Category Archives: Information Technology

Grace M. Begany

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Business and Information Technology
Office Location: Warner 114
Office Phone: (518) 255-5273

Areas of Expertise
Information science, informatics, information technology, digital project management

Courses Taught
Web Publishing, Spreadsheets and Databases, Microcomputer Applications

About Me
Prof. Begany joined the SUNY Cobleskill community in August 2015. Prior to arriving at SUNY Cobleskill, she was a full-time doctoral student in Information Science at the University at Albany’s College of Computer Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prof. Begany continues her Ph.D. research part-time while teaching at SUNY Cobleskill. In addition to this work, Prof. Begany maintains a digital project management consultancy and serves as a project management instructor for, a division of Web Media Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: WEBM).

Prior to her current roles, Prof. Begany was Director of Online and Software Development for Kaplan, Inc., which was a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. At Kaplan, she spearheaded many large-scale online, mobile, and digital analytics initiatives. She has also managed digital projects for a publicly-held healthcare communications company and a software development start-up and has over 15 years of experience directing digital projects.

Curriculum Vitae
 Ph.D. Candidate, Information Science, University at Albany–State University of New York | College of Computer Engineering and Applied Sciences, Albany, NY

Research Interests: consumer health informatics, human information behavior, human-computer interaction, user experience, mobile information and communication technologies, health literacy, open health data, knowledge organization and management, digital government, information policy

M.A., Journalism (with Certificate in Science and Environmental Reporting), New York University | Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, New York, NY

B.A., Psychology (with High Honors–Psychobiology Major), Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Research and Grants
2014 – Awarded the University at Albany Graduate Student Association (GSA) Professional Development Grant for “Designing the Future of Mobile Healthcare Support” workshop paper presentation at the Mobile Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) 2014 Conference

2014 –Awarded the University at Albany Graduate Student Association (GSA) Professional Development Grant for conference travel and poster presentation at the National Cancer Institute Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) Conference

2013 – Awarded the “Initiatives for Women” Award by the University at Albany | State University of New York which provides funds for scholarly activity

2012 – Awarded the Analysis Exchange Scholarship prize (which provides funds for digital analytics activity) from The Analysis Exchange and Web Analytics Demystified for digital analytics services performed for The Ford Foundation, The Henry Ford Museum and

Katrina M. Pearl

Katrina Pearl

Title: Assistant Professor of Management
Department: Department of Business & Information Technology
Office Location: 206 Warner Hall
Office Phone: (518) 255-5381
Office Hours:  Monday & Wednesday 5-6pm and Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11:00am

Areas of Expertise
Real Estate

Courses Taught
Principles of Marketing
Advertising & Promotion

About me
Prof. Pearl primarily teaches courses in Marketing at Cobleskill. Prior to joining SUNY Cobleskill in August 2015, she worked for Schenectady County Community College as an Assistant Professor of Management. She also has five years of industry experience in accounting, finance, and real estate. She is currently in the last stages of her dissertation to complete her Doctorate of Management degree from the University of Maryland University College.  

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Curriculum Vitae
University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland
Doctor of Management, Anticipated December 2015 (ABD as of Apr. 2014)

Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York
Master of Business Administration, December 2008

Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Business Management
Specialization in Accounting, Minor in Economics, December 2007
GPA: 3.9/4.0 Summa cum Laude
Economics Master Student, ALD Academic Honor Society, Alpha Chi, Excellence in Accounting Graduation Award, Business Management Senior Project Award

“The Influence of Culture and Implicit Beliefs on the Leadership Development of Women in Global Higher Educational Institutions” presented at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference at Harvard University and the paper was published in the Humanities and Social Sciences Review, CD-ROM. ISSN: 2165-6258: 2(4):31-44 (2013)

“Faculty as Opinion Leaders: A Major Source of Influence on Innovation Opportunity in Higher Education” presented at The Northeast Business & Economics Association at Monmouth University.


Jack Rivituso

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Business and Information Technology
Office Location: Warner Hall Room 113
Office Phone: (518) 255-5274

Additional Titles: Ed.D.

Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, Information Security, Informatics, Cyber crimes, Python and Cobol programming

Courses Taught: Intro to Information Security; Intro to Information Security Lab; Project Management; Systems Analysis; Management Information Systems;
Microcomputer Applications; Database Concepts; Python programming

About Dr. Rivituso: He primarily teaches courses in the Information Technology domain at Cobleskill. Prior to joining SUNY Cobleskill in August 2014, Dr. Rivituso worked for New York State first as a computer programmer then as a Network Administrator. He also has 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, and taught courses in criminal justice and cyber security courses at both community college and at other four year institutions.

Curriculum Vitae:
Doctor of Education, Northeastern University, 2012
Dissertation Title: Cyberbullying: An Exploration of the Lived Experiences and Psychological Impact of Victimization Among College Students – An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis

Master of Professional Studies, Informatics – Information Security Management, Northeastern University, 2008

Bachelor of Arts in History, Siena College, 1979

Associate in Science, Columbia-Greene Community College, 1976

Rivituso, J. (2014). Cyberbullying Victimization among College Students: An
Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Journal of Information System
Education (JISE), Volume 25 Number 1, Spring 2014.

2014 Best Paper Award, ISECON/CONISAR Conference, Baltimore, MD. Topic:
Cyberbullying or normal game play? Impact of age, gender, and experience on
cyberbullying in multi-player online gaming environments: Perceptions from one
gaming forum.

Fryling, M. and Rivituso, J. (2013). Investigation of Cyberbullying Phenomenon as an
Epidemic. Paper presented at the 31st International Conference of the System
Dynamics Society, Cambridge, MA.

View Dr. Jack Rivituso’s full curriculum vitae here. 


Information Technology

Amodeo, Paul A. – Information Technology: Introduction to Programming, Visual Programming, Advanced Java, Web Publication II, Web Programming. Environmental & Energy Technology: Unit Operations & Unit Processes, Pollution Prevention & Remediation

Paul Anthony Amodeo

Department: Business & Information Technology / Environmental Science and Technology Center (multidisciplinary program)
Office Location: Warner Hall 215
Office Phone: 518-255-5384

Additional Title: Principal Investigator Bioenergy Gasifier Project  more information >

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