New Faces and New Titles on Campus

Carin Jacobs, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Carin Jacobs began her new role as Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SSU in August of 2013. A specialist in adult education with extensive experience in arts administration and curriculum development, Carin most recently served as Director of the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. At previous stages in her career, she served as Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley and as Interim Manager of Adult Programs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She holds a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a Bachelors Degree in French Literature from UC Santa Cruz, and has taught courses in both Museum Studies and Food Studies at the graduate level.


Change is in the Air for the Provost’s Office

In December, the Provost’s Office had three retirements. Lori Heffernon, Donna Arnold, and Rosanna Pina set off for new adventures. The faculty and staff wished them well and thanked them for their years of admirable service. These staff were known widely across campus and will most definitely be missed.

After the initial panic, the Provost's Office adopted the “be calm and carry on” theme, while they began the task of filling the vacant positions. Four recruitment searches were conducted between October and December. Today, they are thrilled to share information about the selected candidates, three brand new to campus and one internal.


Ariana Diaz De Leon, Assistant to the AVP for Undergraduate Studies and Recruitment Specialist

Ariana is the new Administrative Assistant for John Kornfeld and our Recruitment Specialist for faculty hiring. She is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Social Work. She is starting the MPA program this spring. Please direct any hiring questions related to TT searches or Lecturer Pools to Ariana x4-2101.




Casey Robbins, Assistant to the AVP for Faculty Affairs

Casey is the assistant to Melinda Barnard, AVP for Faculty Affairs. Casey is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Geography and Global Studies. She manages Melinda’s meetings and appointments and processes many faculty related forms. Please contact her if you have questions on faculty related matters x4-3236.





Sary Chhoeung, Faculty Affairs Administrative Assistant

Sary Chhoeung is replacing Rosanna Pina as our Faculty Affairs Administrative Assistant and the Academic Affairs Receptionist. She is a graduate of Cal State Sacramento with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources x4-2192.






Shawn Kilat, Director of Budget, Academic and Student Affairs

Effective January 2, Shawn Kilat took on new responsibilities as the Director of Budget for Academic and Student Affairs. Shawn has 17 years of experience working in various positions at SSU. For the past five plus years, Shawn has served as the Assistant to the Provost. She is very familiar with many aspects of the budget, and has prior Academic and Student Affairs budget experience. Until a search for a new assistant to the provost is completed, Shawn will continue to manage Provost Rogerson’s calendar and will respond to administrative and budget questions.