Director of Student Activities
Kristen joined Hobart and William Smith in 2003 and is responsible for the overall supervision and leadership of the Office of Student Activities. In addition to overseeing opportunities for students to get involved on campus, Kristen works closely with the orientation program, Hobart Student Government, William Smith Congress, student trustees, budget allocation process, fraternities, and clubs and organizations. She works on several campus wide committees and serves as a judicial hearing officer. Kristen enjoys helping students take advantage of their out of class experiences which promote student development and teach valuable leadership skills.
Kristen graduated from Marywood University with a master’s degree in school leadership and a dual bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, playing in a coed softball league, and bringing her golden retrievers Kinley and Hadley for frequent swims in Seneca Lake.
Associate Director/Fraternity Advisor
Kimberly Kochin holds a master's degree in arts education and an undergraduate degree in studio/fine arts with emphasis in advertising and design, and minors in philosophy and communications from Mansfield University. In addition to advising several student groups, she has also served on several campus wide committees. She works directly with the Hobart fraternities, student governments and the Budget Allocations Committee. She is known for her open door policies, good sense of humor and problem solving.
Kimberly is also an avid concert-goer, music enthusiast and pop culture maven. She volunteers regularly in the Geneva Community serving on the Geneva BID Committee representing the Colleges at Cruising Night, Light up Geneva Auction, Finglerlakes Wine and Music Festival. She has received awards and accolades for her work on campus and in the Geneva Community for her services.
Christine recently earned a master's degree in student affairs in higher education from Texas State University and a bachelor's in English, language arts, and reading with a minor in psychology from St. Edward's University. Christine works to create exciting programming for the After Dark Series in conjunction with the Campus Activities Board and Residential Education. She also chairs the Concert Advisory Committee, advises the senior class presidents, and assists with Senior Week. In her spare time, Christine loves spending it with family and friends, baking, and enjoying the upstate New York parks.
Denise Polanco recently earned a master's of education degree in school counseling. She is a William Smith alumna with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. As an undergraduate student, she was highly involved in student clubs and student programing through her student worker position in Student Activities and leadership on club executive boards. Prior to rejoining the HWS community, Denise advised students at both the high school and middle school level in various academic and personal/social issues. In her current position, Denise oversees student clubs and organizations as well as helps to create new and vibrant campus programming.
Theresa is the administrative support for the Student Activities Office. She assists the many student clubs with space requests, reimbursements and other paperwork involved in facilitating student club events.
She processes payments, invoices, purchase orders and helps the clubs with budgeting. She also hires and supervises the student office workers and organizes semester break bus travel.