Excellence at Brown Team

A Welcome from Student C0-Directors, Summer 2017:

Katie Hay Student Co-Director Kathleen_Hay@Brown.edu: Pronouns: She, Her, HersKatie Hay Student Co-Director Kathleen_Hay@Brown.edu: Pronouns: She, Her, HersHey, I'm Katie Hay! I'm from Sapelo Island, a small barrier island off the coast of Georgia, and I'm double concentrating in Urban Studies and Visual Arts here at Brown. I'm very involved in different extracurricular activities related to music and religious life, particularly Christianity, on our campus, including the Brown Band (any drummers in the house??), Wind Symphony, Harmonizing Grace Gospel Choir, and Brown Christian Fellowship. I'm also pretty active, going regularly to the gym and playing Quidditch as a member of the Providence Ashwinders.

I've been an E@B'er since my first year at Brown, where I was part of the program as an incoming student - and they haven't been able to get rid of me! This will be my fourth year being involved and I still love it just as much.

Why Excellence?: E@B is a great way to get to know Brown, meet fellow students, and brush up on your writing skills before you jump into this crazy new academic world. For me, it gave me a lot more confidence entering into the school-year; because I was familiar with the campus by the end of the week, I was able to focus on the less-straightforward aspects of college life, like understanding what professors expected of me, figuring out how meal swipes and dining halls work, and trying to remember all the names of the people I was meeting!

Salient Fact?: I studied abroad this past spring in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh (so if you have questions about studying abroad, I’m happy to answer what I can!). While I was in the UK, I took five days to walk across Wales along Glyndwr's Way, joined the worship team at my church, and discovered I really enjoy haggis and black pudding.

I love to chat, so if you have any questions about Brown, any of the things I've mentioned, or something totally random, hit me up: Kathleen_Hay@brown.edu

Travis Vasquez Student Co-Director Travis_Vasquez@Brown.edu: Pronouns: He, Him, HisTravis Vasquez Student Co-Director Travis_Vasquez@Brown.edu: Pronouns: He, Him, HisHello, my name is Travis Anthony Vasquez. I was born in White Plains New York and primarily grew-up in Northern New Jersey. I will be a rising junior at Brown and I have a declared concentration in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO)- Business Economics Track.  I am also possibly considering adding another concentration in Social Analysis and Research. I have been wrestling since the age of six and am also on the Brown Wrestling team, this past year I was the 149 pounder.

Upon acceptance to Brown University and receiving information on Excellence at Brown Pre-Orientation Program I applied for the program and was accepted.  Last summer, I was very fortunate to serve as an Excellence facilitator and am excited to return this year as a student director.

Why Excellence?: The program provides incoming students several excellent opportunities, which will contribute greatly to your successful transition to Brown University.  The program will provide you with a chance to take an intensive writing course with a Brown faculty member, get constructive feedback and work on your academic/writing skills. At the same, you’ll also be able to learn about the campus culture and surroundings before the full Brown community is on campus. At Excellence, you’ll forge relationships with your peers as well as students who are sophomore, juniors, and seniors who can serve as a great resource to you during the summer and academic year.

Excellence at Brown Staff Members:

Dr. Stacy Kastner Co-Director Stacy_Kastner@brown.edu: Pronouns: She, Her, HersDr. Stacy Kastner Co-Director Stacy_Kastner@brown.edu: Pronouns: She, Her, HersStacy Kastner grew up in Niagara Falls, NY and lived in Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi before joining Brown in August 2016 as the Associate Director of the Writing Center and Writing Support Programs. Stacy earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from St. Bonaventure University and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and
Writing from Bowling Green State University. Her research explores the development of counter-classroom, research-responsive, and cross-disciplinary pedagogies; the autobiographical and disciplinary dimensions of writer identity; and the political, ideological, and personal dimensions of literacy acquisition.

Janet Peters Co-Director Janet_Peters@Brown.edu: Pronouns: She, Her, HersJanet Peters Co-Director Janet_Peters@Brown.edu: Pronouns: She, Her, HersJanet Peters grew up in Fairhaven, Mass and has been a member of the Brown community since November 2006. Janet currently serves as the Assistant Director of Academic Tutoring and received her B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College. She is the 2013 recipient of the Wilson DeBlois Award for her work with graduate students.