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Meet Our Staff


Dr. Beth Giroir, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Student Success Initiatives
Office: Lee Hall 106B
Phone: 337.482.5930
Christine Williams, M.S.
Associate Director of First-Year Seminar
Office: Lee Hall 203D
Phone: 337.482.2851

Ericka Haynes, MBA
First-Year Experience Instructor
Office: Lee Hall 203A
Phone: 337.482.2852

Teaching the First-Year Seminar Course, UNIV 100: Mastering the First Year, has been a labor of love and something that has become the Hallmark of my career with the Office of First-Year Experience. I am responsible for helping our First-Year students transition from high school to college and ensuring that they are equipped with the skills and resources necessary to successfully navigate their first year in college.

For nearly 15 years, my focus and dedication have been all things Student Success and Transitional Education. Prior to my career in Higher Education, I worked as an Adult Education Teacher, Case Worker, and a Compliance Coordinator for a Fortune 500 Company.

My job and duties as a Student Success Associate and UNIV 100 Instructor have allowed me to meet, teach, and inspire so many students. The greatest reward is receiving their graduation invitation and having them share how my class has helped them on their college journey and beyond.

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Southern University, Baton Rouge, and my Master of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership from Amberton University, Garland, Texas. While my educational background is in Business, my expertise is in First-Year Student Success Strategies. Each semester offers a new opportunity to serve and support our students, and my colleagues and I are ready and willing to help you on your journey to college success!

Dr. Jacquelene Robeck, Ph.D.
First-Year Experience Professor
Office: Lee Hall 203H
Phone: 337.482.6547

Jacquelene Robeck holds a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University in Textiles and Clothing. Before joining the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1998 as faculty in the Fashion Design and Merchandising department, she was an administrator and faculty member at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Wisconsin. She was twice awarded a J. William Fulbright research fellowship to the countries of Cyprus and Mauritius, teaching apparel computer-aided-design and global apparel manufacturing. She has been an invited international speaker and fashion judge at various African-country conference/events and Montreal [Canada] Fashion Week.

Dr. Robeck joined the Office of First Year Experience staff in 2013 where she shares her expertise teaching World Cultures and Clothing and guides students in undergraduate research.

Jessie White, M.S. 
First-Year Experience Instructor
Office: Lee Hall 203E
Phone: 337.482.1595

I am a first-generation college graduate, earning a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from LSU-Alexandria in 2012, and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from UL Lafayette in 2015. My areas of concentration and study are social justice, inequality, and diversity.

I have held many roles at UL Lafayette, including student, graduate assistant, faculty instructor, advisor, staff instructor, and student success associate; I am also a proud member of the UL Lafayette Diversity Advisory Council.

I joined the Office of First Year Experience in 2017, where I have the privilege to work with first year students and teach first year seminar courses. I am extremely passionate about students’ success, helping students navigate through university life, and assisting students in achieving their academic and life goals.

Stacy Stewart Matthews
Administrative Coordinator
Office: Lee Hall 106
Phone: 337.482.6599


Angel Badewole 
Living Learning Communities (LLC) Graduate Assistant 

I work with the Office of First-Year Experience here at UL Lafayette to provide residential programming and academic success coaching for students in the Living Learning Communities (LLCs) program.



Ricardo Caliman 
Communications Graduate Assistant 
Office: Lee Hall 106H 
Phone: 337.482.9008


Amelia LaFleur 
Communications Graduate Assistant
Office: Lee Hall 106G

I work with different mediums to create efficient communication between students and faculty in the Office of First-Year Experience.