About Student Life

Student Life is part of the College’s Division of Campus Life, and is responsible for directing and/or advising a number of College programs & services. See below for our list of services, programs, & responsibilities, and the correlating program team members. For a general staff listing, click here.


Departmental Leadership & Support

Photo of Douglas Schiazza
Director, Office of Student Life
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-4747

As department head, Doug is responsible for department-wide program direction/development/assessment and budget development/management and professional staff supervision & development, and works closely with the program teams responsible for Housing & Residential Programs, Conferences & External Events, and Student & Intra-Campus Mail.

Photo of Mike R. Bodnarik
Associate Director
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-2034

As department deputy head, Mike is responsible for professional staff supervision & development and works closely with the program team responsible for Student Centers, Organizations, & Events.

Photo of Ivy Rodriguez
Administrative Assistant
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-4747

Ivy provides department-wide support for budgetary & financial paperwork & processes and manages all departmental supplies, equipment, and office spaces.


Program Team: Housing & Residential Programs

Photo of Madeline E. Polidoro
Operations Coordinator
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-4191
Photo of Gail A. Rondeau Hebert
Housing Systems Coordinator
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-2555

The Housing & Residential Programs staff oversee undergraduate student housing assignment processes throughout the academic year and the summer, including lotteries/room draws, placements, data management, and room key distribution. They also oversee the upperclass residential life program (the Neighborhoods), including the selection, training, and ongoing supervision of the four student Neighborhood Directors and the 26 student Housing Coordinators and their community development & programming responsibilities.


Program Team: Student Centers, Organizations, & Events

Photo of Mike R. Bodnarik
Associate Director
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-2034
Photo of Benjamin J. Lamb
Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Involvement
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-4749
Photo of Sam Boyden
Operations Coordinator
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-3513
Photo of Ellen Rougeau
Programming Coordinator
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-2546
Photo of Kris L. Hoey
Interim Operations Coordinator
Paresky Center , Rm 219

The Student Centers, Organizations, & Events staff provide regular advisement & support to RSO’s, College Council, All-Campus Entertainment (ACE), Senior Class Officers, the Yearbook, the Lyceum Dinner program, & Williams Motorcoach, and offer student event logistics & support for RSO’s which fall under College Council’s purview. They oversee the Leading Minds First-Year EphVenture program, Frosh Leadership Weekend (FLW), the Purple Key Fair for student organizations, the Student Jamboree, the semesterly Super Stressbusters program, Life After Williams programs, and work collaboratively with Athletics on Intramurals and Club Sports. They also provide workshops on leadership development, group budget & financial management, and host/server & TIPS training.

They manage the campus-wide room reservations system (EMS), and are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Paresky Center, Goodrich Hall, Greylock Hall 2nd floor, and Dodd Commons, including usage parameters and prioritization, arranging for tech support & staffing, furnishings, posters & banners, and vendors. They are also responsible for programming at The Log, the Goodrich Coffee Bar, and Williams After Dark.


Program Team: Conferences & External Events

Photo of Adrianne L. Epe
Assistant Director for Conferences
Paresky Center , Rm 202
413-597-2592
Photo of Madeline E. Polidoro
Operations Coordinator
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-4191
Photo of Sam Boyden
Operations Coordinator
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-3513
Photo of Ellen Rougeau
Programming Coordinator
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-2546

The Conferences & External Events team manage the Conferences program, working closely with clients and campus partners to execute camps and conferences on the Williams campus during the summer period. They are also the starting point for anyone proposing a non-Williams event or program to take place on campus property at any time of the year, including weddings.


Program Team: Student & Intra-Campus Mail Services

Photo of Debby Kopala
Mail Operations Coordinator
Paresky-Mail Room
413-597-2150
Photo of Jessica Park
Student Mail Clerk
Paresky-Mail Room
413-597-2150
Photo of Debora R. Azevedo
Mail Clerk
Paresky-Mail Room
413-597-4518
Photo of Beth Erdeski
Intra-Campus Mail Coordinator
Paresky-Mail Room
413-597-4324
Photo of Sam Boyden
Operations Coordinator
Paresky Center , Rm 219
413-597-3513

The Student & Intra-Campus Mail Services staff manage student mail services, which includes first class mail receiving & distribution to student mailboxes, package receiving & distribution to students, and all correlating data management for box assignments and package notifications to students. They also provide daily intra-campus mail service between campus offices/departments and deliver departmental print jobs for Auxiliary Services.