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In the Loop

Higher Education Programs at NYU Steinhardt 

November/December 2015 Edition

Thank you all who made our first issue a success!
This  issue of the newsletter features the recent accomplishments of current students, alumni, and faculty. To share updates of your own, or to nominate a colleague for a spotlight, please reach out to Ariel Bloomer ( We will continue to spotlight the changemakers and diligent researchers, mentors and fearless trailblazers in our midst, and by doing so inspire each other to carry confidently our full potential. 

Master's Students Explore Boston

The Association of Student Affairs Professionals (ASAP), made up of NYU higher education master's students, traveled to Boston this past weekend to network with area graduate students and professionals. Their busy itinerary included Harvard University, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Bunker Hill Community College.

Sue-Yeon Song Wins Steinhardt Challenge Award

Third-year Ph.D. student Sue-Yeon Song has been awarded a $1000 grant in the doctoral dissertation category for her study, "The Patterns of Governance in Higher Education and Their Impact on University Restructuring." Her cross-national research will use case studies from universities in South Korea and Hong Kong under the mentorship of Professor Teboho Moja.

2004 Master's Alumnus wins Mentor of the Year from NACE

This past summer, Brian Guerrero, a 2004 graduate of the higher education master's program, was awarded 2015 Mentor of the Year from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Guerrero currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of the Career Center at University of California, Berkeley. NACE cited Guerrero's strength in team leadership and program development; The many who seek Guerrero's counsel serve as "a testament to Guerrero's belief in his team's ability to prosper professionally and to his success in coaching individuals to become independent campus leaders."

Professor Matt Mayhew's Projects on Faith and Diversity

This fall, incoming freshman at 130 colleges and universities across the U.S. will begin their participation in the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), a collaboration between Mayhew, Alyssa Rockenbach of North Carolina State University, and Interfaith Youth Corps. The research will look at how experiences of diversity and religious pluralism affect students attitudes and behaviors. This project builds on years of previous work by Mayhew, including the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey, mentioned recently in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Mayhew's research into the role colleges can play as "the great intervention" is timely as religious diversity becomes an ever more salient topic on campuses.

Read more about IDEALS.

Krista Kohlmann Thriving at Rutgers University

NYU alumna Krista Kohlmann has been working at Rutgers University since earning her master's in 2010.  As the Assistant Director of Student Involvement & Community Service Initiatives, Kohlmann developed 70 annual service programs and initiatives with over 2,500 volunteers. This summer she moved to a new position as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs at the Honors College of Rutgers. She is co-chairing the upcoming Rutgers University Student Affairs Conference on the theme of Resilience: Rising to the Challenge. More information about the conference can be found here.

From NYU to Team USA

Chris Mosier, Assistant Director of Residence Life at Marymount Manhattan College, has earned a spot on Team USA in the men's sprint duathlon. Mosier is a 2011 graduate of the master's program. This past month, he was profiled by ESPN as part of their ongoing series exploring the experience of openly gay athletes. In addition to his residence life work, training, and coaching, Mosier acts as a resource and advocate for LGBT athletes. "I want to be the person I needed 15 years ago," Mosier says. Read more about Mosier in the ESPN profile, here.

Doctoral Students Take on ASHE

Five higher education doctoral students converged in Denver in early November for the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, where they each presented on their current research. 
From left to right: Sue-Yeon Song, Naureen Madhani, Victoria Ballerini, Marc Lo, Ben Selznick
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