Cucchiara named assistant director

Stephen Cucchiara

Stephen Cucchiara, coordinator for student activities and organizations at Western Oregon University, is the new assistant director of student activities in the Department of Student Life and Leadership.

Since July 2010, Cucchiara collaborated with key departments at Western Oregon to produce special events such as homecoming, summer concerts and family weekend in addition to advising campus fraternities and sororities and working with student clubs. At UCCS, he will work closely with various student organizations to produce campus-based student activities.

Cucchiara was selected following a national search. His appointment was announced by Brad Bayer, executive director, Department of Student Life and Leadership. He began Nov. 1.

Prior to joining Western Oregon, Cucchiara was a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Affairs at the New York University College of Dentistry and a facilitator in the Center for Student Achievement at CUNY.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, N.J., and a master’s degree from New York University.

Cucchiara replaces Mitch Karstens who accepted a position as the director of student life at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction.

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