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SPD's Office of Student Success

The School of Professional Development is committed to supporting the academic and career achievements of our students. We know that most SPD students work full time while pursuing their degree or certificate, and we recognize the challenges that can bring. Through partnerships with faculty and staff from other campus offices, we have assembled a number of support programs designed to provide students with the resources and skills they need to accomplish their goals.

This is an evolving list — if you have a recommendation for a training or resource that you think will benefit other SPD graduate students, please let us know!

Workshops and Events

SPD's Student Success Series offers webinars, workshops and events designed help our students make the most of their Stony Brook experience. The following events have been scheduled for this term, with more to come.

  • New Student Orientation Webinars
  • Online Learning Orientation — Webinar hosted by SPD Online
  • Research Skills— Online workshop delivered by instructional librarians
  • Citation Skills— Online workshop delivered by instructional librarians
  • Java and Your Job Search — Higher Education Administration students can meet the director of the Career Center over Starbucks
  • Job Market Update and the SBU Career Center— Webinar with Dr. Alfreda James
  • SHRM Student Chapter Launch – On-campus and online

Get the details: Student Success Series »

Research Resources

We have worked with campus librarians to develop a special library guide containing research tips and resources cultivated specifically for SPD students. »SPD Library Guide

Technology Resources

As a Stony Brook University student, you have access to many technology resources, including free and discounted software, email accoutns, file storage, ePortfolio space and more. Get the details on the Student IT Guide website.


Here are some of the staff members involved with Student Success. Please feel free to contact them about campus resources and SPD-sponsored events. Please note that they are not academic advisors -- if you have an academic advisement question, you should contact your program director or the Office of Advisement and Academic Services.


Kim GiacaloneKim Giacalone, Director of Student Success, School of Professional Development. Kim has been supporting students at the School of Professional Development since 1997. She is an SPD graduate, earning her MALS degree and the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Computing. Kim manages SPD's communications, schedules events and workshops, and is also your liasion with the Writing Center. She is eager to hear from students who have suggestions for Student Success resources for graduate students.

Contact Kim at or 631-632-7896.



Kristy arnoldKristy Arnold, Instructional Support Associate, SPD Online. Kristy joined SPD Online in 2008 and has become SPD's resident Blackboard expert. She works with online faculty and students to support SPD's online learning program. An online student herself, Kristy recently completed her MS in Human Resource Management.

Contact Kristy at or 631-632-7066.




SPD gratefully acknowledges the support of our Stony Brook partners who provide excellent service to our students.

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Last modified on 10/23/2014.