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Kerry Mullins, Dean of Students
Eric Barnes Director of Residence Life
Ann Falbo, M.D., College Physician
Lorna Farmer, Director of the Counseling Center
Nathan Friesema, Resident Director
Allison Galvin,Resident Director
Donald Gebhard, Assistant Chaplain
Tiffany Kushner, Senior Director of Student Engagement
Mikolaya Nunka, Counselor
Angie Oberhelman, Counselor
Dr. Karen Stage Opdyke Consulting Psychiatrist
Melissa Potocki,Area Coordinator
Jonathan Ramirez, Resident Director
Theresa Lord-Stout, M.S.N., A.P.N.-B.C, R.N. Director of Health Services
Devon Vialva, Director of Educational Opportunities Program (EOP)
Glenda Zellars,,Educational Opportunities Program Development Specialist

Student Life

The mission of the Division of Student Life is to contribute to the creation and maintenance of an educational co-curricular experience for all part-time and full-time students. The division works to provide a supportive atmosphere that will enhance students' personal development, persistence within and commitment to the College community and beyond. Personal development is defined as helping students achieve their own potential by cultivating their self-improvement skills as they relate to themselves, their community and their profession, inside and outside the classroom environment.

This mission will be accomplished through:

  • assessing, understanding and responding to student needs,
  • developing, promoting and implementing co-curricular programs,
  • empowering student leaders and contributing to their effectiveness,
  • providing responsive advising,
  • career and personal counseling,
  • and food, health, security and tutorial services.

These measures are designed and instituted in concert with the faculty and academic programs of the College, as well as with other service-oriented departments, including Admissions, Athletics, Book Store, Business Office, Facilities Operations, Library and Registrar.

Centenary College attempts to keep close and personal contact with students through the Office of Student Life. The staff is responsible for developing programs and activities which aid in a student's social and emotional development. The aim is to make the college experience rich and rewarding for all students. The Office serves as a central resource area in helping students deal with problems and concerns. Students may receive help from members of the Student Life staff or through referral to other personnel. The office also has the responsibility for student disciplinary processes and for processing student withdrawals, leaves of absences, and changes in student status and/or major.

First-Year Program

The First-Year Program at Centenary College is a year-long initiative designed to equip first-time full-time students with the skills and experiences needed to successfully complete a college degree. Students will receive the personal attention they require to succeed –e.g., dedicated faculty, academic advisors, and peer tutors.

Campus Life

Residence Life:

More than half of the full-time undergraduate student body lives in residence halls. An important part of the education philosophy of Centenary is that each student should have an opportunity for group living. The College views the residence life program as an extension of the student's total educational experience. The opportunities for daily contact with students from varied backgrounds and of different cultures are invaluable in developing attitudes and understanding that will enrich the student's life and learning.

It is important for each student to recognize her/his responsibility to respect and protect the dignity, rights and feelings of fellow students. Every effort is made to develop in each student a high degree of community awareness, self-discipline and a sense of responsible citizenship. A student-run Residence Council exists to address issues within the residence halls and to develop programs and activities in the residence halls. In addition, trained Resident Assistants and Hall Directors offer hall-based social, educational and cultural programs and services throughout the year. All full-time students who reside on campus are required to sign a legally binding residence hall contract prior to moving into a residence hall. Additional copies of this contract are available in the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Student Life. It is each student's responsibility to be familiar with the contents of the contract. The college reserves the right to void a residence hall contract in the event a student's course load falls below 12 credit hours during any academic semester. All students need to take responsibility for their own physical and mental well-being.

It is in the student's best interest as well as in the best interest of the entire community for all students to abide by the rules and regulations of the College. Therefore, in certain instances where it is apparent that a student is not acting responsibly, or is engaging in self-destructive behaviors, the Office of Student Life, in consultation with appropriate Student Life staff members, has the right to terminate residence contracts. Students are held responsible for damage to their rooms or any other part of the residence halls, lockers, classrooms, etc. The safekeeping of student property is the responsibility of the individual; no reimbursement from the College can be expected for the loss of property. Policies and procedures will be revised periodically. Questions related to student housing should be referred to the Office of Residence Life.

Commuter Life:

Centenary believes that the college experience can be enhanced by becoming involved in some of the many organizations and activities offered at the College. This involvement can augment the student's academic experience and help him/her feel more a part of the Centenary community. All students, including commuters, are encouraged to take an active role by becoming active in student government, clubs, committees, fraternities, sororities, etc. Commuter students should consider joining the Commuter Council. The goals of the Commuter Council involve addressing specific issues and concerns of commuter students, organizing activities and informing commuters of pertinent information. Lockers are available to commuter students through the college mailroom. In addition, commuter students spend time in The Lackland Center, and the John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center. Traditional full-time undergraduate commuters are entitled to five meals per week, Monday through Friday. This is a gift to you, provided by Centenary, and is not reflected in your tuition. Housing accommodations are available for commuter students when inclement weather threatens or in the case of a late meeting or event. Prior arrangements must be made. For overnight accommodations, information about the Commuter Council, or any other service available for commuter students, contact the Director of Student Activities.

Student Activities

Co-curricular activities are an integral part of the college experience at Centenary. Centenary students have opportunities to plan and participate in activities sponsored by various cultural, recreational, and social organizations on campus. Many of the activities are related to a student's major; some focus on spiritual or cultural development; others are entirely social. The aim of student activities is to provide outlets for expression, creativity and enjoyment. Membership in college clubs and organizations allows students to meet and work with other members of Centenary's diverse community.

Sports and recreational competitions and activities, community-wide cultural and social events, movie nights, coffee houses and special on-campus weekends fill the monthly activities calendar. The Student Activities Office offers support and advisement for all recognized clubs and organizations on campus, including the sororities and fraternities. Seeking out and training a diverse cross section of student leaders is another vital function of Student Activities. The Student Activities Office provides support for all student activities and is helpful in working with students to evaluate needs and to form new organizations to meet those needs.

Campus Ministry

The Campus Ministry program at Centenary is designed to work with all students regardless of their religious background. The program emphasizes cultural pluralism in an interfaith context. This program coordinates all Centenary ministry activities as well as provides students with off-campus activity information, including information on local places of worship.

Community Service

Centenary provides information on community service to all interested students, faculty and staff through the Community Service Office. This office is the focal point for Centenary community service and service learning activities on- and off-campus. Community service and service learning opportunities are available through various classroom experiences, through student organizations and through Orientation, among other programs. Each student is encouraged to get involved in community service and service learning throughout their Centenary career and beyond.

Counseling Center

College life is full of rich opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. It also can be a stressful time and generate academic, interpersonal, and emotional concerns. At times, even the most resilient and self reliant student might have difficulties negotiating these concerns, and would benefit from speaking with a professional. Recognizing the need for help is a sign of strength and is often the first step toward solving the problem. The counseling process can result in healthier adjustments and personal growth for those that seek it.

It is the mission of the Counseling Center to work directly with the students in overcoming difficulties that may interfere with defining and accomplishing educational and personal goals. The counselors strive to provide students opportunities to develop greater self understanding, to identify and solve problems and to improve academic performance through alleviation of psychological and emotional impediments.

Students from all the diverse backgrounds represented in the Centenary College community make use of the services of the Counseling Center . Students come to the center during times of crisis and high stress, when their usual coping mechanisms are not working well, or when they are faced with making difficult decisions,. They may be having problems relating to friends, roommates, or family; struggling academically; feeling anxious or depressed; or having difficulty making decisions.

The staff of the Counseling Center has years of experience in dealing with a wide range of problems. We provide crisis intervention, short term counseling, psychiatric and referral services, alcohol and drug evaluations, services to victims of violence and advocacy on behalf of students. We also provide faculty and staff who are concerned about the well being of students. Our appointments are free of charge and confidential.

Food Service

Centenary's food services are contracted out to Chartwells, Inc. The Dining Hall is located in the David and Carol Lackland Center. Resident students are required to participate in the meal plan. Guests will be admitted only with a meal ticket. Traditional full-time undergraduate commuter students are welcome to eat five meals per week in the Dining Hall. Please check the “Student Handbook” for hours and rules for the College’s dining services.

Health Services

Good health, which includes physical, emotional, and social well-being, is an essential ingredient for the academic success of all students. Maintenance of good health through prevention, education, and treatment of illness is the primary goal of the Health Services Office. To accomplish this goal, the Health Services Office must have an accurate and complete set of health forms on file prior to admission. In addition, the Health Services Office prepares students to be informed health care consumers. The Health Services Office is located on the third floor of the Seay Building. It is staffed by two Registered Nurses certified in college health, one full-time and one part-time. The College physician is on campus once a week and referral to outside resources and agencies is provided when necessary. All services are confidential.


Centenary strives to ensure a safe, secure campus environment. Information regarding campus crime statistics is available through the Student Life Office. Centenary has contracted security personnel on duty twenty-four hours, seven days per week. Security officers conduct safety tours and routine checks. An escort service is available by calling Security through the operator with your name and location. The Residence Life on-duty staff may be reached for assistance at any time by dialing 0. Please check the “Student Handbook” for additional information and policies regarding safety and security on- and off-campus.

Athletics and Intramurals

Students will find participation in varsity athletics or recreational activities a rewarding experience. The men's and women's athletic programs are members of the Colonial States Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division III level.

Women's teams include:

  • basketball,
  • cross country,
  • lacrosse,
  • soccer,
  • softball,
  • volleyball.

Men's teams include:

  • baseball,
  • basketball,
  • cross country,
  • golf,
  • lacrosse,
  • wrestling,
  • soccer.

Affiliations include:

  • the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC),
  • the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA),
  • the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Wresting Association (MIWA),
  • and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

While Centenary College does not offer any athletic scholarships, we do compete against scholarship and non-scholarship colleges throughout the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania region.

Intramural and recreational activities, based upon student interest, include:

  • aerobics,
  • basketball,
  • jogging,
  • karate,
  • dodge ball,
  • ping-pong,
  • swimming,
  • volleyball,
  • softball,
  • soccer,
  • and the Fitness Center.

The John M. Reeves Student Recreation Center (RSRC) is the locus of indoor athletic, recreational, and leisure activities. It houses The Folkner Family Gymnasium and the College's practice/competition basketball and volleyball courts. The RSRC is also the location of the fitness center, a wrestling room, and an indoor swimming pool. Outdoor facilities include two lacrosse and soccer fields, a softball field (off campus), and a baseball practice field. The baseball team plays all their home contests at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater, NJ.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy

I. Purpose

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA” - 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to students who are at least eighteen years old or who attend or attended a post-secondary institution, even if they have not reached the age of eighteen.

II. Policy

It is the policy of Centenary College (“College”) to comply with all provisions of FERPA.

III. FERPA Summary

Below is a summary of the important rights granted to students under FERPA. To view the definitive set of regulations and for other helpful information, please visit:


Educational Record

Education Record means any record (1) directly related to a student and (2) maintained by the College or a party acting for the College. There are several important categories of records that are specifically exempted from the definition of an Education Record:

  • Records of instructional, supervisory, administrative, and certain educational personnel which are in the sole possession of the maker of the records, and are not accessible or revealed to any other individual except a substitute who performs on a temporary basis the duties of the individual who made the records,
  • Records maintained by a law enforcement unit of the College that were created by that law enforcement unit for the purpose of law enforcement,
  • Records relating to individuals who are employed by the College, which are made and maintained in the normal course of business, relate exclusively to individuals in their capacity as employees, and are not available for use for any other purpose,
  • Records relating to a student which are: (1) created or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional, acting in his/her professional capacity or assisting in a paraprofessional capacity; (2) used solely in connection with the provision of treatment to the student; and (3) not disclosed to anyone other than individuals providing such treatment.
  • Records that only contain information about an individual after he or she is no longer a student at the College.
College Official

College Official means a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position, including health or medical staff; a trustee, public safety officer, or outside contractor such as an attorney or auditor acting as an agent for the College; a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or who is assisting another College Official in performing his or her tasks; and any contractors, consultants, volunteers or other party to whom to whom the College has outsourced institutional services or functions as long as the individual: (1) performs a service for which an institution would otherwise have to use its own employees; (2) is under the direct control of the College with respect to the use and maintenance of the education record; and (3) is subject to the same conditions on use and re-disclosure of education records that apply to other College Officials.

Directory Information

Directory Information means the following student information:

  • Student name
  • Local address and telephone number
  • Campus e-mail address
  • Dates of attendance at the College
  • Registration status
  • Graduating Class
  • College or College
  • Major field of study
  • Awards
  • Honors
  • Degree(s) conferred and date(s) received
  • Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities
  • Physical characteristics (height, weight) of NCAA athletes
  • Previous educational institutions attended
Legitimate Education Interest

Legitimate Education Interest means an interest that a College Official has in the protected records when the College Official is performing a task that is:

  • Specified in his or her position description or contract agreement;
  • Related to a student’s education; or
  • Related to the discipline of a student.
Personally Identifiable Information

Personally Identifiable Information includes, but is not limited to:

  • The student's name
  • The name of the student's parent or other family members
  • The address of the student or student's family
  • A personal identifier, such as the student's social security number, student number, or biometric record
  • Other indirect identifiers, such as the student's date of birth, place of birth, and mother's maiden name
  • Other information that, alone or in combination, is linked or linkable to a specific student that would allow a reasonable person in the College community, who does not have personal knowledge of the relevant circumstances, to identify the student with reasonable certainty
  • Information requested by a person who the educational agency or institution reasonably believes knows the identity of the student to whom the education record relates.


Right Of Inspection and Review
  • Current and former students have the right to inspect and review their Education Records within 45 days of the date that the College receives a request for access.
  • A request that identifies the Education Record(s) to be reviewed or inspected must be submitted in writing by the student to the College Registrar, a Dean, a Chair, or other appropriate College College Official. That College Official will make arrangements for access to the records with the College Registrar and will notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College Official to whom the request was made, that College Official shall advise the student of the correct individual to whom the request should be made.
Right to Request Amendment of Education Record

The College provides a student with an opportunity to request amendment to the contents of an Education Record which he/she considers to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy or other rights. A College Official who receives such a request will coordinate with the College Registrar and they will decide within a reasonable period of time whether corrective action consistent with the student's request will be taken. The student must be notified of the decision. If the decision is in agreement with the student's request, the appropriate record(s) must be amended. A student who is not provided full relief sought by his/her challenge must be informed by the appropriate College Official, in writing, of the decision and his/her right to a formal hearing on the matter.

Right to Consent to Disclosure of Education Records

The College will disclose information from a student’s Education Records only with the written consent of the student, unless one of the following exceptions apply:

  • Directory Information may be made available to anyone who makes a request for such information, without first notifying the student, unless a Request for Non-Disclosure of Directory Information form is completed by a student while he/she is enrolled and the form is submitted to the Office of the College Registrar.
  • The disclosure is to authorized federal and state representatives for audit or evaluation or compliance activities.
  • The disclosure is to College Officials who are in the process of carrying out their assigned educational or administrative responsibilities and have a legitimate educational interest. The determination as to whether or not a legitimate educational interest exists will be made by the College Registrar, who serves as the FERPA Officer for the College. When the FERPA Officer has any questions regarding the request, the FERPA Officer should withhold disclosure unless he or she obtains consent from the student or the concurrence of a supervisor or other appropriate official that the record may be released.
  • The disclosure is to provide a service or benefit relating to the student or student’s family, such as health care, counseling, job placement, or financial aid.
  • The disclosure is to maintain the health or safety of the student or others on or off campus. When the College discloses personally identifiable information under the health or safety emergency exception, the College must record the significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals and the parties to whom the information was disclosed. This documentation must be done within a reasonable period of time after (but not necessarily prior to) the disclosure and must be maintained with the student’s education records. This documentation should identify the underlying facts the College relied upon in determining there was a defined and significant threat.
  • The disclosure is to officials of other institutions in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, as long as the disclosure relates solely to the purposes of the transfer, on the condition that the issuing institution makes a reasonable attempt to inform the student of the disclosure, unless the student initiates the transfer.
  • The disclosure is in connection with financial aid for which a student has applied or received, if the information is necessary for the determination of eligibility, amount and conditions of aid or to enforce the terms and condition of aid.
  • The disclosure is to organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions to develop, validate, and administer predictive tests, to administer student aid programs or to improve instruction, provided that individual identity of students is not made and that the disclosure is restricted to the representatives of the organization that have a legitimate interest in the information. Information may only be disclosed per a written agreement between the College and the organization conducting the study on the College’s behalf that:
    • Identifies the purpose, scope, and duration of the study; ii.) Requires the organization to use personally identifiable information from education records only to meet the purpose of the study as noted in the agreement; iii.) Requires that the organization conduct the study in a manner that does not permit personal identification of parents and students by anyone other than representatives of the organization with legitimate interests; and iv.) Requires the organization to destroy or return the personally identifiable information to the College when the information is no longer need and specifies the time period in which the destruction or return must occur.
    • Requires the organization to use personally identifiable information from education records only to meet the purpose of the study as noted in the agreement;
    • Requires that the organization conduct the study in a manner that does not permit personal identification of parents and students by anyone other than representatives of the organization with legitimate interests; and
    • Requires the organization to destroy or return the personally identifiable information to the College when the information is no longer need and specifies the time period in which the destruction or return must occur.
  • The disclosure is to accrediting organizations carrying out their accrediting functions.
  • The disclosure is to comply with a judicial order or a lawfully-issued subpoena, provided that the College makes a reasonable attempt to notify the student in advance of compliance. If a contractor receives a subpoena for a student’s information, the contractor is required to provide the appropriate notice. The College is not required to notify the student if a federal grand jury subpoena or any other subpoena issued for a law enforcement purpose orders the institution not to disclose the existence or contents of the subpoena. In addition, the College is not required to notify the student if disclosure is necessary to comply with an ex-parte court order obtained by the U.S. Attorney General or an Assistant Attorney General concerning certain criminal investigations and prosecutions.
  • The disclosure is to a victim of an alleged crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, or to the alleged victim's next of kin (if the victim dies as a result of the crime or offense). The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding conducted by the institution, regardless of whether the College concluded a violation was committed or not. The College may not require students who are sexual assault victims to sign confidentiality pledges to protect from further disclosure the disciplinary proceedings.
  • The disclosure is to the parents of a student under 21 years of age who has been found responsible for a violation involving the use or possession of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • The disclosure is related to a student registered sex offender and is information that was provided to the College pursuant to the Wetterling Act and other applicable federal guidelines. In addition, the College may make available to the campus community additional information about a student who is also a registered sex offender where the information is relevant to protecting the public.
  • The disclosure is one where all personally identifiable information has been removed. Written record of such a disclosure is not required.

In the event that a student wants to provide ongoing access to their Education Records to an individual such as a parent or family member, they must first complete a FERPA waiver. This will allow the individual named by the student to have complete or limited access to the student's Education Record until such permission is revoked by the student.

Right to File a Complaint

Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW Washington, DC 20202-5920 Telephone: 202-260-3887 FAX: 202-260-9001

Contact Information

In the event of questions or concerns regarding this policy or other matters pertaining to FERPA, a student can contact the Office of the College Registrar at 908-852-1400, ext. 2214, or email at

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