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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Admissions Officers

Theresa Abbott

Associate Director

admissions@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Colorado, Massachusetts (Western & Central), New York (Capital District), Transfer

Favorite thing about Troy

I enjoy all of the outdoor activities that the Capital Region offers. The campus is less than an hour from three different mountain ranges, so hiking, camping, skiing, and snowboarding are all easily accessible. Closer to campus, I enjoy going for runs on the rail trail, kayaking at Grafton State Park, and picnicking at Peebles Island.

Jessica Berkowitz

Assistant Director

berkoj@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New York (Central, Northern, Western), Oklahoma, Texas

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy is a really cool place because there are so many shops and restaurants to try - there is something for everyone! One of my favorite things to do is go to the Farmers Market to support the local farms and businesses.

Hanif Cropper

Assistant Director

cropph@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn), Ohio

Favorite thing about Troy

I spend most of my lunch breaks at I Love New York Pizza. I also enjoy Rockin‘ on the River during the summer time.

Ulysses deArmas

Associate Director

dearmu@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Guam, Maryland, New York City (Staten Island, Manhattan, Queens), Puerto Rico, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Washington D.C., West Virginia; Liaison for LGBTQ+ students

Favorite thing about Troy

I am a season ticket holder for the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Houston Astros' single A affiliate baseball team.  The Saturday morning Farmers Market in downtown Troy is a great place to people watch, buy fresh produce, and sample delicious food from local restaurants.

Chris Farish

Admissions Associate

farisc@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: On-campus information sessions

Heather Hansen

Associate Director, Undergraduate Operations

hoffah@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Undergraduate Operations

Favorite thing about Troy

Ali Baba Mediterranean restaurant – it's a short walk from campus, and the fresh-baked lavash with yogurt sauce is amazing! Slidin' Dirty is my downtown favorite. They have the best, most unique sliders and tacos, and it's a very cool atmosphere.

Nikki Hogan

Admissions Associate

hogann@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: On-campus information sessions

Melissa Johnson

Admissions Counselor

johnsm20@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Delaware, New York (Rockland & Westchester Counties), Pennsylvania

Favorite thing about Troy

My favorite place in Troy is The Whistling Kettle. If you're looking for a cozy place with great food to go with friends, this is the place! Their crepes are the best and if you'd like, you can have a full-on English Afternoon Tea experience- tiered trays and all!

Arianna Livshits

Senior Event Planner

paluma3@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: On and off-campus events; Connecticut (private schools)

Favorite thing about Troy

Bespoki Bowl is my favorite restaurant in Downtown Troy! It originated in Troy Kitchen (a fancy food court down the street) and they now have their own store front on 4th Street. They are known for their "Build Your Own Poke Bowls," but also have other delicious options for those who do not eat raw fish.

Sarah Lombard

Admissions Associate

lombas3@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: On-campus information sessions

Karen S. Long

Director, Undergraduate Admission

longks@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Massachusetts (Greater Boston & Cape Cod)

Favorite thing about Troy

I love the variety of cultural activities and festivals offered throughout the year. From concerts in EMPAC and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, to summer concerts along the Hudson River, the music scene in Troy is vibrant. Troy Night Out, Chowderfest, the Pig Out, and the Victorian Christmas Stroll are great annual events that bring the local community together.

Greg Marcoux

Assistant Director

marcog@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont

Favorite thing about Troy

I love Troy because there is always something to do. There are many great restaurants to visit in downtown – Brown’s, Dinosaur BBQ, or Slidin’ Dirty, just to name a few. There is also the Farmers Market, which is always great to get some local food and produce. Troy is in a great location as well, being 10 minutes from Albany and 3 hours from Boston, NYC, and Montreal. Whether it is one of the great restaurants, events downtown, or a quick trip to a larger city, there is always something to do!

Alexandria Pizzola

Assistant Director

pizzoa@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York (Long Island), North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Favorite thing about Troy

From the top floors of the Troy Public Library to the fabulous cafes to the vibrant street art, Troy offers so much to explore and experience. One of my personal favorites is the Front Parlor Series, a monthly event where amateur and veteran storytellers share true stories based on a common theme.

Daniel Poole

Assistant Director

pooled3@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Alaska, Arizona, California (Northern), Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy offers so much to do, whether you are a foodie and want to explore Troy Night Out, or you want to explore our unique location and go camping in the backcountry of the Adirondacks (or any of the three other mountain ranges within an hour of campus!).

Nicholas Rosato

Associate Director; Director of Transfer Admission

rosatn@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New York (Central Hudson Valley & Catskills), International (excluding China & India); Transfer

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy Night Out – a monthly arts and cultural event held the last Friday of every month in downtown Troy. It’s a great opportunity to check out the local, unique shops, art galleries, musicians, and restaurants.

Hannah Simms

Assistant Director

simmsh2@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: New Jersey

Favorite thing about Troy

I absolutely love Troy Night Out. On the last Friday of every month, all of the restaurants, shops, and art galleries in downtown Troy stay open late for a community-wide night out on the town. I’m especially a fan of all of the scrumptious food options! My current favorites are Sunhee’s Farm Kitchen (Korean) and Lucky Corner (Taiwanese).

Lauren Souder

Assistant Director

soudel@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: California (Southern), Connecticut (public schools)

Favorite thing about Troy

There is so much to love about Troy and the Capital Region. Troy was a vital part of the American Industrial Revolution, and everywhere you look you can still find amazing Victorian architecture. Small businesses are making a comeback downtown as well - I love to grab a breakfast sandwich at Koni's Cafe, and check out T&J Handcrafted Soaps! I also enjoy walking along the Hudson River and the Erie Canal locks. With easy access to NYC, Boston, Vermont, and even Canada, the possibilities are endless to get out and explore!

Megan Whalen

Assistant Director; Director of International Recruitment

doppm@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, International (China & India); Liaison for Military Veterans

Favorite thing about Troy

Troy offers a wide variety of unique activities, experiences, restaurants, and shops. Concerts at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market are two of my favorites. My new favorite lunch spot downtown is K-Plate Korean BBQ- always fast and delicious!

Jennifer Yager

Assistant Director

yagerj2@rpi.edu
Area of Responsibility: Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Washington

Favorite thing about Troy

I love that Troy enables me to pursue two of my greatest loves - dining out and taking walks with friends and family. My favorite Troy restaurants are the Whistling Kettle and Troy Kitchen (and after a great meal, there is nothing better than grabbing a latte at one of the local cafes and strolling around downtown!). The Capital Region is so diverse in its attractions and activities, allowing for easy travel to NYC, Boston, Buffalo, and the Adirondacks. There is never a lack of fun things to do on the weekends here!