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Dean of Students

Florida State University

Meet the Instructors

Instructors

Dr. Alan Acosta
Associate Dean of Students

Dr. Vicki Dobiyanski
Dean of Students

Alison Leach Hughes
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of New Student & Family Programs

Brandon Newell
Coordinator of New Student & Family Programs

Peer Navigators

Kaley Libera
Sophomore, Retail Merchandising & Product Development
Jacksonville, FL

Peter Kreutzer
Junior, International Affairs 
Palm Harbor, FL

 

 

Tav Horne
Senior, Human Resource Management 
Jacksonville, FL

Vinny Franco
Senior, Exercise Physiology 
Bradenton, FL

 

Bios

Dr. Alan Acosta

Associate Dean of Students
Floral City, FL

What do you love most about FSU? The diverse, inquisitive, thoughtful, and fun students

How would you like students to grow from taking Chart Your Course? I want students to learn not only more about FSU, but more about themselves and the world around them.

Dr. Vicki Dobiyanski

Dean of Students
College Station, TX

What do you love most about FSU? The traditions!

How would you like students to grow from taking Chart Your Course? Chart Your Course allows students to engage with staff and students in an intimate setting while learning more about themselves, FSU, and how to better succeed in higher education. I look forward to the opportunity for students to discover their strengths and plan for their time at FSU and to navigate their course to earning their degree!

Alison Leach Hughes

Assistant Dean of Students/Director of New Student & Family Programs
Wetumpka, AL

What do you love most about FSU? FSU is really welcoming and is filled with people who genuinely care. I love that all across campus there are resources and programs aimed at supporting various aspects of student life. I love that I get to be one of those people who helps others find their way at FSU.

How would you like students to grow from taking Chart Your Course? I hope Chart Your Course provides students the opportunity to explore what FSU has to offer them and what it means to be a member of the FSU community. There is so much to learn, both inside and outside of the classroom. I hope this blends the two and sets students up for an incredible FSU experience. 

Brandon Newell

Coordinator of New Student & Family Programs
Uniondale, NY

What do you love most about FSU? I love the pride and excitement everyone has to be a part of the Florida State University community. FSU has a rich tradition and I look forward to adding to that tradition each day I step on campus.

How would you like students to grow from taking Chart Your Course? I hope students are able to start the process of making FSU feel like their home. FSU can seem large to many students starting out their experience, but I hope their Chart Your Course section can serve as a community in which they feel comfortable. Chart Your Course and the resources that come with taking the course will give students the tools to excel in their new home.

 

Kaley Libera

Sophomore, Retail Merchandising & Product Development
Jacksonville, FL

FSU Involvement: New Student & Family Programs- 2017 Orientation Leader, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Dance Marathon

What piece of advice would you give to first year students starting their experience at FSU? Invest in relationships with people who keep you grounded, support your values, and most important, make you feel like family.

Why should students take Chart Your Course? This course introduces new students to pertinent aspects of college such as self-discovery, leadership, study skills, and the importance of values, while also providing Peer Navigators to each student to help guide them in their transition. This course provides information and skills to students that will carry them through the rest of their college career.

Peter Kreutzer

junior, International Affairs
Palm Harbor, FL

FSU Involvement: The Service Leadership Seminar, Community Outreach Program, New Student & Family Programs, Fraternity & Sorority Life

What piece of advice would you give to first year students starting their experience at FSU? I would advise each new student to take advantage of every opportunity available to them. Through engaging in campus life, co-curricular activities, and involvement and leadership new students make FSU their home while learning about themselves and their goals.

Why should students take Chart Your Course? Students should take Chart Your Course to gain a unique overview of what Florida State has to offer while building valuable skills and being exposed to mentorship and networking opportunities.

Tav Horne

Senior, Human Resource Management
Jacksonville, FL

FSU Involvement: University Housing, 2016 Orientation Leader, Dance Marathon, FSU Homecoming, and PeaceJam

What piece of advice would you give to first year students starting their experience at FSU? Take time to reflect on the person you truly are so you can be the most authentic version of yourself.

Why should students take Chart Your Course? Chart Your Course is an opportunity to get connected to other students going through similar experiences as they adjust to college. By taking this course, I believe students can learn what being a Seminole truly means and how to take advantage of the various opportunities around them.

Vinny Franco

Senior, Exercise Physiology
Bradenton, FL

FSU Involvement: Epsilon Sigma Alpha Service Fraternity, Catholic Student Union, University Housing, New Student & Family Programs – 2016 Orientation Leader

What piece of advice would you give to first year students starting their experience at FSU? Be open to new experiences. Attend events like the Flying High Circus performances, learn about different cultures at International Coffee Hour, and paddle across Lake Bradford at the Rez. Look out for flyers and explore our diverse array of student organizations to become involved!

Why should students take Chart Your Course? Chart Your Course because prepares students for the rest of their FSU experience. This class provides the resources and guidance necessary to engage new students with their community and to encourage them to make the most of their time at the University.

The Dean of Student Department supports an inclusive academic environment through education, empowerment, crisis management, and advocacy of students in collaboration with campus and community partners.

We welcome students and family members to connect with the Dean of Students Department if you are experiencing a crisis or just need someone to talk through a problem or experience you are having at Florida State University.

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