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Steve Veldkamp
Name
Steve Veldkamp
Director, Piazza Center, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
Piazza Center Student Affairs Development
Bio

Dr. Stevan Veldkamp serves as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs with a focus on fundraising and is the director of the Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research and Reform.

In his role, Steve organizes fundraising priorities and supports unit fundraising initiatives. Additionally, as the Executive Director of the Piazza Center, he sets a national research agenda and works with research faculty in designing, conducting, sourcing, and resourcing exploratory research to benefit more than 770 campuses that host fraternities and sororities nationwide. He is a frequent campus and headquarter consultant, and national conference presenter on fraternity and sorority life.  

Prior to Penn State, Steve served Indiana University Bloomington as the Assistant Dean and Director of Student Life and Learning, where he supervised functional areas of campus wide-leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student government, and student organizations recognition and support. He is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors, and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, as well as past Director of the Interfraternity Institute.

Steve earned bachelors and master’s degrees from Grand Valley State University, and a doctoral degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University

Adam Christensen
Name
Adam Christensen
Project Director
Piazza Center
Office
105 White Building
University Park, PA 16802
Contact
814-863-1809
Pietro Sasso
Name
Pietro Sasso
Research Fellow
Piazza Center
Bio

Dr. Pietro A. Sasso serves as the faculty research fellow for the center in which he supports the dissemination of interdisciplinary research projects as scholarly peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national conferences.  He has previously worked as a fraternity/sorority professional in both inter/national and campus-based professional capacities. He is currently a faculty member of higher education/student affairs in which he has written and edited more than 15 publications related to the fraternity/sorority experience including 2 seminal texts. In total, he has co-edited 8 textbooks, authored approximately 50 scholarly publications, and facilitated over 50 conference presentations. He serves as a reviewer for more than 5 journals including the Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice and serves as senior co-editor for the text series Identity & Practice in Higher Education-Student Affairs by Information Age Publishing. He is the recipient of the AFA Dr. Charles Eberly Research Award and is a past ACPA Men and Masculinities Emerging Scholar-In-Residence.

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Name
Dawn Maynen
FSES Project Coordinator
Piazza Center
Virtual Scholars
Vivienne Felix
Name
Vivienne Felix
Virtual Scholar
Piazza Center
Bio

Vivienne Felix is a higher education practitioner with experience in academic affairs, student affairs, and central administration. Her research interests are informed by her work assessing student learning and student experiences, planning community engagement initiatives, and supporting fraternity and sorority students.

Education
  • BA in international affairs, Lafayette College
  • MA in education, the University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D. in higher education administration with a specialization in comparative and international education, Bowling Green State University. 
Work

Vivienne will work with the Piazza Center's emerging conversation and concept team around fraternities and sororities and community engagement as well as fraternities and sororities and learning outcomes. In addition, she will assist with the early warning signs of hazing study.

Emily Feuer
Name
Emily Feuer
Virtual Scholar
Piazza Center
Bio

Emily Feuer serves as the assistant to the vice president for finance and administration at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She also works on the consulting team for RISE Partnerships. Feuer is passionate about uncovering and exploring strategies for hazing prevention and completed her dissertation on administrator and student perceptions of hazing. 

Education
  • BA, SUNY Plattsburgh
  • MA in educational administration and leadership studies, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership, University at Albany, SUNY 
Work

Emily will work with Pietro Sasso on the Piazza Center's study of the Warning Signs to Hazing and specifically focus on the Prevention and Intervention Strategies that are employed to stop hazing.

Michael Goodman
Name
Michael Goodman
Virtual Scholar
Piazza Center
Bio

Michael Goodman is a student affairs educator whose research involves college student government and sorority and fraternity life - including the experiences of graduate students and new professionals, and social justice and queer issues in sorority/fraternity life. In fall 2021, Goodman will join the Program in Higher Education Leadership faculty at the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor of Practice in Educational Leadership and Policy.

Education
  • BA in organizational communication, University of Central Oklahoma
  • M.Ed. in higher education and student affairs, Indiana University 
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland 
Work

Michael will work with Georgianna Martin on the Piazza Center's studies of National Panhellenic Council chapter impact on member diversity, equity, and inclusion that may lead to cultural competency and cultural humility. 

Brian Joyce
Name
Brian Joyce
Virtual Scholar
Piazza Center
Bio

Brian Joyce is an assistant dean for Student Life and director of Greek Life at Dartmouth College. Brian is a student affairs professional with over 15 years of progressive leadership experience in multiple functional areas including fraternity and sorority life, student activities, and new student orientation.

Education
  • BA in political science, Eastern Kentucky University
  • M.Ed. in college student affairs, the University of South Florida
  • Ph.D. in educational leadership with a higher education emphasis, Clemson University. 
Work

Brian will work with Pietro Sasso in the Piazza Center's study of Community of Practice Hazing/Hazardous Drinking: Effectiveness of intervention and prevention strategies for substance misuse and hazing (Lit. Review).

Penn State Student Affairs
Piazza Center
Location

University Park, PA 16802
PiazzaCenter@psu.edu