ECS Expands Student Success Office with Hire of New Success Advisors

 Derek Pooley, Malea Perkins, Sarah Mack, Anna Kramer

August 30, 2018

Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) is proud to welcome three new student success advisors—Malea Perkins, Derek Pooley, and Anna Kramer. The new team members join Kate Pynn, director of student success programs, and Sarah Mack, coordinator of student success programs, in the College’s Student Success Office.

The hires are part of a new augmented student advising model unveiled this fall to enhance the student experience in ECS. In addition to these three hires, ECS has added four new career advisors. In the new advising model, every undergraduate student in the College is given access to a team of advisors throughout their undergraduate career. Returning students are assigned a faculty advisor and a career advisor, and first-year student are assigned a student success advisor, a career advisor, and a faculty advisor.

The ECS student success advisors assist students in identifying and working toward academic and personal goals through intentional ongoing outreach, individual and small group interactions, and monitoring their ongoing performance and connecting them with appropriate College and University resources. The advisors work in collaboration with a students’ faculty and career advisors to provide holistic support in their successful completion of their degree program.

Malea Perkins has been with Syracuse University for seven years. Most recently, she served as a conduct coordinator in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities where she prepared student conduct cases, assisted students in navigating the conduct process, facilitated conflict resolution and decision-making workshops, and provided extensive administrative support to the office. Prior to that, she worked with the Science and Technology Entry Program in the School of Education.

Perkins holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her family at the beach. She also enjoys taking nature walks, exercising, and a variety of cuisines.

Derek Pooley previously served as the assistant director of student living at Utica College where he oversaw the housing assignment process and the residential staff, created and worked with residential learning communities, and advised the student government association. He holds a bachelor’s from SUNY Potsdam in English and communication and is in the process of completing his master’s in liberal studies with a concentration in organizational communication at Utica.

Pooley has worked on a college campus for more than seven years and absolutely loves it. He is very excited to branch out of residence life and use his skills in a different area. When not working, Pooley enjoys teaching marching band and color guard at New Hartford High School. He is excited to return to Central New York, where he grew up.

Anna Kramer is a second-year graduate student in the higher education administration program in the School of Education. Kramer joined the Student Success Center in January 2018 part-time as a success coach. In this role, she worked with students on academic probation to identify barriers to their success and find ways to overcome them, as well as with several ECS student organization leaders.

Kramer holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Keuka College where she was actively involved in residence life. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and catch up on her favorite shows.

“Adding Malea, Derek, and Anna to the team allows us to extend our support to our students far beyond what was previously possible,” said Pynn, “Their contributions are already reverberating through the College and their impact will continue to grow as they engage our undergraduate population.”