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Orientation Group Leaders

Guiding first year students and parents through the SOAR program are current students selected for their expertise and commitment to the first year experience. They are eager to help and will provide a clear and honest response as to their own college experiences.

What is an Orientation Group Leader?

To support new students in their transitions, SOAR was created in 1984. Since that time, it has become an integral notable part of the first year program. The essential purpose of SOAR is to provide entering students and parents with the requisite information and structure for effective adjustment to the university environment and create a realistic perspective on corresponding academic and social demands. SOAR is most about setting the stage for academic readiness and community integration. 

Meet the 2022 Orientation Group Leaders!

Orientation Group Leaders

  • Kyle Nelson

    Lead Orientation Group Leader

    Business Analytics and Information Management
    Westfield, MA

  • Emily Wambach

    Lead Orientation Group Leader

    Biomedical Engineering
    Auburn, MA

  • Nick Tartsinis

    Lead Orientation Group Leader

    Law and Society
    Colchester, CT

  • Eva Myers

    Creative Writing
    Lanesborough, MA

  • Elizabeth Heiney

    Marketing; Management
    Springfield, MA

  • Hannah Somers

    Political Science
    Monson, MA

  • Alana Torres

    Elementary Education; Psychology
    Plainville, CT

  • Allison Stanich

    Political Science
    West Milford, NJ

  • Sean Alvord

    Finance; Accounting
    Westfield, MA

  • Caitlin Cann

    Pepperell, MA

  • Naressa Kempadoo

    Health Sciences
    Holyoke, MA

  • Jess Brown

    Health Science
    Douglas, MA

  • Meg Ross

    Political Science
    Thomaston, CT

  • Adriana Aponte

    Accounting; Finance
    Meriden, CT