2017 Orientation Staff
Bailey St. Laurent
Hi my name is Bailey St. Laurent and I am a Senior at Keene State College. I am studying English writing while double majoring with Occupational Safety and Health. I am one of the student coordinators for Orientation this year and am beyond excited to be in charge of this amazing program alongside my co-coordinator Eric Walsh.
I am very confident you have made the best decision of your life in coming to this great school and will not ever be disappointed with the resources, opportunities, and mentorship provided here. As for me, I am from Chichester, New Hampshire and have lived in New Hampshire my entire life. I love the city, the beach and the mountains. A cup of coffee is key, always.
Currently, I am pursuing a career in either higher education or writing and am in the midst of the graduate school search. This will be my third year working with the orientation program and I look forward to meeting all of you!
Hi everyone my name is Eric Walsh and I am currently a senior, majoring in communications with a minor in management. Keene State has given me the opportunities of a lifetime, and a close sense of community that I feel especially fortunate to have. Being a Coordinator this year, I hope I can help all of you enter our wonderful community in stride.
Aside from this, being a part of various on campus programs such as the business partnership program, the ultimate frisbee team, and being a teacher’s assistant for public speaking has allowed me to meet incredible people, and make extremely strong relationships allowing me to accomplish anything I set my mind to while attending Keene State.
The college experience goes fast, enjoy it, and I hope Orientation can be your first positive taste of this awesome school. I am really looking forward to meeting you all, and welcome to our Keene State community!
Lou Graeve (#13)
My name is Louis Graeve, and I am a Senior at Keene State College. My home town is Westerly, Rhode Island where it takes me 5 minutes to ride my bike to the beach and enjoy the beautiful summer days where I grew up.
I am majoring in Political Science and History, hoping to join the Peace Corps when I get out of college. Keene has given me many opportunities that I didn’t have back home, like being apart of the Ultimate Frisbee Team and learning to snowboard at the beautiful mountains up north. Keene State College has given me the confidence to do things I have never done before and take on tasks I wouldn’t usually take on.
Joining Keene State has been the best experience of my life and I’m excited for all of you to join the community as well!
Brendan Hoar (#25)
Hey everybody! My name is Brendan Hoar and I’m super excited to be your Orientation Leader! I also have the honor of being one of the Cluster Leaders on staff this year, and I am looking forward to welcoming each and every one of you to Keene State College!
I will be entering my senior year at KSC, and I am an English and Secondary Education double major. Outside of my academics, I am the music director for Keene State’s only acapella group, Chock Full O’ Notes (aka CFON).
I am also employed as a writing tutor on campus at the Center For Writing. I am a very loud laugher who loves hiking, running, Netflix, making new friends, and petting as many dogs as possible.
I can’t wait to help you all begin your incredible experience here at Keene State!
Ashley Hoffer (#37)
My name is Ashley Hoffer and I will be a rising junior here at Keene State! I am from Cranford, NJ and I am double majoring in Early Childhood Education and Dance, with a focus in Dance Education.
I am a member of Keene State’s Honors Program and serve as a mentor for incoming honors students. Keene has provided me the opportunity to get involved on campus through various clubs and organizations. On campus, I am busily involved in Keene’s Education Honors Society, Habitat for Humanity, and SAC. I also am a tutor for KSC Reads and involved in the Dance department’s performance Evening of Dance. This is my second year being involved with Orientation and I cannot wait for this upcoming year!
I have had so many amazing opportunities here at Keene and I am excited that you will get to experience all that Keene has to offer as well!
Moranda Lanigan (#1)
Hi! I’m Moranda Lanigan and I will be a Senior here at Keene State! I’m from the lovely city of Worcester Massachusetts. I am a double major in Early Childhood Education and Dance Education. This is my third year as an Orientation Leader and I am so excited to be on such an amazing team again! In my junior year, I made the deans list, became active in Fraternity and Sorority life, and interned at North Walpole Elementary school by teaching dance after school to 2nd-4th graders.
This year was very hectic but I kept sane with the amazing friends I have made here and my best friend, my to do list! My favorite activities are dancing, hanging out with my friends, student center chilling and being an Orientation Leader! I am so excited for Orientation 2017!
Taylor Merritt (#31)
Hi everyone, my name is Taylor! I am going to be a senior, which is very scary to think about. I am an elementary education and communications major. I am from a small town in Rhode Island, which is why I love the close community at Keene State. Keene has been able to provide me so many opportunities to get involved on campus. I work at the Child Development Center and the Alumni Center, I am also apart of the Social Activities Council, Habitat for Humanity, NSLS, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. I am looking forward to meeting you all and welcoming you to Keene State!
Jennamarie Moody (#19)
Hi there!! My name is Jennamarie Moody and I am going to be a senior this upcoming fall. I am double majoring in Elementary Education and Geography, and I am also minoring in Spanish. I am a Cluster Leader this year and I am very excited for this new opportunity.
On campus I am a tutor through ASPIRE for Geography and Spanish, a member of the Education Honor’s Society Kappa Delta Pi, and I play intramural volleyball for fun. Keene has always been a second home to me, and is a place where I’ve met lifelong friends while pursuing my passion for education.
I hope you all can find your own special reasons to love Keene as much as I do, and I’m excited to help with and be a part of your transition into college. I can’t wait to meet you all!!
Anna O’Brien (#43)
Hello! My name is Anna O’Brien and I will be a junior this coming year. I major in film and play rugby, ice hockey and lacrosse. I absolutely love Keene it is wicked stellar! I can’t wait to meet you all!
Bethany Peterson (#7)
Hi my name is Bethany Peterson and I am going into my senior year at Keene State College. I am originally from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. I am currently a double major in dance and elementary education.
I absolutely love orientation staff and am excited to be serving as a returning orientation leader this year. Some of my campus involvement positions include class of 2018 student government representative, the 2016-2017 concert coordinator, and a Keene State Senate student representative. One of my favorite parts about Keene State College is the Alternative Break program which has given me the opportunity to travel to Boston, Kentucky, and Chicago. I am also heavily involved in the Theater and Dance department as a student choreographer and dancer. Additionally, I have an internship in Walpole, New Hampshire where I teach educational dance to first and second graders in order to receive my dance education certification.
I have also taken advantage of the many conference opportunities at Keene including the National Association of Campus Activities Regional Conference, the National College Dance Association Regional Conference, and an annual trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Holocaust museum.
I like to spend my free time in the studio choreographing, researching intriguing topics, watching SpaceX rocket launches, and staying politically active. Most importantly I love being at Keene State College and I can’t wait to show you all the great opportunities that the school will offer you over the next four years.
Maria Aiello (#15)
Hi everyone! My name is Maria Aiello and I will be a junior this coming fall. This is my first year as an Orientation Leader and I’m so excited to be a part of such a great program! Here at KSC, I’m a double major in Mathematics Education and Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology.
I like to keep myself very busy by participating in lots of activities here on campus! I am currently the Secretary of Owl Nation, Secretary of Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), a part of Love Your Melon, and co-run KSC Beautiful Lengths, a hair donation event. I also hold quite a few jobs throughout the year that include being a Professor’s Assistant and a Peer Course Assistant (PCA) for the Math Center, a Notetaker for the Office of Disability Services, a Childcare Assistant at St. Joseph’s Regional School, and this coming fall I have been asked to tutor Chemistry for the Aspire Program!
When I’m not working, studying, or at a club meeting, you can find me playing just about every intramural I can convince my friends to play with me or at events around campus like bingo, fairs, concerts, or comedians! Some fun facts about me: my favorite season is fall, I love being outside swimming or fishing, lime green is my favorite color, I love playing field hockey and lacrosse, I’m obsessed with dogs, and I absolutely love doing people’s hair!
Oh and…I love Keene!! Keene State College just has so many opportunities to offer every unique individual, something for everyone! I can’t wait to meet you all and be that friendly face that helps welcome you to campus!
Adriana Alicea (#14)
Hi, my name is Adriana Alicea, I am a psychology and Elementary education major and will be a sophomore next fall, and I Love Keene State! Growing up in Brockton, Massachusetts, A city about 45 minutes south of Boston, there was a very strong sense of community, and I wanted to go to a college where I got that same feeling and that’s what I got here. Some fun facts about me are that I love the Pats and Red Soxs, I am part of NSLS, National Society of Leadership and Success, and I love the mozzarella sticks here, they are the best. I can’t wait to meet you guys and hope you love this school as much as I do.
Matt Ashley (#9)
My name is Matt Ashley and in the fall I’ll be entering my junior year as a nursing major. Here at Keene State there is much to be offered and getting involved early on is key.
Going off that, I am a member of a few clubs and organizations such as SAC, Owl Nation, and the Athena Nursing Club. I also work in town at one of the best Mexican restaurants around so come through for some bomb burritos. I also work in the L.P. Young Student Center at the info desk, so you can say I like to keep busy.
Keene State College can be thought of as a home away from home and I want you all to have the same experience as I had my first year. I can’t wait to meet you all!
Emma Ayotte (#41)
Hello! My name is Emma Ayotte, and I will be a senior this year at Keene State College. I am studying Early Childhood Education & International Relations. I’m from Milford, New Hampshire, a small town south of Keene.
I transferred to KSC in the spring of 2016, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Before coming to KSC I studied in California & spent time teaching music across North America and Japan. I’m on the Keene State Dance Team and through that I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever had. I love the sun, traveling, reading, soccer, and food.
I’m so excited to help students make a home at Keene State & begin some of the best years of their lives!
Evan Boczenowski (#45)
Hi, my name is Evan Boczenowski and I will be a sophomore this upcoming fall. I am from Billerica, MA and majoring in Architecture with a minor in Safety. I came to Keene because of how welcoming the students and faculty are, the area, and because of the sense of home it brings.
I am in the Honors program on campus and also work in the Student Center. I enjoy playing on our club Ultimate Frisbee team and participating in the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). I love being involved on campus and the opportunity it brings. Keene has allowed me to become the student I wasn’t in high school.
I enjoyed orientation and how the sense of home immediately hits you. It was an exciting time that made the adjustment to college easy. I can’t wait to get to meet you all and welcome you to your home away from home.
John Budenas (#38)
Hey guys! My name is John Budenas and I will be a sophomore next year. I am from Weymouth, Massachusetts, a large city outside of Boston. I am currently majoring in Journalism with a focus in Public Relations. I cannot wait to meet all of you in June and get ready to have a really fun time and make a lot of new friends! Keene State has so much to offer and I will be more than happy to prove that to you. Enjoy the rest of your time before orientation and I will see you guys soon!
Kenadee Cadieux (#30)
Hi everyone! My name is Kenadee Cadieux, but you can call me Kena! I am from a small town in Northern VT called Swanton, its on the Canadian / NY boarder! This will be my third year at Keene State and my major is Health Science, Community Health.
I have become very involved on campus since I first got here. I joined Student Government as a Class Representative and then I also became the Secretary of Student Assembly. I joined a sorority and I am the Co-Fundraising Chair and Alumni Liaison for that. I also participated in an Alternative Break to Selma, AL and I give tours for the Admissions office!
This year I am a Resident Assistant and I hope to be one next year also! One of my favorite things to do at Keene State is to hang out in the Student center with some friends! This is my first year being an Orientation Leader but I am really excited and can’t wait to meet all of you this June!
Lynne Carrion (#22)
My name is Lynne Carrion, and I am going to be a Senior at KSC. I am a Film Production major and Theatre and Communications minors. I am apart of the Group Theatre and the Activist Coalition on campus. Coming to Keene really made a difference for me as a person because the people here have really helped me discover a lot about myself and who I can be. I am very excited for Orientation 2017 and having the opportunity to meet so many new faces! Can’t wait to see you in June!
Robin Chaney (#12)
Hi everyone! My name is Robin Chaney and I am going to be a junior here at Keene State College. I am a Management major with a minor in Theater. I have been involved in multiple performances working behind scenes here at KSC.
I am from Sparta, New Jersey, which is about five hours from here but the distance did not stop me from coming to what I call my second home. Keene State has given me so many wonderful opportunities and has given me the tools to figure out what I would like to do after I am done with college.
Outside of school, I really love hanging out with my friends and rocking out to Broadway show tunes. Coming to Keene State has been the best decision of my life and I hope it is for you too!
Sarah Chapdelaine (#29)
My name is Sarah Chapdelaine, and I am going to be a Sophomore at Keene State College. I live in the small town of Ellington, Connecticut. I am an Elementary Education major with a minor in French. I am also considering double majoring in psychology or sociology.
Keene State College is a great place for many, and Keene offers many clubs, and teams to be a part of. I am involved in Big Brother and Big Sister, Love your melon, and KSC ski and snowboard club. I am also a tutor and a tour guide. I am looking forward to meeting you all, and to help make Keene State College your new home.
Ashley Chapman (#35)
Hi! My name is Ashley Chapman and I am from the small town of Chichester, New Hampshire. I am a rising Junior, with a Graphic Design major! I transferred to Keene my second semester, Freshman year, and it was the best decision I could have made for myself.
Here at Keene, I am involved with the KSC Kronicle yearbook, as Design Editor and working as a Graphic Designer for the KSC Music Department. I am also heavily involved with Keene’s Social Activities Council, Design Collective and was a part of the Alternative Break Program Winter and Spring Break of 2017. I love art, dogs, music and food. I also enjoy spending time socializing in the Student Center or the Dinning Commons.
I have found my home here at Keene State and I cant wait to help you build yours! Congratulations on making it this far, and I am so excited see how much further you will go here at KSC. See you in June!
Kelsey DeAngelis (#48)
My name is Kelsey DeAngelis. I am going to be a junior here at Keene State, majoring in psychology and minoring in addiction. I’m from the small town of Ashburnham, Massachusetts.
Keene State College has brought me so many great opportunities and I am so thankful. I was able to join a community service club on campus called Circle K and start a job working in the Night Owl Café and Game room, two places I’m sure you’ll being spending a lot of time at with the amazing friends you’ll make.
I’m so happy with my decision to come to Keene and I know you will be too! Get excited because your amazing journey is about to begin! Welcome to Keene State!
Gianni DeMasco (#32)
Hello, Im Gianni DeMasco and Im currently a freshman at Keene State. I am duel majoring in Math and Secondary Education. One of the many reasons I chose Keene State is because of its perfect size. You can always find someone you know, yet there are enough students for you to always meet someone new.
Some of my hobbys include photography, Ultimate Frisbee, skiing, basketball, and pretty much any intramural sport. Traveling will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve been lucky enough to experience the cultures of Italy, China, Mexico, the Caribbean, and lots of different states in America. I hope to continue traveling and taking pictures my entire life.
Seth Dube (#47)
Hello! My name is Seth Dube and I’m going to be a senior and I plan to graduate in the spring with a degree in Occupational Health and Safety. I’m originally from Keene and transitioning from the Keene community to the college has opened up a lot of opportunities for me, allowing me to grow in so many different ways.
I love being involved on campus. Meeting new student’s from so many different backgrounds gives Keene State such a positive community feel just like the town itself. I’m the captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team, manage the basketball team, and I am also part of our Catholic student organization on campus. I look forward to meeting everyone and I hope you enjoy your experience here at Keene State just as much as I have!
Sarah Dugas (#46)
Hey everyone! My name is Sarah Dugas and I’m from Canterbury, Connecticut! This coming fall I will be a Junior here at Keene. I am an Early Childhood Education Major with a double major in English Literature and I plan to complete my Masters in Special Education!
I joined Student Government as soon as I could, starting as a Representative for the Class of 2019 and then became the University System Student Board Representative (complicated title but I’d be happy to explain it). Over winter break last school year I went on an Alternative Break to Roanoke Virginia and volunteered in a daycare for a week! This is my first year being an Orientation Leader and I am so excited to help you all through this exciting transition!!
Randii Elie (#34)
Hey! My name is Randii Elie and I’m going to be a junior this year at Keene State College. I’m majoring in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and History with a focus on European History; I’m also working towards an Art History minor.
Working in the Redfern Arts Center on campus and as an Art History tutor for the intro classes, Keene State has offered me a lot of opportunities I never thought would be possible. It has also opened the door to some of the best friendships I have ever had. I’m so excited to meet you guys in June and I’m pumped for all the awesome things you guys are going to get to do and experience as new Keene State College students.
Nate Flyzik (#42)
What’s up homies! My name is Nate and I will be a Sophomore here at Keene State College. Teaching has always been a personal dream job of mine, so I am majoring in Secondary Education with a specialization in US History.
One interesting fact about me is that I am a twin! Technically he is one minute older than I am, but it doesn’t matter because I obviously got the looks of the family. When I’m not hiking, I’m usually chilling with my friends or listening to Kanye West music. My all-time favorite album by Kanye is “College Dropout”, it’s a classic album but as an Orientation Leader my job will be to ensure none of you end up using that title!
Keene State is a great community with people that prove to be just as awesome. One of the main reasons I chose Keene State was for my major! Keene State College has an excellent Education program, however since arriving here I’ve found that all the programs and opportunities here at Keene are just as prestigious. When I came to Keene I found a home and friends that I will certainly have for a lifetime, I hope you all find that too. Congratulations on choosing Keene as your next step in life, I can’t wait to see you all on campus this June!!
Ariel Freedman (#16)
Hey! My name’s Ariel Freedman and I’m going to be a senior at Keene State College. I’m an Elementary Education and English (Writing) major who loves Keene and can’t wait to share it with you!
I work on campus at Mason Library as a Lab Monitor as well as being a member of Social Activities Council, Active Minds, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Getting involved is one of the best decisions I’ve made and I would love to answer any questions you have about it!
Starting school in a new place is always kind of intimidating, but I’m here to help ease that discomfort and hopefully make you feel more at home in our community. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer and I can’t wait to meet you!
Tony Gentile (#28)
My name is Tony Gentile, I’m from Plaistow, NH, and I will be a junior this year majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and a minor in Psychology, so there’s never a dull moment for me here! I have been in love with KSC from the first minute I toured the school and still feel that way today. The campus community is so engaging and supportive and just a positive environment to succeed as well as enjoy your time here!
I am a part of the EBoard for The Group Theatre which is the student-run theatre organization on campus. I hope you will be able to get as amazing of an experience during your time here as I have and will take every advantage that comes your way because there will be many and there is no better time to get involved than these next four years. If you ever need me, 9 times out of 10 you can find me downtown at Brewbakers since I basically live there and I regret nothing about it. I can’t wait to meet you all in June and I hope you’re excited to start your journey at KSC!
Kayla Halde (#26)
Hi All! My name is Kayla Halde and I will be a senior next year at Keene State. I am a Communications major with a minor in Philosophy. I am from the tiny town of Pelham, NH.
I am a complete coffee addict and I have no shame. Keene has become a second home to me; I have made the best friends I could have asked for and they are my family. I hope everyone else falls in love with the school as much as the rest of us have. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and welcoming you to Keene and making it a new home for you!
Jimmy Halkiotis (#23)
My name is Jimmy Halkiotis, and I am a nursing major here at Keene State. I will be a junior this coming fall semester, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I play ultimate frisbee with the Keene State club team and am the Vice President of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club as well.
I’ve lived in the great state of New Hampshire my entire life. The past couple years I’ve grown to love this incredible community full of sociable people and opportunity to learn and grow scholastically and as a person in general. I’m excited to meet and introduce you to our amazing home here on campus. It’s a great day to be an owl.
Kelsey Harper (#21)
Hello there! My name is Kelsey Harper, a small town girl from Dudley, Massachusetts. I am a sophomore here at Keene state and have loved every single moment. Currently a Management major and a communications minor.
Happy as a clam to call Keene state my home for the past 2 years and 2 more to come! Being apart of a sisterhood, giving people tours, and working in admissions is what consumes my life. The amount of opportunities and experience I have gained here is incredible. Talking is my specialty and happiness is my way of life. I can’t wait to chat with you all and help make your college life as great as mine has been!
Tyler Harrington (#18)
My name is Tyler Harrington and I am going to be a senior at Keene State College. I am from Southbury, Connecticut. My major is Secondary Education and American Studies, which is something I didn’t know I wanted to do until I realized the Safety program wasn’t my niche. The Keene State professors and community are great and have helped me along the way and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I work in the campus mailroom, so if you need any help at all with any mail room necessities, I’m your guy. On top of my busy class and work schedule, I am a part of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program or M.V.P, which promotes the active bystander approach to ending sexual assaults. Keene State has so much offer and if you’re willing to put the work in you will see the fruits of your labor pay off. I can’t wait to meet everyone!
Steph Jones (#2)
My name is Stephanie Jones (Steph) and I am from Hudson, NH. I will be a junior majoring in Elementary Education and General Science. At Keene, I am involved in the Social Activities Council, Fair Trade Club, and Ecology Club. I also play intramural volleyball. I have been on two alternative break trips in NYC working with GMHC and North Carolina working with a tiger rescue.
In my free time, I love to hike, camp, and do all things nature related. My travel goal is to camp at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and visit surrounding National Parks. Keene has so much to offer in and outside the classroom. I have grown incredible amounts as a person since my first few days at Keene. This will be my first year as an Orientation Leader and I am thrilled to welcome everyone into the Keene State community!
Kayla Koster (#33)
Hi everyone! My name is Kayla Koster and I am going to be a sophomore here at Keene State College next year. I am from Londonderry, New Hampshire. I am an Elementary Education and Geography major. I am also secretary of the Big Brothers Big Sisters club here on campus. Keene has opened many opportunities for me with so many great experiences along the way. It is an incredible school with so much to offer and I look forward to meeting all of you in June!
Matt McGinnis (#5)
Hello everyone! My name is Matthew McGinnis and I am a senior music education major! Keene State has felt like a home away from home ever since the second I stepped onto campus. I can’t wait to be there to experience when you all feel that same way when coming here for orientation! Our beautiful campus is my favorite part about KSC.
Here on campus, I am involved in The National Association for Music Education, The American Choral Directors Association, The Group Theatre, and Orientation of course! If you have any questions about getting involved in the arts even if it’s not your major, ask your orientation leader how to get in contact with me because there are plenty of opportunities for everyone! I can’t wait to meet you all and help you make Keene State your new home for however long you are here!
Maddy Olsen (#8)
Hi there, I’m Maddy! I’m going to be a sophomore this year at KSC (aka the best place ever). I am a double major in English literature and secondary education with a possible minor in political science. I am so stoked to be involved in orientation this year.
Along with being an orientation leader, I am a representative for the class of 2020, play some intramural sports and am a fellow for a political organization. Keene is a great place to make lifelong friends and discover your passions! Plus, the Keene State squirrels are something special. It’s a great day to be an owl!!
Georgia Panagiotidis (#40)
Hello! My name is Georgia Panagiotidis this is my third year on the KSC Orientation Staff. I am a nursing major and a first generation college student. Throughout my time here I have become very involved on campus. I am a member of the Athena Nursing Club, a tutor and front desk worker of the Aspire Office and I am a resident assistant. You are going to love Keene State! I am so excited to meet you all! Being a Keene State Owl has been one of the most rewarding experiences and I can’t wait for all you to be apart of it!
Danielle Pinette (#17)
Hey Friends! Let me begin by taking a moment to congratulate you on joining the Keene State College family! I may be a bit biased, but you made an excellent decision! I hope Keene State opens as many doors for you as it has for me! Now on to me, my name is Danielle Pinette and I am from Chicopee, Massachusetts. For all of you who are not from Massachusetts, no I do not "Pahk The Cah In Hahvuhd Yahd". This year I will be a Second Year student perusing a major in Architecture and a minor in Occupational Safety and Health.
Through Keene State College I have had the opportunity to become involved with the American Institute of Architecture Students, AIAS for short. Along with exciting events such as, spending New Years Eve in Boston, AIAS and Keene State College has granted me several opportunities to make valuable connections with fellow students, faculty, and industry members. I cannot put a price tag on the value of these connections.
I urge all incoming students to find what you are passionate about and run with it! Keene State College has all of the tools and support that you need to succeed, you just have to want it. Good Luck and I can’t wait to see you on Appian Way!
Tina Pinzon-Mendez (#44)
Hey Everyone!! My name is Valentina Pinzon but call me Tina!. I will be a Junior this upcoming fall, I am an Architecture and Spanish dual major. I am originally from Colombia and eventually after coming to the states my family and I moved to Glastonbury, CT.
Keene State College has been a home to me, I work as a tutor in the ASPIRE program and I also work as a student worker for the Dean of Students Office. This is my first year being an orientation leader, I am very excited to meet everyone and show you all the many things this beautiful campus has to offer. See you soon!
Peter Powers (#3)
Hello, I am Peter Powers. I’m from Keene, NH, so I know all the good local places to eat in town. I’m going into my junior year. My major is secondary education and history. I enjoy all American history as well as 20th century world history.
My favorite sports teams are Red Sox, Patriots, and the Bruins. I enjoy long walks in the woods. My hobbies include hiking, camping, geocaching, watching movies, and making obscured movie references. I commute from my house to the college, which is about a 15-minute drive. I live in west Keene, a side of Keene many KSC students never see. I have two dogs, Hunter and Halle, they like to jump in puddles, steals socks, and take long naps. I went to Keene State because I love Keene so much that I didn’t want to leave this wonderful community.
With that I’ll leave you with a quote “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”-Dr. Seuss. Welcome to Keene!
Morgan Prittie (#6)
Hello, my name is Morgan Prittie and I will be a sophomore at Keene State College next year. I am currently majoring in communications. Originally I was planning on majoring in film production, having taken many classes on the subject in high school, but once I began my journey at Keene State College I knew that communications was the field for me. Communications is a very broad major and that’s what I love most about it. Personally, I am mostly interested in intercultural and digital communications, both playing important roles in my life.
I come from a multicultural home and this has given me so many unique experiences as well as skills. I’ve traveled to five different countries and have met so many amazing people along the way. I can’t wait to meet all off you and to help you all transition as smoothly as I did! Keene State is a adventure and I’m here to help you on your path.
Faith Pudlo (#24)
Hi, my name is Faith Pudlo and I am super excited to be a part of the 2017 Orientation staff! I am from Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. I am going to be a junior and am double majoring in secondary education and mathematics with a minor in dance. As you can imagine I am kept very busy but I thrive on all that Keene has offered to me and the many opportunities I have been given. I have been lucky enough to be a part of numerous dance performances here at Keene State and I have met so many wonderful people and have made meaningful connections.
My transition to Keene would have been much more difficult if it had not been for my amazing O-leader and the amazing friends that I met in my first few weeks. Deciding to further my education at Keene State was one of the best decisions that I ever made and I am thankful for every experience that I have had so far and I am excited for all that is to come in the future. I can’t wait for all of you to come to this fantastic school. Welcome to the family!
Meredith Ritter (#4)
My name is Meredith Ritter and I will be a junior, majoring in Elementary Education with a focus in Sociology next year. Throughout my whole life helping others and being a friend to everyone has made me who I am. I love when people ask me questions and look to me for their solution. I am beyond excited to be an Orientation Leader and have the opportunity to ease students’ transitions into college life and represent how rewarding it is to be a student here at Keene State.
In addition, my goal is to be a role model for students and show them the best way to experience college is to be who you are. I want students to show their diversities and create a community among one another. I cannot wait to meet you all!
Antonio Rivera (#11)
Hi there, My name is Antonio R. Rivera and I am going to be a 4th year student at Keene State College. My home town is Springfield MA. I am an Architecture Major with a safety Minor. There are many opportunities that Keene State has to offer each and every one of you, from its many Majors, to its limitless amounts of clubs and organizations.
To me, Keene State College is a home away from home and the friends I’ve made here, I can truly call family. The professors that I’ve had have always been willing to help and encourage my work. They want to see you succeed just as much as you do. I’m excited to meet all of you, have a great summer and lets get ready for a great year at Keene State College!
Nikki Root (#39)
The name’s Root, Nikki Root. Can you tell I am a film major? My favorite series is the Jurassic Park movies. We can chat about them any time! I’m going to be a junior this upcoming academic year and I couldn’t be more psyched and afraid that my time is nearly half over! But you are JUST beginning and there are so many great classes to take and clubs and activities to get involved in right here on campus.
For example, I am the Team Leader of coolest place on campus, the Night Owl Café (ask about the Sizzlers), I am part of Film Society, Circle K, intramural sports and dance but there is much more like Humans vs. Zombies. I can’t wait to hear all about you and guide you into the one of the best opportunities you’ll ever have. Insert more coins to find out more (or just come in June).
Courtney Sheehy (#10)
Hi! My name is Courtney Sheehy and I will be a junior this upcoming year majoring in Management with a specialization in Human Resources. My hometown is Pleasantville, New York. Keene State has become my second home through the friendships that I have made and various professional opportunities that KSC has provided to me. The Orientation Program at Keene State provides the freshman class the opportunity to create lasting friendships and to experience the same benefits from KSC that I have.
I work at the Office of Disabilities as a Front Desk Attendant, I am involved with Student Government as a Class Representative and I am a member of the Owl Code Committee. I look forward to meeting the class of 2021 and welcoming them into the KSC community!
Casey Lynn Sowle (#27)
Hi! My name is Casey Lynn Sowle and I will be a junior this year! I am double majoring in Elementary Education and Psychology. I am from Tolland, Connecticut which is a small town in the northern part of the state. This is my first year as an Orientation leader and I could not be more excited!
Since being a student at Keene, I have made the Dean’s List. I am heavily involved on our campus through several organizations and opportunities such as a being a member of Fraternity and Sorority life, being a tour guide, a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) and now being a part of Orientation 2017. After my time at Keene is over, I want to become a second-grade teacher! But for now, I can’t wait to show you all the great things Keene State has to offer, see you soon!
Joey Sullivan (#20)
My name is Joey Sullivan and I am going to be a junior this upcoming semester here at Keene State. I am a double major in elementary education and studio art, with hopes to become an elementary school teacher when I graduate.
I am also a Resident Assistant here at the college. During the past year I have been living with first year students, guiding them in the right direction as they adjust to the independent life that you will begin to love while at school. This experience as an RA made me want to go further into helping first year students, which is why I decided to apply to become an Orientation Leader for Keene.
While I’m not in school, I live in Nashua, New Hampshire where I like to enjoy a nice simple lifestyle of relaxing, working on my car, and finding new places to visit (in no specific order). I look forward to meeting everyone this summer for your orientation into Keene State College.
Hello! My name is Inja Diamond, and I’m going to be a senior here at Keene State next year. I’m studying for a dual degree in Elementary Education and Studio Art, and I hope to become an elementary school teacher after graduation. I love music and playing ukulele, so hopefully we will be able to jam out sometime!
My family currently lives in Concord, NH, but I’m originally from Los Angeles, California. From moving around so much, I understand how challenging it can be to adjust to a completely new environment. Keene is a wonderful place to be, and I hope that our orientation staff can help you feel at home here!
Heyoh! I’m Mollykate Fanning and I will be a Senior here at Keene State College. I’m from a very small town in New Hampshire called New Boston, where my neighbors are Pine trees, Oak trees, Birch trees, etc. My degree will be a BFA in studio art with a focus in ceramics and a minor in art history. During the school year I work in admissions as a tour guide, a gallery monitor at the Thorne-Sagendorgph Art Gallery, a geology tutor for the B.E.S.T. program and have the ceramic fellowship!
This summer I will be attending the Alfred University summer ceramics program and my family and I always make our way up to the White Mountains and hike the presidential range over a few days. My favorite things about Keene State College are my wonderful peers and the community we are apart of.
My name is Emma Hamilton and I am a senior here at Keene State. I major in Journalism with a focus in News Media. My life long dream is to be on Good Morning America one day. I was born and raised in New Hampshire and absolutely love it but also plan to adventure to other places after college. Here at Keene State I am apart of the Honors Program, the Student Life Editor of our student newspaper the Equinox, the Class of 2018 secretary, a tour guide, and Habitat for Humanity general member.
In my free time I love to run outside when it’s warm, spend time with my friends and travel. I can’t wait to meet all of the incoming students. By becoming a Keene State Owl you have made one of the best decisions in your life and I’m excited to be welcoming you into the nest.
My name is Alexa Reichardt, and I will be a sophomore next year here at Keene State. I am a Secondary Education and English major with a minor in French. My passion is education, and I am so grateful to be spending busy days and long nights working on skills that will help further my success in the classroom. To be an amazing teacher, one must remain a diligent student. I feel as if I have had a really great start to my career here.
I love Keene State College— from the people to the scenery, there is always something or someone bright and welcoming to lighten up your day. Welcome to the family, I’m super stoked to meet you all this summer in preparation for an amazing semester! Enjoy the sunny days, see you soon!
Hi everyone! My name is Jess and I am a senior double major in elementary education and journalism. I’m from a small town near the seacoast of New Hampshire and am so excited to be continuing my third year on orientation staff! Keene State has given me SO many opportunities to get involved.
During my first year at Keene State, I traveled to Chicago for a service trip through the Alternative Break Program, and since then I’ve gone to Memphis and Atlanta over spring breaks for service trips as well. Now, this will be my second year coordinating the Alternative Break Program and working in the Community Service Office. I am a copy editor and writer for Keene State’s student newspaper The Equinox and the secretary for the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.
In my free time (which there isn’t much of) you can find me running through the streets of Keene (training for my second half marathon) or at Brewbakers with homework and a maple latte. You have made the best decision of your life to come to Keene State, and I can’t wait to welcome you to the community! See you soon!
Hey! My name is Luke Stergiou and I’m going to be a junior at Keene State College. I’m from Manchester, New Hampshire (more commonly known as Manchvegas). I’m a double major in Film Production and Spanish. This will be my second year on Orientation staff and I can’t wait to go through it all over again!
I’m the senior photographer for the Equinox newspaper, I am a member of SAC (Social Activities Council), and I also work at the Night Owl Cafe. If you see my around campus, 9 times out of 10 I will have a camera with me. I love cameras. Cameras are my life. I love cameras like Brick loves lamp. My time at Keene has been amazing and I hope your transition goes as smoothly as mine did. I can’t wait to meet you all during and I hope you’ll be doing as many heel clicks as I do because I’m pumped for Orientation!