Student Living and Learning Staff

Main Office Staff

John Lawler
John Lawler
Dean of Student Living and Learning

Pronouns: he/him/his
Phone: 518-276-6284
Office Location: Office of Student Living and Learning

John Lawler began serving in his role as the Dean of Student Living and Learning in 2019 and is responsible for oversight of the Residential, Fraternity and Sorority, and Off-Campus Commons at Rensselaer. He and his staff implement a range of programs and services designed to create an impactful student living-learning experience for students throughout their time at the university. Before joining the Rensselaer community, John served as the Director of Student Life at the University of Maine and, prior to that, a series of roles at Indiana University. John graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, and completed his master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University. Outside of work, John and his wife, Katie, have two children and two dogs to keep them busy.

Michael Sitterley
Michael Sitterley
Director of Housing Operations

Pronouns: he/him/his
Phone: 518-276-6284
Office Location: Office of Student Living and Learning

Michael has been at Rensselaer since January of 2017.  Michael grew up in Burnt Hills, NY about 30 minutes north of Troy.  He received his bachelor and master degrees both in Technology Education from the State University of New York College at Oswego. His previous experiences includes academic advising, student orientation and residence life.  Michael enjoys working with Rensselaer students because of their desire to impact the world. Michael has a strong passion for working with students to help them grow and thrive in their environment.  When not at work Michael enjoys family time, boating, reading, and building model ships.

Beth Pasinella
Operations Manager

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Phone: 518-276-6284
Office Location: Office of Student Living and Learning

Sue Valenti
Operations Specialist

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Phone: 518-276-6284
Office Location: Office of Student Living and Learning

Fraternity & Sorority Commons Staff

Stubbs, Assoc. Dean, FSC
Ethan M. Stubbs
Associate Dean Fraternity & Sorority Commons

Pronouns: he/him/his
E-mail: stubbe@rpi.edu
Phone: 518-276-6284
Office Location: Office of Student Living and Learning/Off Campus Commons

 

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Off-Campus Commons Staff

Residential Commons Staff

Kris Nolan-Parker
Kris Nolan-Parker
Associate Dean Residential Commons

Pronouns: they/them/their
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-mail: nolank@rpi.edu
Phone: 518
-276-6284

Office Location: Office of Student Living and Learning
Area of Responsibility for Spring 2022: Polytechnic Apartments, City Station South, City Station West, North, E-Complex, Quad

Kris “knp” Nolan-Parker began serving in their role at Rensselaer in 2017 where they provide oversight for Student Living and Learning’s personnel, as well as enhancing the student experience through the selection and training processes. Kris also oversees special projects to enhance students’ sense of belonging such as residence hall programming and promoting conversations between RAs and their residents. Kris is known for leading with rigorous empathy and utilizing radical candor to engage in meaningful discussion to promote inclusive change. Kris graduated with their bachelor’s degree from Castleton University and their master’s degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State University. In their time away outside of work, Kris enjoys playing basketball, hiking, spending time with their family, long walks with their Akita, and adventuring in the great outdoors.

Shelby Robinson
Shelby Robinson
Associate Dean Residential Commons

Pronouns: she/her/hers
E-mail: robins12@rpi.edu
Phone: 518
-276-6284
Office Location: Office of Student Living and Learning
Area of Responsibility for Spring 2022: BARH, Bray, Bryckwyck, Crockett, RAHP A, Stacwyck

Shelby has been dedicated to helping students become their authentic selves since beginning her Higher Education career in 2016. Since then, this path has led her from Illinois to Colorado, and now here to Troy, NY to be at Rensselaer. When not walking around campus with her cat, Shelby loves to travel to new places with her friends, go shopping at one of the awesome malls in the area, or is fueling her K-Pop obsession.

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