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Center for University Advisement - Memorial Hall

Anne Mongillo, Dean, University AdvisementAnne Mongillo, Dean, University Advisement
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Pilar Barreto (Maria P. Barreto), Assistant Dean, University AdvisementPilar Barreto (Maria P. Barreto), Assistant Dean, University Advisement
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Bert Binder, Associate Dean, University AdvisementBert Binder, Associate Dean, University Advisement
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Varinia GrannumVarinia Grannum
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Matt Hickling, Sr. Assistant Dean, University Advisement Matt Hickling, Sr. Assistant Dean, University Advisement
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Ellen Miller, Associate Dean, University Advisement Ellen Miller, Associate Dean, University Advisement
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Marianne Nargentino, Assistant Dean, University AdvisementMarianne Nargentino, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
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Danielle Robin, Assistant Dean, University AdvisementDanielle Robin, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
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Gina Sandoval, Assistant Dean, University AdvisementGina Sandoval, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
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Ashley Gray, Assistant Dean, University AdvisementAshley Gray, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
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Support Staff

Lorraine CottonLorraine Cotton

Irene D'Aversa

Marilyn VekasMarilyn Vekas

 

Center for University Advisement - Student Center

Jennifer Boscarino-Green, Sr. Associate Dean, University Advisement Jennifer Boscarino-Green, Sr. Associate Dean, University Advisement
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Gillian Atkinson, Assistant Dean/Program and Communications Coordinator, University AdvisementGillian Atkinson, Assistant Dean/Program and Communications Coordinator, University Advisement
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Kimberly Sloan-Montalvo, Assistant Dean, University AdvisementKimberly Sloan-Montalvo, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
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Support Staff

Florence MarcantonioFlorence Marcantonio

 
 
 

Physical Education Center

Rachel Peel-Macandrew, Associate Dean, University AdvisementRachel Peel-Macandrew, Associate Dean, University Advisement

Michelle Spatarella, Advisement Dean, University AdvisementMichelle Spatarella, Advisement Dean, University Advisement
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Anne Mongillo, Dean, University Advisement
B.A. Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Graduate Diploma, Communication Studies, Concordia University
M.A. Administration and Policy Studies in Education, McGill University

Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since: January 2010 Previous university experience:
Columbia University – Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Special Programs; Senior Assistant Dean, Junior Senior Advising Center
University of Toronto – Graduate School, Admissions Officer

Anne believes that the college experience can be one of the most rewarding in a person's life. She consistently works to create a safe environment for students to grow personally and academically while recognizing that college is a time of self-discovery, change, and adventure. The Center for University Advisement offers students much more than help with registration. Anne encourages students to get to know their advisers as they continue to explore Hofstra University's resources.

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Pilar Barreto (Maria P. Barreto), Assistant Dean, University Advisement
B.A. Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard College
M.A. Higher Education, University of Michigan

Worked in Advisement since January 2012

Pilar is originally from Puerto Rico, and grew up in a bicultural home. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she taught middle and high school English and Spanish in the States and Puerto Rico. She truly enjoyed teaching, but was eager to return to a university setting and work with older students. This led her to pursue a master's in higher education. While in graduate school, she developed a deep interest in issues of access and retention of underrepresented and under resourced students, and in the growing importance of community colleges for many individuals in the United States. She also had the opportunity to mentor student athletes, which inspired her to seek a position in academic advising.

As an advisement dean with the Center for University Advisement, she is a member of the Pre-Professional Advising team. The loves working with students of all backgrounds and helping them navigate the pre-law and pre-health application process. However, she has not given up on being in the classroom; she teaches beginning levels of Spanish at Hofstra. She is grateful for the opportunity to wear many hats and work with students inside and outside the classroom.

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Bert Binder, Associate Dean, University Advisement
B.S. Business Administration, Fordham University
M.A. Education Administration & Supervision, New York University
M.P.A Financial Management, New York University
30 Advanced credits in Economics, Fordham University
Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since: Spring 2010
Previous experience:
Fordham University – Associate Dean for the Graduate School of Religion, 2+ years
Fordham University – Assistant Dean, College of Business, 7+ years
New York University – Student Advisement Coordinator, Physical Therapy Department, 5+ years
Catholic University – Assistant/Development Officer, Major Gifts & Planned Giving, 2 years

Let's focus on what you wish to accomplish over the next 4 years and then craft a plan of action for success.
Advice
Stop by to see me on a regular basis. I'll help you with resolve course conflicts, adding or dropping courses, scheduling of classes for future semesters, deciding on majors and minors, planning an academic and professional portfolio, pursuing graduate study as well as the person you should turn for mentorship, guidance and support
Seek a balance. The first-year experience is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don't tip the balance too far in either direction

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Varinia Grannum
BA Psychology, City College of New York, CUNY
MS Ed Counseling (specialization in College Student Development), Hofstra University

Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since Summer 2013

Varinia has worked in higher education for over 15 years. Prior to working at Hofstra, she was a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of International Education (IIE) and in this capacity she advised international students studying in the United States under the sponsorship of the J. William Fulbright scholarship and exchange program. After a fulfilling eight years in this position Varinia chose to pursue her graduate studies in Counseling with a focus on College Student Development at Hofstra. After completing her Master's degree in May 2013, Varinia joined the Center for University Advisement team. In this position she is able to utilize her counseling skills and her passion for helping students as they transition from high school seniors to college seniors. She believes that her role as an Advisement Dean is to help students find their potential and nurture it with intellectual, social, and multicultural experiences that will contribute to their personal development and success as students and as life-long learners. In her spare time Varinia enjoys reading (anything and everything!), writing short fiction, and spending time with her family.

Advice to students: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." –Confucius

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Matt Hickling, Sr. Assistant Dean, University Advisement
B.S Horticulture, Kansas State University
M.S.Ed Rehabilitation Counseling, Hofstra University

Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since Fall 1984

Working with college students is the most fun job I have ever had. This is not what I originally thought I would end up doing for my career but all things happen for a reason. I decided to take this job because while in graduate school I was the graduate assistant to the advisor who worked with students with disabilities and found that I liked not only working with that group of college students but students in general. I realized that as specific as my graduate studies were, I could use the knowledge that I gained to work with all students in my capacity as Advisement Dean.

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Ellen Miller, Associate Dean, University Advisement
BA, Psychology, Hofstra University
MS, Counselor Education, Hofstra University
Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Administration, Hofstra University
Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Hofstra University

Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since 1987

  • Has worked in various positions in higher education including: financial aid, student activities, Dean of Students, continuing education in addition to spending the last 20 plus years in academic advising in one form or another.
  • Enjoys working with college students of all ages and seeing how they grow and change throughout the educational process
  • Particularly enjoys watching students achieve their goals and dreams!
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Marianne Nargentino, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
BA Psychology, Hofstra University
MS School Counseling, NYIT
MA Marriage and Family Therapy, Hofstra University

Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since Sept. 2007
Previous Experience: Career Counselor – Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus

Getting to know and assisting young people is the best job in the world. I've held many different jobs, but working in academic advisement is my favorite. I did not take a conventional approach toward my own education, so I have a deep understanding of students who struggle finding their way through their undergraduate days. I've worked pretty much in every field imaginable, but higher education is my favorite. From my experience, I think it is important for students to get as much experience as possible as an undergrad. I understand how difficult it is and the pressure involved to figure out what you want to do with your life at such a young age. Get involved as much as possible!

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Danielle Robin, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
B.A. Economics, Binghamton University
MS Ed, Counseling, Hofstra University

Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since: January, 2008

Throughout my college and post college experience I have always been drawn to working with and helping people. Although I had a sense of where my passion lay, it took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I had various jobs and internships in television, business, entertainment, health care and in tutoring/teaching. What I came to learn I enjoyed and valued the most were the times when I acted as an advisor and counselor to my peers and students. This realization led me to my current position here at Hofstra.

My advice to new and current students is to be true to yourself. I would encourage everyone to follow their passion by both gaining hands on experience and speaking with people in your areas of interest. I have found in life that nothing quite compares to hands on experience to help one figure out what they truly like and dislike.

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Gina Sandoval, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
B.A., Communication Studies, The University of Iowa
M.Ed, Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago
Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since 2009
Previous Experience
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Chicago
Loyola University Chicago

What I love about Advising The best part of my job is seeing the transformation students undergo throughout their college experience. For many, this may be the first time they are away from home. They may be scared and unsure as to how college works, what they want to major in, or to whom to turn to for help. I pride myself on being that resource that students can turn to for guidance and assistance throughout their Hofstra stay.

Eventually, before you know it that scared and timid student is now completing a graduation check, talking about internships and job opportunities, and preparing for life after Hofstra. It is those moments that make my job truly worthwhile.

As your Advisement Dean, I welcome the opportunity to meet with you regularly to help you accomplish your personal and academic goals. Although I may not have all the answers, you can be assured I will make every effort to help you find it!

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Ashley Gray, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
BA English Publishing, Hofstra University
MS Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Hofstra University

Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since January 2014

A native of Pennsylvania, Ashley has found her home here on Long Island. As an undergraduate, Ashley was Editor-in-Chief of Hofstra's Font Arts and Literature Magazine and as a graduate student, she was a Graduate Assistant in both Center for University Advisement (CUA) and Student Leadership and Activities where she was also an Assistant Director for service and leadership development and a co-founder of the Discovery Program. Ashley's involvement with CUA as both an undergraduate and graduate student led her to discover her passion for higher education and for helping students throughout their college careers. Ashley is excited to go back to her roots and become an Assistant Dean in CUA. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys the simple pleasures of life: laughing, the ocean, cantaloupe, and the stars.

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Jennifer Boscarino-Green, Sr. Associate Dean, University Advisement
BA Urban and Public Policy (social science interdisciplinary studies), University at Buffalo
MS Ed Counseling, with a specialization in College Student Development, Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus
PD Counseling (Professional Diploma), Hofstra University

Worked at Hofstra since Fall 1996
Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since Spring 2007
Previous experience:
Includes experience working with first-year students and transfers from orientation through the first year. Primary focus on acclimation to campus, support services and advisement.
Office of Freshman Advancement – Assistant Dean (1996-2001)
Office of Freshman Advancement – Director/Assistant Dean of Students (2001-2004)
Center for New Student Support Services – Director/Assistant Dean of Students (2004-2007)

I enjoy working with college students and being able to help them learn and develop. Sometimes we have to troubleshoot issues and sometimes we have to build bridges but it is a learning process that carries us further. As an undergraduate student I felt lost and confused. I was not aware of all of the options and support that was available to me. I was able to come out on top and I want to help other students find their path. I also enjoy working with a team of talented and dedicated individuals who share my work ethic and desire to help others.

My advice to new and current students is to ask questions and own your experience. It is what you make of it and I hope you enjoy it.

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Gillian Atkinson, Assistant Dean/Program and Communications Coordinator, University Advisement
Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since 2007

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Kimberly Sloan-Montalvo, Assistant Dean, University Advisement
BA Psychology, SUNY New Paltz
MS School Counseling, LIU

Worked in Advisement at Hofstra since January 2014

I have worked in the helping profession at all age levels and in a variety of settings including community agencies, middle schools, high schools, volunteer coordination and crisis intervention. I love working with college students and I am excited to be part of the student's process of maximizing his or her potential!

My advice would be for students to take advantage of all that the school has to offer. College is an exciting time when your potential meets up with boundless opportunity. The hardest part is deciding which direction you want to go. Get involved in extracurricular opportunities, network, volunteer, and "try on different hats" for the person you want to be.

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Michelle Spatarella, Advisement Dean, University Advisement
BA Psychology
M S Ed Counseling

Michelle is excited to be back at Hofstra, working in Student Affairs as an Assistant Dean in the Center for University Advisement. Michelle has been a member of the Hofstra community for over 18 years. She started as a teenager working as a Recreation Counselor in the Summer Camp Program. She then went on to study Psychology as an undergraduate while working in various departments on campus as an undergraduate assistant. She joined the advisement team from 2001-2006, while attending graduate school and obtaining her Master's Degree in Counseling. Taking a brief break from Hofstra, Michelle worked as a guidance counselor in her hometown for 3 years but couldn't stay away for too long! She is proud to be back for the past year and is pursuing another Master's with the intent and hopes of making Hofstra her permanent home. She enjoys her daily interactions with students, faculty and Hofstra colleagues. Most of all, she looks forward to being able to work one-on-one with international students, student-athletes, coaches and her department team.

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