Center for Applied Learning, International Education & Programs
Coordinator, International Education & Programs
Bethany Parker-Goeke grew up near Buffalo, New York where a majority of her family still resides and she visits often. Bethany moved to the northern New York area in 1998. Bethany earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Niagara University in Lewiston, New York majoring in Commerce. She has traveled to more than a dozen countries and enjoys learning about different customs and cultures.
Bethany has been working with international students since 2001. Her current position as Coordinator of International Education & Programs allows Bethany to assist incoming international students with immigration, cultural, academic, and personal issues as well as those students interested in studying abroad or pursuing an overseas exchange program.
"Allow yourself to be open to the new experiences and keep your goals in the forefront of your mind."
Center for Applied Learning, International Education & Programs
Director, International Education & Programs
Krista LaVack hails from Mississauga, Ontario and is a Canadian citizen with permanent residency in the U.S. She lives in Massena, NY with her husband Brian, son Jake, and daughter Molly. Krista earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario with a major in Canadian Native Studies. While completing her BA, Krista participated in a study abroad experience for 10 months in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was this experience that made Krista want to pursue her career in international education. More recently, Krista completed a Master of Science in Education degree from SUNY Potsdam with a major in Information & Communication Technology and a concentration in Organizational Leadership.
Krista has worked at SUNY Potsdam since 1999 and has been the current Director of International Education & Programs (IEP) since 2006. The Office of International Education & Programs oversees study abroad programs for students wishing to spend part of their academic career abroad, provides assistance to international students who come to study at SUNY Potsdam, and offers advice and assistance to students, faculty, and staff who are interested in an international dimension to their study, teaching, or research. Krista welcomes you to contact her by email if you require any assistance!
Sociology & Criminal Justice, Center for Applied Learning, Experiential Education
Associate Professor / Service Learning Coordinator
Dr. Bugg joined the sociology faculty at SUNY-Potsdam in 2007. His areas of emphasis include criminology and deviant behavior as well as inequality and stratification.
He teaches courses for the criminal justice major as well as the sociology department. Dr. Bugg's main areas of teaching include criminology, corrections, violent crime, comparative criminology, troubled youth, victimology and statistics. Prior to his current position Dr. Bugg was an employee of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) from 2002 - 2007. LEMIT is the largest state based training program of law enforcement officers in the nation, while there he taught courses in demographics, applied criminal theory, and diversity issues. He also served in a research capacity providing expertise regarding various research projects on issues relating to law enforcement.
Dr. Bugg is an active researcher and routinely presents academic papers at various social science conferences at the regional, national and international level. He also chairs sessions at various conferences on crime and criminal justice. His research interests include: gun culture, hate groups, women and crime, policing, and corrections. His latest publications include: Hate Groups in the Network Society: A Transnational Social Movement available in the book Social Movements: Contemporary Perspectives (2008), Law Enforcement Officers Experiences with Pre-Evacuation Planning in Hurricane Rita available in Solutions to Coastal Disasters (2008), and his book, Gun Ownership over the Life Course (2008).
In 2010, Dr. Bugg was voted one of the top five professors at SUNY-Potsdam by Phi Eta Sigma. He has also been featured in the Washington Times (2010) discussing his research on gun ownership. More Info
Honors Program, Center for Applied Learning, History
Director, Office for Student Research and Creativity/Associate Professor, History
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After graduating in 1985 with a B.A. in history from Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, Thomas N. Baker went on to teach history at the secondary-school level for a year before entering graduate school in pursuit of a doctorate in U.S. history. A decade or so later, armed with an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was employed teaching courses in history and American studies at Elon College, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His last appointment before coming to SUNY-Potsdam was at Centre College, in Danville, Kentucky, where he taught for 4 years as a visiting assistant professor of history.
Baker's scholarly interests are varied, ranging from nineteenth-century U.S. cultural and political history to the history of the African Diaspora, with forays into the histories of twentieth century film and popular music. At SUNY-Potsdam he teaches upper-level courses on New York State history, Victorian culture, the American Civil War, race and U.S. film, and Black Diaspora (a history of the Atlantic Slave Trade). Baker's first book, Sentiment & Celebrity: Nathaniel Parker Willis and the Trials of Literary Fame (Oxford University Press, 1999) plumbed the nineteenth-century origins of America's fascination with the culture of celebrity. His latest book-length project is a study of the political and social world of American deism, circa 1800, as exemplified in a secret society of deists ("The Brethren of the Druids") centered in Newburgh, New York. He has published articles on Lyman Beecher and historical memory, "A Slave" writing to Thomas Jefferson, and Aaron Burr's role in the contested presidential election of 1800.
At home, Dr. Baker enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, who is a school psychologist, and his son, William. As music fans and sometime string musicians, the Bakers love Potsdam's vibrant music culture. They are also keen on hiking the Adirondacks, although they could do without the black flies.