Center for Student Life and Advising

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Center for Student Life & Advising
Sottery Hall
Bard College, PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Phone: 845-758-7454
E-mail: csla@bard.edu

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CSLA Staff

Dorothy Albertini '02

Assistant Dean of Studies and Associate Director of Academic Advising

Sottery Hall 110
Phone: 845-758-7436
E-mail: dalbertini@bard.edu

Dorothy Albertini works with sophomores, juniors and seniors (last names H-P). Conversations range from choosing a program of study (including help with course selection), to questions about how to improve academic skills and time-management, to jump-starting the writing process, especially when it comes to senior project.  She runs Shut Up & Write, a weekly writing space, and teaches Essay & Revision.  For students considering an academic plan outside the standard academic curriculum (a joint major, a tutorial, an internship, a 3+2 program, for instance), Dorothy is the first person to review petitions on their way to the Faculty Executive Committee for approval. Dorothy finished her senior project at Bard in 2002, and completed her MFA in writing (also at Bard) in 2008.  She writes fiction and poetry. She sews and draws and dances.  She’s an associate at the Institute for Writing & Thinking.  Before working in the Center for Student Life & Advising, she spent seven years working with the Bard Prison Initiative.

Timand Bates '02

Assistant Dean of Students

Sottery Hall 106
Phone
: 845-758-7454
E-mail: tbates@bard.edu
Timand Bates, an alumnus of 2002, works with sophomores, juniors and seniors [last names Q-Z] offering social and academic support for students who may be struggling, are unsure about their program of study, want help with course selection, or have questions about how to improve their academic skills and time-management strategies. He coordinates programming and support for incoming transfer students and students who live off campus. Timand is also a field supervisor for the Bard MAT program, where he works with graduate students who are in pre-service training to become public school English teachers. When Timand is not supporting Bardians, his preferred use of time is exploring deep in the Catskills with his two fierce daughters, Alice and Hazel, and wife, Monica, who is also an educator. Despite Timand’s life-long commitment to literature and literacy, he is quite proud that his family’s first initials spell M.A.T.H. — an homage to the logic of love! 

Kaet Heupel

Assistant Dean of Studies

Sottery Hall 107
Phone: 
845-758-7454
E-mail: kheupel@bard.edu​

Kaet Heupel provides personal support to first-year students (last names L-Z) and helps them navigate the first-year experience at Bard. From the Language and Thinking program in August, immediately as students arrive on campus, through the Citizen Science program in January, and to the close of the first year, Kaet is available to help students integrate personally and intellectually into the climate of Bard and together to shape a welcoming, thoughtful learning community. In order to facilitate the best possible first-year experience for students, Kaet works with and can help connect students with campus partners such as Advising, Chaplaincy, Counseling and Health Services, the Learning Commons, and student-led groups. She also assists the College's Scholarships and Fellowships Committee.

Alexis Lopez

Assistant Dean of Students

Sottery Hall 108
Phone
: 845-758-7454
E-mailfirstyear@bard.edu​

Alexis Lopez provides support to first-year students (last names A-K) and helps them navigate the first-year experience at Bard. Throughout students' first year, Alexis is available to help students integrate personally and intellectually into the Bard climate in order to shape a thoughtful, supportive learning community together. In order to facilitate the best possible first-year experience for students, Alexis works with and can help connect students with campus partners such as Advising, Chaplaincy, Counseling and Health Services, the Learning Commons, and student-led groups. Alexis is a fan of YouTube tutorials, loves reading books (current favorite book: Adios, Happy Homeland by Ana Menéndez) and hangs out with her cat.

Bethany Nohlgren

Dean of Students

Sottery Hall 105
Phone:
845-758-7454
E-mail: nohlgren@bard.edu

Bethany Nohlgren has been at Bard College since 2003 and oversees the Dean of Student Affairs Office, including the assistant deans of students, student activities, residence life, health and counseling services and the wellness educator. She works to ensure that students have information about and access to the vast resources available at the College. Working with students to help problem-solve concerns in their academic and social lives, she's available to any student for counsel or support. She loves working with students to help them articulate and realize their potential. You'll see her walking her rescue pup, Franny, around campus from time to time. She's also very crafty, has been known to fix loose buttons on students shirts, and loves to tell a good Bard ghost story.

David Shein

Dean of Studies

Grey Stone Cottage
Phone: 845-758-7054
E-mail: shein@bard.edu

David Shein is the College's dean for student academic affairs. He supports students in their academic work and in designing their courses of study, supports faculty in academic advising and the exercise of academic policies, and works especially closely with seniors who are struggling with the demands of the final year of study. Meet with him if you are seeking to earn credit for an independent study, requesting permission to study abroad or to study at another institution during the fall or spring term, interested in declaring a joint major or a major in multidisciplinary studies, requesting transcript recognition for an internship, or seeking an exemption from the curricular requirements of the College. Dean Shein also chairs the College's Scholarships and Fellowships Committee. He recruits and works with students who are interested in applying for nationally and internationally competitive undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities, such as the Watson Fellowship, the Luce Scholarship, and the Rhodes, Mitchell, and Marshall scholarships.
 

Jennifer Triplett

Assistant Dean of Studies and Director of Academic Advising

Sottery Hall 109
Phone: 845-758-7365
E-mail: triplett@bard.edu

Jennifer Triplett works with sophomores, juniors and seniors [last names A-G] offering social, academic, and problem-solving support, particularly for students who may be struggling, are unsure about their program of study, want help with course selection, or have questions about how to improve their academic skills and time-management strategies.  She also coordinates and supports the faculty academic advising system, serves on the Bard Council for Inclusive Excellence, and maintains the online guide to the undergraduate curriculum.  Jen loves to chat about her experiences with living in a co-housing community, her passion for social work and social justice, and her previous experiences as an Outward Bound instructor and green building general contractor, so feel free to stop in to swap stories!

Carol Werner

Office Manager

Sottery Hall 102
Phone
: 845-758-7454
E-mail: werner@bard.edu

Carol Werner has been at Bard College since 1998, and brings many years of knowledge about Bard and the Center for Student Life & Advising to her work.  She manages the student support staff in the office, is in charge of updating the student handbook, office websites, and email listservs, as well as the departmental budgets and student files, including those taking a leave of absence.  Carol also organizes the Senior Dinner and manages the Junior Marshals at Commencement.  You can contact her office if you would like to set up an appointment with one of the deans or advising staff, or just have a question in general. She has 4 grown sons and 4 grandchildren, which keep her very busy. A true lover of the arts, she enjoys music, singing, movies and live theater. You may find her knitting or doing other crafts, in her spare time. She is also Vice President of the Ulster Ballet Company. 

Mary Grace Williams

Chaplain of the College and Dean of Community Life

Sottery Hall 103
Phone: 845-752-4775
E-mail: mwilliams@bard.edu

The Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Chaplain of the College/Dean of Community Life, came to Bard in 2016 excited to work with college students.  She received her B.A. from Rutgers University where she studied Theatre Arts (Acting and Directing) which led her to move to NYC directly after college to pursue a career in theatre.  While living in the West Village, she rediscovered her deep interest in spirituality and religion and that inspired her to do a M.A. in Religious Education from Fordham University.   Eventually this led her to seek ordination as an Episcopal priest and she attended Yale Divinity School where she earned a M. Div.  Mary Grace is a single mother of two adopted daughters from China, one of whom is currently attending Bard College.  She loves living in Rhinebeck and can often be seen walking her two King Charles Cavalier dogs, Wills and Harry (aka The Princes of Rhinebeck) around the Village.  Her Maine Coon cat, Zoe, loves staying home and napping.