“CNR is a small
College and a tight-knit community. This allows me to
get to know and help my students and our graduates develop long term
strategies to be successful in their careers.”
Assistant Vice President
for Student Services
The College of New Rochelle
Mary, tell us a little
about your background.
I am a
native New Yorker! I grew up in Suffolk County, Long Island
and attended Holy Family Diocesan High School, which was my first
introduction to the Ursulines. Upon graduation, I moved on to SUNY
Oneonta for my undergraduate degree, and then received my Master’s
degree in psychology from Hofstra University.
undergraduate student I experienced firsthand the impact that
dedicated student affairs staff can have on the traditional college
experience. While at Hofstra I worked in Residence Life to help
myself through graduate school. It became a natural transition
utilize my education and experience within the Student Services area
here at The College of New Rochelle.
What is your
position here at The College of New Rochelle?
I am the Assistant Vice
President for Student Services, and I just
celebrated my 25th anniversary with the College! When I began here I
was the Residence Life Operations Coordinator and that included being
the Residence Director for Ursula Hall. Over the years, my
changed to meet the community’s needs.
What are your
The main aspect of my
position is to facilitate communication within
and beyond my division (which encompasses Athletics, Campus Ministry,
Counseling & Career Services, Health Services, Student Development,
and the Wellness Center) utilizing technology as a resource. I oversee
the institutional college calendar, which recently transitioned to a
communication and marketing calendar, as well as a facilities calendar.
In addition I coordinate written and web publications for the Student
Services division, working closely with each of the area
And, of course, I assist the Vice President for Student Services as
needed and serve as her designee in her absence.
What, in your
opinion, are some of the advantages
for students to attend CNR?
There are so many advantages,
from an accomplished and talented
faculty to outstanding and dedicated staff, who bring to life our
mission on a day-to-day basis. Students at CNR get to embrace the
college experience with the constructive support furnished by the
faculty and staff. The traditional undergraduate student has
unparalleled access to student leadership and student athlete
opportunities, and they have the opportunity to try out experiences
they might not have tried or been afforded elsewhere.
CNR is also a collaborative
community. For instance, Student
Development staff developed programs with the academic Deans to offer
living learning residential areas such as the Wellness Wing for Nursing
students and the Honors Wing for Arts & Science students. Students,
faculty, and staff from all schools join together in community service
outreach coordinated by Campus Ministry, and all of our students have
life-long career services courtesy of the Counseling and Career
Services staff. And these are just a few of the advantages of
What are some of
the special services that your office has for undergraduates?
A major service that emanates
from my office is the college
calendar. In addition to the internet-based calendar, displaying CNR
events that would be of interest to the public, we offer an intranet
calendar, which focuses not only on public events, but also on various
items of interest for students. The intranet college calendar provides
full event descriptions and enhanced features that include
student-friendly search options, personalization options, event
subscriptions so they can be notified of any changes, event downloads
to their personal calendars, and even event reminders that can be sent
to their cell phone or e-mail. Students can be completely connected to
everything happening on campus! They can also use it as a communication
tool by using the college calendar to e-mail their friends about
events. And most recently, we added social networking to the calendar
so they can save an event to their Facebook, MySpace, Linked-In, or
other accounts without having to retype it all! So it helps
who want to market their events, such as a game night, fashion show, or
athletic event, as well as helping students who want to participate to
be reminded and kept up-to-date on changes!
In what ways does
Student Services help students adjust to CNR?
Each area of Student Services
reaches out to our students in a
manner appropriate for that student population. For instance,
Ministry has worked with all our campuses to enhance the peer ministry
outreach program. Student Development works closely with the academic
deans and creates programs throughout the year to help students adjust
to college life. And Counseling and Career Services holds workshops on
personal relationship issues as well as offering programs on time
management. In addition, Health Services not only engages
with their wonderful wellness programs, they also offer ‘Spa Nights’
each semester… which is a major hit with our students as they de-stress
and learn some new coping strategies! Our coaches and athletics staff
work closely with the traditional undergraduate students to support
their adjustment to CNR, as does the entire Wellness Center
my office helps to keep students informed about the myriad of programs
and events, educational and social, so that they can find the
opportunities that will help them ‘fit in’ as well as to provide for
What do you like to do when you’re not at
I recently became a fan of kayaking. I spent many
weekends this summer
and early fall lake kayaking. Next season…on to river kayaking!
although I’m not a real swimmer, I love snorkeling—you’re in an
entirely different world when the land above disappears. I also enjoy
traveling and meeting new people or cultures, both domestic and abroad.
I’ve recently been to Mexico, Ireland, and New Mexico, and I’m looking
forward to traveling to Italy this summer. There just never seems to be
What do you like best about your job?
I love the community atmosphere at CNR…it’s palpable…and
that every day
is new and exciting! I love that my work allows me to interact with
students, faculty and staff on a daily basis, and that I can be a part
of our students’ educational and personal journey. It’s such a joy!