Stephen Cucchiara joined UCCS in November of 2012 as the Assistant Director of Student Activities in Student Life and Leadership. Stephen oversees eight student event coordinators and two graduate assistants who plan over 200 activities for the campus. Stephen also directs the Fraternity and Sorority Life community, coordinates community service initiatives for students and organizations, and presents regularly at new student and transfer orientations, acclimating students to UCCS. Stephen earned a B.S. in Integrated Science Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personal Administration from New York University. Prior to joining UCCS, Stephen was the Coordinator for Student Organizations and Activities at Western Oregon University, where he advised the student programming board, managed the student club and organization registration process and planned university traditional events. He also held assistantships at Radford University, located in Virginia, for orientation and Hunter College, located in New York City, as a Project Success facilitator. Stephen has a student's-first philosophy, values the impact he and his staff have on students, and is an avid cross-country runner. Stephen hopes to expand the impact he has on the UCCS community to positively impact the staff experience and build on an already growing and vibrant staff community.