New Student Orientation Committee Members

The Orientation Committee (OC) members are an integral part of every new student’s success on the Drew’s campus. As one of the first faces that a new student comes to know, the OC are ‘goodwill ambassadors’ trained to help an incoming first year and transfer students feel comfortable about their new college experience. Community is the cornerstone of being at Drew and the OC are instrumental in laying the foundations.

Each OC leader is carefully trained to be able to help make a new student’s adjustment to Drew easier. More than just helping students, the OC helps students feel more comfortable about the college transition by answering their questions about college and Drew life, helping new students bond with other students through a series of activities during the five days of orientation and into the semester that follows.

In fact, this relationship begins once students are admitted to Drew. An OC leader will be a liaison and resource as early as the semester before arrival, throughout the summer months, and through the fall semester. Incoming new students are assigned to a small group with one OC leader. Oftentimes, the small groups communicate with one another over the summer and students get to know each other before they arrive on campus for orientation.

Learn about our OC leaders! 

Walline Alphonse

Name: Walline Alphonse

OC Nickname: Blossom

Major/Minor: Pre-med, Anthropology/Spanish

Extra curricular activities:

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Caribbean food because it’s so ethnic, diverse, and delicious!”

  

Allan Anderson

Name: Allan Anderson

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Theatre/Music/Business

Extra curricular activities: 36 Madison Avenue, Drew University Music Society, Chorale, Choral Union

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Italian because: pasta, pizza, tiaramisu, san pellegrino. DELICIOUS.”

 

Aaron Arias

Name: Aaron Arias

OC Nickname: Tonka

Major/Minor: Political Science/Sociology

Extra curricular activities: Rugby, Student Government Attorney General

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Rice, beans, and perne (pork)”

 

Nicole Arias

Name: Nicole Arias

OC Nickname: Flawless

Major/Minor: Sociology/Spanish/Political Science

Extra curricular activities: Women’s Rugby, Ariel, Drew Dems, Student Government Senator

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“CHIPOTLE.”

 

Mitchell Baker

Name: Mitchell Baker

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: English/Music

Extra curricular activities: The Acorn, WMNJ, Pan African Choir, Drew EMS

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Salad because anything can be in a salad!”

 

Annie Belkin

Name: Annie Belkin

OC Nickname: Bubbles

Major/Minor: Theatre/Arts Administration

Extra curricular activities: EC Desk Attendant

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Fruit, because it is healthy and delicious!”

 

Melanie Calantropio

Name: Melanie Calantropio

OC Nickname: Stargirl

Major/Minor: Anthropology/Studio Art

Extra curricular activities: WMNJ, Tour Guide, EC Desk Attendant, Eco-Rep

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Pad Thai Forever!”

 

Julia Cornell

Name: Julia Cornell

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Theatre/English

Extra curricular activities: Baldwin Honors, Tolley/Brown Living Council, Feminist Union

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Pasta-delicious and versatile, like me.”

 

Maddie Couture

Name: Maddie Couture

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Theatre/English

Extra curricular activities: Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
Chicken bacon ranch pizza from Antonio’s Pizza because I will never ever get tired of it. It is delicious.”

 

Olivia Cuozzo

Name: Olivia Cuozzo

OC Nickname: Dancing Queen

Major/Minor: Early Childhood Education/Special Education/Sociology

Extra curricular activities: Hope Now, Dance Team, Acorn Academy, Student Government

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Creme brulee. All of the creme brulee. Why wouldn’t you want it??”

 

Emily Dzioba

Name: Emily Dzioba

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Theatre/Arts Administration/English

Extra curricular activities: Drew University Dramatic Society, Improv Club

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Mozzarella sticks & chocolate pudding.”

 

Victoria Emm

Name: Victoria Emm

OC Nickname: Bolt

Major/Minor: Sociology/Political Science

Extra curricular activities: Civic Scholar, Cross Country, All of the Above, EC & Student Activities Desk Attendant

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:

“Bowtie pasta because it is beautiful.”

 

Engy Gadelmawla

Name: Engy Gadelmawla

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Political Science/Spanish

Extra curricular activities: Student Government, Political Science Society, Cross Country

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“PIzza. Because I already eat it on the daily. #truelove”

 

Katherine Ganger

Name: Katherine Ganger

OC Nickname: Bazinga

Major/Minor: English

Extra curricular activities: Office of Admissions/Tour Guide, Van Houten Writing Fellow, Hope Now, London Semester

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Doritos! Because they are my de-stress food!”

   

Thurka Gnanasakthy

Name: Thurka Gnanasakthy

OC Nickname: Cheerio

Major/Minor: Psychology

Extra curricular activities: Tour Guide

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Chinese food because I love sweet and sour chicken!”

 

Ron Kitts

Name: Ronald Kitts

OC Nickname: Dapper

Major/Minor: Theatre/Arts Administration/Dance/Women’s & Gender Studies/Sociology

Extra curricular activities: Tour Guide, Peer Mentor

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Nanners, because they funky fun.”

 

Michal Kortsarts

Name: Michal Kortsarts

OC Nickname: Treble

Major/Minor: Theatre/Psychology/Arts Administration

Extra curricular activities: On A Different Note, Hope Now

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Buffalo chicken wraps!”

 

Sam Lacey

Name: Samantha Lacey

OC Nickname: Pipes

Major/Minor: Psychology/Neuroscience/Spanish

Extra curricular activities: All of the Above, Tour Guide, Peer Mentor, Civic Scholar, Baldwin Honors

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Chocolate…because…chocolate.”

 

Maria Lee

Name: Maria Lee

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Biochemistry

Extra curricular activities: Rugby

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Salads because it is healthy, filling, and you can put anything in it”

 

Ryan Loonie

Name: Ryan Loonie

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Psychology/Music

Extra curricular activities: 36 Madison Avenue, Chorale, Choral Union

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Dominos chocolate mousse mini-cakes, because why not?”

 

Lauren Mastropierro

Name: Lauren Mastropierro

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Undecided

Extra curricular activities: Softball, Residence Hall Assocation

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“I can’t choose because I love food.”

 

Michelle McQueen

Name: Michelle McQueen

OC Nickname: Lightning

Major/Minor: Psychology/Biology

Extra curricular activities: Equestrian Team, Tour Guide, University Programming Board, Hope Now

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Mac n’ cheese. Because cheese.”

 

Nancy Moeman

Name: Nancy Moemen

OC Nickname: Spice

Major/Minor: Political Science

Extra curricular activities: Drew Democrats, Residence Hall Association, Tour Guide

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Anything friend because why not live a little?”

   

Emma Osmundson

Name: Emma Osmundson

OC Nickname: Glow

Major/Minor: Theatre/Spanish/Arts Administration/European Studies

Extra curricular activities: On A Different Note, Colleges Against Cancer, University Programming Board, Office of Admissions

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Mac n’ cheese or chocolate.”

 

Meredith Patterson

Name: Meredith Patterson

OC Nickname: Dig

Major/Minor: Anthropology/Archaeology/Classics

Extra curricular activities: Dance Team, Civic Scholar, Study Abroad, EC Desk Attendant

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“SUSHI. So many varieties and it’s delicious!”

 

Alyssa Petersen

Name: Alyssa Petersen

OC Nickname: Jellybean

Major/Minor: Environmental Science

Extra curricular activities: Hope Now, Civic Scholar, Baldwin Honors, RISE, Eco-Rep, Biology TA, DSSI

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Thanksgiving dinner; it’s my absolute favorite holiday!”

 

Jackie Rapport

Name: Jackie Rapport

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Undecided/Sociology

Extra curricular activities: Civic Scholar, Drew First Responders (student EMS)

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
Sushi, because that’s how I roll! ;)”

 

Ally Raulf

Name: Ally Raulf

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Undecided

Extra curricular activities: Basketball, Circle K, Intramural Sports

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“I would choose chicken because I love chicken and there are many types of chicken.”

 

Micaela Reininga

Name: Micaela Reininga

OC Nickname: Shimmy

Major/Minor: Psychology/Dance/Spanish

Extra curricular activities: Baldwin Honors, EC Desk Attendant

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Cinnamon and sugar toast because my mother would make it for me when I was sick”

 

Jackie Renard

Name: Jacklyn Renard

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Business/French/Arts Administration

Extra curricular activities: Tolley/Brown Living Council, Rugby, Alliance, Student Government

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Chipotle because chipotle.”

 

Catie Rueger

Name: Catie Rueger

OC Nickname: Duckie

Major/Minor: Chemistry/Spanish

Extra curricular activities: Civic Scholar, Lifeguard, EC Desk Attendant, Tour Guide, Chemistry Lab TA, Hope Now, RISE, DSSI, Study Abroad, Drew EMS

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“I would eat italian food because it is delicious.”

Kira Scarangella

Name: Kira Scarangella

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Biology/Psychology

Extra curricular activities: Women’s Softball Team, Civic Scholar, Drew Unified

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Pasta.”

 

Jess Shannon

Name: Jessica Shannon

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: Biochemistry/Public Health

Extra curricular activities: University Programming Board, RISE

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Cereal.”

 

Michelle Taliento

Name: Michelle Taliento

OC Nickname: Toes

Major/Minor: English/Theatre

Extra curricular activities: Student Government, Peer Mentor, Civic Scholar, Baldwin Honors

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“I can eat Bagel Bites all day, every day. They’re awesome, does it really need an explanation?”

 

Erin Vermeal

Name: Erin Vermeal

OC Nickname: Lemon

Major/Minor: Theatre

Extra curricular activities: Plays in Progress

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Mac & cheese because it is delicious”

 

Shafer Ward

Name: Shafer Ward

OC Nickname: Skidoo

Major/Minor: Theatre/Film & Media Studies/Arts Administration

Extra curricular activities: Improv Club

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?

“Pasta, no explanation needed.”

 

Alexa Young

Name: Alexa Young

OC Nickname:

Major/Minor: English

Extra curricular activities: Rugby

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?:
“Potatoes because they’re comfy, also they’re potatoes!!!!!!”