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
Name:
 Walline Alphonse
Nickname: Blossom
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Anthropology/Spanish
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Food and Cell Phone

Aaron
Name:
 Aaron Arias
Nickname: Tonka
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Double Major in Political Science and Sociology
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: SoundCloud and a really good book

Nicole
Name:
 Nicole Arias
Nickname: Flawless
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Sociology
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Swiss Army Knife and “The Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide”

For steph
Name:
 Andrew Barnes
Nickname: Sassmaster
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Majors: Theatre and Sociology Minors: Business and Performing Arts Administration
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: An eternal supply of Caramel Swirl iced coffee (premixed with cream and sugar so it doesn’t all settle to the bottom) and a heavy duty raft so I could get myself off the island with all my iced coffee.

Annie
Name:
 Annie Belkin
Nickname: Bubbles
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Theatre/ Performing Arts Administration
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Netflix and chocolate

Kyle
Name:
 Kyle Biemiller
Nickname: Bear
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Theater
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: A telescope and a notebook

Natalee
Name:
 Natalee Branham
Nickname: B00
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Business Studies
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Beyonce and an eternally stocked Chipotle

Melanie
Name:
 Melanie Calantropio
Nickname: Stargirl
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Anthropology and Archaeology
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Ukulele and someone I love

Kristina
Name:
 Kristina Corso
Nickname: Gladiator
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Economics
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: My phone and coffee

Olivia
Name:
 Olivia Cuozzo
Nickname: Dancing Queen
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Sociology, Early Childhood, Special Education
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Suntan Lotion and nail polish

Victoria
Name:
 Victoria Emm
Nickname: Bolt
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Neuroscience/Religion
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Graper and my cat

Thurka
Name:
 Thurka Gnanasakth
Nickname: Cheerio
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Psychology
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Cell phone and food

Joe
Name:
 Joe Grosso
Nickname: Buzz
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Arts and Music Double Major; Photography Minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Erin and a Speedboat

Dallas
Name:
 Dallas Haines
Nickname: Tater Tot
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Theatre/Spanish
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: My ipod and sunscreen

Jamaica
Name:
 Jamaica Jasper
Nickname: Selfie
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Business Studies/ Maybe sociology or spanish
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: 1. Fashion Magazines 2. My phone for selfies, instagram and tumblr.

Brooke
Name:
 Brooke Kaufman
Nickname: Pup
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Business Major; Sociology Minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Reeses Cups and a boat

Michal
Name:
 Michal Kortsarts
Nickname: Treble
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Psychology and Theatre double major/Performing Arts Administration
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: An Owl and a box set of the friends TV show.

Samantha
Name:
 Samantha Lacey
Nickname: Pipes
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Undecided Major; Spanish Minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: My best friend and a guitar

Ariana
Name:
 Ariana Lane
Nickname: Firefly
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Chemistry/Physics
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: I would bring a picture of my family and a telescope. I love my family and the stars so since it will be dark with no lights at night, it would be perfect to see the stars.

Mimi
Name:
 Mimi Leiter
Nickname: Panda
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Theatre and Music double major
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Reese’s and a sweater

Michelle M.
Name:
 Michelle McQueen
Nickname: Lightning
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Psychology/Sociology
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: A Friend and food, lots of food

Nancy
Name:
 Nancy Moemen
Nickname: Spice
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Political Science/Arabic
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Flappy Bird and Fried Chicken


Danya
Name:
 Danya Nadel
Nickname: Uniqua
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Political Science/ Studio Art
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Coffee and my classic rock playlist

Erin O.
Name:
 Erin O’Connor
Nickname: Air-e-el
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Sociology major; Studio Art minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Popcorn and Buzz (Joe)

Meredith
Name:
 Meredith Patterson
Nickname: Dig
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Anthropology & Religious Studies Major; Archaeology Minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Substinance and a lighter

Michael
Name:
 Michael Pellessier
Nickname: Mr. Fix It
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Major in Business Studies and Minor in Photography
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: My camera and a cell phone

Alyssa
Name:
 Alyssa Peterson
Nickname: Jellybean
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Environmental Studies and Sustainability, science track
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Swiss Army Knife and cellphone

Haley
Name:
 Haley Pilkington
Nickname: Sunshine
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Theater
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: A doctor and cookies

Ciana
Name:
 Ciana Proto
Nickname: Knightley
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Theatre/ Maybe a sociology minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: A friend and The Harry Potter Books

Micaela
Name:
 Micaela Reininga
Nickname: Shimmy
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Psychology Major; Dance and Spanish Minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: A knife and all 7 Harry Potter books (hard copy)

Farrah
Name:
 Farrah Ridore
Nickname: Firecracker
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Sociology/Music
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Good music and a boat

Catie
Name:
 Catie Rueger
Nickname: Duckie
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Chemistry/Spanish
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Solar Powered water purifier and a lifetime supply of food

MJ
Name:
 MJ Santry
Nickname: Sprout
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Undecided
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Carbs, lots of carbs. Along with my handy dandy water bottle.

Ben
Name:
 Ben Schaefer
Nickname:Bones
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Biological Anthropology/ Archeology
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: My Bae and a yacht

Hetika
Name:
 Hetika Shah
Nickname: Tiki
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Sociology, Early/elementary education and special education
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: An entertaining person and a laptop with internet

Kelsey
Name:
 Kelsey Shannon
Nickname: Veep
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Major in Political Science and Minor in French
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: My stuffed elephant Ellie and sunscreen (gotta keep the irish skin safe!)

Khalil
Name:
 Khalil Sortima
Nickname: Krypton
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Anthropology Major; Sociology and Environmental Sustainability Studies
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Water and my Superman comics

Michelle T
Name:
 Michelle Taliento
Nickname: Toes
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor:English/Theatre
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: A good book a boat

Tori V.
Name:
 Tori Veninata
Nickname: BoPeep
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Psychology Major; Creative Writing and Linguistics Double Minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: 1) Wifi  2) A laptop (can’t survive without spotify playlist and thought catalog articles)

Erin V.
Name:
 Erin Vermeal
Nickname: Lemon
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Theatre
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Sunscreen and Netflix

Cameron
Name:
 Cameron Vike
Nickname: Tinderella
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: French Major; Political Science Minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Zac Efron and a house

Shafer
Name:
 Shafer Ward
Nickname: Skidoo
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Theater Major; Arts administration Minor
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Pen and a pad of paper

Keiran
Name:
 Keiran Wilson
Nickname: KiKi
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Special Major: Human Sexuality and Psychology
If you were stranded on an island what two things would you bring with you?: Leonardo DiCaprio and a First Aid Kit