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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 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 2021 Orientation Group Leaders!

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Sean Alvord

Westfield, MA
Finance/Accounting

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Megan Beebe

Ellington, CT
Biomedical Engineering

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Dominick Buccitti

Milford, CT
Health Sciences

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Alley Estrella

West Tisbury, MA
Social Work

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Adell Gadzey

Colchester, VT
Information Technology

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Kathryn Henry

Palmer, MA
Forensic Chemistry

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Megan Hueras

Charlton, MA
Law and Society

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Jason LÊ

Worcester, MA
Neuroscience

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Molly McLaughlin

Southwick, MA
Psychology

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Kelsey Mood

Attleboro Falls, MA
Biology

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Kyle Nelson

Westfield, MA
Business Analytics and Information Management

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Darnella Nyirinkwaya

Kigali, Rwanda
Economics

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Samantha Sterner

Easton, PA
Computer Science

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Nick Tartsinis

Colchester, CT
Law and Society

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Emily Wambach

Auburn, MA
Biomedical Engineering

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Payton Westine

Ansonia, CT
Criminal Justice

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Mia Cariglia '21

Graduate Assistant