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The Orientation Leaders (OLs) will act as your tour guides, entertainers, mentors and friends throughout the orientation process. We are all excited to get you on campus and introduce you into the STAC community!

Alex Mangus
Major: Biology
Class of 2015

Clubs and Organizations:
Student Government Association

Why did you join the Orientation Team? I wanted to be a part of the Orientation Team so that I could be a role model, as well as a friend to the incoming freshmen. Being an OL is a great way to interact with future students, encourage them to ge

t involved, and provide them with a fun experience to reduce their nerves and become acquainted with STAC life!

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC?
1. Trivia! ...because WE ARE THE CHAMPIONNNNNNNNS!
2. Going on trips and different campus events-- Ice Skating in Bryant Park is my favorite trip!
3. Just hanging out with my friends, eating Moe's chips & queso, and watching movies in our dorms!

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? My favorite thing about being a Spartan is that STAC has exposed me to experiences and opportunites that I would have never participated in during high school. Being an active part of the STAC community has enabled me to increase my leadership skills, and form great new friendships.

What is your theme song? White Dress by Parachute http://youtu.be/Js_3w-a0tcE

What is your dream job? My dream job is to be a tattoo artist, who is also the lead guitarist in a rock band. Unfortunately, I am lacking both artistic and musical abilities. I hope to become a Pediatric Physical Therapist!

What is your favorite quote? "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" -Ralph Waldo Emerson

3 Fun Facts about Myself: I love fashion and own 35 skirts; I went to the Junior Olympics for figure skating; I've seen 15 Broadway plays, 3 of which I saw in London.

Brendon Padilla
Major: Undecided
Class of 2016

Clubs and Organizations: Student Government, House Band, Urban Spotlight, Laetare Players, Volleyball Team

Why did you join the Orientation Team? The people on Orientation Team were really sociable and made the transition of high school to college easier than anticipated. I want to be that for someone else.

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? House Band Concerts, School Dances, Open Gym Nights

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? My favorite part about being a spartan is being a part of a family. There is an entire list of people who you care about and that care about you

What is your theme song? Angel with a shotgun - The Cab http://youtu.be/n-RjpZAFzkE

What is your dream job? I want to be a songwriter

What is your favorite quote? "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

3 Fun Facts about Myself: I just finished writing my first book, I helped to start a new club in the school, I have a black German shepherd

Carissa Rivera
Major: Psychology / Biology Minor
Class of 2014

Clubs and Organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Science Club, Spartan Volunteers

Why did you join the Orientation Team? I want to be able to help incoming freshmen with whatever they need, just like the orientation leaders I had did.

 

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? Trivia & Bingo Nights! Off-campus trips, Campus Ministry Events

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? I like how we are all in this together. The students, faculty, and staff are all there for each other helping one another all the time.

What is your theme song? FUN - We are Young http://youtu.be/Sv6dMFF_yts

What is your dream job? I would love to have a career as a volunteer so I could travel the world and help those in poorer countries.

What is your favorite quote? “Always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, & twice as beautiful as you'd ever imagined.”

3 Fun Facts about Myself: I am the oldest of 7 kids, I can quote the movie Mean Girls from start to finish, Two years ago, I went to an old army prison in Nicaragua that was featured on Ghost Hunters International

Jimmy Emsworth
Major: Criminal Justice
Class of 2014

Clubs and Organizations:
Student Government Association Executive Board- President
Spartan Orientation Team- OL 2011, 2012 & 2013
Bingo Caller

Why did you join the Orientation Team? I've done Orientation the past 2 years and it has honestly been the best thing I've done at STAC. I love being able to meet incoming freshmen and help them adjust to college life as well. Being an OL has helped me develop as a person and a leader and has opened up many opportunities for me to meet people and make friends on campus.

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? SGA Events; Calling Bingo; Hanging out in the Romano Center

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? That I can do things that directly benefit the town that I'm from as well as the STAC community.

What is your theme song? "Juicy" -Biggie Smalls http://youtu.be/CHio4lLOhKc

What is your dream job? Anything in Law Enforcement or coach of a wrestling team.

What is your favorite quote? "Life finds a way" - Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

Please list 3 fun facts about yourself: 1. I can stand on my head 2. I'm a security guard at Best Buy 3. I play 3 instruments

Julia Caruso
Major: Childhood Education Grades 1-6 with an English Concentration
Class of 2015

Clubs and Organizations: Cheerleading

Why did you join the Orientation Team? To show the incoming freshmen that even though STAC is a small school, they have a lot to offer.

 

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? Cheer at the basketball games and at the fundraisers that the cheer and dance team go to. Go to the events that are held at school. Hang out with my friends.

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? Being part of a community that gives back in many different ways and has everyone involved.

What is your theme song? You've got a friend in me - Toy Story http://youtu.be/zB2gPZRsz0Q

What is your dream job? A kindergarten teacher or to open up my own pre-school.

What is your favorite quote? “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

3 Fun Facts about Myself: In 5th grade I was riding my bike and flipped off to avoid a car that was driving by. I had a huge scratch on my face for picture day. My cousin Marisa broke my pinky when we were playing hide and seek because we got into a fight and she slammed the closet door on my finger. I got a 5 ft tall stuffed giraffe for my birthday one year that I keep in my room because giraffes are my favorite animal.

Katie Meyers
Major: Early Childhood Education with Special Education
Class of 2015

Clubs and Organizations: Commuter Connection, Student Government, Orientation, Spartan Volunteers, Campus Ministry

Why did you join the Orientation Team? I had such an awesome time at my orientation that I wanted to give the incoming freshmen the same experience!

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? Hanging out with my friends in the Romano Center. Going to all the club meetings/functions. Going to say hi to all of my favorite advisors of the clubs I'm involved in

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? I love the sense of a "family" when you walk onto the campus. There is always a feel of community because we're such a small school. I love being able to see familiar and friendly faces every time I walk down the hallway

What is your theme song? "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield http://youtu.be/b7k0a5hYnSI

What is your dream job? My dream job would be either a world famous dessert baker, or a comedian

What is your favorite quote? "People will stare, make it worth their while"

3 Fun Facts about Myself: I love Harry Potter; I'm double jointed in my arms; Clowns freak me out

Mariel Henriquez
Major: Childhood & Special Education, English Concentration
Class of 2014

Clubs and Organizations: Resident Assistant, SGA Executive Board
Orientation Team, Student Ambassador, Campus Activities Board, Alpha Phi Omega

Why did you join the Orientation Team?

Because all the cool kids were doing it....and because I really enjoy helping freshmen with their transition into college

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? 1. Be part of the the reigning champion team in trivia! 2. Hang out in the SGA office while simultaneously annoying Dave Eng for extra fun 3. Attend the off campus trips into the city with my friends so we can get chipotle

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? Because when you're a Spartan it's more than just being part of a college, you're part of a family

What is your theme song? On to the Next One - Jay-Z...just because http://youtu.be/WM1RChZk1EU

What is your dream job? To open my own school and be the principal of it...or to be Beyonce's personal assistant, whatever comes first!

What is your favorite quote? "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today" - One Tree Hill

3 Fun Facts about Myself: 1. I have a twin sister...who also happens to come to STAC with me 2. I quote my favorite movies like it's my job 3. I've been on the orientation team for three years

Marisa Whelan
Major: English minoring in Criminal Justice
Class of 2015

Clubs and Organizations: Resident Assistant, Student Government Association, Campus Ambassador, Orientation Team!

Why did you join the Orientation Team? I had a really fun experience at my orientation, and I wanted to make sure everyone else does too!

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? Play volleyball in the commons courtyard, go to bingo, and hang out in the student government office (when we're not working hard, of course)

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? I love being part of such a tight knit community!

What is your theme song? Eye of the Tiger, most definitely http://youtu.be/btPJPFnesV4

What is your dream job? My dream job would be to help save animals all around the world

What is your favorite quote? "In life, you are dealt a hand of cards. How you play your cards, well, that defines your character." - My dad

3 Fun Facts about Myself: All I can think of is one time I stepped on a shovel and gave myself a black eye, and that I've grown two inches since the fifth grade.

Massiel Henriquez
Major: Childhood & Special Education Major, Concentration in English
Class of 2014

Clubs and Organizations: OL Team, Residence Life Staff, Campus Activities Board, Student Government Senior Class Board , Alpha Phi Omega, STAC Ambassador

Why did you join the Orientation Team?

I wanted to join the orientation team because I love being a part of the team the welcomes the freshmen into the STAC community!

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? 1. Plan events 2. Trivia and Bingo Night! 3. Hangout with my friends!

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? My favorite thing about being a Spartan is the sense of community.

What is your theme song? Lessons Learned - Alicia Keys http://youtu.be/24gjW4Oqj2k

What is your dream job? My dream job is to be Beyonce's daughter, Blue Ivy's, nanny....but if that doesn't happen, I would love one day be the principal or maybe even superintendent of a school or school district!

What is your favorite quote? "Don't think or judge, just listen." --Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

Please list 3 fun facts about yourself: 1. I have an identical twin. 2. I love Beyonce and Taylor Swift, and I can't wait to go see them in concert! 3. I went to disney for the first time lat summer with the friends I made here!

Nick Piampiano
Major: Mathematics w/ Secondary Ed.
Class of 2015

Clubs and Organizations: Orientation Team, Men's Club Volleyball Team, Honor's Program Student

Why did you join the Orientation Team? My freshman experience of orientation was a lot of fun, and I made close friends with members of the orientation team who Influenced me to join and get involved. I wanted to pass the great experience I had down to other freshman hoping to have that same sort of influence.

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? Play volleyball during open gyms or on the outside court. Go to the weightroom with my roommates. Hanging out in the dorms with good friends.

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? How close and friendly the environment surrounding the school is. Whether it be the other students, or actual staff of the school, the environment is always warm and welcoming.

What is your theme song? I Wonder - Kanye West http://youtu.be/jQwd9dxZTn0

What is your dream job? My dream job is to be a high school math teacher at the school I graduated from, and coach either the school baseball or men's volleyball team.

What is your favorite quote? “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” - John Wooden.

3 Fun Facts about Myself: I am a die hard Dallas Cowboys, and Chicago Cubs fan! I have a 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer named Mikayla. My barber is a reality tv show star Willy Juice, from jerseylicious.

Patrick Merdian
Major: Chemical Engineering
Class of 2015

Clubs and Organizations: planning to play club volleyball next year

Why did you join the Orientation Team? I was a shy person through my own orientation , I would like to pull people in and really get them interacting and creating friends on the spot. Creating a sociable environment for the freshmen would be great.

 

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? Open Gym basketball, Concerts in the Theatre, working out

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? Being able to know almost the entire campus community. I have friends within every graduating years.

What is your theme song? top five random order -excruciatingly difficult Breathe-Pink floyd; what i got- Sublime; how we roll '98- Big punisher; moment of truth- gangstarr; Red House- Jimi Hendrix

What is your dream job? One of those I guess intellectuals at Google, just chilling and discussing ideas that will one day rule the world

What is your favorite quote? “It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great”

3 Fun Facts about Myself: I enjoy improv jazz; I’ve lost 20 lbs in the last month; I work on a golf course

Tamara Ireifej
Major: Accounting
Class of 2015

Clubs and Organizations: Business Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Class of 2015, Spartan Volunteers

Why did you join the Orientation Team? I wanted to join the orientation team because it is a great way to meet new people and show incoming freshman all the great things about STAC so they have a memorable college experience!

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC? Go to bingo and trivia, Hang out with friends in the Romano Center, Go on cool trips like Broadway plays, Six Flags, and Snow Tubing

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? My favorite thing about being a Spartan is all of the opportunities available to me as a STAC student

What is your theme song? "Goodmorning" - William Fitzsimmons http://youtu.be/PZZ_ME8H1dA

What is your dream job? Be a superhero!

What is your favorite quote? "When you've eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth!" -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes

3 Fun Facts about Myself: I have 40 first cousins, My favorite animals are lions, I secretly want to be Batman

Sean Cochran
Major: Graphic Design
Class of: 2015

Clubs and Organizations: Orientation Leaders

Why did you join the Orientation Team? To help incoming freshman feel more comfortable and have a good time meeting new people

 

 

What are your 3 favorite things to do at STAC?

1- open Gym 2- House Band Concerts 3- Going to games with friends

What is your favorite thing about being a Spartan? Getting to know the other Spartans and hanging out with them

What is your theme song? Rump Shaker

What is your dream job? Spelunker

What is your favorite quote? “If ya ain't first, yur last.”

3 Fun Facts about Myself: 1- I have a house in Ireland 2- I like to snowboard 3- I rowed crew"

 
 
 

 

 

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