Our staff is dedicated to providing the personal attention and support that will help students reach their academic goals.
Virginia (Ginny) McAleese
Professor and Academic Success Center Director
Virginia McAleese, M.S. Ed. is the founding director of the Academic Success Center at Paul Smith's College and also the coordinator of
the first year seminar program. As a professor she has taught numerous developmental and foundational math classes. She has advocated for
increased developmental math tutoring and Supplemental Instruction courses, resulting in marked improvements in student success rates.
Her efforts are aimed at increasing the value students receive from their college education and recognizing the power of education to
transform lives. She has been a driving force in promoting an academic success culture at the College and was recently recognized as an
Outstanding First Year Student Advocate at the 2012 Conference on the First Year Experience.
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Academic Success Counselor
Courtney coordinates the Early Outreach efforts for the Academic Success Center and meets with many students on an individual basis. Through these meetings, she helps
students to assess their goals and personal interests, develop time management techniques, strengthen study strategies, and develop action plans to
help to achieve their academic goals. Courtney helps to design Welcome Week programming to help students to engage with their new campus community
and prepare for the academic expectations of college. Courtney can also help students who are considering withdrawing or transferring from Paul
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Renee's role is to coordinate the peer tutoring program and work closely with the Academic Support Director. Renee helps to recruit tutors, schedule tutoring for students seeking support, assists in training tutors and maintains records and statistics for the program. She also helps develop team building activities and provides supervision, guidance and support to tutors.
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Academic Success Counselor
Maureen works with students individually to help them reach their academic goals. Meetings usually involve discussion about time management techniques, study strategies, how to be successful academically, and how personal interests fit into student life at Paul Smith's College. Maureen also works with students within the Academic Recovery and Transitional Programs on a weekly basis. Maureen also works with students who are considering withdrawing or transferring from Paul Smith's College.
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