The Residence Life and Health Education professional staff team is committed to fostering residential communities that support our students’ personal growth through critical thinking, and social and intellectual engagement beyond the classroom. Professional staff members support our student staff of Junior Advisors, Residence Coordinators, and Team Leaders in creating environments where students can thrive, whether in a large residential hall setting, or a small house setting. Our staff work to support students and their families around various aspect of life at Bates, including housing, health promotion, residential community engagement, and the first-year experience.
Molly Newton, ’11
Molly Newton, a member of the Bates Class of 2011, serves as the Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life and Health Education. She is responsible for the Residence Life Program, creating a health and wellness program, and coordinating the Green Dot bystander intervention initiative. Molly received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and geology. After graduating, she worked as a residence director and office manager for student affairs at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She has also worked at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and at Lasell College, providing counseling and psychotherapy services to their populations. Molly completed her master’s in social work at Smith College in the summer of 2015.
Eddie Szeman is a live-in staff member for the Office of Residence Life and Health Education and works with members of the Bates community to create, implement, and evaluate Residence Life programs and initiatives. As Assistant Director of Residence Life, he also supports the functions of the Title IX Team by facilitating training opportunities related to campus resources and the sexual misconduct policy. Prior to Bates, Eddie worked in summer camp administration where he led accreditation, risk management, and crisis response efforts. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Winthrop University.
Andee Bucciarelli serves as the Associate Director of Residence Life for Health Education. As a live-in staff member, she is responsible for supporting a team of Residence Life students. She also supports the Title IX office by facilitating sexual violence prevention trainings. Andee received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hamilton College. After graduating, she worked in social policy research, as well as sexual violence prevention. Andee comes to Bates after receiving her Master of Public Health degree at Boston University School of Public Health.
Cole Taylor serves as the Assistant Director of Residential Operations. As a live-in staff member, he is responsible for supporting residential students and all functions of the Residence Life & Health Education Office. Cole joined Bates College in January of 2023. Prior to Bates, he spent 5 years in other residence life positions at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts as well as the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Cole received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communications from Lasell College (now known as Lasell University) in Newton, Massachusetts. He is from Standish, Maine – just half a mile from the St. Joseph’s College of Maine campus. Cole is passionate about equity and inclusion within his roles in higher education and enjoys spending time with his wife, dog, family, and friends!
Zach Brown-Cross serves as the Coordinator of Residence Life & Office Manager. He is responsible for supporting student leaders within Residence Life and all functions of the Residence Life & Health Education Office. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation from UMass Amherst, he has spent time working in the fields of zookeeping, outdoor education, and most recently outdoor recreation. He completed his Master’s in Kinesiology while working for Miami University’s Outdoor Pursuit Center and then spent a few years managing the indoor rock climbing program at Penn State University.
Matt Nguyen serves as the Coordinator of Residence Life for Housing. Prior to working for Bates, Matt has worked as a LGBTQ Center Graduate Assistant at the University of Cincinnati where he also earned his Master’s in Higher Education Administration. Matt also has worked at residential summer camps for over ten years. Matt is also a licensed Early Childhood Educator and taught preschool for three years prior to arriving at Bates.
Lindy Magness serves as the Coordinator of Residence Life for Health Education, as well as the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA), and is eager to support the Bates community in a variety of ways as a live-in staff member. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Wheaton College (IL), Lindy worked as the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life at Eastern Mennonite University; while there, she also completed her Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, with a focus on Restorative Responses to Sexual Harm. Lindy has also worked in outdoor education in a variety of roles and greatly enjoys spending time playing outside!
Meg Hoppe serves as the Coordinator of Residence Life and First Year Experience. As a live-in staff member, she works in an after-hours capacity to help provide a safe and happy environment for students to live and learn. Meg graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine where she gained experience in Residence Life. Meg loves connecting with all students, faculty, and staff to help build a strong sense of community.
Emily Elkins serves as the Coordinator for Residence Life. As a live-on staff, she works after hours to ensure students live in a safe and healthy environment. With a background in outdoor education and recreation, she is always up for the interpersonal challenges that come her way. Emily graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management from Northern Michigan University.
Fernando Rojas, ’22
Fernando Rojas is a recent graduate of Bates College, who now serves as the Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Residence Life and Health Education. Fernando works within the Office of Residence Life to assist with departmental initiatives and projects, provide mentorship and support to students, and build strong residential communities. He is a member of the Residence Life duty rotation and often works with students after hours to provide support. As a first-generation college student, Fernando earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and a concentration in Digital and Computational Studies.
If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact any of us via email or by calling the Office of Residence Life and Health Education at (207) 786-6215.