Colleges spend a great deal of time trying to craft recruitment messaging that will speak to the next generation. The millennial classes have been particularly challenging to reach due to a lack of responsiveness to traditional marketing and changes in communication styles as technology evolves. What challenges will the next generation, “Z,” bring? On today’s Admissions Live, Jen Doak-Mathews joins the show to discuss the advantages to understanding the next generation and as well pitfalls of stereotyping.


Episode Host

Chris D'Orso

Chris D’Orso is the assistant director of enrollment communications for Stony Brook University, coordinating social media outreach for one of the top-ranked public research universities in the northeast. Chris is a State University of New York lifer; he has a BA from SUNY Geneseo in communications, and worked as the acting director of student activities at Finger Lakes Community College and as an admissions counselor/orientation director at SUNY Old Westbury before joining Stony Brook University as an assistant director of admissions in 2005. He’s a husband and father, a Mets fan and baseball card collector, and the halftime voice of the Spirit of Stony Brook marching band during football games. Chris also got his butt kicked on “Jeopardy!” in 2009. He earned his MS in college student development at Long Island University.


Jennifer Doak-Mathewson

Jen Doak-Mathewson is assistant director of eMarketing at the UConn Foundation. She manages social, email marketing and web content strategy for the foundation, and is constantly in search of compelling stories of impact and donor support. Since joining the foundation in 2014, she led a website CMS migration, facelift and content overhaul and is involved in overall communications strategy and distribution.

Prior to arriving in Storrs, Doak-Mathewson was the online communications specialist at CASE from 2010 to 2014. She managed the CASE social media accounts, created email newsletters and updated CASE website content, also leading a content strategy group and assisting in community management. She started the #CASESMC biweekly Twitter chats in 2013 and contributed regularly to the CASE Blog. She is excited to attend her fourth CASESMC conference—her first as a speaker rather than a volunteer!

She received her bachelor’s degree at UConn and her master’s degree in communication, culture and technology from Georgetown University.