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Meet Our SI Leaders for Fall 2020

Marwa Ahmed

Major: Psychology and Minor in Communication Science and Disorders and Political Science

SI Course:  PY311 Research 2

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.

Laura Bielicki

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Major: Accounting, Minor: IT

SI Course:  BA251 Principles of Financial Accounting

SI Professor: Douglas Stives and all the other BA251 Professors

Fun Facts:

  • Studied abroad in London during Fall 2019
  • Just ran a half marathon
  • President of my sorority
  • I will be at Ernst and Young next summer

Study tips for this course: DO the practice problems!!! It exposes you to different wordings and numbers for similar questions.  Print out the packets if the professor provides them that way you can make them your own. CONNECT WITH YOUR SI!! We are all so different and tailored to our class that we can help all different learning styles.

 

Brittney Bobowski

Major: Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry

SI Course:  CE331 Biochemistry I

SI Professor: Dr. Ouellet

Fun Facts:  I enjoy cooking and baking.

Study tips for this course: Always study a little bit each day.

 

 

Gabriella Cleven

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

SI Course:  BY211 Physiology with Anatomy I

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:  BE304 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.

 

Victoria Costa

Major/Minor:  Psychology, Pre-Health Advising

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry I

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

Major/Minor: Biology with Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology.  Minor in Psychology

SI Course:  BY211 Physiology with Anatomy I

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. Sterrett

Fun Fact: I am a volunteer EMT with West Long Branch Emergency Medical Services.

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!

Natalie Delgado

Major/Minor: Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice

SI Course:  PY320 Research III:  Experimental Methods and Laboratory

SI Professor: Dr. Ciarocco

Fun Fact: I love playing volleyball and skateboarding in my free time.

Study tips for this course: Do not procrastinate!!! Assignments take more time than you think. Next, do not be afraid to reach out to myself or the professor for help as there may be some challenging points. Lastly, have fun! This class really allows for a sense of creativity and tons of opportunities for collaboration with your classmates.

 

Alexa DiVenuto

Major/Minor: Biology

SI Course: BY2016 Intro to Genetics

SI Professor: Dr. Hicks

Fun Fact: I love the ocean and to go fishing!

Study tips for this course: Keep drawing! I believe in muscle memory. It has brought me great success in this class, and it will for you too. Practice your drawings several times a week, and attend my Instagram live videos to stay engaged!  @genetics_with_alexa

 

Flobater Gawargi

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Major/Minor: Biology/Chemistry

SI Course:  BY2016 Intro to Genetics

SI Professor: Dr. Hicks

Fun Fact: I am music instructor and choir leader who loves classical music.

Study tips for this course: Practice drawing the concepts is one of the best ways to understand any biological concept.

 

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 Hammid

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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.

 

Matthew Irwin

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

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry 1

SI Professor: All

Fun Fact: I am a triplet!

Study tips for this course: Study a little each day. Try not to cram!

 

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!

 

Brooke Kampf

Major/Minor: Psychology with a Social Justice Minor

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

SI Professor: Dr. Dinella

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!

 

Austin Klapman

Major/Minor: Finance

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.

 

Noelle Kubinak

Major/Minor: Major: Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry, Minor: Physics

SI Course:  CE331 Biochemistry

SI Professor: Dr. Ouellet

Fun Fact:  I am graduating this fall.

Study tips for this course: Work hard and pay attention to the details. Do flashcards and practice problems a little bit each day. Don’t cram the information.

 

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.

 

Gianni Mazzone

Major/Minor: Business Administration

SI Course:  BE202 Macroeconomics

SI Professor: Matthew Lifson

Fun Fact: I am an avid fisherman that loves to reel in large mouth bass every spring and summer.

Study tips for this course: If you are struggling with some of the theoretical parts of the course, be sure to keep looking up different examples. Many topics are easier to digest if you have many perspectives.

 

Jillian McDonough

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

SI Course:  BY211 Physiology with Anatomy I

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

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! 🙂

 

Michele Nisnevitz

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Major/Minor: Health Studies/Biology

SI Course:  BY211 Physiology with Anatomy I

SI Professor: Dr. Scala

Fun Fact: I was a dancer for 17 years.

Study tips for this course: Make flashcards. Don’t procrastinate, it’s never too early to start studying. Take pictures of the models in lab and label them in a PowerPoint.

 

Nikki Ortt

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Major/Minor: Secondary Education & English/Creative Writing. Minor in Spanish

SI Course:  SC150 Drug Discovery

SI Professor: Dr. Morriello

Fun Fact: Mac and cheese is my absolute favorite food and if I could, I would eat it every single day.

Study tips for this course: The lectures are key! They are the best source of study material for exams.

 

Anna Pavone

Major/Minor: Psychology

SI Course:  PY301 Psychology of Learning

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

Major/Minor: Economics & Management

SI Course:  BE202 Macroeconomics

SI Professor: Tjeerd Boonman

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.

 

Lexi Rutkoski

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Major/Minor: Biology with a Concentration is Molecular Cell Physiology and a Minor is Psychology

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry 1

SI Professor: All

Fun Fact: I want to be a dentist.

Study tips for this course: Don’t wait until last minute to study, come to SI sessions and take advantage of office hours for help!

 

Evan Shapiro

Major/Minor: Chemistry

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry 1, 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.

 

EmmaMae Sytsema

Major/Minor: Psychology

SI Course:  PY320 Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory

SI Professor: Michele Van Volkom

Fun Fact: I live on a farm.

Study tips for this course: DON’T procrastinate.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Kathryne  Zarillo

Major/Minor: Business with a Concentration in Economics and Finance

SI Course:  BE202 Macroeconomics

SI Professor: Tjeerd 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!