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Staff and Contact Information

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Jeremy Wattles

Jeremy Wattles '05

Director
Phone: 315-228-6879
jwattles@colgate.edu

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Jeremy joined the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education in January of 2019. He leads the COVE staff and works with colleagues across Colgate's campus to advance community engagement and service learning. His professional interests include rights-based community organizing for equity and social change, intergroup dialogue, student voter education and registration, and working with students to develop their capacity as justice-oriented citizens. Previously Jeremy worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he was the Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. In 2017, he co-authored an article in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, titled "Can Intergroup Dialogue Combined with SLCE Answer Today’s Call to Action?" He also served previously at Hamilton College as an AmeriCorps VISTA. He graduated from Colgate in 2005 with a BA in English. As a student, he ran Cross Country and Track and Field, and edited the student literary magazine, the Colgate Portfolio. In 2006, he completed a Master's degree from the University of Edinburgh in English Literature: Nation, Writing, and Culture.
Meghan Neidt

Meghan Niedt

Associate Director
Phone: 315-228-6877
mniedt@colgate.edu

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Meghan joined the Max. A Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education in January of 2014. Meghan's primary areas of responsibility include overseeing the ongoing student volunteer programs, including advising a number of student volunteer teams; coordinating the Alternative Break Program and supervising the COVE interns. Meghan comes to Colgate from Syracuse, NY where she was the Program Coordinator with Success By 6 at the United Way of Central New York. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications, and is an AmeriCorps alum.
Sarah Sparber

Sarah Sparber

Team Adviser
Phone: 315-228-6409
ssparber@colgate.edu
Erin Loranty

Erin Childers-Loranty

High School Seminar Coordinator and Team Adviser
315-228-7863
echildresloranty@colgate.edu

Amy Jackowski

Amy Jackowski

Team Adviser
315-228-6257
ajackowski@colgate.edu
Karli Caputo

Karli Caputo

Administrative Assistant
315-228-6880
kcaputo@colgate.edu

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Karli joined the Max. A Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education in January of 2019. Karli's primary areas of responsibility include daily office tasks, overseeing budget, advising a number of student volunteers and working with interns. Karli comes to the COVE from the Admission Department here at Colgate. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a degree in English and Minors in Business Management and Event Planning.