Student Affairs
Administrative Staff

Kathy Woughter, Vice President for Student AffairsVice President of Student Affairs : Kathy Woughter
607-871-2132
One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802
Twitter: @kathywoughter

Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education from Geneseo and a master’s in counselor education from Alfred University. She’s worked in student affairs for her entire professional career, including jobs as a residence hall director, swim coach, career counselor, and Director of AU's Career Development Center. She's the Region II Director for NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and she serves on the Jones Memorial Hospital Board. Kathy is very active in outdoor recreation, and on most days would rather be outside biking, jogging, hiking, skiing or kayaking than doing anything indoors. She has been at Alfred University since 1996.

Contact Kathy if

  • You need a friendly starting point to have a question answered, and you don’t know where else to begin
  • You have a concern with any student affairs department that you wish to discuss
  • You want an internship or grad assistantship in the Student Affairs office
  • You have a great idea and want to talk about the opportunities and barriers, or if you want to figure out how to get your voice and ideas heard by others on campus

Why it's great to be the VP of Student Affairs
I get to contribute to big decisions that improve the lives of students so that they can get the best possible education at Alfred University. A typical day might include a meeting with a student who has an idea that she needs to figure out how to fund, lunch with an intern or mentee, a brainstorming session on how we can make our campus center even more welcoming, and a Student Senate meeting. My main job on campus is to advocate for students on a broad scale, and that makes for a pretty satisfying day.

 


Norm Pollard

Norm Pollard, Dean of Students
607-871-2132
Twitter: @Dean_Norm
One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802

Here are some typical ways I assist students:
  • Supporting and empowering students and families in crisis and/or challenging situations
  • Referring students to resources to increase the likelihood of their success
  • Facilitating communications and connections with university personnel and departments
  • Assisting students who are considering withdrawing from the university.
  • Notifying faculty of extended absences from class. Notifications are sent as a convenience for the student; but do not excuse the student's absence. It is the responsibility of the student to contact each professor regarding the professor's policy for missed classes, assignments, etc.
  • If a student has been adversely affected by another member of the campus community and they want to know their options.
Background
I am a native of Syracuse, but I’ve lived in a lot of different places and was working as a counseling psychologist at a state school in Virginia before relocating to Alfred. When our children were about ready to start kindergarten, we looked for a small college town to raise our kids. We couldn't find a smaller one than Alfred! Even though our kids are grown and moved away, we love Alfred and have made this community our home. 

Activities
I love all things outdoors – from biking, hiking, golfing, photography and snowshoeing, to using the pizza oven on our patio.

Interests
Travel, photography, gardening, good food, great books and conversations

Favorite music
Jazz - John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis


Valerie DaciwValerie Daciw, Executive Assistant to the Vice President
607-871-2132
One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802

Background:

Valerie was born and raised in Allegany County, and lives in Angelica NY. She graduated from SUNY Alfred with an A.A.S in Marketing and was a Resident Assistant during her time in college. She has worked in the travel & tourism industry doing sales and marketing, as well as office management and assistant duties. Valerie enjoys spending time with her family, sports events, travel and being around people. She is in the process of pursuing her B.B.A at Alfred State College . As Administrative Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs, Valerie assists the Vice President in all facets of efficiently managing the student affairs division. She also helps with the off campus living program.

Activities
Walking, Travel, sporting events, great friends, celebrities

Favorite music
I like everything, Pop, Rap, Country, Old School Rock. Some of my favorites are Billy Joel, Creed and most any 80’s hair band.

Favorite TV Shows
Any reality show, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds

Favorite movies
Something Borrowed, The Notebook, JFK, Fast 5, The Doors,

Favorite books
Firefly Lane, 19 Minutes, The Pact

Favorite quotes
“What if I Fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?" – Erin Hansen


Amanda Charles , Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students
Email
607-871-2132
One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802

Background
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia and lived on Long Island before moving to the Alfred area in 1992.

As the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and Judicial Secretary, I am responsible for maintaining student judicial records; supporting staff and students in their understanding of the judicial processes; assisting with updating the Student Policy & Procedure Handbook; and acting as liaison to faculty and staff for student outreach notifications, and other general office duties.