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Who You'll Work With in Student Life

Each member of the Office of Student Life staff is most interested in one thing - the well-being of Point Park students. Whether you live in one of the University residence halls or are a commuter student, Student Life staff is a resource for you.

Michael Gieseke
Dean of Student Life

Michael Gieseke, Dean of Student Life
Office: 713 Student Center
Phone: 412-392-8027
Fax: 412-392-4799
Email: mgieseke@pointpark.edu

Gieseke manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of Student Life, which includes campus housing, residence life, student activities and health and counseling services. He is highly involved with students, including co-advising the United Student Government, and serves in the University's emergency on-call system.

 

Janet Evans
Assistant Dean and Director of Housing Occupancy Management

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Office: Pioneer Hall
Phone: 412-392-8026
Fax: 412-392-4799
Email: jevans@pointpark.edu

Evans places all students in their residence hall assignments and works closely with housekeeping and the physical plant departments to ensure the upkeep of the buildings. She receives all housing contracts and roommate requests and strives to ensure the best possible placement for each student.

 

Amanda Anderson
Director of Student Life

Amanda Anderson, Director of Student Life
Office: 102 Pioneer Hall
Phone: 412-392-8028
Fax: 412-392-4799
Email: aanderson@pointpark.edu

Anderson directly oversees the areas of residence life and commuter resources. She is highly involved with students as a mentor for the Black Student Union and serves in the emergency on-call rotation. She also works closely with other University departments, including public safety, food service and physical plant, to ensure the highest quality living experience for all students.

 

Brad Kovalcik
Director of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL)

Brad Kovalcik, Director of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership
Office: 102 Student Center
Phone: 412-392-4793
Fax: 412-392-3855
Email: bkovalcik@pointpark.edu


Kovalcik oversees all student programming and activities on campus. He advises the Campus Activities Board, helping students plan activities on and off campus. He also works with all student organizations and clubs at Point Park as well as serves in the emergency on-call rotation.

 

Caleb Rodgers
Resident Director

Caleb Rodgers, Resident Director
Office: 104 Pioneer Hall
Phone: 412-392-3828
Fax: 412-392-4799
Email: crodgers1@pointpark.edu

Rodgers oversees Point Park's Freshman Residential Education Program (FREd). He works closely with the freshmen living on campus to ensure they have a happy and healthy living experience. Rodgers supervises an Assistant Resident Director and manages the student Resident Educators, known as REs, who live on the freshmen floors. He acts as an administrator-on-duty, serving in a rotation that provides 24/7 coverage of the residence halls.



Maria Ochoa
Resident Director

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Office: 106 Pioneer Hall
Phone: 412-392-8033
Fax: 412-392-4799
Email: mochoa@pointpark.edu

Ochoa oversees both the sophomore and junior/senior residential education programs. She works to help upper-level residents transition and grow as they advance within the University. Likewise, she supervises an Assistant Resident Director and manages the Resident Educators, known as REs, who live in the upper-level student areas. She acts as an administrator-on-duty, serving in a rotation that provides 24/7 coverage of the residence halls.

 

Zach Kaiser
Assistant Resident Director

Zach Kaiser, Assistant Resident Director
Office: 105 Pioneer Hall
Phone: 412-392-3857
Fax: 412-392-4799
Email: zkaiser@pointpark.edu

Kaiser is a graduate student working to obtain his master's degree in higher education. He works closely with the resident directors to provide educational programming for students living on campus and helps to co-supervise the first-year Resident Educators. He acts as an administrator-on-duty serving in a rotation to provide 24/7 coverage of the residence halls.

 

Shadeia Sheridan
Assistant Resident Director

Office: 105 Pioneer Hall
Phone: 412-392-8037
Fax: 412-392-4799
Email: ssheridan@pointpark.edu

Sheridan works closely with the resident directors to provide educational programming for students living on campus and helps to co-supervise the upperclassmen Resident Educators. She acts as an administrator-on-duty serving in a rotation to provide 24/7 coverage of the residence halls.

 

Rachel Phillips
Coordinator of Student Involvement

Rachel Phillips, Coordinator of Student Involvement
Office: 101A Student Center
Phone: 412-392-8098
Fax: 412-392-3855
Email: rphillips@pointpark.edu

Phillips works closely with student organizations, serving as an advisor to the club community at Point Park and working directly with student leaders through the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL) office. Additionally, she acts as an administrator-on-duty serving in an on-call rotation to provide 24/7 coverage of the residence halls.

 

Vince Rugani
Coordinator of Student Conduct

Vince Rugani, Coordinator of Student Conduct
Office: 712 Student Center
Phone: 412-392-3888
Fax: 412-392-3855
Email: vrugani@pointpark.edu

Rugani serves as a Student Conduct Hearing Officer, the Coordinator of LGBTQ+ SafeZone, and is the Coordinator for Alcohol & Other Drugs educational programming and campaigns. Additionally, he acts as an administrator-on-duty serving in a rotation to provide 24/7 coverage of the residence halls.