New to EOP, Sarah Piraino

Posted by CPMC Staff on April 28, 2016 in Program Highlights, Staff Highlights, Uncategorized

The EOP Program at UB welcomes their newest Senior Counselor, Sarah Piraino to the program. Ms. Piraino, although new to the EOP program is not new  UB. Sarah has worked for Cora P. Maloney College for eleven years. In 2005 she was hired as an Academic Advisor with UB’s ACE (Access to College Excellence) program. As she transitioned to the EOP Program is a Senior Counselor in fall of 2015, she states “I will truly miss my ACE students, because I am close with so many of them over the years. I wish I could take them all with me into my new position!”

Sarah became interested in Higher Education after working as an Addictions Counselor for several years through Cazenovia Recovery Systems Inc. She received her Master’s Degree from Buffalo State College in 2005, around the same time she began working at UB. “I came to UB and just fell in love with Higher Education. After several stints of working in fields that were all wrong for me, Higher Education was the perfect fit. I knew it was my life’s work because it didn’t feel like work at all. I love what I do every day. I look forward to my job. I am blessed to be able to have a career that I love. I know that everyone does not have this privilege.”

In her free time Sarah stays busy with her ten year old boy/girl twins, Anthony and Adriana. “They are so much fun!  Anthony wants to be a Podiatrist and Adriana wants to be a Teacher. They are so funny!” She enjoys writing, reading, shopping, playing piano, attending performances and being with family. A lot of people wouldn’t know that Sarah has her undergraduate degree in Theatre from UB! She is certainly a multi-faceted Counselor with many unique and strategic tools for helping students to be successful.


Sarah Piraino

Among the many duties and responsibilities of her Counseling position, Sarah serves as the EOP Academic Intervention Program (AIP) Coordinator.

She works closely with students experiencing academic difficulties to ensure that they are offered tools for academic success and recovery. “If you are in academic difficulty, it is important to reach out to your assigned Counselor or Advisor promptly so they can help you to understand your options and work to get you back on track for academic success.”

The EOP program is pleased to have Sarah as the newest edition to the Counseling team. Be sure to stop in and introduce yourself if you have not yet met her. She will be happy to hear from you.


Letitia Thomas moving to Engineering and Applied Sciences

Posted by Marketing & Communications on April 5, 2016 in Staff Highlights

We want to congratulate Letitia Thomas, PhD on her new position working with STEM diversity programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Letitia worked with CPMC for 13 years managing the Access to College Excellence program, the Daniel Acker Scholarship Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). She will be much missed in CPMC but we look forward to continuing our collaborations with her in her new role.


Celebrating 30 Years at UB

Posted by CPMC Staff on February 24, 2015 in Staff Highlights


Dr. James L. Ramsey celebrates his 30 years at the University at Buffalo and at EOP!

Featured in the picture are Dr. Scott Weber, Dr. James L. Ramsey and Dr. Tracy Johnson


Shanna Crump-Owen Recognized by Upstate New York Transplant Services

Posted by CPMC Staff on December 18, 2014 in Staff Highlights


Shanna Crump-Owens, Director of UB’s CSTEP, was selected by Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) to be recognized as the Hometown Hero of the Game this past Sunday for her volunteer work with Upstate New York Transplant Services during the past 4 years. In addition to being featured in a promo highlighting her volunteer work during the Bills game, she was also provided with pre-game access to sideline activities and to the heated and catered M & T suite. Shanna earned this honor, in part, due to winning a 3-year grant that funds a service learning program in CSTEP. Approximately a dozen CSTEP students at UB are trained to be community health educators, who then work in underrepresented communities to educate people about organ donation and to secure organ donation commitments.

Shanna Crump-Owens pictured center


New EOP Counselor- Carlos Tejada

Posted by CPMC Staff on January 3, 2014 in Staff Highlights

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Carlos E. Tejada has worked for more than 25 years in the field of higher education. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and his master’s from The Ohio State University, Carlos began his career in the residence halls at the University of New Hampshire. Since that time, Carlos has focused his student-centered career in the Western New York area, working as a career counselor at Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo. After the position as the Director of Academic Advisement at Niagara County Community College, Carlos went on to serve as the Associate Dean for Graduate Recruitment at Niagara University for seven years. Carlos is ecstatic to be back at UB and to return to his roots by providing direct counseling services to college students as a Senior EOP Counselor.


Mayor of Buffalo Recognizes EOP Counselor for Contributions

Posted by CPMC Staff on November 22, 2013 in Staff Highlights

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Marcelina (Marce) Rodriguez-Rondon was honored for her work in the field of Education and numerous contributions to the Latino Community at the City of Buffalo’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Every year, Mayor Brown highlights the contributions made by members of the Hispanic community in various fields, and this year he recognized those in the field of education.

Marce serves as a Senior Counselor in the Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program, and she is facilitator of the Student Parents Group for the Cora P. Maloney College. She is actively involved in the Buffalo community through her participation in the El Museo Francisco Oller Y Diego Rivera, Western Arts Group, Hispanic Women’s League Scholarship Committee, New East and West Health Task Force, and Holy Cross Church.

The celebration took place October 15, 2013, at noon in the Lobby of City Hall. Other honorees with a connection to the Cora P. Maloney College include former EOP Counselor Elsie Estrada Pacheco, now retired, and former EOP student Daniel C. Velez, who currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Success at Buffalo State College.