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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Less Than 15 Minutes of Fame: Kyle Crocco, Graduate Student in the Spotlight

Kyle Crocco, The Thinker, outside the Student Resource Building. "My father was a psychiatrist, which people say explains a lot about my behavior and personality," Kyle says. Credit: Patricia Marroquin

The GradPost’s new Funding Peer, Kyle Crocco, is a man of few words. This Education Ph.D. student thinks lives can be summed up succinctly. So he took our Graduate Student in the Spotlight questions and threw them out the window, so to speak. He categorized and rewrote the questions, then answered them in less than five minutes. He calls this “The Quick Graduate Student Interview.” Here, now, are the fast facts about Kyle Crocco.



Kyle Crocco, age 46

Year in grad school?

Second-year Ph.D.


Education (Writing Studies)

Expected graduation date?

June 2015, if all goes well.

What other degrees do you have?

BA History (Penn State); BA French, MA Foreign Language & Pedagogy (University of Delaware)


Where did you grow up?

Southeastern Pennsylvania near the border of Delaware.

What is the one thing people would find most interesting about your family, childhood, upbringing and/or early education?

My father was a psychiatrist, which people say explains a lot about my behavior and personality.

What is the one thing people would be most surprised to know about you? (Or to put it another way, what is one thing that most people don’t know about you?)

Kyle Crocco performs during an open mic night at Marquee on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.I write original rock songs, play guitar, sing, and perform at open mics in Santa Barbara.


How would you describe your research in one sentence?

The differences in the use of visual and textual rhetoric when portraying a university's academic identity in their domestic and international viewbooks.


What is the single most important thing you wish you had known before you started grad school?

How to find funding, which may explain why I’m the Funding Peer now.


What is your favorite thing to do to relax? (a hobby, pastime, favorite place to go, favorite thing to do).

Have a good beer or coffee with friends in downtown Santa Barbara.


What is your biggest accomplishment in life and why?

Publishing two humorous fantasy novels in my 20s: “Heroes, Inc.” and “Heroes Wanted.”  Now I realize how difficult that was since I have not been able to publish any novels since that time.

What one event had the biggest impact or influence on you and helped shape who you are today?

Learning the French language changed my career path from writing into academics, opened my eyes to multicultural viewpoints, got me to travel the world, and showed me that you can accomplish anything in life if you work hard enough and are passionate about it.


What is the one thing you hope to be doing five or 10 years out of graduate school?

Being tenured, but still writing, playing, and performing music.

Funding Peer Kyle Crocco thinks people don't want to spend a lot of time reading about other people. Hence, this "Quick Graduate Student Interview." Credit: Patricia Marroquin


Graduate Student in the Spotlight: Torrey Trust

In workshops she has conducted, UCSB Education Ph.D. student Torrey Trust talks about the importance of a stellar online presence, or “digital reputation.” Do a “vanity search” of your name, she advises, and see what shows up. If you don’t like what you find, it’s time to clean up that reputation, and in her seminars, Torrey tells you how to do that. But she says there are some things that simply cannot be erased from your digital profile, such as when you’re involved in a world news event. Torrey was thrust into such a situation in 2007.

If you Google “Torrey Trust,” on the first page of the results you’ll find this UC San Diego headline: “Newlywed Alums Aboard Ship That Sinks in Antarctica.” Yes, that was Torrey, who was on a honeymoon cruise with her husband Trevor Takayama when their ship hit an iceberg in the Antarctic. They huddled in a lifeboat in frigid waters for more than four hours before help arrived. Once on dry land in Chile, they were interviewed about their ordeal by Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America.”

Although Torrey hasn’t made the world news since then, her other activities and accomplishments are no less noteworthy. Among her many talents, Torrey is a surfer, a soccer player, a photographer, a blogger, an author, an environmentalist, and a teacher.

Torrey took some time for an interview with the GradPost. She shares what it’s like to have your father as your teacher; how she came to establish an eco-friendly surfing school; why she wants a particular T-shirt after she earns her Ph.D.; her advice for grad students; and why she’ll never own an ice cream shop.

Diane Sawyer of "Good Morning America" interviews Trevor Takayama and Torrey Trust in 2007.

Since we’re no “Good Morning America,” we can’t promise Torrey this post will land on Page One of a “Torrey Trust” Google search. But it is possible that if we get enough clicks, it could find its way to the front page. To make that a reality, read on and share this with your friends. …

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