As you enter this period of tremendous change and prepare to join our community, the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs (FYTP) will be with you every step of the way. FYTP is your host for Syracuse Welcome, our award-winning orientation program for new students. It's devoted to helping you make a successful and fulfilling transition to SU. From the day you are accepted (as a first-year or transfer student) throughout your SU career, FYTP is your partner in academic excellence, getting to know our environments, and starting your experience with confidence.
FYTP provides support in a variety of areas, including networking and social programming, and guidance for getting through those sometimes challenging first few months on campus. Whether you live on campus or off, whether you're a first-year or transfer student, FYTP is committed to eliminating the barriers between you and an excellent start to your life at SU. Ask the friendly and knowledgeable FYTP staff any question; they'll point you in the right direction every time!
Carrie Grogan Abbott
Carrie Grogan Abbott is the Director of First-Year and Transfer Programs. Previously, Abbott served as the Associate Director of admissions and student services for Syracuse University Abroad. Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Director in the Office of Orientation and Transition Services. Raised in Bedford, N.H., Abbott earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in higher education from SU.
Lisa Chestney is the Assistant Director of First-Year and Transfer Programs at Syracuse University. Originally from Harrisburg, P.A., Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in visual media from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina.
Alison LaClair is the Administrative Specialist of First-Year and Transfer Programs. Originally from Syracuse, N.Y. LaClair earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from SU.
Colette Montgomery is the Graduate Assistant in First-Year and Transfer Programs at Syracuse University. From Harlem, NY, Colette earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from Le Moyne College and is working on her master's degree in higher education here at Syracuse University.
Tyler Alvarado is a Graduate Assistant in First-Year and Transfer Programs at Syracuse University. From Jackson, MI, Tyler earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy from Central Michigan University and is working on his master's degree in higher education here at Syracuse University.
Faculty Liason to the First-Year Experience
Professor Jerry Evensky is from New Orleans. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master’s in Secondary Education from University of Missouri at St. Louis, and a PhD in Economics from Syracuse University. Prior to joining the Syracuse University faculty in 1985, Professor Evensky taught secondary social studies for six years in the Webster Groves (Missouri) School District. At SU Professor Evensky designed and developed the one-semester introductory economics course for Syracuse University. As part of that project, he authored the text, Principles of Economics: A Foundation for Understanding the Economy. In 1996 he was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. Professor Evensky’s research interests include Adam Smith’s moral philosophy, ethics and economics, and economic education. His scholarly publications include numerous journal articles and two books: Adam Smith’s Moral Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Adam Smith’s Economics (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming).