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Meet the Center for Student Success Staff

Sharon Wilson-Barker - Dean of Student Success

The Center for Student Success was established in the fall of 2013, and I assumed leadership in January, incorporating Career Services, Disability Services and new student orientations into the Sharon Wilson-Barkeracademic services framework already in place. Adding those areas to our Student Success Center allowed the University to establish one-stop-shopping for students needing many kinds of academic assistance.  My past professional experiences have included: teaching English for the University of Maine at Orono’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; co-directing the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development’s National Center for Student Aspirations, which included program delivery to schools in Maine and other states across the nation, as well as Canada and Scotland;  collaborating with America Online to offer programming for twelve, DC-area schools that had received AOL grants; and serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Gender Equity in Education in Maine. During my eleven years at Husson University, I have been involved in establishing an Academic Services Center at the University, developing a first-year seminar course (the Husson Experience) for incoming students, developing and overseeing Husson’s New Student Orientations, establishing an annual Top Scholars Dinner that honors the academic achievements of Husson’s top graduating seniors, and providing support and guidance for EAGLE Week, a week-long live-in orientation for international students and students who have not yet chosen areas of study.  Leading the Center for Student Success allows me the wonderful opportunity to support students as they strive to fulfill their greatest potential.




Sarah Pringle-Lewis
- Associate Director of Academic ServicesSarah Pringle-Lewis

I am a native of Dayton, Ohio.  I came to Husson University after a long career in Student Services that has taken me across the nation from Malibu, California to Bangor, Maine. I’m a graduate of Hiram College, Western Illinois University and Bangor Theological Seminary, I also studied at John Cabot International College in Rome, Italy. I enjoy working directly with students and advise several student organizations on campus – United Students Association, CRU, African Students Association, and International Student Association. My academic and administrative areas of interest include shifting student demographics, self-directed study, the relationship between education and the workforce and extramural learning.

 



Taryn Carson
- Director of Academic ServicesTaryn Carson

My name is Taryn Carson. I'm the Student Success Advisor in the Center for Student Success. I advise students with disabilities, international students and undeclared students. I also teach the Husson Experience course. I have a Master's Degree in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Limerick and a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from the University of Nottingham. My family and I recently returned to the states after nearly a decade of working, studying and traveling overseas.



James Westhoff
- Director of Career Services James Westhoff

I am the Director of Career Services and have worked in the career development field for almost 20 years.  I started my career at Colorado State University’s Career Center and worked there as a Graduate Assistant.  I moved to Brunswick, ME in 1998 to work in the Career Planning Center at Bowdoin College where I stayed until December 2007.  While at Bowdoin, I served as the Internship Coordinator, pre-law advisor, and Assistant Director.  In 2010, I became the Director of Career Services at Husson University and work with students at every class level and area of interest.  When I’m not at work you may find me at concerts, hiking, and mountain climbing.  In addition, I make my home in Waterville with my wife, Angela and 10-year old daughter Caroline, who is my pride and joy.



Morgan Connolly
- Assistant Director of Career ServicesMorgan Connolly

I am so happy to be back in postsecondary education as the Assistant Director of Career Services at Husson.  After moving to Maine from the Midwest in 1995, I took a detour into the world of Healthcare as a private consultant and later as project manager/grant writer which was a good experience but not where I really wanted to be.  I have a master’s degree in rehabilitation psychology, and a BS in behavioral disabilities from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. My background in postsecondary education includes 11 years as a faculty member in the Rehabilitation Placement graduate program at Drake University and as the Director of the Drake Disability Resource Center.  Through all these experiences I have confirmed that working with students to help them advance their careers is truly where I want to be. 


Sam Kunz – Student Success Advisor

Greetings!  I'm a proud Vermont native, but an equally proud Maine transplant!  I joined the Center for Student Success team in August of 2016. In addition to academic advising, I teach several sections of Husson Experience (HE111), oversee the new Peer Advisor Connection program, and serve as the Success Center liaison for Husson Athletics.  Before Husson, I worked for over fifteen years at Champlain College in Vermont and the University of Maine.  I thoroughly enjoy working directly with students as they navigate college and prepare for the future.  Outside of work, I enjoy hiking and biking (especially in Acadia), cooking for friends, and having adventures with my amazing and hysterical four year old daughter.

 


Meghann Peterson – Student Success Advisor for Graduate and Professional Programs

This year Husson University has added the position of Student Success Advisor for Graduate and Professional Programs. Students in Husson's graduate and professional programs experience a spectrum of growth and challenges during their academic career and I am happy to provide services and mentorship to help them succeed. I was born in Bangor but grew up in Phoenix, AZ. When I moved back to Maine to pursue my undergraduate degree in 2005, I chose Husson and immediately felt at ease and connected to the community. When I attended graduate school at another institution I realized how important my experiences at Husson were and knew I wanted to come back to work here. My goal for this year is to help students feel supported and focus on success.


Mikayla DiAngelis – Student Success Advisor


Jamie Jastrzembski – Administrative Assistant for The Center for Student Success

I am the administrative assistant in the Success Center office, providing support to all departments that comprise the Center for Student Success as well as the students who access our departments.  I also provide testing accommodations to students who receive that academic accommodation.  And I do all the logistical support for Success Center events, including EAGLEWeek and New Student Orientations. I am brand-new to Maine and while it is VERY different from my hometown, Philly, I have been falling in love with the scenery (on second thought… talk to me again during winter). At Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, I double majored in Art History and Photography, all while being able to study abroad two semesters. I love to travel and explore new places with my husband and dog. I also love crafts; I have taken on my grandmother’s love of crochet and needlepoint.



Alexandra Crawford – Graduate Assistant for The Center for Student Success


Brett Martin –Graduate Assistant for Career Services

I am currently in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Husson. Before entering this program I graduated from the Psychology program in 2016. Prior to working for Career Services, I worked for Alumni Services and as a Behavioral Health Professional for United Cerebral Palsy of Maine. I truly enjoy working with the Student and Alumni population. I believe that a great number of current students miss the chance to gain valuable skills as they build their professionalism and understanding of how to find a career that will fulfill what is important in their lives. I strive to improve our students lives through helping them understand the value that they bring to the workforce and the profession/location they must seek to be fulfilled and avoid burnout in their careers.