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Lyn Krueger Baier is the Director of the First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS). Lyn has enjoyed working with the FIGS program since 2008 and appreciates the opportunity to work with such a unique peer instruction model.

Prior to her work with the FIGS program, Lyn spent ten years working in Residence Life programs. Lyn is originally from Iowa and received her Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Northern Iowa. She holds a Master's degree in Higher Education from New York University. View full bio here.

   
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Susan Bennett joined the FIGS program as Assistant Director in 2014. Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Susan spent six years working with first-year students in new student orientation and student retention programs at other universities. Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Education from Bucknell University and a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University.

Before joining Rutgers in 2014, Susan spent 5 years running new student orientation and first-year programming at Monmouth University. She also worked at Sacred Heart University mentoring new students, helping them transition to academic and social life at college. View full bio here.

   
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Katherine Whitaker-Goodman joined the FIGS team as a First-Year Engagement Program Director in the summer of 2018. Before joining Rutgers University, she spent two years coordinating transition programs for the undergraduates at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She also worked at Texas Christian University and The Hockaday School supporting leadership development. Kat earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, where she majored in American Culture Studies. She earned her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. View full bio here.

   
  Ankita Veta is one of the Program Coordinators for the FIGS program. In 2016, Ankita taught a FIGS in Exploring Psychology and returned as a Senior Peer Instructor in 2017. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and Psychology. She is thrilled to continue working with the FIGS program this year before she heads to medical school. Ankita values the strong interpersonal relationships she has built through FIGS and is dedicated to continuing to develop and grow the program for future peer instructors.
   
  Emily Reineke is one of the Program Coordinators for the FIGS Program. After serving as a Peer Instructor herself in 2016 teaching Exploring Music, she is excited to return and become even more involved with the FIGS program.  Emily received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Rutgers University and is currently attending Graduate School at New York University to pursue a Master's in Performing Arts Administration. She is committed to improving communities through the use of education and creativity and is thrilled to be working for a program which exemplifies both of these characteristics.