Kayla Betacchini, Coordinator of Student Involvement

What is your education and background?

I grew up in Jessup, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Scranton.  I earned my BS in Communication and Public Relations in 2009.   I spent 5-6 months with the Disney college program and then took a break.

In 2012, I attended Canisius College and earned my MS in College Student Personnel Administration in 2014.  While I was in graduate school, I was a Graduate Assistant for Student Involvement and completed an internship with Residence Life programming, both at Medaille.  In July of 2014, I was hired as the Coordinator of Student Involvement.

Tell us about your typical work day…

There is not really a typical day in Student Involvement. Each day I interact with groups of students and balance a number of events and activities.  On Mondays, I attend the Student Government meetings as I serve as their advisor.  I spend a lot of time planning and working with students and staff to create new ways to engage students on campus.

What is your favorite part of working at Medaille?

The students! The students are very motivated and with the size of our campus, it allows students to accomplish things.  I also enjoy working with the faculty and staff.

What are your interests and hobbies?

I enjoy reading, crafting and spending time with my friends.  I love attending concerts, I try to keep up with whose on tour.

If you could eat dinner with one famous person, who would it be?

Paul McCartney. He has had a long career and I’m sure he has really cool stories.

Are you a morning or a night person?

100% night, there is no question. I’m more productive in the afternoon and I find it fits well with my job in student activities.

Please tell a success story while working here at Medaille (or a favorite Medaille memory)

I was very happy with last year’s MavFest. I was proud that the Student Activities Board worked together and everyone was responsible for completing their tasks and being where they were suppose to be. It was nice that all of the planning came together. It was the first MavFest that I was in charge of, so it was a bit stressful but once the event started, everything flowed and went well.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

I would like to go to Italy.  My family background is Italian so I would like to visit the town where my great-grandparents are from.  And very near to the town they are from is Gubbio, Italy. It’s neat because from where I am from in Jessup, Pennsylvania we have St. Ubaldo Day and the only two places in the world to celebrate that day are in Jessup and Gubbio. It’s a large Italian festival, so I would love to experience it in Italy too.


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