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Department Leadership

Michael Sciola, Associate Vice President for Advancement & Director of Career Services
Michael A. Sciola
Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement; Director of Career Services


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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.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: msciola@colgate.edu
Teresa Olsen, Director of Operations and Strategic Planning
Teresa Olsen
Director of Strategic Programs and Operations


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Teresa draws from over 10 years of experience involving positions in career services at Dartmouth College and Indiana University prior to joining the senior leadership team in Colgate’s Center for Career Services.

In addition to her position at Colgate, she currently serves as the co-chair of the benchmarking and assessment task force for the Liberal Arts Career NetWORK, a consortium of 35 selective liberal arts colleges. Teresa’s research interests include millennial generation career decision making, translating liberal arts into the world of work, career development for student-athletes, and career development with underrepresented populations.

She holds a BA from Colby College in Spanish and human development and an MS in higher education administration from Indiana University. Teresa, her husband Patrick, and their two children are avid outdoor enthusiasts and diehard members of the Red Sox and Raider nations.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: tolsen@colgate.edu

Advising Team

Vera V. Chapman, Associate Director for Career Development
Vera V. Chapman, Ph.D
Associate Director for Career Development

Industry Liaison Area: Exploring and Undecided Students 

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Vera began her career at Colgate University in 2013. By leading the career advising team, she provides the primary vision for the advising and program development component of the Center for Career Services.

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. Her husband, David Chapman, currently serves as the head coach of the Colgate rugby football club. They welcomed their first child, Grayson, in October 2013.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: vchapman@colgate.edu
Kelly Brant
Career & Pre-Law Advisor

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

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Kelly Brant began working with Career Services in December 2013. Kelly was able to gain career development experience as a career advisor and program assistant at Binghamton University before joining Colgate. As a career advisor at Colgate, her liaison areas include: the common good, non-profit, legal and government sectors. Kelly is also the designated pre-law advisor.

Kelly earned her BA in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her MS in Student Affairs Administration from SUNY Binghamton. As an upstate native, she enjoys visiting the surrounding Finger Lakes and spending time with her cavapoo, Tux.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: kbrant@colgate.edu
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.

Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: lhartpence@colgate.edu
Danielle Harvey
Career Advisor

Industry Liaison Area: Creative Communications and the Arts

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Before coming to Colgate, Danielle worked as program coordinator/director of exam prep for the Huntington Learning Center for four years.

Danielle earned her BA in English from Le Moyne College and her MA in English from SUNY Oswego. Naturally, reading is one of her favorite activities. However, she also enjoys the occasional mountain climb with her husband, Brian, and takes pride in being Lake Placid’s most frequent visitor.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: dharvey@colgate.edu
David Loveless, Assistant Director
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.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: dloveless@colgate.edu
Colleen Oliva, Career Advisor
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.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: coliva@colgate.edu
James A. Reed, Career Advisor
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.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: jareed@colgate.edu

Employer Relations

Sharon Attaway
Associate Director of Employer Relations

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Sharon joined the Center for Career Services team as Associate Director of Employer Relations in July 2014. In her role, Sharon leads the development of entry-level and internship opportunities by building strategic and robust partnerships with employers, alumni and parents. Prior to joining Colgate, Sharon served in a variety of outreach roles for Miami University, Indiana University and The Johns Hopkins University. Sharon is a graduate of Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and holds a Master of Science in Business from The John Hopkins University. A fun fact not found on Sharon’s resume: she was lead singer/guitar for the acoustic rock band “The Flaming Red Hens.”


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: sattaway@colgate.edu
Shauna Hirshfield, Internship Coordinator
Shauna Hirshfield
Internship Coordinator

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Shauna came to Colgate in 2012 as a career advisor. She is currently transitioning to the career services employer relations team where she will serve as the internship coordinator. In her new role, Shauna will oversee the programs of summer funding, internship credit, Summer on the Cuyahoga, Day in the Life, and also will connect with alumni and employers to cultivate new internship opportunities for Colgate students.

Before coming to Colgate, Shauna served as assistant director of the Career Center at Colby College and assistant director of admissions at Western New England College. Shauna earned a BA from Hamilton College and an MS in higher education administration from Syracuse University. Shauna grew up in Clinton, N.Y. and is thrilled to return to Central New York with her significant other and their two Newfoundland dogs.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: shirshfield@colgate.edu
Keith Watkins, Recruiting Coordinator
Keith Watkins
Recruiting Coordinator



Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: kwatkins@colgate.edu

Operations

Jillian Arnault, Alumni Engagement Coordinator
Jillian Arnault
Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement


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Jillian has been with Colgate since 2013. She coordinates the Center for Career Service's’ alumni/parent-student initiatives, including the Real World Series, A Day in the Life, and SophoMORE Connections.

Jillian earned a BA from Colgate in sociology and anthropology. Before returning to her alma mater, she served with AmeriCorps and earned her MS from Northwestern University in higher education administration.


Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: jarnault@colgate.edu
Deb Bolton
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: dbolton@colgate.edu
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Michelle Dye
Office Manager



Phone: 315-228-7618  E-mail: mdye@colgate.edu
Jeff Paino, Communications Coordinator
Jeff Paino
Communications Coordinator



Phone: 315-228-7380  E-mail: jpaino@colgate.edu

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
Kylie Armo '17
Peer Career Advisor


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Hi, my name is Kylie Armo and I am a sophomore 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 junior 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.


Josh Kahn '17
Peer Career Advisor
Justin LoScalzo, Peer Advisor
Justin LoScalzo '16
Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Justin LoScalzo and I’m a junior 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.

Mike McCluskey '16
Peer Career Advisor


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Hi, my name is Mike McCluskey and I am a senior from Kinnelon, NJ, majoring in Economics and Psychology. During the Spring 2015 semester, I studied abroad in London with the Colgate London Economics Group. In addition to my involvement in CCS, I am the President of the Colgate Energy Analytics Group and House Manager for Theta Chi Fraternity. I hope to pursue a career in financial services when I graduate this spring.

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.

Chairty Whyte '16
Peer Career Advisor
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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 sophomore 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