Marketing and Communications serves as St. John’s in-house marketing agency. Our team of experienced professionals works in partnership with the University’s academic and administrative units to support the institution's enrollment and advancement goals and to promote awareness of St. John’s brand.
The office provides strategic marketing development through a variety of resources: editorial (including copywriting, editing, and proofreading support), design, photography, digital (including web site, video, and social media support), media planning, and external printing services. MarComm also produces University-wide communications vehicles including [email protected] John's and This Week at St. John’s; posts on electronic campus signage (e-boards); handles inbound marketing initiatives; and maintains the University brand guidelines.
An account director is assigned to every college/department and is the first point of contact to access all office services. To identify the account director for your area, please contact Lucy Traverso at 718-990-7587.
Marketing and Communications
University Center, Room A
Associate Vice President
Caren Batzer serves as Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. After joining the University in 1991 as Advertising and Publications Manager, she grew along with the office to assume additional responsibilities as Director of Advertising and Publications and Director of Brand Communications where she was instrumental in the creation of an in-house agency to effectively address St. John's promotional needs.
Currently, Ms. Batzer is responsible for multiple teams who conceive and execute integrated marketing strategies to meet the University's enrollment, advancement, and brand objectives, including account management, design, media planning, and external printing.
A double alumnus of St. John's with a B.S. in Communications and an M.A. in Sociology, Ms. Batzer began her career as an editor and writer in both consumer and business magazines and spent nine years as Editorial Production Coordinator at NYU's School of Continuing Education prior to returning to St. John's.
Senior Associate Director
Associate Director, Brand
Associate Director, Marketing
Nicole M. Bertram-Secor
Print Production Assistant
Director, Advancement Marketing
Elena M. Damiani
Senior Associate Editorial Director
Stephen T. Vivona
Meg Nugent Dwyer
Stephanie M. Petrellese
Odaris M. Ithier
Senior Associate Art Director
Director, Graphic Design
Jennifer L. Rouse
Senior Graphic Designer
Jad N. Nammour
Senior Associate Director
Social Media Manager
Digital Media Producer
Marketing and Communications promotes the people, programs, and achievements of St. John’s University through a wide range of print and online publications.
The stjohns.edu homepage contains a wide range of feature stories, photo galleries, profiles, and multimedia pieces that promote the accomplishments of the University, students, faculty, and alumni.
Marketing and Communications produces and delivers a variety of email messages to both internal and external audiences, including This Week at St. John’s and [email protected] John's.
Marketing and Communications develops a wide range of videos that promote the University, individual colleges, and our students and faculty.
By producing and managing social media content for platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Marketing and Communications engages a variety of audiences on behalf of the University.
Using a combination of paid search and social media ads, retargeting messages, and branding initiatives, we connect with our audience online and through mobile devices.
Photographers from Marketing and Communications cover a wide range of University events and activities both on campus and offsite. Their work can be found accompanying homepage feature stories, in online photo galleries, and in various St. John’s marketing pieces.