“The great gift The College of New Rochelle gives
its students is
one-on-one attention. This positive and supportive attention is
something students would never receive at most colleges or universities
Director of Student Development
The College of New Rochelle
Tell us a little about yourself, Rosann?
I am originally
from the Bronx. I received a BA in History and Math from Syracuse
University, an MA in History from the University at Albany, SUNY, and I
am nearing the end of my doctoral work on Latin American and Caribbean
Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. I have been working in
higher education administration for about seven years.
What is your position here at The College of New Rochelle?
I am starting my fourth year here at the
College in the Student Development and Program Office.
What are your responsibilities?
I am responsible for residence life,
orientation, commuter life and student activities. My office has also
taken an active role in developing the First Year Experience for
freshmen in the residence halls, and we are working to do the same for
commuters. Student Development, on many levels, is partially
responsible for the education of students outside the classroom. We
create programs and activities that focus on their social and emotional
health and development as well as managing the judicial process within
the residential population.
What are some of the advantages for students going to CNR?
The great gift The College of
New Rochelle gives its students is one-on-one attention. This positive
and supportive attention is something students would never receive at
most colleges or universities in America.
What are some of your programs for the undergraduates?
My office sponsors a variety
of student programs. We have recently implemented a First Year
Experience Program in the residence halls where all freshmen live with
their cohort in either Brescia, Maura or Ursula Halls. It allows for
freshman-specific programming that will help them better adjust to
college life. In addition, Student Development, in partnership with
Campus Ministry, sponsors LEEP, the Leadership Empowerment and
Education Program to provide student leaders on campus with the tools
to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Student Development
also hosts trips off campus and helps students within the Student
Government Association with their programming on campus.
What are the main questions (or concerns) that students have when they
come to apply to CNR?
Their greatest concern with
regard to our office revolves around the quality of life issues on
campus. What do the residence hall rooms look like? What if I don’t
like my new roommate? What is there to do on campus? Is campus safe? Is
New Rochelle safe? Will I ever be able to meet boys?
In what ways do you help students adjust to CNR?
Everything that Student Development does
is mission-driven and student-centered. By providing students with
programs and leadership development, we give them the tools to cope
with and adjust to college life, while still having fun. My staff lives
on campus and is available to students 24 hours a day and 7 days a
week, 365 days of the year. We work closely with the other departments
within the Division of Student Services to ensure that students can
always access the necessary resources both on and off campus. From the
time they attend Orientation in the summer to the final weeks of their
senior year, CNR students are receiving guidance, mentoring and
positive feedback from our office.
What do you like best about your job?
I would say it is the
constant interaction with students. My office is always busy helping
students. My staff and I wear so many hats. I am also in a unique
position where I have the privilege of interacting and collaborating
with colleagues across the campus. While there are always
challenges to be faced, Student Development always finds a way to make
even the most demanding of requests positive for students and for
ourselves. We are always looking for teachable moments. I have the
greatest staff. They are available, flexible, open minded and forward
thinking, while never losing sight of the everyday duties and deadlines.