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Office of Residential Life

Our goal is to further the educational mission of Colgate by extending student learning and growth into our residential community, promoting a purposeful and inclusive environment through shared expectation.

Contact Information

Office of Residential Life
Drake Hall - 13 Oak Dr.
Hamilton, NY 13346
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Phone: 315-228-7367

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Stacey Millard

Stacey Millard

Director of Residential Life
Pronouns: she/her/hers | 315-228-7367

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In her role as Director of Residential Life, Stacey oversees all aspects of the department and is closely aligned with the Residential Commons program. Prior to joining the Colgate staff in 2015, she worked in residential life roles at several small liberal arts institutions with characteristics similar to ours. Stacey loves when she has the opportunity to help students find their fit and the place where they feel they most belong in our community through our housing options and campus resources. Central to this work is supporting the great team of residential professional and student staff as they are immersed in the important work of developing intellectually engaged and authentic communities. Stacey also partners frequently with the Facilities & Capital Projects staffs as Colgate continues to invest in and renovate our residential facilities.

Stacey is a proud alumna of St. Lawrence University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Educational Studies, and completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont. She is a native Vermonter but now calls Chittenango, NY, home. When not in the office, Stacey is with her husband and toddler-aged son. She’s a big Sara Bareilles, Nickel Creek, and Brandi Carlile fan; loves a spicy Buffalo wing (or 12); and is trying to get back into a running rhythm to tick off some destination road-races on her bucket list.

Please reach out to Stacey with questions, ideas, and feedback about the residential experience at Colgate. She and the residential life staff are excited to get to know and support you!
Brian Reece

Brian J. Reece

Associate Director of Residential Life
Prounouns: he/him/his | 315-228-7881

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As the Associate Director of Residential Life, Brian provides leadership for educational initiatives in Residential Life and oversees the recruitment, selection, and training of Community Leaders through a dynamic team of live-in professional staff. A first-generation college student, he enjoys helping students learn, grow, and find their way at Colgate. Brian graduated from the University of Delaware with an Honors B.A. in English and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and later from the University of Oregon with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and M.Ed. in Counseling, Family, & Human Services with a graduate specialization in Prevention Science. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning at the University at Buffalo. Brian enjoys the peace and quiet of Central New York and has previously lived in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Oregon, and Florida. In addition to his major in college, Brian engaged further in the liberal arts through minors in Spanish and vocal performance; his love of music has allowed him to perform in choirs all over the world. When he's not listening to a Broadway show on repeat, you can find him curled up with a science fiction or fantasy novel (Neil Gaiman, anyone?). Feel free to reach out to Brian with questions about your living-learning experience, the Community Leader position, or any questions or worries you might have about living at Colgate.

Position Currently Vacant

Assistant Director for Housing Operations
Chimebere Nwaoduh

Chimebere Nwaoduh ’15

Assistant Director of Residential Life
Pronouns: she/her/hers | 315-228-6610

Housing Areas: Brown Commons (Andrews Hall, East Hall, Gate House, and 110 Broad Street) and 100 Hamilton

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Hailing from Newark, NJ, Chimebere is a proud city girl who is no stranger to Colgate. Chimebere graduated in 2015 with a major in French and a minor in Theater. Chimebere took a post-graduation year off after graduating in 2015 with a major in French and a minor in Theater. She served 3 semesters as a Community Leader while studying at Colgate and later returned in 2016 as the Alumni Residential Fellow for the Gordon Blaine Hancock Commons in its inaugural year. Now as an Assistant Director, Chimebere hopes to use her time in the position to work with students to create a residential experience at Colgate that is inclusive and respectful to the wide variety of its community members. When she isn’t in the office, you can find Chimebere at a Women’s Studies brown bag, chatting with the staff at Donovan’s, or choreographing in the dance studios at Ryan Hall.
Esther Rosbrook

Esther Rosbrook

Assistant Director of Residential Life
Pronouns: she/her/hers | 315-228-7961

Housing Areas: Colegrove Commons (Stillman Hall and West Hall)

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Esther Rosbrook has a business degree from the University of Indonesia and graduated from the State University College at Buffalo with a master of science degree in education. She is currently attending the Northeastern University for its doctoral program in higher education. Prior to coming to Colgate, Esther has about twenty years of experience working for international and multinational corporations in the areas of public relations, finance and budgeting, international relations, customer service leadership, as well as youth empowerment programs and education. Before joining the residential life team, she worked at Colgate’s ALANA Cultural Center for three years and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures for one. In addition, she advises several student organizations on campus.
Peter Bandel, Area Director

Peter Bandel

Area Director
Pronouns: he/him/his | 315-228-7567
Housing Areas: Junior and Senior Housing (Townhouse, non-Commons Broad Street Houses, and Newell, University Court, and Parker Apartments)

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Peter Bandel started working at Colgate in July 2018. He attended Northeastern University for his undergraduate degree in Political Science and minors in History, Economics, and Business. He attended graduate school at the University of Central Florida, where his career in Student Affairs began with a role as a Graduate Assistant for Housing. He has a passion for Residential Life and providing a safe and caring home for students. He values emergency management and works to stay focused on things like CPR and First Aid training as well. Peter loves all things comic, especially Batman and Superman.

Amanda Stewart
Victoria Ruibal, Area Director

Amanda Stewart

Area Director
Pronouns: she/her/hers | 315-228-7956

Housing Areas: Hancock Commons (Bryan Complex, 113 Broad Street, 94 Broad Street)

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Amanda Stewart graduated from the State University of New York College at Buffalo with a B.A. in Public Communication in 2009 and Canisius College (Buffalo) with an M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration in 2011. Her passion for student affairs began as an undergraduate student where she was a resident assistant in Residential Life. In graduate school, her interests expanded to academic support and mentoring, federal TRiO Programs, Campus Ministry, and financial aid. She served as a financial aid counselor for five years at both the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and Utica College. Amanda has worked at Colgate since 2016 in the programs of Peace and Conflict Studies, Africana and Latin American Studies, and Native American Studies. Joining her on this new journey in Residential Life is her spouse Ryan, their two children, Eli and Remi, their dog (Gryffin) and cat (Betty). In her spare time she enjoys knitting and crafting, reading, and honing her roller derby skills.

Victoria Ruibal

Area Director
Pronouns: she/her/hers | 315-228-7322

Housing Areas: Ciccone Commons (Curtis Hall, Drake Hall, and 102 Broad Street)

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As an Area Director, Victoria serves on a leadership team with other staff members that oversee programming in Ciccone Commons. Victoria specifically oversees the community leaders within Curtis Hall, Drake Hall, and 102 Broad and the residents within the three buildings. Originally from Bayonne, NJ, Victoria joined the Colgate University community in July 2018 after she completed her Masters Degree in Higher Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. During her master’s program she served in residential life for three years at Lafayette college while holding internships at different times in Gender & Sexuality Programming, Orientation, and Greek Life. Additionally, she worked in Academic Support at Kutztown University assisting students who were in academic jeopardy. Victoria has also experience in Residential Life at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and 3 years of experience as an undergraduate student Resident Advisor and Senior Resident Advisor at her alma mater of Moravian College where she completed her B.A. in German Studies & Psychology in 2015. Her passion for working with college students stemmed from her experience as a first-generation college student.

Victoria is a live-in staff member and resides in Drake Hall with her husband Matt, who is a mariner in New Jersey, and her cat named Koda and her dog named Ahsoka (named after a Star Wars character). Victoria can be seen at midnight premiers for Marvel films, and she loves Harry Potter, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and many other "nerd" things. Victoria enjoys animals, knitting, and trying new things.