student life Staff
As the Director of Student Life, Denise Bentley-Drobish supervises the daily operations of the Office of Student Life, clubs and organizations, the New Student Orientation Program, Programs Council and is the primary adviser to the Student Government Association. Denise earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.
Shortly after graduating, she began working in Residence Life as a hall director, then was promoted to area coordinator, and eventually the assistant director of Residence Life. During that time, she earned a master's degree in counseling. In the fall of 1997, Denise was promoted to Assistant Dean of Student Affairs where she assumed responsibility over all clubs and organizations on campus. Denise has played an integral role in implementing a comprehensive New Student Orientation Program, which has served more than 10,000 new students since 1998. In the spring of 2000, Denise was officially named the Director of Student Life.
Sal Rizza has served as the Associate Director of Student Life since January of 2004. Sal graduated from Southern in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in English and also holds a master's degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Following graduation, Sal began his career in the field of higher education by working with the Department of Residence Life as a graduate intern, hall director, and assistant director. In his current position with the Office of Student Life, he is responsible for the Greek Life program, as well as coordinating community service and leadership activities, events, and programs, assisting with New Student Orientation, helping supervise the daily operations of the Office of Student Life, and assisting with clubs and organizations. Sal is also an adviser to the Student Government Association, Colleges Against Cancer, and CIAO Italian Club.
Eric LaCharity joined the Office of Student Life in September of 2007 after spending his first year as an administrator in the Office of Judicial Affairs. As the Assistant Director, Eric assists coordinates the club sports program, intramurals program, oversees the Club and Organization Resource Room, manages the Office of Student Life website, and helps supervise the daily operations of the office. In the fall of 2009, Eric became the Director of the new Office of Campus Recreation. Eric holds a bachelor's degree in communication/video production and a master's degree in recreation and leisure studies.
Charlene Stack has worked at Southern Connecticut State University since 1999 as Secretary in the Office of Student Life. Charlene assists club and organization members and advisers in all of their endeavors. She is responsible for managing the student staff and provides administrative support for the director and assistant director. Charlene earned her bachelor's degree in communication in May 2007.
Student Life Secretary
Joanne Gandolfi started her career at Southern Connecticut State University in January
1991 as a clerk-typist in the Bursar's Office. Joanne did accounts payable work during
her tenure there for two and a half years. Upon moving on to the Student Center in
August 1994, she enjoyed working for over 13 years as a secretary. She worked closely
with Programs Council, organizing various on and off-campus activities. In 2007,
she took her career in a new direction and gained experience working in the Health
Services department to assist staff and sick students.
Recently, she relocated to the Office of Student Life as the secretary. She is very excited to continue serving students at Southern, working with their clubs and organizations, and supporting the various events on campus.
Kristina joined the Office of Student Life staff in August 2011. As a Graduate Intern a large part of per responsibilities include overseeing all fundraising activities, helping to organize various large scale events such as Day of Service and World AIDS Day, and serving as an advisor to several organizations and planning committees. Kristina graduated Wagner College in 2009 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Education. She is currently enrolled in a 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification course, and at SCSU is working towards certification in Secondary Foreign Language Education with a concentration in German.
Kaitlyn graduated with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Southern Connecticut State University in December of 2011. As an undergraduate, Kaitlyn served in several key roles in the New Student Orientation and First-Year Experience program including as an Orientation Ambassador, Peer Mentor, Senior Orientation Ambassador and Student Orientation Coordinator. She was also very active in Fraternity and Sorority Life serving as the President of her sorority, Omega Zeta Pi and Treasurer of the Greek Life Council. In addition to being a full-time student and being an active student leader, she was also a student assistant in the Office of Student Life.
Kaitlyn is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Counselor Education with a Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education. Her responsibilities include coordinating different aspects of the New Student Orientation program and the Peer Mentoring program. She also works closely with the fraternities and sororities on campus.
Ben graduated from the University of Connecticut in May of 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Urban and Community Studies. In his undergraduate Ben was involved in many clubs and organizations including numerous intramural sports. He also worked as a field supervisor in club sports to ensure the athletes' safety.
Ben is currently attending Southern Connecticut State University to earn his master's degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies specializing in Recreation Administration. He was hired as a Graduate Intern in the Office of Camus Recreation in August of 2012 and helps to oversee and manage the Club Sports Teams as well as Intramurals.