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Michael A. Sciola

Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Career Initiatives

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Overseeing Career Initiatives -- Career Services, Thought Into Action, and the Robert A Fox '59  Management & Leadership Skills Program -- 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:
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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

David Loveless

David Loveless

Associate Director
Industry Liaison Area: Finance, Consulting, Real Estate, Sales, Marketing

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David began working in Career Services in September 2001. Throughout the years he has held numerous positions (Program Coordinator, Career Advisor, Assistant Director) and is currently the Associate Director of Career Development.

David and his wife (Darcie ’98 – Associate Director of Annual Giving) are originally from Hamilton. After receiving his BA from St. Michael’s College, David worked in sales in the Washington, DC area prior to moving back to the place he calls home. An avid sports fan, David can often be found rooting on the Raiders.

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Kat Kolozsvary

Career Advisor
Industry Liaison Area: Law, Common Good (education, nonprofit, public service)

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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: Finance, Consulting, Sports, Actuarial, Marketing

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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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Colleen Oliva

Colleen Oliva

Career Advisor
Industry Liaison Area: Psychology, Health-related

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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:
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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

Sarah Dustin

Assistant Director of Internships

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Sarah joined the Center for Career Services as assistant director of internships in August 2016. Before coming to Colgate, Sarah worked in Student Services at Mohawk Valley Community College for six years, and was an adjunct instructor of lifespan development psychology and college seminar courses for several semesters.

Sarah earned her BA and MA in psychology from Marist College. She is an enthusiast of modern calligraphy and hand-lettering, and enjoys creating and teaching workshops throughout the community. Sarah also enjoys traveling, and supporting local events with her husband, two children, and goldendoodle.

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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 Kerstanski

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 Profiles

Peer Career Advisor

The main responsibility of this position is to critique and approve student résumés using the Career Services' rubric. CSPAs will also be expected to review other documents such as cover letters, provide general job search assistance, and make referrals to professional career advising team.

Andre Stephenson '18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Andre Stephenson and I am a junior 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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Emily Wong '18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Emily Wong and I am a junior from Rockville, Maryland majoring in History and minoring in Economics. On campus, I work as a research assistant for the Department of History, give tours for the Office of Admissions, and serve as President of History Club. I also co-lead two different tutoring groups associated with the COVE. This spring I will be studying abroad in the London History Study Group.
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Henry Thomas '18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Henry Thomas and I am a junior from Millburn, New Jersey majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. This fall at Career Services I'll be working as a Peer Career Advisor and will be going abroad in the spring with the London History Study Group. On campus I'm also involved with the Monthly Rag and Colgate's Greek system. After Colgate I hope to pursue a career in business and live in New York.
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James Long '18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is James Long. I am a junior from Evanstan, Illinois, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Political Science. On campus I am involved with Ethics Bowl, the Lampert Institute, and the Anti-Racism Coalition. I have a passion for politics and social justice and after I graduate, I want to pursue a career of legal, political, and civic engagement. Fun Fact: I am related to President William Henry Harrison.
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Kevin Shannon '18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Kevin Shannon and I am a junior from Branford, Connecticut majoring in Economics and minoring in Classics. Outside of my position as a Peer Career Advisor, I am a member of the engineering club and of Theta Chi. I am also an avid golfer, and I look forward to pursuing a career in financial services or consulting.

Kylie Armo '17

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Kylie Armo and I am a senior from Sherborn, MA, majoring in environmental geography and minoring in political science. I spent the Spring 2016 semester abroad in Copenhagen, and interned over the summer in both the environmental policy and environmental consulting field. Besides my role at Career Services, my on-campus involvement's include Green Earth Gang, Democracy Matters, and Gamma Phi Beta.
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Zoey Liu '18

Peer Career Advisor

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Hi, my name is Zoey Liu and I am a junior at Colgate majoring in Mathematical Economics. I was born in Liaoning, China, and I attended high school in Singapore before I came to Colgate for university education. Besides being a Peer Career Advisor for Career Services, I am the Treasurer for the Colgate International Community and am also involved with Sidekicks, Tri Delta, and the Colgate Jazz Ensemble.

Office Ambassador

As the first point of contact for all visitors to Spear House, the main responsibility for Office Ambassadors is to skillfully and professionally manage Career Services’ front desk operations. In this role, Ambassadors are also educators, who lead and direct visitors through the steps required to achieve their desired result.
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Charlotte Scott '19

Office Ambassador

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Hi, my name is Charlotte Scott. I am a sophomore from Rumson, New Jersey. My intended major is Economics. I am a member of Colgate Women in Business and will serve as the club's Immersion Trip Director for the fall and spring semester. I am looking forward to helping students navigate their career paths, while also exploring my own career development.
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Elizabeth Mullin '17

Office Ambassador

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Hi! My name is Liz Mullin, I am a senior from East Lansing, MI, majoring in International Relations. I perform sketch comedy with the Experimental Theater Company and am also an active member of Colgate Women in Business. After graduation, I look forward to a career in either consulting or financial services.

Ricky Fernandez '18

Office Ambassador

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Hi! My name is Ricky Fernandez and I am a junior 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.

Outreach and Social Media Intern

This intern primarily assists Career Services’ staff with creatively engaging students in career program initiatives through innovative, strategic and sustainable projects.

Alessandra Devia '17

Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi, my name is Alessandra Devia and I'm a senior from Rochester, New York. I am a Sociology Major and a Women's Studies minor. In addition to working as a Social Media/Outreach Intern at Career Services, 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. I went abroad Spring 2016 to Amsterdam on the SIT: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender and program, and carried my experience throughout the summer with research and travel.
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Emily Klein '18

Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi, my name is Emily Klein and I’m a junior from Philadelphia double majoring in English and Economics. Outside of working in Career Services, I am a tour guide, Co-Editor In Chief of the Colgate Portfolio, Co-President of Publicity for the Colgate Activities Board and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. This past summer, I was a Social Media and Marketing intern for a social enterprise supporting mothers in Philadelphia.
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Erica Pais '17

Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hi, my name is Erica Pais and I'm a Senior from Sharon, Massachusetts. I'm majoring in Sociology and Educational Studies. In addition to working at Career Services as a Social Media/Outreach Intern, I am involved in The American Heart Association, Colgate Jewish Union and work part-time at Flour & Salt Bakery. I also run a business on campus called Baking Connections!
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Jocelyne Andrade '19

Outreach and Social Media Intern

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My name is Jocelyne Andrade and I am a first generation student from Dallas, Texas. I plan on majoring in Astronomy-Physics and minoring in Computer Science. Aside from studying Physics all the time and working as a Social Media/Outreach Intern at Career Services, I am in Latin American Dance and in the Latin American Student Organization on campus. Some of my hobbies include photography, cooking, and trying out different restaurants. Previous to this, I have interned for Hewlett-Packard in communications and marketing, and at Young Women’s Preparatory Network doing research and working with educational data.
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Kayla Robinson '17

Outreach and Social Media Intern

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Hello! My name is Kayla Robinson, and I'm a senior from Davis, California majoring in Sociology and Minoring in German. Beyond working at Career Services, I play DI Field Hockey, I’m president of the Colgate Marketing Club, and I'm a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Eventually, I hope to pursue a career in marketing/advertising after I graduate in 2017.

Assessment Intern

This Intern assists in the collection, synthesis, and analysis of assessment data related to career programs, employment data, and student outcomes.
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Eleanor Hilton '17

Assessment Intern

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Hi, my name is Elly Hilton, and I am a senior from Mystic, Connecticut. I'm a Biology major and Women's Studies minor. This past spring I studied abroad at the University of Wollongong, Australia and continued my passion for SCUBA by diving the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to working as the assessment intern at Career Services, I am also involved in the Colgate University Orchestra as a clarinetist and at the Colgate Office of Admission as an Illustrator.

Signature Programs Intern

The Signature Programs Intern assists with the planning, execution, and analysis of Career Services' major programs. This will include Summer Funding, SophoMORE Connections, A Day in the Life, and the Colgate Professional Networks, among others.
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Laynie Dratch '17

Signature Programs Intern

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Hi, my name is Laynie Dratch and I am a senior from outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology. In addition to working as the Signature Programs intern at Career Services, I also work as a Zumba fitness instructor, serve as a student representative for the Department of Neuroscience & Psychology, volunteer as a tour guide and illustrator at the Office of Admissions, and am a member of the executive board of Phi Eta Sigma honor society. I have spent the last two summers conducting research at the Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Recruiting Assistant

The Recruiting Assistant supports Career Services’ recruiting team with facilitating Colgate’s senior and internship recruiting programs. This intern works directly with all constituents related to recruiting: Career Services staff, students, recruiters, parents, alumni, and friends of the university.

Jordan Ressa '17

Recruiting Assistant

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Hi! My name is Jordan Ressa and I am a senior from Rye, New York majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. Last spring I studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland with a Colgate study group. In addition to my involvement in Career Services, I am a mentor for Sidekicks, play for Colgate Club Field Hockey and am a member of Delta Delta Delta.

Investment Studies Program Fellow

The Investment Studies Program is designed to give liberal arts students an opportunity to be exposed to the world of finance and business. This Intern manages the logistics of certificate courses, helps plan events such as bringing speakers to campus, and aids in brainstorming about furthering the program while overall ensuring that everything runs smoothly.
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Fjordi Mulla '19

Investment Studies Program Fellow

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Hello! My name is Fjordi Mulla and I am a sophomore double majoring in Mathematical Economics and International Relations. I am originally from Albania, but I grew up in Greece and later migrated to Waterbury, CT in 2009. On campus, I serve as the captain for Men's Club Soccer, Vice President for the Finance Club, Senior Analyst for the Colgate Investing Group, and founder of Filos - a venture currently in development through the Thought into Action Institute. In January 2017, I am traveling to India with the Sophomore Residential Seminars to study architecture and visit temples, caves, and stupas. In June 2016, I traveled to Puerto Rico with my Caribbean Ecology and Environment Concerns class to study environmental concerns and serve the greater Fajardo and San Juan communities.

I am hoping to pursue a career in Investment Management, Banking, or Management consulting.

Employer Relations Intern

The Employer Relations Intern facilitates Colgate’s recruiting programs, and employer relations. This intern works directly with all constituents related to recruiting: Career Services staff, students, employers, and alumni.
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Derek Freeman '17

Employer Relations Development Intern

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Hi! My name is Derek Freeman and I am a senior from Newburyport, MA, majoring in Educational Studies and minoring in History. I am very excited to be apart of the Career Services community this year. Besides my involvement with Career Services, I am a member of the Men’s Ice Hockey team and also a member of the athletic communications office. After graduation, I look forward to pursuing a career in either commercial real estate or financial services.