Sharon Oster joined the University of Dallas in August 2013. She is a native of St.
Paul, MN and a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Animal
and Plant Systems (2000). She also has an M.Ed. in Adult, Secondary and Higher Education
(2001) from Grand Valley State University. Sharon has over 10 years of experience
working in higher education. She has previously worked as a career counselor and most
recently as an academic advisor and retention specialist. Sharon is a member of the
National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), National Association of Developmental
Education (NADE) and National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA).
Joe Aziz has been a University of Dallas student and employee since August 2013.
He is enrolled as a full-time student in the IPS doctoral program for Philosophy.
His hometown is just outside of Syracuse, NY. He graduated from Eckerd College in
2009 with a B.A. in Psychology, and received an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's
College, Santa Fe in 2012. He worked as a University of Dallas Residence Coordinator
for the 2013-2014 academic year, and has previously worked as a mentor for both high-school
students in low demographic communities, and individuals with learning disabilities.
Lourdes Peraldi has been a student at the University of Dallas since January 2014.
She is currently in the M.A. program in English. She completed her B.A. in English
from the University of Texas at El Paso in May 2013. She is originally from Juarez,
Mexico but grew up in El Paso, Texas. She has experience fundraising for a non-profit
organization that mentored children with incarcerated parents and other at-risk factors.
Rachel Fields has been a student at the University of Dallas since the Fall of 2012.
She is currently enrolled in the IPS doctoral program for Literature. She received
her M.A. in English from UD in August of 2014, and received her B.A. in English from
the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she graduated magna cum laude. Though
she graduated from Cleburne High School, she considers her hometown to be El Paso,
Texas. Previously she has worked with at-risk elementary school students and has worked
with various after-school programs.
Rithi Demonteiro just started at University of Dallas this fall in the Master's program
in Politics. He completed his Bachelor's degree from Belmost Abbey College in North
Carolina in May.