Student Life Staff

Ms. Lauren Rivera, J.D., M.Ed.

Ms. Lauren Rivera, J.D., M.Ed.

Lauren S. Rivera, J.D., M.Ed. serves the University as the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.

As Vice President, she is responsible for the overall management of the division which includes University Police, the Center for Career Development, the Center for Health Education and Wellness, the Center for Student Engagement, the Counseling Center, the Cultural Centers, Residence Life, Student Conduct and Assessment, Student Health Services, and Student Government. 

As Dean of Students, she is the lead advocate for students at the University. She and members of the Dean of Students staff often support students as they navigate challenges while at the University. Dean Rivera is responsible for oversight of the Dean of Students Office, Center for Health Education & Wellness, Center for Student Engagement, Cultural Centers (Jane Kopas Women’s Center & Multicultural Center), and Office of Residence Life. She also serves as the moderator for Student Government.

Dean Rivera earned her Juris Doctor degree and Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to pursuing her joint degree in law and education, Dean Rivera graduated from Bucknell University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Religion.

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Follow her on Twitter @lscottrivera

Ms. Pauline Palko

Ms. Pauline Palko

Pauline Palko serves as the office manager for Student Life. to the Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students. She is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the workload for the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students. In addition, Pauline provides administrative support for the Office of Student Conduct and Assessment as well as the Dean of Students Team. She manages the calendar of the VP/Dean of Students. Pauline also hires, schedules and supervises student workers in the Student Life Suite (DeNaples 201).


Pauline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Scranton.


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