ALEX: Advise, Learn, Experience
ALEX is Hamilton’s coordinated advising network tailored for each student’s academic success, career preparation, experiential learning, and personal growth, which phased in with the Class of 2025.
“The focus on the equity of the student experience on and off campus drew me to the ALEX initiative. I want to enhance a student’s knowledge of and access to resources and information.”
Kevin Alexander ’13 (he/him/his) returns to Hamilton via Utica College, where he served as a counselor and tutoring services coordinator in HEOP. He also worked as a college access advisor and helped coordinate community development projects in the local area.
Alumnus Kevin said he took advantage of experiential learning opportunities at Hamilton by working as one of the inaugural COOP Community Service Interns. He also received several Levitt Center internships and participated in the Levitt Leadership Institute. These opportunities, he said, &lquo;allowed me to connect my on- and off-campus experiences in personal, professional, and academic ways.”
While a Hamilton student, he was a member of Opportunity Programs, BLSU, and a founding member of the Feminists of Color Collective.
“My background as a special ed. teacher, mental health counselor, experiential educator, and confused college student informs my daily work in advising students and in program innovation.”
Janine Oliver (she/her/hers) moved into the ALEX advisor role after eight-and-a-half years at the Career Center. While there, she developed and managed the Joan Hinde Stewart Career Development Program, the Discovery Team peer advisors, and the career development curriculum. Before coming to Hamilton, she majored in English at Princeton University and earned an M.A. in mental health counseling with guidance counselor certification from the University of New Hampshire.
Janine’s previous roles as special education teacher, counselor, experiential educator, and confused college student inform her approach to advising and program development. She was actively involved in the development of the ALEX program as a member of the steering committee and looks forward to bringing the program to fruition.
“As an ALEX Advisor, I’m most excited about collaboratively working with students as they find their intellectual homes and communities both on and off College Hill.”
Hannah Stubley (she/her/hers) is a Hamilton alumna who also holds a master’s degree in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from SUNY Albany. She most recently served as an academic support center specialist, adjunct instructor, and developmental writing mentor at Herkimer County Community College (HCCC).
Hannah has presented at conferences and workshops on topics related to diversity and inclusion, served on the CNY Alliance of LBGTQ College and Organizational Representatives, and was a member of HCCC’s equity council and FYE (First Year Experience) working group. She also planned and facilitated a summer bridge program for first-year students, and has experience with the Starfish student support software platform being used by the ALEX program.