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Michael A. Sciola
Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Career Initiatives

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As director of career services, Michael guides his team in providing students with direct, informed access to Colgate’s alumni and parent community while amplifying the ongoing focus on student development and personal reflection.

Before coming to Colgate in 2012, Mike was director of Career Services at Wesleyan University, worked in career services at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island, and held a variety of student affairs positions at the University of Rhode Island, the California State University, Fresno, and the University of New Hampshire. Mike is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in gerontology and an MS in human development, counseling, and family studies. His career has encompassed a few twists and turns including: training in clinical hypnosis; spinal cord injury rehabilitation; and singing backup for Mr. Kenny Rogers.

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Teresa Olsen
Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Career Services

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Teresa oversees the team in Career Services to deliver a personalized, high-impact experience to Colgate students, alumni, employers, and families. A passionate advocate for the liberal arts, Teresa presents regularly, consults as an external reviewer, and has served in multiple leadership positions within liberal arts consortia. She was awarded the NACE Excellence Award in 2014.

Teresa holds a BA from Colby College and an MS in higher education administration from Indiana University. Teresa, her husband, and their two children are avid outdoor enthusiasts and die-hard members of the Red Sox and Raider nations.

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Advising Team

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Associate Director for Career Development

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Kat Kolozsvary
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Careers for the Common Good, Law, and Education

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Kat joined the Colgate University Center for Career Services adviser team in January of 2016 and focuses on the areas of Pre-Law, Education, Common Good and Government.

Before coming to Colgate, Kat was a Graduate Programs Manager at Kaplan Test Prep, working with students at colleges and universities throughout Central and Western New York. Previously, she has held a variety of positions related to the government, healthcare and technology sectors. Kat received her BA in Public Affairs from Syracuse University and enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, their two daughters and two Great Danes.

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Laura Hartpence
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Business Services, Consulting, Finance, and Sports Industry

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Laura joined the Colgate University career advisor team in July of 2015. She works primarily with students in business, finance and consulting, and as a liaison to students in the LGBTQ community as well as student athletes.

Laura comes to Colgate from Defiance College, OH, where she served in a variety of roles including Director of Career Development, Admissions Counselor, and adjunct professor in the department of natural sciences. Prior to working at Defiance College, she gained extensive experience in collegiate athletics, serving six years as a track & field and cross country coach. Laura is joined in Hamilton by her husband, John Hartpence, who is a member of the track & field and cross country staff at Hamilton College, and their daughter, Lillian.

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Vera V. Chapman, Ph.D
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Creative Communications and the Arts; Exploring and Undecided Students.

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Vera first began her career at Colgate University in 2013 as the Associate Director of Career Development and recently transitioned into the role of Career Advisor for Creative Communications and the Arts to allow more time spent directly with students.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, a study abroad experience at Clemson University led her to the University of Mississippi, where she pursued advanced degrees in counseling and higher education. After becoming a licensed professional counselor in Mississippi, Vera served as a career planning specialist and adjunct professor at the same institution. Vera is passionate about empowering others to become the most extraordinary version of themselves— something she accomplishes through blogging and other creative ventures. Vera is joined in Hamilton by her husband, David Chapman, who currently serves as the head coach of the Colgate rugby football club, and their two young children, Grayson and Ivey.

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David Loveless
Assistant Director

Industry Liaison Area: Business Services, Finance and Investing, Consulting, and Real Estate

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David began working in the Center for Career Services in September 2001 after a short stint in the Office of the Dean of the College.

Before working at Colgate, David and his wife Darcie ’98 lived in the greater Washington DC area where he worked in sales. A native of Hamilton, David graduated from Hamilton Central School in 1994. In 1998, he graduated with a BA degree from St. Michael’s College. A former student-athlete, David enjoys following the Raiders and getting to know Colgate's student-athletes on and off the field, rink, or court.

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Colleen Oliva
Colleen Oliva
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Health and Wellness

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Colleen joined the Center for Career Services in 2011. Colleen’s professional focus has been in the area of career services, specializing in career advising and program management.

She has worked in higher education for more than 15 years at institutions including Bridgewater State University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her BA in art history from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in higher education from Boston College.

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James A. Reed
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM), and Sustainability

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James joined Colgate Career Services in September 2014 as a Career Advisor with a focus on the STEM disciplines. Prior to his arrival at Colgate James was employed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he served as an Associate Director and Lecturer in the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development.

James earned an Ed.M. degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration from the University at Buffalo and a BA in History from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. James brings to Colgate more than ten years of experience working with college students in a variety of capacities including, leadership education, curriculum design and assessment, community development, and one-on-one coaching. He enjoys helping students bridge their interests and passions with their professional goals to find a sense of fulfillment and success.

Originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York State, James resides in Syracuse and is excited to enjoy the diverse array of outdoor recreational activities that Central New York has to offer.

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Fareeza Islam '14
Practicum Student

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Fareeza graduated from Colgate University in 2014 with a double major in Psychology and Environmental Studies. She is currently an Assistant Director in Residential Programs overseeing programmatic and housing needs of students in the sophomore area. She will be working in the development and implementation of the second Commons to create an enriching and inclusive community for all students to thrive both in and out of the classroom.

She is also currently a M.S. Candidate in Student Affairs Counseling at Syracuse University and is joining our staff for the Spring '16 semester. She enjoys helping students to find their interests and passions.

Originally from the Guyana South America, Fareeza is excited to have her husband recently join her in Hamilton.

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Employer Relations

Associate Director of Employer Relations

Internship Coordinator

Keith Watkins
Keith Watkins
Recruiting Coordinator

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Chelsea Lehmann
Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement

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Chelsea has been at Colgate in the Dean of the College division since 2011, until her move to the Center for Career Services as Assistant Director for Alumni Engagement in December of 2015. In this role, she will work to connect current students with alumni through job shadowing and events such as SophoMORE Connections and a Day in the Life.

Before coming to Colgate, Chelsea received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and her masters in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo. Chelsea and her husband graduated from Hamilton Central School, and are happy to be back home with their young daughter Harper.

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Debbie Bolton
Career Services Coordinator

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In addition to supporting the associate vice president of institutional advancement and director of career services, Debbie assists with a variety of programs including internship funding, recruiting, Central New York Communications Consortium and the Law School Fair.

Debbie began her time at Career Services in 1990 and has genuinely enjoyed working with and assisting students, alumni, recruiters, Colgate staff and others.

Phone: 315-228-6769  E-mail:
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Rose Kerskanski
Office Manager

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Jeff Paino
Communications Coordinator

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Jeff joined the Center for Career Services team as Communications Coordinator in October of 2014. Jeff leads a team of Outreach and Social Media Interns who promote Career Services' initiatives to the Colgate student body. Prior to joining Colgate, Jeff had a long marketing career in the newspaper industry.

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Student Staff

Ricky Fernandez '18
Office Ambassador

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Hi! My name is Ricky Fernandez and I am a sophomore from New York, NY, majoring in Economics and minoring in Spanish. This year I am excited to be participating in SRS San Francisco. Besides my involvement with Career Services, on campus I am the Secretary for the Consulting Club and an active member of the Finance Club and the Colgate Men's Rugby team.

Kerry Houston '16
Office Ambassador

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Hi, my name is Kerry Houston and I am a senior from Morristown, NJ majoring in English Literature and minoring in French. I studied abroad in London during the Spring 2015 semester with Colgate's Creative Writing study group. On campus I am the Business Manager for the Colgate Maroon-News and am also involved with the Newman Community, Tri Delta, and Adopt-a-Grandparent. After graduation this spring, I'm looking forward to pursuing a career in financial services.

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Elizabeth Mullin '17
Office Ambassador

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Hi! My name is Liz Mullin, I am a junior from East Lansing, MI, double majoring in International Relations and Theater. I am a member of the Varsity Women's Soccer team, a member of Experimental Theater Company, and the Director of Alumni Relations for Colgate Women in Business. I have a passion for people and staying busy, so I hope to pursue a career that encompasses my love for teamwork, my outgoing personality, and my passion to help others.

Kylie Armo '17
Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Kylie Armo and I am a junior from Sherborn, MA, majoring in environmental geography with an intended minor of political science. Besides my involvement with Career Services, on campus I am the Sustainability Chair for Gamma Phi Beta and am an active member of Green Earth Gang & Democracy Matters.

Rachel Brown '16
Peer Career Advisor

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My name is Rachel Brown and I'm currently a senior at Colgate, originally from Rochester, NY. I'm majoring in Neuroscience and hope to pursue Physician Assistant studies after graduation. In the fall of 2014, I studied abroad in Costa Rica for a Tropical Medicine and Public Health program, something I highly recommend for anyone interested in biology and/or the health field. Besides being a Peer Advisor for CCS, I'm the Musical Director of the Colgate Dischords, I'm a CL, and I sing in the University Chorus.

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Rachelle Ehrman '16
Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Rachelle Ehrman and I am a senior from Alexandria, VA near Washington, D.C. I am a geography and political science double major with a strong interest in international development. During the fall of 2014, I studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey where I lived with a host family and learned a lot about Turkish language and culture. Other than working for Career Services, I am the PR chair for the Model UN, treasurer for the Global Health Initiative, a tour guide, and am in Tri Delta. Last summer I was an intern for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in D.C. and pulled double duty as a hostess at a restaurant at night and on the weekends.

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Justin LoScalzo '16
Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Justin LoScalzo and I’m a senior from Huntington, NY, double majoring in Political Science and Economics. During the spring 2014 semester, I was a member of the Washington, D.C. Study Group and interned for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Following my internship there, I spent the summer working for the Homeland Security Advisory Council of the Department of Homeland Security. Amongst other activities, on campus I am the President for the Class of 2016, Vice-President of the Pre-Law Society, a Tour Guide, a member of the Committee for Budget and Financial Planning, and play on the Club Ultimate Frisbee Team.

Andre Stephenson '18
Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Andre Stephenson and I am a sophomore from the Bronx, New York, double majoring in Economics and International Relations. Aside from being a peer career advisor I am also on the Executive Board of the Finance club and on the core of the Caribbean Student Association.

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Henry Thomas '18
Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Henry Thomas and I am a sophomore from Millburn, New Jersey majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. Other than being a Peer Career Advisor, I am a member of the Colgate Real Estate Club and Theta Chi Fraternity. When I graduate from Colgate, I intend to go to Law School and pursue a career in the public sector.

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Sara Hinton '16
Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi, my name is Sara Hinton '16 and I am from Scranton, PA. I am a double major in Studio Art and English. Among other activities, I am a member of Konosioni, a member of Gamma Phi Beta, and an employee at Steph Boutique. In addition to working as an Outreach/Social Media Intern at career services during the school year, I had the opportunity to work in the office over the summer of 2014 which was a great way to better know the Colgate and Hamilton communities.

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Erica Pais '17
Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi, my name is Erica Pais and I am a junior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Educational Studies. On campus I am a co-leader of the American Heart Association, play on the Club Volleyball, am a tour guide and am part of the Thought Into Action Institute.

Miriam Charry '16
Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi! My name is Miriam Charry and I am a senior from Middletown, CT, majoring in International Relations and minoring in History. During the Spring '15 semester, I studied abroad in Prague in the Czech Republic. In addition to my involvement in CCS, I am the Chief Marketing Officer of Colgate Women in Business, the co-captain of the Women's Club Volleyball team, and a member of Gamma Phi Beta. I hope to pursue a career in marketing/advertising when I graduate this spring.

Alessandra Devia '17
Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi, my name is Alessandra Devia and I'm a junior from Rochester, NY. I am a Sociology Major and intend to pursue another area of interest as well. In addition to working as a Social Media/Outreach Intern at CCS, I am heavily involved in the Music Department through participation in the Colgate University Orchestra, Colgate University Chamber Players, and private lessons. I am also a member of Gamma Phi Beta and the Catholic Newman Community.

Danielle Dillon '18
Outreach and Social Media Intern

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My name is Danielle Dillon and I'm a sophomore from Hingham, MA, planning to double major in English and Political Science. In addition to working at Career Services, I'm the Creative Director for the Colgate Marketing Club, a tour guide, member of the Colgate Activities Board Publicity Team and an intern for the Broad Street Gallery in town. I spent this past summer working as the Marketing and Communications Intern for Boston 2024.

Kayla Robinson '17
Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hello! My name is Kayla Robinson and I'm a junior from Davis, CA double majoring in sociology and German. Beyond working at Colgate Career Services, I play Division 1 field hockey, I'm vice president of Colgate Marketing Club, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. This past spring, I also co-started a project on campus called Strangers of Colgate, with the goal of connecting students across campus. Eventually, I hope to pursue a career in marketing/advertising after I graduate in 2017.

Florence (Jiayi) Shen '18
Assessment Intern

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Hi, my name is Florence Shen and I am a sophomore from Hangzhou, China, majoring in Mathematical Economics. This past summer, I worked for a nonprofit organization in New York, advocating for older people's rights locally, nationally, and globally. Besides my involvement with Career Services, on campus I am a Community Leader in the Residential Commons, and a treasurer for the Colgate International Community.

Gillian Fisher '16
Signature Programs Intern

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Hi, my name is Gill Fisher, and this year I will be working as the Signature Programs Intern at Career Services! I am a senior here at Colgate, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Religion. Last spring, I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is my first year working at Career Services, and I am also involved in the Colgate Equestrian Team, the Budget Allocation Committee, and Greek Life on campus.

Jordan Ressa '17
Recruiting Assistant

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Hi! My name is Jordan Ressa and I am a junior from Rye, NY majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. During the coming Spring '16 semester, I will be studying abroad in Geneva, Switzerland with a Colgate study group. In addition to my involvement in CCS, I am a mentor for Sidekicks, play for Colgate Club Field Hockey and am a member of Delta Delta Delta.

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Maria Chen '17
Recruiting Assistant

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Hi, my name is Maria Chen and I’m a junior from Beijing, China, double majoring in Mathematics and Economics. In addition to my work at CCS, I’m a marketing intern with Colgate Athletics and a member of the Budget Allocation Committee. I hope to pursue a career in banking after graduation.

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Fjordi Mulla '19
Investment Studies Program Coordinator