to doing as an assistant dean: “Being here in the beginning of the year for everything,” as Gleason was not around to see the start of the school year in 2009.
If she could be any kind of fruit: “A strawberry, because I have always loved strawberries—they are one of my favorite fruits.” And if strawberries were to be personified, “it’d be Strawberry Shortcake, and I liked her when I was younger.”


Shannon Hitchcock ’05
Hometown: Lowville, N.Y.
Residence Hall: Blitman Residence Commons
What she looks forward to doing as an assistant dean: “Spending time with Blitman and connecting the building to the downtown community.” As this is the second year that Blitman has been open, “There [will be] a lot of improvements from before, since most the kinks have been worked out.”
If she could be any kind of fruit: “I think I’d be a raspberry, because they are my favorite, and if you can’t be your own biggest fan, then who can?”

As for other things new students should know? “The biggest thing for freshmen: not to be frightened of failing. Try new things if they aren’t working out,” said Hitchcock, elaborating on trying different clubs or changing majors.

“Students don’t have to be afraid of us,” commented Gleason, as she talked about how students might think assistant deans are simply rule enforcers. “That’s not our jobs; we are here as resources.”

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