Director of College and Career Advancement
Hometown: Racine, WI
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison (bachelor’s in nonprofit management and gender studies); Marquette University (master’s in higher education administration)
Hobbies: Walking her dog, playing tennis, trying new restaurants
While this year is her first as a full-time St. Thomas More employee, Staci Roscizewski is no stranger to the STM community. During the 2016-17 school year, she assisted St. Thomas More students while working as a college counselor with College Possible, a nonprofit AmeriCorps organization focused on college preparation and persistence for low-income students.
After completing her service with College Possible, Roscizewski joined the admissions department at Marquette University. For the next four years, she worked with students at local high schools, including St. Thomas More, interested in attending Marquette for their undergraduate education. As an admissions counselor, she would visit St. Thomas More a few times a year and continued to notice the close-knit community feel among students and faculty that she first observed as a College Possible counselor.
While she enjoyed working with high schoolers, Roscizewski’s relationships with students generally ended once they began their studies at Marquette. Since these relationships were inherently transactional, she rarely had the opportunity to offer holistic guidance for students. At St. Thomas More, however, Roscizewski can cultivate meaningful, long-term relationships, advising students from their freshman year until they reach graduation.
As director of the College & Career Center, Roscizewski helps students prepare for life after St. Thomas More. With 95 percent of recent St. Thomas More graduates enrolling at a two- or four-year university, the College & Career Center ensures that students of all backgrounds and parental educational attainment can successfully navigate the college admission process. The Center also provides interested students with career pathways in the fast-growing industries of nursing and manufacturing.
This fall, Roscizewski will meet one-on-one with every St. Thomas More senior, providing individualized guidance and support as they finalize their post-graduation plans, whether they intend to enroll in college or enter the workforce immediately. She will also host a series of college and career workshops for seniors during their Enrichment, a 52-minute class period occurring at the end of each school day. Topics of these workshops include completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), writing college essays, and creating professional resumes. Throughout September and October, representatives from both in-state and out-of-state colleges will visit St. Thomas More to share more information about their schools.
In the spring, Roscizewski will meet with all juniors individually, helping them identify potential colleges, fields of study, and career paths. She will also assist students as they prepare for college entrance exams. With her emphasis on developing long-term relationships, Roscizewski also hopes to increase college and career activities for freshmen and sophomores, allowing younger students to discover their interests, assess their strengths, and set reasonable goals before narrowing their focus during junior and senior years.