Academic Support Center (ASC)
About the Academic Support Center
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|Monday||8am – 8pm|
|Tuesday||8am – 8pm|
|Wednesday||8am – 8pm|
|Thursday||8am – 8pm|
|Friday||8am – 4pm|
|Saturday||10am – 3pm|
Andrew was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and lived there as a child before moving to the Western New York area. He majored in Psychology and Mathematics while attending the University at Buffalo for his undergraduate degree. He then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs, also from the University at Buffalo.
Joining the Medaille College team in 2015, Andrew is a Student Support Specialist and works primarily with first year students by co-coordinating the Pathways Program with Cecelia DeStefano. The pair of them assigns Pathways students to various coaches in the Academic Support Center staff and also supervise a group of 10-15 Peer Mentors who work with the first year students individually and on a personal level. Andrew also teaches a variety of courses at Medaille from INT105 to MAT216. In addition, he spends between 10-15 hours per week tutoring all math and some statistics courses for students at any level, including graduate.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys being outdoors, and taking advantage of all the wonderful things that Buffalo has to offer. The summer concert series, Art Park, and music festivals are among his favorite things to do in Buffalo.
Cecelia DeStefano is a Student Success Specialist in the Academic Support Center where she co-coordinates the Pathways program and Pathways Peer Mentor program. She was born and raised in East Aurora, NY. She attended Nazareth College for her freshmen year of college and transferred to the University at Buffalo where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in English. After working in admissions as a tour guide she was inspired to continue her studies at the University at Buffalo in the Higher Education Administration program. During graduate school she discovered her passion for working with first year students and student leaders on campus. In her spare time she loves watching Netflix and listening to podcasts. She currently lives in East Aurora with her fiancé Camden and son Theodore.
Cheryl Twardowski-Potter is the Developmental Math Specialist in the Academic Support Center. She attended college at Buffalo State, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Secondary Education. After completing her degree, she taught in the middle school and high school setting, was a home-instructor for students who were out of school due to medical reasons, and was a professional math tutor for high school students.
Cheryl joined Medaille College in September of 1998 as a professional math tutor and Developmental Math instructor. Math is her passion, and Cheryl loves sharing that passion with each student that she works with. When she is not at work, she enjoys being involved with her church, playing the flute, and watching sporting events. Her family members are Buffalo Bandits season ticket holders and enjoy the fast-paced action of indoor lacrosse.
Jason Pratt is the Developmental Reading/Writing Specialist in the Academic Support Center.
He attended college at SUNY Plattsburgh in the Adirondacks, where he earned an undergraduate degree in English. He then attended graduate school at UB, where he earned a master’s degree in English, and later pursued teaching certification and an advanced graduate certificate in adolescence education.
After a few years of teaching at the high school level, Jason taught English, writing, and literature courses for several years at area colleges. He joined Medaille College in May of 2016. Teaching and working with students is his passion, and he enjoys having the opportunity to help people pursue their dreams through education. In his free time Jason enjoys gardening, cooking, photography, and spending time outdoors. He currently lives in Springville with his girlfriend Kelli and their two cats Pandora and Gatsby.
Kate Chwojdak is an Academic Achievement Specialist in the Academic Support Center and works with students on academic probation and the Pathways program. She joined Medaille College in May of 2016.
She was born and raised in Western New York. As an undergraduate, Kate attended Fredonia State College and received her bachelor’s degree in English. Kate worked in marketing and advertising for five years before spending the next 12 years as a stay-at-home mom. She then returned to college and received her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from Buffalo State College.
Returning to school was an important turning point in Kate’s life. Working in higher education has given her the opportunity to pursue her passion for helping others realize their own dreams through a college education. She currently lives in Lake View, NY with her husband Jason, three active children, Ryan, Madelyn & Ella, and rescued Pitbull, Lily.
Laura, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., joined the Academic Support Center full time in 2008. As an undergraduate student, Laura functioned as a work study, peer tutor and supplemental instruction leader within the Academic Support Center. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology and master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College. Laura is a certified Advanced Level Academic Coach and Professional Tutor. After graduation and successful completion of the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and obtainment of her Veterinary Technician license (LVT), Laura worked as a lab assistant and lab instructor for the Introduction to Lab Animal Science course and lab instructor for the Anatomy & Physiology I and II courses. Laura loves teaching and applying learning strategy tools inside and outside of the classroom.
In her spare time Laura enjoys visiting the Buffalo Museum of Science and watching her son, Graham, explore and engage in learning. She is also a member of Lumber City Crossfit in North Tonawanda where she loves testing both her mental and physical fitness.
Michelle Harvey started at Medaille as an intern for the Academic Support Center where she tutored and provided supplemental instruction for accounting, psychology, math and writing courses. She currently serves as Director of the Academic Support Center which includes the Pathways Program and Disability Services. In addition, she has taught both the Learning in College and Fundamentals of Mathematics courses. She attended SUNY Geneseo as an undergraduate and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to achieve her master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College. She is excited by how much the Academic Support Center has grown over the past several years and the emphasis that Medaille College places on academic achievement and the success of its students.
One of her favorite things to do in her spare time is travel. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family. She is a lifelong resident of Lockport and lives with her husband, son, two Siberian Husky rescues, and Blue and Gold Macaw.
Sarah Mecca is the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Academic Support Center. She was born and raised in Hamburg, New York. She attended Canisius College as an undergraduate where she received a degree in Psychology concentrating in Sports Psychology and Clinical Counseling. She also recently received a master's in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College. Sarah truly enjoys working with her students at Medaille and helping them to discover and achieve their personal and academic success. In her spare time he enjoys practicing yoga or watching reality tv. She currently lives in Hamburg with her two dogs, Goose and Maverick.
Eric Carden was born and raised in North Syracuse, NY. He attended Le Moyne College in his undergraduate years gaining his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Eric recently moved to Buffalo to gain his Masters in School Counseling at the University at Buffalo. He currently works as a Graduate Assistant for the Academic Support Center on various workshops, updating social media, and helping students at the front desk. He a big film buff and enjoys running, biking, and kayaking. He also loves to capture photos or produce videos on his own time.
Giuliana is a Graduate Assistant in the Academic Support Center, working primarily to support the Pathways Program and Peer Mentors, as well as the Leadership Certificate Program. She is a native of Albany, NY and graduated with her Bachelor’s in History from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2016. Giuliana is currently in pursuit of her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Canisius College. As a new resident of Buffalo, she enjoys exploring all the city has to offer.
Farhad Mustafa is a graduate assistant at the Academic Support Center. He was born and raised in Bronx, NY. He attended SUNY Buffalo State College where he received a degree in History and a minor in coaching. He then did three AmeriCorps programs after graduating including Coach Across America, City Year New York, and AmeriCorps Vista for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. He is now pursuing his masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at Buffalo State. His main focus as a GA is working closely with the Academic Alert students and making sure they have a successful semester. In his final year of grad school he is working on his master’s project on refugees and undocumented immigrants on their accessibility to higher education. In his spare time he likes to bike around Delaware Park, meditate when able to, and stream popular shows on television.
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