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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



Kelly Sterns
Hometown:
Danvers, MA
Resident
Major:
Nursing

Class:
2016
Why an OL: It’s awesome to be able to help the freshmen make the transition from high school to college, and I’ve met so many wonderful people through Orientation!
Favorite thing about WSU: The people! Everyone that I’ve met at WSU so far has been so nice!
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach):
Country concerts!



Mike Piantedosi
Hometown:
Stow, MA
Resident
Major: Communications
Class: 2016
Why an OL: Last year was my first experience as an OL and I loved every minute of it. I love leading the freshmen to show them all the positive parts Worcester State and college in general has to offer.
Favorite thing about WSU: Small class sizes
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Reggae concerts, playing any sport outside on a nice day and just laying out in the sun.


Orientation Leaders: 



Amber Army
Hometown:
Worcester, MA
Resident
Major:
Nursing
Class: 2017
Why an OL: I had such a great time at my own orientation that I wanted to share that experience with the upcoming freshmen class
Favorite thing about WSU: I like seeing friends everywhere I go around campus.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Anything that can be done outside! Hiking, swimming, playing frisbee, hanging out by fires.

Heather Casey
Hometown: Dighton, MA
Resident
Major: Psychology
Class: 2015
Why an OL: I became an OL because I wanted to further my involvement on campus while encouraging the incoming freshmen to become comfortable on campus and invent a bright future for themselves while at Worcester State.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite spot at WSU is The Living Room! It's a social destination on campus that is welcoming to all!
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Hula hooping outside with my roommate Lisa!



Scott Bezoenik

Hometown: Worcester, MA
Resident
Major: VPA/Theatre
Class: 2015
Why an OL: To be a part of the orientation process I enjoyed so much and be able to help incoming freshman enjoy it just the same.
Favorite thing about WSU: That once you get involved you get to meet so many wonderful people and actually help shape what's going on around campus.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Road Trip! Go to a big city on a nice day. In all honesty I usually just go to the beach.




Leanna Borges
Hometown
: Worcester, MA
Commuter
Major:
Biology
Class: 2016
Why an OL: I wanted to become an OL because when I went to my Orientation the OLs helped me feel more comfortable/excited about going to WSU and I want to do that for the incoming coming students!
Favorite thing about WSU: I love the small campus and that it's close to my home.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): I love taking long walks and eating cold ice cream on a hot day.




Drew Cienciwa
Hometown:
Palmer, MA
Resident
Major: Business Administration 
Class: 2016
Why an OL: I wanted to become an OL to meet new people and be apart of the school more. Thought this would be a good experience for me.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about WSU would be how the campus is not big. So walking to classes is not bad and you pretty much know the majority of the student body.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Besides going to the beach my favorite summer activity would have to be camping because my whole family would always go for two weeks every summer when I was growing up.



Matt Cobuccio
Hometown: Tewksbury, MA
Resident
Major:Visual and Performing Arts
Class: 2015
Why an OL:  I wanted to become an OL because I was an OL last year and couldn't wait to do it again!
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about WSU is that all of the people here are extremely friendly.I also love how there is so much to do on campus!
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Camping and Road Trips


Bobby Costanzo
Hometown:
Bellingham, MA
Resident
Major: Communications
Class: 2017
Why an OL: I wanted to become an OL because it is a way to be apart of our school and to help incoming students start their college experience. I have always loved helping, I enjoy teaching others and meeting all sorts of new people. I still remember all my orientation leaders and I still look up to them for advice, I hope to be a figure like that to others.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about the Woo is that it is so small. I can not go anywhere without seeing someone I know. It is a friendly atmosphere here full of nice people and lots to do!
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): My favorite summer activity is a toss up between Frisbee and volleyball!



Mike Dingman
Hometown:
Leominster, MA
Resident
Major: Criminal Justice
Class: 2015
Why an OL: I wanted to become an OL to help the incoming freshmen get better situated at college and I can better myself by taking on this leadership position. I think it will be a great experience for me.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about WSU is community on campus. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, you just have to be willing to open up. You can be yourself and meet a lot of people and have a great four years of college here.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): My favorite summer activity would have to be going to amusement parks. I went to Six Flags at least four times last summer. I usually go with a group of friends and my favorite type of ride is the roller coaster. I love the thrill of it and my favorite is the Goliath.



Arianna Freeman
Hometown:
Brockton, MA
Resident
Major:
Community Health
Class: 2016
Why an OL: I want to introduce the incoming students to Worcester state and make them feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. I also think it is a great opportunity to get the students to make new friends, and know the resources.
Favorite thing about WSU: I love the numerous resources available to students such as career services and counseling.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Running, making smores around camp fires
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Melanie Hunter
Hometown: Maynard, MA
Commuter
Major:
Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Spanish for the Professions
Class: 2017
Why an OL: I want to be a positive influence for the incoming freshman and help them feel welcome at Worcester State. I am happy to answer their questions and guide them in the right direction if they need advice. Lastly, I want to gain all the information I can about WSU to help not only the freshman, but also anyone else I meet in the future who is seeking information about the school.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about WSU is the diversity of the campus and the approachability and enthusiasm of the professors.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Rollerblading



Mia Koutoulas
Hometown: Danvers, MA
Resident
Major: Communications
Class: 2016
Why an OL: I've been through a lot of experiences and I have many wise words to share with the incoming freshman (tips that would have been helpful to know my first year.) This is a tough transition for some (from high school to college) so with my leadership skills and knowledge, I want to make it as easy and stress free as possible for the incoming class.
Favorite thing about WSU: The class sizes are great, whenever you walk around campus you're bound to see someone you know (unlike bigger schools), and there are so many different ways to get involved.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Long boarding, biking, flying kites, fishing, hiking, kayaking.



Ashley Lameiras
Hometown: Attleboro, MA
Resident
Major: Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders
Class: 2016
Why an OL: I wanted to become an OL so I could be more involved with WSU, but also I wanted to make more friends. It's a lot easier going to school when you know you have peers to support you.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about school is that everyone is so friendly. It's really easy, especially in the dorms, to make new friends.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Excluding the beach, I love going to concerts and hanging around a camp fire with my friends!



Joanne LaMorticelli
Hometown:
Barre, MA
Commuter
Major:
History
Class: 2017
Why an OL: I wanted to become an OL because it looked like a lot of fun and I thought it would be a great way to meet new people and make a difference on campus!
Favorite thing about WSU: The close knit community and the abundance of activities and new things to try out!
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): My favorite summer activity is hanging out with my friends and trying new things! Whether it's new activities or restaurants or places to see, we're always up for a new adventure!



Dan Livermore
Hometown: East Brookfield, MA
Commuter
Major:
History
Class: 2016
Why an OL: I think that by becoming an OL, I'll have the opportunity to make a positive impact upon the incoming freshmen. When I entered my freshmen year at WSU, my orientation was a great experience; it was fun and I had the opportunity to meet new people. As an OL, it's important to welcome the freshmen and make them feel comfortable at WSU.
Favorite thing about WSU: I like the size of the school overall (population wise.) The campus isn't too small nor to big, and I've made a lot of new friends through my major and other LASC courses. Being able to stay on campus on Monday to Friday for the majority of the day is great (even though I'm a commuter) because I know I'll always run into a few of my friends, giving me the chance to sit down and hang out with them or study.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): I've worked for the Recreation Department of East Brookfield since 2011. From June to August, I help maintain the town beach, the three baseball fields, basketball court and other landscape-type duties from Mondays to Fridays. Although it's a small, part-time job, I love it. I work with my best friends and I love being outdoors. The summer gives me the opportunity to be down the fire station a lot as well, so I can be found there as well--the fire department is basically my life. Other than that, I fish, hike and hang out with my friends... Enjoying the summer before returning to school in the fall.



Yaniz Lopez-Colon
Hometown: Manatí, PR
Commuter
Major: Nursing
Class: 2017
Why an OL: I wanted to become an Orientation Leader to facilitate the transition of the entering freshmen into the WSU community and university life. The idea of becoming an adult can be as liberating as it can be overwhelming. I wanted to become an Orientation Leader to let the incoming students know that high school and college are two different realms. In high school you discover who you are, but in college you design who you want to be, decide where you want to go, and choose what you want to do in life.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing would definitively be how WSU embraces diversity. Whether the differences be physical, intellectual, religious, or cultural they will all be adopted as a part of the puzzle that illustrates the WSU community. I have learned to see through the eyes of others, and not just my own.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Other than visiting the beach now and then...My favorite summer activities are watching Korean dramas, learning Korean language and culture, reading manga/manwah, reading novel series...frequenting the public library...traveling to see my family when possible. I am pretty much a geek, but I am working to do study abroad, internships, work ,and remain active in the youth groups I am in throughout college.
 



Cassie McGarrigle
Hometown: Taunton, MA
Resident
Major:
English
Class: 2015
Why an OL: I love helping people get acclimated to the school and I am friendly!
Favorite thing about WSU: I love being involved on campus!
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): I love to play sports and hang out with my friends!



Paige Moriarty
Hometown: Feeding Hills, MA
Resident
Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders
Class: 2016
Why an OL: I would like to become an OL because I would like to gain leadership skills and I would like to socialize with the incoming students. I would also like the opportunity to become more involved with the WSU community.
Favorite thing about WSU: How the campus is small so you pretty much know everyone who lives on campus. The classroom sizes are also small which allows the student and professor to have more one on one time when help is needed.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): I love bonfires with s'mores



Huy Ngo
Hometown:
Worcester, MA 
Commuter
Major:
Business Administration 
Class: 2017
Why an OL: I want to be able to have the incoming freshman feel connected with the campus before they start their academic year. Being an OL would allow me to gain the necessary leadership skills to represent WSU in a sophisticated manner.
Favorite thing about WSU: How there is so much to offer on campus. There is always an opportunity for you to get involved and to meet new people.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Traveling, hiking, swimming and hanging out with friends.




Alison Njoroge
Hometown: Tyngsborogh, MA
Resident
Major:
Natural Science
Class: 2017
Why an OL: I enjoy leading people and I am interested in showing upcoming freshman's and transfers the great opportunities that Worcester State has to offer.
Favorite thing about WSU: The activities they have to offer. (Comedy shows, hats with graffiti on them, etc.) The fact that we are Lancers!
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Swimming Pool, Playing Tennis. Playing with Water balloons.



Stephanie Purcell
Hometown: Southbridge, MA
Resident
Major: Psychology and Criminal Justice
Class: 2016
Why an OL: When I came to WSU for my orientation, I was extremely nervous and didn't know what to expect. But my orientation leaders calmed me down and made me feel comfortable and I surprisingly found myself excited to come. I couldn't wait for summer to end. I think it is important for the first year students to feel the excitement and feel comfortable with their surroundings so that when it's their time to walk on campus they will feel prepared.
Favorite thing about WSU: Being able to walk around campus and see familiar faces no matter where I am is my favorite thing. Having so many friends and people I know say hello to me on my walk to class and in the cafeteria makes me feel welcome and like I belong. It's not just the students, but professors that I had first semester of my freshman year that still remember me and continue to say hello. This campus just has a strong community feeling.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): I love late nights with friends around a fire with the music loud just having a good time! (:



Julie Russell
Hometown:
Worcester, MA
Commuter
Major: Nursing
Class: 2015
Why an OL: I was an Orientation Leader last year and I had a blast making new friends and helping the Freshman orient to Worcester State.
Favorite thing about WSU: Orientation!
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Walking at the park, crafting, hanging out with my friends.



Kaylee Smith
Hometown:  Worcester, MA
Commuter
Major: Communications
Class: 2016
Why an OL: Because I want to help incoming students feel comfortable at WSU as well as have a great time during their freshman year!
Favorite thing about WSU: The small campus and close community is definitely my favorite thing about Worcester State.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Reading and going to the movies.



Priscilla Suero
Hometown: Clinton, MA
Commuter
Major: Communications
Class: 2015
Why an OL: I personally have changed since I became a freshman and I feel as though I have some sort of wisdom to pass on. I also feel like this is a great opportunity to showcase some cool parts of Worcester State.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite about WSU is the people. I have met so many people that I get along with so well. They have helped make me who I am and I don't know what I would do without them.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Volleyball, kickball, running & hiking



Matt Suzor
Hometown: Bondsville, MA
Resident
Major:
Biology
Class: 2015
Why an OL: I wanted to expand my horizons of things I have done. I also want to help work with the incoming freshmen.
Favorite thing about WSU: I enjoy the small class sizes. This results in better relationships with the teachers.
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): I enjoy swimming at any location that I am able to.



Antone Wilson
Hometown: Natick, MA
Resident
Major:
Health Education
Class: 2014
Why an OL: To help make a difference on campus, and to help new students feel comfortable, and excited about what the next 4 years will look like for them.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about WSU is that it is a small community where everyone knows each other, everyone is very friendly and you are always in a positive environment
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Working out on the field under the lights, swimming, and cookouts
 


Chao Yang
Hometown: Fitchburg, MA
Resident
Major: Occupational Therapy
Class: 2015
Why an OL: Because orientation is where a lot of students first meet each other. I want to help incoming freshmen let loose and enjoy their first of many experiences at WSU.
Favorite thing about WSU: My favorite thing about WSU would be the size and how close the buildings are to one another. Makes it easy to get to classes if they're back to back. Also there's food available in most of the buildings!
Favorite summer activity (besides the beach): Eating grilled food while sitting outside late at night, making s'mores, and volleyball.

 
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  Family/Parent Website
  LASC and Degree Audit Orientation Powerpoint


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