Erin Mazzola is as involved on campus as the students she works with. The student services coordinator has been working with students since she was an undergrad.
Mazzola attended Truman State University and worked in the international student office while she earned her undergraduate degree in political science. After graduating she moved to Columbia to be with her boyfriend where she got a job as an admissions counselor at Columbia College. Mazzola said she enjoyed working with students but wanted the opportunity to build more relationships.
In January 2010, Mazzola was hired at Stephens College.
As student services coordinator, Mazzola is part of various committees and is responsible for orientation, spring registration and overseeing the judicial board. She also manages the Stephens Poms Squad, a fun endeavor, she says, because it’s “something different from what I normally do.”
After taking the position, Mazzola decided to pursue her master’s degree in strategic leadership. While earning her master’s in two and a half years, she also planned her wedding and honeymoon, which took place this past March. Mazzola’s dedication to campus and personal growth has led her to wear many hats as a staple figure on campus.
When Ryan Smith left his position as the director of residence life in September, Mazzola took over until current director Alissa Pei was hired in October. Mazzola has also spent part of this semester managing the student services office while Deb Duren has been away. Assuming three positions at once was “a little crazy, but a good learning experience and presented a lot of opportunities for professional growth,” Mazzola said.
Looking ahead, Mazzola wants to continue working in higher education with students. She enjoys working in student affairs because of all the different aspects to the job.
As for working at Stephens, Mazzola appreciates the diversity of the people on campus.
“I’m very grateful for the experience I’ve had at Stephens,” she said.
Mazzola currently lives with her new husband and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Maple. She enjoys being a homeowner and when she isn’t working, students can find her looking up new ways to spruce up her home and garden.
Story by junior Emily Marchant