Worcester State University
Orientation

 

Meet the Staff

Orientation Program Staff

·         Kristie McNamara

Associate Director, Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development 

 Sarah Potrikus

      Coordinator of Student Involvement and Commuter Services

·         Laura Murphy

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Counseling
 

CO-DIRECTORS

Julianne Harris

Julianne Harris
Hometown: Palmer, MA
Commuter
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Class: 2014
Why an OL:It's a great way to share with the freshmen all of the opportunities available to them here at Worcester State and to help them transition from high school to college!
Favorite thing about WSU:Everything.... seriously. Classes are great, the campus is great, and the people are great!
Favorite summer activity:
Country concerts


Jordan Maxwell

Jordan Maxwell
Hometown: Fontana, CA
Resident
Major: Communications
Class:2014
Why an OL: I enjoy being able to help incoming students get acclimated to their new surroundings. It's also a great way to meet new people and make friends.
Favorite thing about WSU:My favorite thing about WSU is the size, it's small enough to have a nice community feeling and the student to teacher ratio is perfect for getting extra attention in class.
Favorite summer activity: Six Flags, Baseball, Basketball, and lying outside


Orientation Leaders: 

Janine Avery
 

Janine Avery
Hometown: Framingham, MA
Resident
Major: Psychology
Class: 2016
Why and OL:I wanted to become an Orientation Leader because orientation is the first experience freshmen have with WSU and I wanted to make sure they have a positive experience coming in to college here.
Favorite thing about WSU:My favorite thing about WSU is the abundance of activities to do around campus.
Favorite summer activity: Taking fun day trips with my friends!


Leanna Borges

Leanna Borges
Hometown
: Worcester, MA
Commuter
Major:
Biology
Class: 2016
Why an OL:I had a good time at my orientation and it really made me less nervous about going to college in the fall. I want to do the same for the incoming freshmen this summer.
Favorite thing about WSU:I really enjoy the atmosphere of the campus.
Favorite summer activity:I like taking walks or relaxing outside. Cookouts are also a great summertime activity.


Lindsey Bullen

Lindsey Bullen
Hometown: Billerica, MA
Resident
Major: Criminal Justice and Urban Studies
Class:2014
Why an OL: I wanted to be an Orientation Leader because of the incredible experience I had last summer as one. Becoming close to an amazing group of leaders and getting to welcome freshmen to the campus that I love so much is the ultimate summer job.
Favorite thing about WSU: It's the perfect size! Small classes allow the teachers to know you by name and they truly care about your success. The small campus means that you are never far from someone you know, yet there are still new people to meet everyday!
Favorite summer activity: Spending time with friends from home and family who I do not get to see often throughout the school year.


Mari Canders 

Mari Canders
Hometown:Barrington, RI
Resident
Major:Communication Sciences and Disorders
Class: 2015
Why an OL:To make the incoming freshman feel welcome and enjoy their orientation experience at WSU
Favorite thing about WSU: The staff is always there for you and makes you feel welcome, the people around never make me feel awkward
Favorite summer activity:Sailing


Nick Cirillo

Nicholas Cirillo
Hometown:Hanson, MA
Resident
Major: Occupational Therapy
Class: 2014
Why and OL:I wanted to be an OL so that I may gain valuable leadership experience for my future career in occupational therapy. I also felt like my personality was a proper fit for the job. I am a very friendly person, and I try to help people whenever possible.
Favorite thing:The education. The professors here and the resources available for education are truly remarkable despite the small size of this University.
Favorite summer activity:My favorite activity in the summer is either taking a long road trip or rock climbing. I do indoor rock climbing, but I would like to be able to climb some real rocks some day!


Matt Cobuccio

Matt Cobuccio
Hometown: Tewksbury, MA
Resident
Major:Visual and Performing Arts
Class: 2015
Why an OL:I heard from my friends who have been OLs in the past that it was a great experience.
Favorite thing about WSU:The people here are amazing!
Favorite summer activity: Camping!


Alex curly

Alex Curley
Hometown:North Attleboro, MA
Resident
Major:Criminal Justice
Class: 2014
Why an OL:The orientation program is fun and exciting! I enjoy helping first-year students make the most of their college experience!
Favorite thing about WSU:The strong sense of community and small campus feel.
Favorite summer activity: Long drives with the windows down!


Jessica Dias

Jessica Dias
Hometown: West Boylston, MA
Commuter
Major: History
Class: 2014
Why an OL: I love my school and I want to be able to show incoming freshmen why I do. I had an amazing time at my orientation because of my orientation leaders and I want to be able to provide that same experience for others.
Favorite about WSU:The close knit community and small size. Here at WSU I feel like I’m part of family rather than just another student
Summer activity: Scooping ice cream and road trips!


Robby Dookhran

Robby Dookhran
Hometown: Taunton, MA
Commuter
Major: Visual and Performing Arts
Class: 2014
Why an OL: I wanted to become an OL because I wanted to be a role model for incoming freshmen.
Favorite thing about WSU:The many options there are to get involved
Favorite summer activity: Hanging out with friends by the bonfire


Danielle Faucher

Danielle Faucher
Hometown:  Lancaster, MA
Resident
Major: Criminal Justice
Class: 2015
Why an OL:I was a student ambassador in high school. I loved that because it helped me get to know new students and be a friendly face for them. I also wanted to get out there more by my sophomore year. I definitely achieved that because of orientation.
Favorite thing about WSU:The people. I see about 20 people I know during my walk from the Living Room to my dorm and I know them all by name. It's a great feeling.
Favorite summer activity: Sleeping, because I am a busy college student.


Laura Garcia

Laura Garcia
Hometown: Lawrence, MA
Resident
Major: Nursing
Class: 2016
Why an OL:I wanted to become an orientation leader to get my foot in the door with being involved on campus. I would like to be a resource to the incoming students and I look forward to having fun in the process.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about WSU is all the different things that get planned for us on campus. There’s never a shortage of entertainment!
Favorite summer activity:My favorite summer activity is sitting out in the sun with a good book!


Jessica Hurst

Jessica Hurst
Hometown: Bridgewater, MA
Commuter
Major: Occupational Therapy
Class: 2014
Why an OL:I want to make sure that the incoming freshmen are ready and excited to come to WSU. It is important to give them a good idea of the school and leave a lasting impression that makes them want to come back. And I want them to have fun!!
Favorite thing about WSU:I really like the size of the campus and the strong sense of community between both residents and commuters.
Favorite Summer Activity: Volleyball is where it’s at!


Ashley King

Ashley King
Hometown: Charlton, MA
Resident
Major: Undeclared
Class: 2016
Why an OL:It's a great opportunity to meet new people and also be a role model for incoming first year students. I would like to share my experiences in order to help them transition into their first year at Worcester State University.
Favorite thing about WSU: As a resident, we have formed into a community. My friends here are like my second family. I couldn't picture myself anywhere else.
Favorite summer activity:During the summer, I like playing wiffleball with my friends.


Katie Krass

Katie Kraas
Hometown:Agawam, MA
Resident
Major: Undecided
Class: 2014
Why an OL:Nothing is more satisfying to me than being a positive representation of a place that I am so fond of, especially to incoming students who are not quite sure what to expect of their college experience. Being an Orientation Leader has transformed me into a more confident leader and I have met so many influential people along the way.
Favorite thing about WSU:Dance Company is my favorite thing about WSU as it is my escape from the piles of schoolwork. I am passionate about dancing, and I love that the majority of my friends are a part of the Company as well. It is a judgment-free zone, so I like the fact that there are no extreme expectations. I have been a choreographer for the Dance Company, so I love being able to use my creativity to create routines for our recitals.
Favorite summer activity:During the summer, I am a one-on-one aide for a teenage girl with Down syndrome at a camp who I really enjoy spending time with. I also love taking long weekend trips down the Cape with family and friends.


Ashley Lameiras

Ashley Lameiras
Hometown: Attleboro, MA
Resident
Major: Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders
Class: 2016
Why and OL: I had a blast at my orientation and I loved the way the OL’s interacted with their students. I love talking, so I wanted to share the same experience I went through with the incoming freshmen class at Orientation.
Favorite about WSU:My favorite thing about WSU is probably all the friends I've made. Everyone is so friendly here.
Favorite summer activity: Besides the beach, I enjoy hanging out with my friends. Taking a trip to the zoo, or having a nighttime bonfire and roasting marshmallows are always great summer activities.
 

Cassabdra McGarrigle

Cassandra McGarrigle
Hometown:East Taunton, MA
Resident
Class:2015
Why an OL: To greet the new freshman to the school and tell them all about WSU and what it has to offer!
Favorite thing about WSU: Chorale, and all my friends that I have made through being involved.
Favorite summer activity:Camping
 

 Shannon McGinty

Shannon McGinty
Hometown: Hudson, MA
Resident
Major: Visual Performing Arts
Class: 2015
Why an OL:I wanted to become an orientation leader because I want to help others feel the way that I do about Worcester State. I want to show incoming freshmen what a wonderful school Worcester State is, and I want to help them get involved with the campus community.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about WSU is the strong sense of community that we have here. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and it makes the school a great place to be.
Favorite summer activity:My favorite summer activities include swimming and playing basketball.
 

 Anthony Oakes

Anthony Oakes
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Commuter
Major: Communications
Class: 2014
Why an OL:I wanted to become an Orientation Leader because I wanted to help new students feel welcomed at Worcester State and acclimated to our community. For most students coming to college is a tough transition and I want to help take some of that pressure away.
Favorite thing about WSU:My favorite thing about WSU is the sense of community. You really do get to know a lot of the students and faculty around you and it was perfect for me being the little social butterfly that I am.
Favorite summer activity: I love the summer because I love being outside. Outdoor sports and grilling are my two favorite things to do.
 

 Mike Piantedosi

Mike Piantedosi
Hometown: Stowe, MA
Resident
Class: 2016
Major: Undecided
Why an OL: I want to make orientation a memorable event for incoming students. I love going out of my comfort zone, as well as, bring other people out of theirs.
Favorite thing about WSU:Close, small, tight knit school. Easy to get to know. I recognize everyone I see on campus. Located in a great part of Worcester
Favorite Summer Activity:Just being outside, sports, activities, even just lying out in the grass for hours.
 

 Stephanie Purcell

Stephanie Purcell
Hometown: Southbridge, MA
Resident
Major: Psychology and Criminal Justice
Class: 2016
Why an OL: I had such a good experience with my Orientation and my Orientation Leader that I thought it was important to make sure that upcoming freshmen and transfer students had the same experience that I did.
Favorite thing about WSU:My favorite thing about WSU is how close me and my friends are. It's like having two families. I have my family at home, and I have my WSU family as well. It couldn't get any better. I made such great friends here that I couldn't imagine my life without.
Favorite summer activity:I love staying out late at bon fires and just hanging around with my friends having a good time.
 

 Diego Rodrigues

Diego Rodriguez
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Commuter
Major: Business Administration
Class: 2014
Why an OL:I want to share with others the hospitality I received from the WSU community.
Favorite thing about WSU:The small campus and the many clubs and offices that we have available to join and be involved with.
Favorite summer activity: Water parks and camping
 

 Julie Russell

Julie Russell
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Commuter
Major: Nursing
Class: 2015
Why an OL:I wanted to become an Orientation Leader so I could help the First Year Students with their transitioning into Worcester State, I want to help them find their place here and give them as much advice as I possibly can. I also heard being an OL is a lot of fun!
Favorite about WSU: My favorite thing about WSU is all the fun things that go on in the Student Center put on by Student Center/Student Activities and the Student Orgs. . . especially the events put on by SEC.
Favorite summer activity:I like to walk at the park , go on day trip adventures , read books that I don't have time to read during the school year.
 

 Erica Stead

Erica Stead
Hometown: Leicester, MA
Commuter
Major: Urban Studies
Class: 2014
Why an OL: I absolutely love leadership activities, becoming an OL is a great opportunity and I knew it was something I would love to be a part of. Doing this sort of work is what I want to move towards in my life as a career as well. Being a returning OL, I can use my experiences from last year and new ideas from this year to help freshman have a smoother transition into college life and be a role model for them when they may need my help!
Favorite thing about WSU:My favorite thing about WSU is the massive amount of great opportunities that students can have by just being a student! Getting to know people around campus is a pretty easy thing to do as well as something that is worth it. As soon as I really became a part of the community at WSU, is when I really started loving this university. It leads me towards what I want to do in my life as well as give me my own sense of self and independence.
Favorite summer activity: My favorite summer activity is doing anything I can outdoors!! Bike trails, pick-up games, hiking, water balloon fights, slip-n-slides (homemade with trash bags of course), camping - I love it all! Plenty of games, activities, and freeze pops galore!
 

 Kelly Stearns

Kelly Sterns
Hometown:Danvers, MA
Resident
Major:Nursing
Class:2016
Why an OL:I wanted to become an orientation leader because I loved my orientation last year and I wanted to be a part of the other end of things. I think orientation is a huge part of the transition from high school to college.
Favorite thing about WSU: I love how small the campus is, it makes it easier to meet new people and make more friends.
Favorite summer activity: My favorite thing to do in the summer is to go to Newfound Lake in New Hampshire with friends/family.

 Diana Sychtysz

Diana Sychtysz
Hometown:Ludlow, MA
Resident
Major: Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders
Class: 2015
Why an OL:I wanted to become an orientation leader because I remembered how fun the experience was for me as a freshman and I really wanted to be one of those people to lead and make the new WSU students feel confident, welcome and comfortable.
Favorite thing about WSU: I love the small campus at WSU because it makes the school feel very close-knit.
Favorite summer activity: I enjoy playing Frisbee, going to amusement parks, water balloon fights and going to concerts.

 
Related Links
  First Year Student Check List
  Transfer Check List
  Student Health Insurance
  Family/Parent Website
  LASC and Degree Audit Orientation Powerpoint


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