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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
Penn State Student Affairs
Piazza Center
Location

University Park, PA 16802
PiazzaCenter@psu.edu