Alumni News

Derek Zuckerman (Ph.D. Educational Leadership, ’10) has joined the Office of Student Affairs at the College of the Holy Cross as the new associate dean for student life.  Zuckerman has extensive experience in student affairs and residential life, most recently as the assistant vice provost for residential life at Iona College in N.Y., where he was a member of the college’s strategic planning committee and served as chair of the North East Association of College and University Housing Officers’ financial strategy task force. Prior to Iona, he held positions at Quinnipiac and Bentley universities in student affairs and residential life, and at both institutions he also served as an adjunct professor of marketing and business.  Click here to read the full article.

Roger Cappucci (FCRH ’57, MSE Educational Psychology, ’59) is profiled in the August edition of Westchester Magazine, as he embarks on his 56th year in the classroom this fall.  Cappucci has spent the majority of his career teaching math at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, NY.

“If Roger Cappucci’s career could be summed up in a single number, it would be 7,500. That’s the number of students he figures to have taught since 1957, his first year as a teacher at Lincoln High School in Yonkers. If you talk to a handful of those 7,500 students, they will all say the same thing: Mr. Cappucci made math entertaining, using funny phrases like “factorinos” and “There is strength in numbers” and “Go forth and multiply.” He cared about his kids and their lives outside the classroom—what sports they played, what their passions were.”     

Click here to read the full article.

Michelle Sarna (MSE Preschool Psychology, ’04 and Ph.D. School Psychology, 09′) was recently named Director of the Educational Alliance Preschool.  President & CEO Robin Bernstein said, “We are thrilled to have Michelle join our team at a pivotal time in our history…[H]er experience, background and enthusiasm are a great fit for the Alliance now and in the not-too-distant future when we open our brand new Lower East Side community center (in the fall of 2013).”  Sarna has a background in early childhood education and child psychology, and  recently completed a fellowship at the Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization at New York University School of Law. Sarna has worked in both public and private schools, in mental health clinics, on college campuses, and in synagogues. Click here to read the full article.

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