Director of Student Activities
& Strebel Student Center
Joe joined the UC community in January 2013. Prior to joining Utica College, Joe spent 11 years as the Associate Director of Student Activities & Leadership at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and has also worked at Denison University and The College of Wooster. He graduated in 1998 with a Master's in Higher Education from the University of Michigan and has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Joe has a wide variety of responsibilities on campus, including advising Student Senate, working with student organizations, participating in a number of campus-wide committees and providing oversight for the entirety of the Strebel Student Center. He greatly enjoys working with the students of Utica College to help them make the most of their college experience. Joe is an active member of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and currently serves as an at-large member of the organization's Board of Trustees. Out of the office, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie and son Adam (6). A native of Detroit, he is also an avid sports fan, reader and aspires to golf much better than he does.
Assistant Director of Student Activities & Leadership
Bethany relocated to the area in 2011 after working as the Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Activities at Syracuse University. She graduated from SU in May 2011 with a Master's degree in Higher Education and has a Bachelor's degree from Le Moyne College in Mathematics/Computer Sciences and Secondary/Special Education. She is very excited to continue to work in Student Activities as the staff advisor for the Utica College Programming Board and recently helped charter and is now the advisor for the Utica College Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Bethany's responsibilities also include leadership skill-building training and student organization policy training, and her research revolves around student leadership. She is a dedicated watcher of the Food Network, enjoys bowling and mini golf, likes to take road trips to beautiful places, and enjoys rearranging and decorating her newly purchased home with her fiance Jason, dog and cat.
Activities Advisor/Event Coordinator
& Greek Life Advisor
Fran joined the UC Family in the summer of 2004. If someone were to ask Fran about her UC experience, she would immediately smile and say that UC is her extended family. Having all of her daughters graduate from UC, Amie '05, Carrie '08, and Sarah '11, Fran feels that Utica College has given her daughters a solid foundation. Also, as the Greek Life Advisor, Fran takes great pride in working with the active Greek Organizations on campus. Fran is the recipient of many awards and certificates of appreciation, including Womyn’s Resource Center Mentor of the year 2005-2006, Women In a New Direction Certificate of Appreciation 2005, SCT Certificate of Recognition 2006, Student Senate Outstanding Advisor 2008-2009, and Dean Robert Woods Student Life Award 2010. When Fran is not on the UC campus, she is enjoying family time with her daughters, her husband Ralph, and her beautiful new grand-daughter, Juliet.
MONICA BROWN-HODKINSON '13
Monica joined the Utica College family in March of 2008. Recently joining the Student Activities team, she is no stranger to Student Affairs. Prior to joining us, she was working with UC students in the Office of Residence Life. Monica was UC’s first full time staff/full time student to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Health Studies/Human services. She is pressing on as a full time graduate student to complete her Master's Degree in Liberal studies/Organizational Communication. She enjoys working with students, planning activities, and staying after hours on campus. She has advised up to six organizations on campus and she will tell you she loves every minute of it. Students on campus have named her “Momma Moe”. Monica enjoys camping, entertaining family/friends, and NCIS marathons. Monica loves volunteering and fellowshipping with her local church, Redeemer. When she is away from Utica College she is fishing, cooking, and gardening. She lives for the four incredible men in her life, her three awesome boys (Alex “Gator”, Terrel “Cookie”, and Josiah “JoJo”) and a patient understanding husband Kevin.