Meet the Staff

 

Jessica O'Brien
Director of Student Union & Campus Engagement
Email: jdh@fdu.edu
Phone: 201-692-2231

O'Brien, Jessica

Jessica directs the primary areas of the Student Union & Office of Student Life at the Metropolitan Campus: Campus Events, Student Union Operations, Greek Life, Leadership, Student Organizations, Club Sports, Fiscal Management, Information Desk, Knight Club, & all meeting spaces. Her background in Higher Education includes campus life, academic advisement, athletics, emergency response, and instruction. She is a certified NJ teacher who completed her BA in Secondary Education at William Paterson University and an M.Ed in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University. Prior to her employment at FDU, Jessica worked at Bloomfield College, Mercer County Community College, and for West Windsor-Plainsboro school district in multiple positions. Jessica also instructs UNIV 1001 & 1002 Core courses at the Metropolitan Campus.

 

Wendy HagerWendy Hager
Assistant to the Director
Email: hager@fdu.edu
Phone: 201-692-2231

Wendy Hager has worked at Fairleigh Dickinson University for 35 years. Her responsibilities include: student payroll, reservation management, supervision of desk assistants, and many administrative duties. Wendy worked at the Office of Career Management before joining the Student Life team. She has helped to advise the yearbook, and has also been an advisor to many clubs. In addition, she has organized the Late Knight and Commuter breakfast for many decades.

 

Timothy Fann                                                           
Assistant Director for Programming and Greek Life
Email: timfann@fdu.edu 
Phone: 201-692-2045

Tim serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life for Programming and Greek Life. He is the primary advisor to the Student Programming Board and head advisor to the Inter-Greek Council. Tim graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration. His professional background includes working with athletics, academic advising, residence, and student life.

 

Jocelyn Byers-Smith
Assistant Director for Operations
Email:jmoses@fdu.edu
Phone: 201-692-2236

Jocelyn's responsibilities include: supervision of Student Union operational areas, undergrad & graduate student supervision, scheduling, SUB programming, along with assisting with the regular Student Life programming schedule. Jocelyn has a higher education background that includes many years of work in Residence Life, as well as Student Life. She is a UNIV Core instructor and highly involved in regional professional associations. She is an advisor to many of our student organizations.

 

Jacqueline Ruzich
Budget/Operations Coordinator

E-mail: ruzich@fdu.edu
Phone: 201-692-2238

Jackie Ruzich has been at Fairleigh Dickinson University for 35 years. She had worked in the Dean of Students Office for over 20 years. After her retirement, she returned to the Office of Student Life as the Budget/Operations Coordinator.

 

 

Our Student-Centered Mission

At the center of campus community life, the Office of Student Life is an integral part of the educational mission of Metropolitan Campus. By offering a variety of programs, services, and facilities that meet the needs of the FDU Community, we create an environment for individuals to interact and learn from one another. We provide opportunities for student, faculty, and staff involvement in campus life.

The Office of Student Life, a student-centered organization, values participatory decision making, self-directed activity, and the open exchange of ideas. Through service to the campus community in volunteerism, committees, and student employment opportunities, we foster interactive and developmental experiences in leadership and social responsibility. Furthermore, we enhance the academic experience through an extensive array of cultural, educational, recreational, social, and leadership programs. Thus, developing well-rounded and confident citizens of the world.

The Office of Student Life honors individuality and values the diversity of the campus. We provide opportunities to celebrate traditions that will shape our future. We are committed to fostering a community that cultivates enduring dedication and pride in the University community, and makes Fairleigh Dickinson University the global institution of choice.