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!

 

Aaron
Name: Aaron Arias
Nickname: Tonka
Major/Minor: Political Science & Sociology Major
Why You Love Drew: It’s Amazing
Favorite Food: Rice, Beans, and Pernil
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Andrew
Name: Andrew Barnes
Nickname: Sassmaster
Major/Minor: Theatre & Sociology Major/ Business & Performing Arts Administration Minor
Why You Love Drew: The wonderful community of passionate students.
Favorite Food: Fettuccini Alfredo
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Titanium” by David Guetta ft. Sia

 

Carmine
Name: Carmine Biancamano
Nickname: Honeybadger
Major/Minor: History Major/ Russian Studies Minor
Why You Love Drew: I love working with the amazing faculty and staff. There are incredibly inspirational!
Favorite Food: Lasagna
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Amazing” by Kanye West

 

Elise
Name: Elise Boykin
Nickname: Nuggetz
Major/Minor: Political Science and Sociology Major
Why You Love Drew: The atmosphere
Favorite Food: Curry Chicken and rice & peas
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: 90’s Hip Hop, Reggae, and Soca

 

Natalee
Name: Natalee Branham
Nickname: Boo
Major/Minor: Business Studies Major
Why You Love Drew: The Community
Favorite Food: Everything
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: Anything by Beyonce because she’s Beyonce

 

Ryann
Name: Ryann Carey
Nickname: Lilo
Major/Minor: Theatre and English Major
Why You Love Drew: The small classes, great professors and amazing friends
Favorite Food:  Mac N’ Cheese
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Girl” by Beck

Olivia
Name: Olivia Cuozzo
Nickname: Dancing Queen
Major/Minor: Education and Sociology Double Major
Why You Love Drew: So many great people!!
Favorite Food: Chicken Cesar Salad
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

Lana
Name: Lana Foord
Nickname: Scout
Major/Minor: ESS & French Major/ Anthropology and Pan-African Studies Minor
Why You Love Drew: The Forest and the Wildlife
Favorite Food: Pasta
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

Liz
Name: Liz Fruhmann
Nickname: Stitch
Major/Minor: Psychology and Theatre Double Major
Why You Love Drew: I have a life here-a home, a family. The people here are amazing and the opportunities are endless. There is so much heart in our little campus. Also, our campus is gorgeous in any season
Favorite Food: Mozzarella cheese… or avocados
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Swing Life Away” by Rise Against

 

Katherine
Name: Katherine Anne Ganger
Nickname: Bazinga
Major/Minor: English and Psychology Double Major
Why You Love Drew: The Community!
Favorite Food: French Fries
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Ever After” by Marianas Trench

 

Joe
Name: Joe Grosso
Nickname: Buzz
Major/Minor: Art and Music Major/ Photography minor
Why You Love Drew: The New York Art Semesters
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “All Night Longer” by Sammy Adams

 

Billie
Name: Billie-Krishawn Holmes
Nickname: Madame
Major/Minor: Theatre Major/ Creative Writing Minor
Why You Love Drew: Drew is a great Location; close enough to NYC to visit, but not close enough to get distracted. Great people, and all the squirrels!! AHHHHHH!
Favorite Food: Lychee & Mochi Ice Cream
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: Chowder Theme Song

 

 

Brooke
Name: Brooke Kaufman
Nickname: Pup
Major/Minor: Business Studies Major/ Sociology Minor
Why You Love Drew: The copious opportunities that are presented
Favorite Food: Mozzarella sticks
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Chris Brown (I enjoy naps!)

 

Ron
Name: Ronald T. Kitts
Nickname: Dapper
Major/Minor: Theater Major/ Arts Administration, Dance, and Women & Gender Studies Minor
Why You Love Drew: Squirrels are so darn cute
Favorite Food: Mac & Cheese
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

 

Michelle
Name: Michelle McQueen
Nickname: Lighting
Major/Minor: Biology Major/ Dance Minor
Why You Love Drew: Such a close community
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese (Ron copied Me!)
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?:  “Gold Forever” by The Wanted

 

 

Erin

Name: Erin O’Connor
Nickname: Air-E-El
Major/Minor: Media Studies Special Major/ Holocaust Studies Minor
Why You Love Drew: I love Drew because no matter where I am on campus, I can always see a familiar face
Favorite Food: Popcorn
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Low” Flo-Rida

Emma
Name: Emma Osmundson
Nickname: Glow
Major/Minor: Theatre Arts Major/ Spanish and Arts Administration Minor
Why You Love Drew: The amazing community and all of the wonderful organizations and clubs on campus
Favorite Food: Veggie Burgers!
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Circus Heart” by Rebecca Loebe

Michael.2

Name: Michael Pellessier
Nickname: Mr. Fix It
Major/Minor: Business Studies Major/ Photography Minor
Why You Love Drew: Why not? There stuff for everyone at Drew
Favorite Food: Waffles and Ice Cream
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

 

alyssa

Name: Alyssa Peterson
Nickname: Jellybean
Major/Minor: ESS Major (Science Track)
Why You Love Drew: I love the strong sense of community and friendliness of everyone on campus
Favorite Food: BROWNIES!
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Streetcorner Symphony” by Rob Thomas

 

Tori P

Name: Tori Petrillo
Nickname: Flash
Major/Minor: Studio Art Major/ Photography Minor
Why You Love Drew: Drew has a beautiful campus. All of the students are so unique, which allows everyone to just be themselves. Faculty and staff are all so friendly and willing to help everyone out. It’s a positive environment
Favorite Food: Buffalo Chicken Wings
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?:  “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line

 

 

catie
Name
: Catie Rueger
Nickname: Duckie
Major/Minor: Chemistry Major/ Spanish Minor
Why You Love Drew: I love Drew because of the sense of community we have here.
Favorite Food: My grandma’s Mac-and-Cheese
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?:  “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz or The Rubber Ducky Song from Sesame Street.

 

Valarie S

Name: Valerie Savage
Nickname: Freestyle
Major/Minor: Neuroscience
Why You Love Drew: Beautiful Campus & Good Opportunities
Favorite Food: Romanelli’s Buffalo Chicken Pizza
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Warning Sign” by Coldplay

 

Ben

Name: Ben Schaefer
Nickname: Bones
Major/Minor: Biological Anthropology Major/ Archaeology Minor
Why You Love Drew:  The Beautiful Campus
Favorite Food: Edamame
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: Tie Between “Lose My Breath” by Destiny’s Child and “Oh My!” the Dirty Dancer Remix

Nate

Name: Nate Stevenson
Nickname: Blue Ivy
Major/Minor: Business Major/ Theatre Minor
Why You Love Drew: There are so many opportunities
Favorite Food: Pizza
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song

Erin V

Name: Erin Vermeal
Nickname: Lemon
Major/Minor: 
Theater Major/Music Minor
Why You Love Drew: The awesome people and the close knit community!
Favorite Food: Pasta
If Your Life Was a Song, what would it be?: “Behind the Sea” Panic at the Disco

 

Tori V

Name: Tori Veninata
Nickname: Bo Peep
Major/Minor: Psychology Major/ Creative Writing Minor
Why You Love Drew: From the second I stepped on campus, it felt like home
Favorite Food: Tacos or Sushi
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Swim” By Jack’s Mannequin

Maddie

Name: Maddie Wenz
Nickname: Happy Feet
Major/Minor: Sociology Major/ Arts Administration Minor
Why You Love Drew: Beautiful Campus
Favorite Food: Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast

 

Stephanie

Name: Stephanie Weymouth
Nickname: Triple Threat
Major/Minor: Theatre Major/ Art Minor
Why You Love Drew: I love Drew, because there is such an amazing sense of community and everything is student driven
Favorite Food: French Fries

If your Life was a Song, what would it be?: I’m Adele, so it’s obvious

**Not pictured:
Name: Andrew Bishop
Nickname: Piglett