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Student Affairs

The Student Affairs division of the College complements its academic and professional missions with the enhancement of student learning and professional development being the primary goal of its programs and services. It is responsible for student recruitment and admissions, financial aid, student registration and records, personal and academic counseling, and a wide range of various student activities and initiatives.

Student Affairs further serves as a center of advocacy for students in all areas of student life, both inside and outside of the academic and clinical curriculum. Additional resources available to students from SAIP include career planning and placement, student leadership opportunities, involvement in organized optometry and housing referrals.

Administrative officers within this division include the vice president for student affairs, the director of admissions and marketing, the registrar and the director of financial aid.

They can be reached by calling (800) 291-3937

The Office of Student Affairs administers the following functions at the College:

  • Admissions
  • Orientation
  • Records and Registration
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Services
  • Student Housing Assistance
  • Academic and Personal Counseling
  • Student Advocacy and Personal Assistance
  • Student Leadership Development
  • Career Planning and Placement
  • Individual and Group Tutoring
  • Minority Recruitment and Retention
  • Graduate Admissions

Vice President for Student Affairs

A member of the President’s Council, the vice president for student affairs directs current and long-range planning and oversees all of the activities and services provided by Students Affairs at the SUNY College of Optometry. The vice president works with current students and staff in an ongoing process to evaluate the student experience at the College and maintains an open door policy to assure that students receive the time and attention necessary to address their individual needs and concerns. Both the Admissions Committee and the Committee on Scholarships report to the vice president. The vice president also acts as the advisor to the Student Council and to other student organizations.

Dr. Gui Albieri
Vice President for Student Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer
Phone: (212) 938-5508
Email: galbieri@sunyopt.edu

Director of Admissions and Marketing

The director of admissions and marketing is responsible for the overarching recruitment plan that is designed to bring the SUNY College of Optometry a highly qualified and diverse student body, including students with high leadership potential, students from diverse backgrounds and international students. The director of admissions and marketing is a member of the Admissions Committee responsible for pre-screening, interviewing and selecting qualified candidates.

Mr. Christian Alberto
Associate Director of Admission and Marketing
Phone: (212) 938-5673
Email: calberto@sunyopt.edu

Registrar

The registrar is responsible for maintaining all student records and files, including grades and transcripts, as well as producing College and governmental reports related to the student census. All requests for grades and transcripts, once approved by the student, are under the registrar’s confidential control for dissemination as approved. Working with the department chairs and the vice president for academic affairs, the registrar develops the schedule of course offerings and creates the college calendar. All classroom reservations must be approved by the registrar. The registrar is an ad hoc member of the Curriculum Committee and the Committee on Course and Standing.

Ms. Jacqueline Martinez
Registrar
Phone: (212) 938-5509
Email: jmartinez@sunyopt.edu

Director of Financial Aid

Responsible for advising and assisting students who seek financial aid, including loans, scholarship, grants and Federal Work Study.  The director of financial aid provides  students with all necessary information and forms to apply for and receive financial aid and, in turn, submits all appropriate information  to lending institutions and governmental agencies. The director also maintains student financial data, reporting it as required by the College, as well as by state and federal agencies. The director of financial aid is an ad hoc member of the Committee on Scholarships and assists that committee in developing guidelines for the distribution of awards.

Mr. Vito Cavallaro
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Phone: (212) 938-5507
Email: vito@sunyopt.edu

Director of Career Development

The director of the Career Development Center is responsible for meeting the career needs of SUNY Optometry students, residents and alumni. Working in collaboration with academic affairs, clinical education, and Alumni affairs, the director of career development implements signature programs and events like the Family of Mentors Program and the Annual SUNY Optometry Career Symposium, and creates opportunities for busy students and professionals to connect and create meaningful relationships important to career development and career advancement. Many individualized services are also available for the College community including career counseling, help improving interviewing and resume writing skills as well as others services. The director of the Career Development Center is here to help students, residents, and alumni envision, develop and achieve a fulfilling optometric career.

Dr. Quy Nguyen, OD
Director of Career Development
Phone: (212) 935-5505
Email: qnguyen@sunyopt.edu

Additional Student Affairs staff members include:

Ms. Sarah Didier
Office Manager
Phone: (212) 938-5503
Email: sdidier@sunyopt.edu

Jennifer Hue, OD
International Program Coordinator
Email: jhue@sunyopt.edu

Pat Baylock
Assistant to the Vice President
Phone: (212) 938-5545
Email: pbaylock@sunyopt.edu

Zach Levin-Epstein
Admissions Assistant
Phone: (212) 938-5512
Email: zlevinepstein@sunyopt.edu