Staff

Kevin Spain : Department Administrator

Kevin manages the overall administration for the Game Center, including but not limited to the budget, staffing, payroll, academic schedule, student affairs, admissions, graduation, orientation, etc. Kevin works with the chair to create and implement department policy for all faculty, staff, and students. He also serves as a contact for other Tisch departments and is well-versed in school policy. Room 859 kevin.spain@nyu.edu

Responsibilities

Advising

Registration

Dropping a Class

Checking Your Transcript

AP Credits

Schedule of Classes

Graduation

Orientation

Admissions

Student Concerns

Grad Student TA positions

Financial Aid

Summer Classes

CPT/OPT for International Students

Dylan McKenzie : Program Coordinator

Dylan manages the Game Center events as well as industry and external partnerships. He manages the website as well as the social media presence for the Game Center. In the summer, Dylan runs the Game Center Incubator, in which select games with commercial viability are able to work with an industry advisory board to get their games published. In addition to his duties as an administrator, Dylan also teaches as an adjunct instructor for Games 101 and Intro to Game Studies. Room 857 dylan.mckenzie@nyu.edu

Responsibilities

Incubator

Locating Jobs & Internships

Game Center Website

Programming Events

Guidance for Publishing Games

Automobile Racing

Social Media / Email Lists

Public Relations

Local Game Industry Outreach

Contact for Other NYU Departments

Gwynna Forgham-Thrift : Assistant Program Coordinator

Gwynna is the go-to person for inquiries about the Open Library, including questions about the student librarians, games acquisition and donations, and library use for classes. Gwynna also manages much of the media for the department, including event recordings, maintaining our online video collection, sending out weekly Game Center mailing list emails, and updating our website. Gwynna is a great resource for logistical questions for both internal and external Game Center events. Room 853 gft213@nyu.edu

Responsibilities

Open Library

Event Planning/Logistics

Floor/Room Bookings

Game Center Calendar

MAGNET Security Memos/Issues

Mailing List and Website

Film, Photo, and Other Media

GC at Conferences and Festivals

Physical Door Keys

National Basketball Association

Jessica Lam : Assistant to the Chair

Jessica works with Kevin on the academic administration side of the Game Center, helping with student registration & enrollment, department meetings, and admissions. She regularly meets with prospective students and parents throughout the year and hold info sessions in the fall, and is the first point of contact for the department via email and phone. She processes financial logistics such as reimbursements and coordinating travel and honoraria for department guests. As the assistant to the chair, she works closely with Frank, including managing scheduling, workflow, and correspondence; sitting in on Presidium meetings; faculty reviews; and special projects. Recently, she has also began photographing Game Center events. Room 853 jessica.lam@nyu.edu

Responsibilities

Chair-related Issues

Admissions

Registration Clearance

Recruitment/Prospective Students

Guest/Speaker Logistics

Reimbursement/Finance

Department Documents

Meeting Minutes

External FAQs (Email + Phone)

Copyediting

Toni Pizza : Project Coordinator

Toni works closely with Dylan in managing the external partnerships for the Game Center and is the main point of contact for questions related to jobs and internships. During the academic year, Toni is available to meet with students to discuss their job applications, resumes, etc. She also works with alumni coordinators to schedule newsletters and events to build our alumni network and coordinates our high school programs. In addition to her administrative work, Toni, a graduate of our first MFA class, occasionally adjuncts for our department and IDM in game design courses. Room 853 toni.pizza@nyu.edu

Responsibilities

Incubator

Locating Jobs & Internships

Resume & Portfolio Reviews

High School Programs & Outreach

Snacks

Soccer

Grants & Grant Writing

Alumni Relations

Brendan Byrne : Technology Manager

Brendan is in charge of anything technology-related at the Game Center. This includes tech acquisition, hardware (PCs, cameras, etc.), software (Adobe Creative Suite, etc.), large-format printing, and event A/V. In the past year, Brendan has also taken on additional projects, such as setting up temporary photo studios for students to better document non-digital projects; setting up a database of PC games; and upgrading the presentations for the Student Showcase Room 839 brendan.byrne@nyu.edu

Responsibilities

Equipment Checkouts

Tech Purchasing

Software Licenses

Game Center Server

Wireless Network

Audio for Lectures

Master Keycard

Photo Studio

nyugamecenter.info Website

Anything But Games

Fabrication Lab

Project Consultation

Prototyping Carts

Computer Maintenance

Student Showcase

Krab Lab