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.
interim associate director
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.