Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Reporting directly to the President as a member of the College’s senior staff, Nancy Thompson leads the staff of the Division of Student Life with a focus on student leadership and engagement, intellectual and personal growth, a safe living and learning environment, and community building activities. In these efforts, she is assisted by five associate deans whose responsibilities are delineated below. Nancy chairs the Committee on Student Activities, serves on the Committee on Academic Standing and the Committee on Student Fellowships, and is the liaison to the Trustee Committee on Student Affairs. She is supported by Assistant to the Dean of Students Cindy Reynolds and supervises the following:
Associate Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility Services
Allen Harrison advises international students, manages the peer mentoring programming for first-generation and multicultural students, and oversees accessibility services. For the latter, he works closely with students and their faculty members to coordinate accommodations for students with disabilities. He is supported by Staff Assistant Regina Johnson.
Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Life
Travis Hill is responsible for the overall direction of the residential program and supervision of the assistant director and two Area Directors. He and his staff coordinate housing assignments, the opening and closing of residence halls, and the recruitment and training of student Resident Advisors. Travis is also responsible for new student orientation, and serves as a judicial hearing officer.
- Assistant Director - Ashley Place coordinates housing, including room changes, lotteries, summer housing, etc., and supervises Staff Assistant Jean Burke. She also serves as a judicial hearing officer for on-campus incidents.
- Area Directors - Candice Redden and Tristan Rios '11 are the professional staff members who live in the residence halls and train, supervise, evaluate, and provide on-going support for the student Resident Advisors. In addition they provide individual counseling and referral for students with personal or residential concerns.
- Coordinator of Orientation and First-Year Programs - Tessa Chefalo oversees the First-Year Experience Program, including supervision of the four student FYE leaders, who live in first-year residence hall to serve as resources for first-year students, and who organize many of the FYE activities. She also is responsible for developing and coordinating the New Student Orientation program.
Senior Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Director
Lisa Magnarelli '96 serves as the College’s Title IX Coordinator and coordinates the activities of the Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Board. She also advises the Inter Society Council and its Greek member organizations and the Great Names selection and operations committees. In addition, she provides oversight for the offices of Student Activities, Outdoor Leadership, Chaplaincy and Community Outreach and Opportunity Project (COOP).
Director of Student Engagement and Leadership
Noelle Niznik is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive program of campus activities that promote student engagement and leadership development. Her specific responsibilities include serving as advisor to the Student Media Board, the Student Assembly, and the Intersociety Council and chairing the Campus Activities Coordinating Committee (CACC) and the Great Names selection and operations committees. Her office also directs operations for the Beinecke Student Activities Village and the Sadove Student Center. In addition to Staff Assistant Theresa Gallagher, she supervises the following:
Assistant Director of Student Activities
Ryan Davis advises the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the college radio station (WHCL), coordinates the recognition process for all student organizations, and facilitates the Student Assembly budget process and allocations. In addition he supervises the student technical support crew and Beinecke Center student staff.
Director of Outdoor Leadership
Andrew Jillings is responsible for designing a comprehensive adventure-based education experience for the College community. He oversees the Outdoor Leadership Center, the Hamilton Outing Club, and Adirondack Adventure, Hamilton’s wilderness pre-orientation program.
Assistant Director of Outdoor Leadership
Sarah Jillings directs the Mark Cox Memorial Challenge Course, manages the Bruce Climbing Wall, and leads outdoor climbing trips and student training.
Director of Community Outreach and Opportunity Project (COOP)
Amy James oversees and facilitates student community service activities, advises the Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity and coordinates the Alternative Spring Break program.
Jeffrey McArn coordinates religious groups and activities on campus, conducts Protestant chapel services, interfaith discussions and experiences, acts as counselor to students, faculty and staff, and coordinates the efforts of the Newman and Jewish Chaplains and the Muslim Student Association Advisor (see below). He chairs the Advisory Board for the COOP.
John Croghan serves the Roman Catholic community at Hamilton in liturgical, educational and counseling activities. He works with the other chaplains in planning and implementing ecumenical services and projects.
Anat Guez serves as the Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Advisor, providing leadership and counseling for Jewish students on campus.
Muslim Student Association Advisor
Mireille Koukjian serves as the advisor to the Muslim Students Association, providing counseling and support to the Muslim students on campus.
Associate Dean of Students for Health and Safety
Jeff Landry is responsible for determining the appropriate mechanism for dealing with alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct, serves as judicial coordinator, and chairs the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT). He is supported by Staff Assistant Regina Johnson. Jeff provides oversight and direction for the following departments:
Director of Campus Safety
Francis Manfredo develops implements and evaluates personnel, policies and programs that promote a safe and orderly campus environment. Fran oversees campus parking, chairs the College Safety Committee and works closely with the chair of the Hamilton Emergency Response Team (HERT) to ensure proper emergency preparedness. He supervises the following staff:
Assistant Directors of Campus Safety
Paul Colburn, Wayne Gentile and Michael Jones provide administrative support to the department as well as supervision and leadership to the patrol and dispatch officers. Paul Colburn is the Campus Safety Investigator; Wayne Gentile is the Assistant Director for the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift; Michael Jones is the Assistant Director for the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Director David Walden, and Psychologist Desiree Cuevas provide individual and group counseling and referral services for students. They sponsor educational programs on mental-health issues, assist with first-year student orientation and Resident Advisor training programs, and provide personal development programming for the College community on topics such as stress management, relationships, acquaintance rape, healthy lifestyles, and alcohol and other drugs. Susan Hill is the office coordinator.
Student Health Services
Aimee Pearce, M.D., Director of Student Health Services and Barb Fluty, RPA-C, Associate Director of Student Health Services, attend to all aspects of student health needs and share responsibility for overseeing and administering student health services. Diann Lynch, RN, provides nursing care, coordinates the student EMT program, and provides immunizations and education for students traveling abroad. Other staff members include Betty Burkhart LPN, and Maureen Hughes, RN.
Associate Dean of Students for Academics
Professor of Government, Stephen Orvis, coordinates the academic advising program and serves as a resource for faculty advisors. He chairs the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS), assists students to prepare petitions to the CAS, and administers its decisions. Steve works with faculty and other associate deans to help students resolve a variety of academic issues, and consults with the chair of the Honor Court on cases. He is supported by Staff Assistant Karen Prentice-Duprey.