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Off-Campus Study Contact Information

Our staff are here with resources, guidance, support, and advice to help you plan and execute a rewarding off-campus study experience.

Hours and Advising Services

Our office is open 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except over the noon hour (noon–1:00 p.m.).

General information sessions will be announced at the beginning of the academic year. All sessions will be held in 101 McGregory Hall. These sessions are for students who are just getting started with their plans, and focus on understanding your options and the process, as well as how to find the best off-campus study opportunity for you.

Individual advising appointments with our professional staff can be booked online. After clicking on Schedule Advising Appointment, choose one of the Off-Campus Study options from the drop down list of Advisors.  There are three options to choose from in the drop down menu, each one corresponding to a different Off-Campus Study advisor's calendar, so if you don't see availability in one option that fits your need, please check the other two options for availability.

Schedule an advising appointment with one of the Off-Campus Study advisor to discuss your interests and priorities, possible programs and locations. All students applying to approved programs must meet with an advisor prior to the February application deadline.

Advisors available in AdviseStream:
  • Susan Light
  • Wendy Nugent
  • Cas Sowa
Walk-in hours are for general information only. You can meet with peer advisors or off-campus study staff to get basic information about options and processes, or ask a quick follow up question. If you have very specific or time-consuming questions, you should schedule an individual advising appointment.


Joanna Holvey Bowles
Joanna Holvey Bowles

Read about Joanna
Joanna Holvey Bowles has been a professional in education abroad for nearly 30 years, and is passionate about the student cross-cultural experience. Joanna grew up traveling to England and Wales frequently to visit family, and spent her junior year abroad in England’s University of East Anglia. Joanna holds a History B.A. from Emory University and a M.S. in Global and International Education from Drexel University. She is published in health, safety, and security in education abroad, has presented dozens of workshops and sessions to study abroad professionals, and has served in multiple leadership positions within the field. Joanna has traveled extensively throughout the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Israel, France, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica and Bermuda. Joanna is married with one daughter who has studied abroad three times.

Phone: 315-228-7153
Cas Sowa
Cas Sowa
Associate Director

Read about Cas
Cas has worked in the field of international education for over 20 years and has always been fascinated by learning about other cultures. He pursued a master’s degree in American Studies after always being asked to explain his own culture to others from different nations. While always having a hand in study abroad, Cas has also worked with recruiting and advising international students and scholars. He has worked at Penn State, Lehigh, and Moravian, and also spent time with a study abroad program provider. During the course of his career, he has traveled in Europe, the Middle-East, Africa, several countries in Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, China and India. Cas spent a semester of study in Nice, France and did a brief staff exchange at the University of Leeds. He has a BS in French/Business and and MA in American Studies, both from Penn State.

Phone: 315-228-7160
Wendy Nugent
Program Manager

Read about Wendy
Wendy taught high school English in Louisiana and North Carolina, ESOL in the US and China, and supported international students at the university level before joining OCS at Colgate. Her first experience as a traveler abroad was as a summer exchange student to Spain. While an undergraduate at Wake Forest, she studied in London for a semester. She lived in Shanghai for five years and traveled extensively in Europe, Southeast Asia and Oceania. These days she enjoys small town simplicity in Hamilton with her husband, son, and golden retriever. Wendy advises Colgate faculty and students for their programs in the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She is particularly interested in issues of identity in education abroad.

Phone: 315-228-6014
Susan Light
Susan Light
Program Manager

Read about Susan
Susan first lived abroad as a teenager in Brazil where she encountered neighborhoods made of cardboard boxes, horses running loose on city highways, the infectious rhythm of the samba, and vibrant, multi-ethnic communities. Later she lived in Paris, where she left no rue unexplored, and traveled by train throughout a divided Europe. Since then she has lived in Montreal, San Diego, and Cambridge, and has continued to travel widely. She holds degrees in literature from Northwestern (B.A.), McGill (M.A.), the Sorbonne, and the University of California (Ph.D.) and has taught French and English literature and academic writing.

Phone: 315-228-7336
Aaron Solle
Aaron Solle
Operations and Communications Manager

Read about Aaron
Aaron started his career in higher education as an Accounting Assistant in Stanford University’s Student Financial Services Office (2004), and later moved to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as a Financial Aid Advisor (2006). Afterwards, he was the Graduate Program Assistant at MIT’s Media Lab (2008), responsible for 150 graduate students from admissions to graduation, as well as performing HR duties for faculty and postdoctoral students. Aaron has been at Colgate since 2011, and has worked in Off-Campus Study since 2015. Aaron received his BA in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication from San Francisco State University, which explains his love for music, film, and graphic design.

Phone: 315-228-7218
Shelley Wyman
Administrative Assistant

Read about Shelley
Shelley began working at Colgate in 2008 in the Longyear Museum, and started her position with Off-Campus Study in 2009. She especially enjoys working with the students & faculty directors. Shelley and her husband Joe are life-long residents of the area, have three grown children, and are avid Harley Davidson enthusiasts, having travelled the U.S. on their motorcycles. In addition to supporting the Off-Campus Study Office Staff and Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives, Shelley also assists the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs. She holds an AAS in Office Administration, and is a Certified Paralegal and Notary Public.

Phone: 315-228-7216

Office Information

101 McGregory Hall
Phone: 315-228-7216
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