of Campus Life
Michael Jaromin joined the University in 1989 and has served in many roles in Student Success since that time. A dedicated Student Success professional, he was appointed the Director of Student Involvement & Leadership in 1999 and truly enjoys working with all of the diverse student leaders on campus. Mr. Jaromin has been trained by Project Adventure, Inc. and designed and presented many original workshops for student leaders. He is dedicated to enhancing the extra-curricular program for students through quality advisement, services, programs, and leadership development opportunities and has made it the mission of the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership to try and get as many students as possible involved in the life of the campus.
Mr. Jaromin received his bachelor of arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his master of arts degree from the University at Albany.
Associate Director for Event Management
A proud University at Albany alum, Jennifer joined the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership in 1998. She coordinates a variety of campus events, including the Welcome Candlelighting Ceremony for new students and the Torch Night ceremony for graduating seniors.
Associate Director for Student Organization Management
Beth joined Student Involvement & Leadership in the fall of 2003 after serving as an Assistant Director of Career Services since the fall of 1999; she has also spent summers as Assistant Director to the Orientation program. In her current role, Beth oversees leadership development initiatives and provides support to UAlbany student organizations. She is also the Faculty Advisor to Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service.
Beth has been recognized with the Student Association Outstanding Administrator Award (2007), Student Association Mentor Award (2006), and the Presidential Honors Society Sung Bok Kim Award (2004). In addition, in 2008, she was honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Beth earned her bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia and her master's degree from the University of Hartford. Prior to joining the UAlbany family, she worked at the University of Connecticut and University of Hartford in counseling and health education capacities. Outside of the office, Beth is an avid downhill skiier.
Associate Director for Programming
Pamela Malatesta is responsible for the oversight of campus programming, including UAlbany’s Campus Programming Board. The Campus Programming Board, or CPB, is a student run group from the Office of Student Involvement that provides the students of UAlbany with fun and diverse campus-wide events. Additionally, Pamela coordinates the office's marketing and outreach. She came to the University in 2006 in the Office of the Vice President for Student Success after receiving her bachelor of arts in English literature from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She joined the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership in 2007 and in 2008 completed her master of arts degree in education administration and policy study at the University at Albany. Pamela holds memberships in Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, National Association for Campus Activities, and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Assistant Director for Student Organization Management
Arleny Alvarez-Peña, a two time alumna of the University at Albany, joined our Student Involvement team in September 2013. She oversees all recognized fraternities, sororities, and social fellowships at the university in addition to providing leadership development, and serving as a resource to the diverse student population and advocating for their concerns. Arleny received her bachelor in arts in English and Africana studies and her masters in science in educational administration: policy and law studies. Prior to returning to the university Arleny was the Director of Intercultural Leadership at The College of Saint Rose.
Assistant Director for Programming
Doug comes to UAlbany from Marist College where he was the Coordinator for First Year Programs and Leadership Development. Doug began his career teaching middle school history in Cleveland, OH. His interest in Student Affairs began during his time as the Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership and Involvement at CU-Boulder. In his current role, Doug is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the Pathways for Success program and collaborates with the Associate Director on the office’s marketing and assessment initiatives. Doug received his B.A. in middle childhood education from John Carroll University and his M.A. in educational foundations, policy and practice from the University of Colorado - Boulder.
Chris grew up right down the street from the UAlbany campus, and joined the Student Success team in the summer of 2014. He serves as the advisor to the Campus Programming Board and also oversees the UAlbany Street Team and spirit initiatives. His career began in collegiate athletics, and he has worked in the athletic departments at the University of Memphis and St. John’s University. During his graduate studies, Chris served as a Graduate Assistant in the Division of Student Affairs and became interested in the promotion of campus life and working with student organizations. He is a two-time alumnus of St. John’s, and has earned an MBA in Marketing Management and a BS in Sport Management.
Dawn has worked within the finance/budgetary area on college campuses for well over a decade. While at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute she held the position of Budget Manager within the Campus Planning Department, and more recently managed all finances for The College of Saint Rose's Student Association. Dawn received her bachelor's degree in business from SUNY Oswego. As Financial Manager in the Office of Student Involvement, she manages the budget for OSI and the UAlbany Programming Board and lends her expertise to Student Association and the Graduate Student Association.
Mary began her career at The University at Albany in 1982 working for the Office of Disabled Student Services and International Student Services. She has become a staple at The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership for almost 15 years providing support to all professional staff, as well as students in the office. Mary has provided invaluable service assisting major campus events such as Danes After Dark and the President’s Award for Leadership and Spellman Awards Program. In addition, she supervises and trains all Federal Work Study students.
When a student visits the office for the first time, she is usually the go-to person - knowledgeable in current activities sponsored by the office and throughout campus. Prior to coming to the University she worked for the Department of Labor.
“It is always great meeting new people, so stop by and visit and say hello.”
Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Graduate Assistant
Vincent Aponte, alumnus of the University at Albany, is a current graduate student and assistant to the Fraternity and Sorority Life Assistant Director. He is responsible for assisting in the planning, evaluation, and execution of programming as well as the development of policies and procedures of fraternity and sorority life. Vincent received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice, and is working towards his Masters of Science in Education Administration and Policy: Higher education focus. Vincent is also a current member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Graduate Assistant for Programming
Adrienne is from Westchester, NY. She is a graduate student in the School of Criminal Justice. She wanted to be a part of the Programming Board because of her passion for programming. After working with the Department of Residential Life for two years, she realized how important it was to have good programming available to students. As a Graduate Assistant for the Programming Board, ensuring that students have a great and memorable time at all events is her primary goal.
Aneela is from Manhattan in New York City. She loves working with the Programming Board because of her love for planning and putting on great events for students to enjoy. Her ultimate goal is to open her own event coordinating business and cater to all types of events but specialize in wedding planning. Some of her hobbies include boxing, dancing, and reading. She also likes to listen to TED Talks in her leisure time.
Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development
Susan is the graduate assistant for Leadership Development. She is currently a Ph.D. student in UAlbany’s Philosophy Department and received her master’s in philosophy from SUNY Binghamton. She helps with the planning and implementation of the Emerging Leaders Program as well as aiding in the advancement of other leadership programs. Her aim is to facilitate students’ success in leadership roles so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have questions about how UAlbany can assist you in furthering your own leadership skills and goals.
Office Manager, Intercultural Student Engagement
Marcy has been serving the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement as well as Student Involvement & Leadership for 2 years. She provides support to many campus events including Danes After Dark, and the President’s and Spellman Awards Program. She has become an invaluable member of our team.
D. Ekow King
Director, Intercultural Student Engagement
D. Ekow King is a graduate of the University at Albany (BA ’90, MA ’95) Master of Arts Program in Africana Studies. He has served as a Residence Hall Director, Area Coordinator, and Assistant Director for the Department of Residential Life at the University at Albany. An African storyteller and motivational speaker, Mr. King has performed throughout NY state in that capacity. He is a senior trainer for the National Coalition Building Institute, International (N.C.B.I.) a Washington, DC based organization which conducts leadership training throughout the world. He is a member of Men for Relationship Education and Change, (Men REACH) a group of university faculty and staff who conduct workshops on sexual harassment, assault, and date rape on college campuses. Mr. King is also an adjunct professor in the Liberal Arts and Science Dept. at SUNY Cobleskill, where he teaches Introduction to African Studies.