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Meet Our SI Leaders for Spring 2021

Marwa Ahmed

Photo of Marwa AhmedMajor: Psychology and Minor in Communication Science and Disorders and Political Science

SI Course:  PY311 Research 2:  Behavioral Statistics & Lab

SI Professor: Dr. Van Volkom

Fun Facts:  I love sewing and designing clothing.

Study tips for this course: If you have any questions always ask and always do the practice reviews that are given.

 

Gabriella Cleven

Photo of Gabriella ClevenMajor/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Biology

SI Course:  BY212 Physiology with Anatomy II

SI Professor: Dr. Mack

Fun Fact: I lived in California during elementary school!

Study tips for this course:  Make sure you always ask questions ahead of time, because you will have questions! Try your best to start studying at least a week before, and don’t get frustrated while studying! Take a breath, and ask someone for help and remember you will have all the resources you need to succeed in the course. 🙂

Jessica Clyne

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Major/Minor: Business Administration with a Concentration in Management & Decision Sciences

SI Course:  BE/BF 304 Money, Credit, Financial Institutions

SI Professor: Richard Roberts

Fun Fact:  Last year, my family moved from NY to SC and I have 2 adorable nieces.

Study tips for this course: Engage in class discussion because the material is extremely current and relevant. Identify and focus on the key concepts as many of them run throughout the whole course.

Luke Collier

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Major/Minor: Chemistry with a Concentration in Advanced Chemistry

SI Course:  CE112 General Chemistry II

SI Professor: All

Fun Fact:  I am in the honors school and part of the Snowriders Club!

Study tips for this course: It’s not about memorization, it’s about comprehension.

 

 

Victoria Costa

Photo of Victoria CostaMajor/Minor:  Psychology, Pre-Health Advising.  Minor in Chemistry

SI Course:  CE112 General Chemistry II

SI Professor: All

Fun Fact:  I have been a dancer for over 14 years.

Study tips for this course: The best recommendation I have for these courses is time management. Chemistry is a tough subject to begin with so setting time aside to review and study the material is the best way to excel in the course!

Arianna DeCaro

Photo of Arianna DeCaroMajor/Minor: Biology with Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology.  Minor in Psychology

SI Course:  BY212 Physiology with Anatomy II

SI Professor: Dr. Dunphy

Fun Fact:  I’m ambidextrous!

Study tips for this course: If you know the textbook, you know the material! Time management is key.

Danielle DeGrande

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Major/Minor: Biology MCP

SI Course:  BY109 Introduction to Biodiversity and Evolution

SI Professor: Dr. Medley, Dr. Sterrett, Dana Ehret

Fun Fact: I am a volunteer EMT!

Study tips for this course: Try your best to keep up with the course material after each lecture, even if it’s just 30 minutes reviewing. It is a lot of information which can be overwhelming, but staying on track will help. Quizlet is also a great study tool to use for learning key concepts, and videos are great for understanding examples of these ideas!

Grace Haemmerle

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Major/Minor: Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry and a Minor in Biology

SI Course:  BY223 General Microbiology

SI Professor: Dr. Lionetti

Fun Fact:  I went to Guatemala as a part of the global experience program and helped build a medical clinic!

Study tips for this course: Be sure to use the textbook practice questions and make charts to compare and contrast topics like types of microscopes and famous microbiologists!

 

Farah Hamid

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Major/Minor:  Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology

SI Course:  BY110 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

SI Professor:  All

Fun Fact:  I am a member of Phi Eta Sigma. In my free time I enjoy painting and watching movies.

Study tips for this course:  I look forward to helping other students succeed through Supplemental Instruction like it has helped me in the past.

 

Julia Jagodka

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Major/Minor: Biology MCP

SI Course:  BY110 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

SI Professor:  All

Fun Fact: I love animals and plants! I have 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 turtles, 3 ducks, chickens, and some fish. I have 25 plants in my room.

Study tips for this course: Key tip would be TIME MANAGEMENT!  Make sure you stay on top of everything and don’t procrastinate — it is very easy to fall behind and completely lose track of everything. Take a lot of notes and definitely ask questions — no question is stupid!

Jaimy Joji

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Major/Minor: Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry. Minor in Information Technology

SI Course:  CE112 General Chemistry II

SI Professor:  All

Fun Fact: I play the violin and cello.

Study tips for this course: Do practice problems!

 

Brooke Kampf

Major/Minor: Psychology with a Social Justice MinorPhoto of Jaimy Joji

SI Course:  PY220 Research I:  Methods and Basic Data Analysis Laboratory

SI Professor: Dr. Dinella, Dr. Greenspon

Fun Fact: I have a pet hedgehog named Gustav!

Study tips for this course: Make sure you take notes that work for you! Whether it’s virtual or on paper, filled with pictures or shorthand, make sure you use a style of note taking that make sense for you and the way you learn. Also, work with your classmates – they are one of your biggest assets!

 

Kiki Kanik

Major/Minor: Computer Science with a Concentration in Genetics

SI Course:  BY216 Intro to Genetics

SI Professor: Dr. Hicks

Fun Fact: When I’m not giving tours of the campus, you’ll find me surfing the waves of the Jersey Shore!

Study tips for this course: Dr. Hicks has a drawings based approach of learning which is very unique, so while practice won’t make perfect, it will make permanent! Practice Practice Practice!!! We value open communication in this course. Let us know how we can make your learning experience better for you!

 

Austin Klapman

Major/Minor: FinancePhoto of Austin Klapman

SI Course:  BE202 Macroeconomics

SI Professor: Anthony Mastromarino

Fun Fact: Member of the Monmouth men’s tennis team.

Study tips for this course: Utilize the end of chapter practice problems.

 

 

Nico Landino

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Major/Minor: Biology with Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology,   Minor in Stats and Chem

SI Course:   CE112 General Chemistry II

SI Professor: All

Fun Fact:  I bleached my hair and regret it.

Study tips for this course: Understand, don’t memorize.

 

Alyssa Lyons

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Major/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology

SI Course:  BY223 General Microbiology

SI Professor: Dr. Lionetti

Fun Fact: I am a dance teacher! This is a great escape for me and allows me to take a break from school work.

Study tips for this course: General Microbiology is a great course! Study a little bit at a time and take detailed notes. Create a study schedule that works for you so that you do not overwhelm yourself with the material.

 

Jillian McDonough

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Major/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology

SI Course:  BY212 Physiology with Anatomy II

SI Professor: Dr. Dunphy

Fun Fact: I taught myself how to play guitar and ukulele.

Study tips for this course: The textbook is your best friend. Read the chapters well before the exam.

 

Victor Montanaro

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Major/Minor: Psychology

SI Course:  PY320 Research III: Experimental Methods & Lab

SI Professor: Dr. Stapley

Fun Fact:  I’ve been playing drums for over ten years! Currently I’m playing with five bands, plus doing some studio work for some other projects. I also teach!

Study tips for this course: When thinking about research, you definitely want to think long-term, or at least start thinking about your thesis study. Think about what areas of psychology interest you the most, and think about ways you can examine some of your passions through those psychological lenses. This will be critical for Project 2, and I promise it will make the course very enjoyable! Overall, always think about how you can practically apply all the concepts and ideas to your own research process. This is more than factual memorization; you will absolutely use the skills you gain in this course.

I say this as a lifelong procrastinator – this is not the class to procrastinate. This is a fun course, but it will demand a decent amount of time, and you don’t want to fall behind. Take a deep breath, mentally organize the tasks at hand, and execute. If you need help or feel overwhelmed, do not be afraid to reach out to Dr. Stapley or me; we are here to help. Trust the process, and all will be well!

Oh, one last thing: NEVER end a sentence with a preposition (at least in this class). Trust me, and you’ll save lots of points. It is a habit we must do away with. No, wait. It is a habit with which we must do away! 🙂

Anna Pavone

Photo of Anna PavoneMajor/Minor: Psychology

SI Course:  PY320 Research III: Experimental Methods & Lab

SI Professor: Dr. Mehrkam

Fun Fact: I️ love taking my Jeep on road trips and adventures.

Study tips for this course:  Review your notes frequently! There’s only a midterm and final and it’s content heavy.

 

Jordan Petchel

Photo of Jordan PetchelMajor/Minor: Economics & Management

SI Course:  BE350 Intermediate Macroeconomics

SI Professor: Dr. Aslanbeigui

Fun Fact: I have been a vegetarian for 8 years and I have a twin sister!

Study tips for this course:  Be present during the lectures and take notes by hand to help retain information better. The material in macroeconomics builds off of the previously taught material, so if you’re stuck don’t hesitate to reach out to me or your professor so you don’t fall behind.

Samantha Ragenklint

Photo of Samantha RagenklintMajor/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology

SI Course:  CE112 General Chemistry II

SI Professor: All

Fun Fact: I run cross country and track for Monmouth!

Study tips for this course:  Manage your time wisely and study each day. You cannot learn chemistry over night!

 

Sean Reardon

Major/Minor:  Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology

SI Course:  BY216 Introduction to Genetics

SI Professor: Dr. Hicks

Fun Fact:  I love the rain

Study tips for this course: Practice drawing, and keep up with the assignments and quizzes. Stay on top or ahead of the work.

 

Caroline Reverendo

Major/Minor:  Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology

SI Course:  BY216 Introduction to Genetics

SI Professor: Dr. Phifer-Rixey

Fun Fact:  I’m the fifth member of my family to attend Monmouth University!

Study tips for this course: It’s so important to stay on top of your work! Make sure to pay attention during the lectures and take extensive notes. Review the material before you have lecture so that you understand what the Professor is explaining and so it’s more of a review. That is the KEY to success.

 

Kylie Seka

Major/Minor:  MBA

SI Course:  BA251 Principals of Financial Accounting, BA252 Principles of Managerial Accounting

SI Professor: All

Fun Fact:  I adopted a dog over quarantine!

Study tips for this course:  Take the class chapter by chapter, all of the content builds on itself so you can get lost easily if you move on before understanding something! Don’t wait until the final exam to ask questions about the chapters from the first half of the semester! Always ask questions as soon as you don’t understand something, that is what I’m here for!

 

Evan Shapiro

Photo of Jordan PetchelMajor/Minor: Chemistry

SI Course:  CE112 General Chemistry II

SI Professor: All

Fun Fact: I play guitar.

Study tips for this course: Do your homework!

 

Subah Soni

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Major/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology

SI Course:  BY113 Introduction to Structure and Function of Living Systems

SI Professor: Dr. Lionetti

Fun Fact: I’m an EMT.

Study tips for this course: Attend all lectures and actively take notes during the class. Try to review your notes once a week to better retain the material.

 

Samantha Truglio

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SI Graduate Assistant

Major/Minor: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Fun Fact:  I have been a pescatarian for almost a year.

 

 

 

Brooke Vaccaro

Major/Minor: FinancePhoto of Jordan Petchel

SI Course:  BF301 Principles of Finance

SI Professor: Irene McFarland

Fun Fact: I love exercising and traveling!

Study tips for this course: 1) Stay organized! 2) Drill in the notes and understand them before starting the homework assignments. 3) Professor McFarland teaches shortcuts that help you remember concepts. She also explains the math behind the problems conceptually. It is important to try to learn the material conceptually as well because that is how it will be in the real world. 4) Study notes, homework problems for exams, and exam reviews for exams and attend SI sessions for further practice:)

 

Kathryne  Zarillo

Photo of Jordan PetchelMajor/Minor: Business with a Concentration in Economics and Finance

SI Course:  BE202 Macroeconomics

SI Professor: Dr. Boonman

Fun Fact: I want to go to law school and be an attorney following graduation.

Study tips for this course: Try the additional practice problems that the Professor provides! If he thought that they were important enough to give to you, they may be important enough for him to put on an exam. If you have any issues or want additional help, contact me!