Orientation

Orientation Leaders

These are the 2018 Orientation Leaders

Alexandra Dima

Hometown: Trumbull, CT

Major: Audio and Music Production

Resident

Campus Involvement: Play It By Ear, Audio and Music Production Club

School Year: Sophomore

#ichosewcsu because of the amazing academic program, great community, talented professors.

Words of Wisdom: Work hard, stay focused and the fun times will find you.


Ashley Christensen

Hometown: Southington, CT

Major: Supervisory Management

Resident

Campus Involvement: Program Activities Council President, Student Government Association Senator, Recreation Council, Honors Students of Compassion, Recreation Department Lifeguard

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because I was looking for an affordable school where I could explore different majors before choosing one, and I liked the small campus and diverse student population that WCSU had to offer. I was also looking for a university that I could get involved in different clubs and organizations, and Western offered me many opportunities to do so.

Words of Wisdom: There are many different avenues at this university that can take you where you want to go, so explore all your options!


Brianna Durante

Hometown: Naugatuck, CT

Major: Communication Studies

Resident

Campus Involvement: Program Activities Council, Student Government Association, Kathwari Honors Program, Meteorology Club, Admissions Student Ambassador

School Year: Junior

#ichosewcsu because it was affordable, a good distance from home, and a small-medium size University.

Words of Wisdom: College is what you make of it. There are so many opportunities available to students here, you just have to be willing to get involved and seek them out.


Carlos Dos Santos

Hometown: Danbury, CT

Major: Psychology & Pre-Med

Resident

Campus Involvement: Student Government Association President, Program Activities Council, Kathwari Honors Program, Honors Student Organization, Sigma Chi Fraternity and Student Administrative Assistant for the Office of Institutional Advancement

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because of its proximity to my home and because of the affordable and quality education

Words of Wisdom: Come in to college with an open mind and be ready to step outside of your comfort zone. If you come in with a positive mindset and get involved on campus from the get-go these will be the best years of your life.


Daniel Cummings

Hometown: Newtown, CT

Major: Communication

Commuter

Campus Involvement: Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Greek Council, Programs Activities Council

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu for the great atmosphere, and the involvement of the Western community that gives back to the Danbury community.

Words of Wisdom: Time management is key, master that and you should have a great time at this school.


Daniela Romero

Hometown: Peekskill, NY

Major: Biology

Commuter

School Year: Sophomore

#ichosewcsu because it is affordable and close to New York

Words of Wisdom: If you’re not sure what you want to major in, don’t let anyone tell you what it should be. Try new things and be yourself always!


Eden Edwards-Harris

Hometown: New Milford, CT

Major: Sociology

Resident

Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant, Student Volunteer Coordinator, Public Relations Chair for Program Activities Council, President of Sigma Delta Tau

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because of its phenomenal nursing program, it’s affordable cost and distance from home.

Words of Wisdom: Get involved, try new things, go to places you’ve yet to discover and it’ll lead you to places you never thought you’d go


Emily Casciari

Hometown: Ridgefield, CT

Major: Psychology

Commuter

Campus Involvement: Student Worker in the Center for Student Involvement

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because Western is close to home so I was able to commute. It has so many great opportunities and a lot of my friends go here!

Words of Wisdom: Get involved as much as possible! Western is what you make of it. There are plenty of awesome events to attend and organizations to join!!


Equan Brooks

Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

Major: Health Promotion & Exercise Science (HPX)

Commuter

Campus Involvement: Black Student Union (BSU), Student Associate for Campus and Student Centers, WCSU Football

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because to me it seems like the best place to go for school and sports

Words of Wisdom: Go to all the events and make friends, be social and have fun.


Heather Morey

Hometown: Brookfield, CT

Major: Health Promotion & Exercise Science, with a concentration in Allied Health

Commuter

Campus Involvement: CHSC- Collegiate Health Service Corps; HPX Club; National Society for Leadership and Success; Honors Program; Student Ambassador in Undergraduate Admissions

School Year: Junior

#ichosewcsu because of its great Health Promotion & Exercise Science program and it’s close to home.

Words of Wisdom: It’s not where you go, but what you do.


Jala Cooke

Hometown: Canaan, CT

Major: Psychology

Resident

Campus Involvement: Game Shows and Competitions Chair for the Program Activities Council

School Year: Sophomore

#ichosewcsu because originally it was just for convenience but my decision was quickly validated when I met so many amazing people at Summer Orientation as well as throughout the course of my first year. I really feel like I belong at WCSU.

Words of Wisdom: Seize every opportunity that is thrown your way. Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, but being involved and trying new things will make your college experience that much more enjoyable.


James Cantafio

Hometown: Hamden, CT

Major: Meteorology

Resident

Campus Involvement: Honors Students of Compassion, Co-Vice President Psych Alliance, Publicity Officer Kathwari Honors Program, Student Assistant, Honors Council Honors Course Committee, Weather Center, Volunteer, Meteorology Club, Rotaract Club, Muslim Student Association

School Year: Sophomore

#ichosewcsu because it is the only university in the state of Connecticut that offers an undergraduate meteorology program, it has small campus and class sizes, it is highly affordable, and its Honors program is highly supportive of its students, offering a wide variety of academic and community service opportunities.

Words of Wisdom: It never hurts to try something new! Whether you’re considering taking on minors, attending club meetings, running for an officer and/or executive board position, seeking volunteer hours and/or employment, or even starting a campus-wide initiative, the hardest step is overcoming your fear of trying. Some things may not stick, but it’s the things that do that will be worthwhile for both yourself and the entire campus community! Try everything!


Jeffery Moffat

Hometown: Beacon Falls

Major: Human Resource Management

Resident

Campus Involvement: Sigma Chi Fraternity, Programs Activities Council, National Society of Leadership and Success, Student Ambassador in the Admissions Office

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because it was relatively close to my home, affordable and many friends I went to high school with were coming here

Words of Wisdom: Get as involved as you can, just not enough to burn you out. You have no idea how many doors will open to you and how many amazing people you will meet from around the different clubs and organizations.


Jonathan Mowattt

Hometown: Waterbury, CT

Major: Health Promotion & Exercise Science: Allied Health

Resident

Campus Involvement: Men’s Basketball Team, Student Advisory Athletic Council

School Year: Junior

#ichosewcsu because it was close to home, the environment is great and there’s so many ways you can get help with your school work

Words of Wisdom: Enjoy the moment, the years go by very fast. Get involved as much as you can, do as much activities as you can and make it special


Leah Harger

Hometown: Essex, CT

Major: Psychology

Resident

Campus Involvement: Vice President of the Program Activities Council, Student Government Association, Desk Worker, and Western Connection Program Mentor

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because it is affordable, close to home, and has a great sense of community.

Words of Wisdom: Get involved with anything that peaks your interests. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while, college is the place to find out who you truly are and what you love to do.


Lindsey Englander

Hometown: Southbury, CT

Major: Elementary Education

Commuter

Campus Involvement: Student Government Association, Program Activities Council, Education Club, works at Alumni Relations

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because of the education program. WCSU is ranked second in Connecticut for their Education program. When I first visited WCSU I instantly felt a sense of belonging and community. I knew that will the small class sizes I would be able to get individualized attention to help me be successful.

Words of Wisdom: Become involved; step outside of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to try new things. Ask for help when you are struggling the faculty here will go above and beyond to help you succeed.


Lycia Lopez-Torres

Hometown: New Milford, CT

Major: Undecided

Commuter

Campus Involvement: Entertainment Chair for the Program Activities Council, sister of Sigma Delta Tau, works in the campus bookstore

School Year: Sophomore

#ichosewcsu because the people here made me feel at home and I could see myself growing here

Words of Wisdom: Put yourself out there!! Do things you never thought you would do. Make new friends, join a club you never heard of, go to events, take classes you’ve never heard of but most importantly find yourself.


Mariana Martins

Hometown: New Fairfield, CT

Major: Social Work

Commuter

Campus Involvement: Program Activities Council, Sigma Delta Tau, Greek Council, mentor for the Western Connection Program.

School Year: Junior

#ichosewcsu because it felt like home to me and it was affordable.

Words of Wisdom: Be apart of as much as you can on campus. Whether you are a commuter or resident, make it the best years of your life. Do things you like and always ask for help if you need it. The staff and students are always willing to help you! And lastly, when things get rough, keep your head up.


Megan Lyon

Hometown: Brewster, NY

Major: Interactive Marketing

Resident

Campus Involvement: Marketing Intern for Sodexo and Cheerleading

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because of its welcoming environment, proximity to home, price, and litany of opportunities that you can take advantage of!

Words of Wisdom: College is what you make of it! If you want these next years to be the best of your life, MAKE IT SO!


Megan Waldrop

Hometown: Berlin, CT

Major: Psychology

Resident

Campus Involvement: Travel and Novelty Chair for the Program Activities Council, Sigma Delta Tau, and Student Ambassador in Admissions

School Year: Junior

#ichosewcsu because of its amazing honors program, which has and will open many doors for me throughout and beyond my college career. I also chose WCSU because of its affordability.

Words of Wisdom: College is what you make of it ~ you get out what you put into it.


Oscar Cortez

Hometown: Danbury, CT

Major: Social Work

Resident

Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant of Fairfield Hall (2016-2017) IRHA President (2017-2018) Manager for Campus Computer Centers (2015-ongoing) Event Coordinator for Facilities Scheduling and Promotion (Summer 2016) Vice President of Student Relations for the Student Government Association (2018-2019)

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because there are so many opportunities and networks for every student at this school!

Words of Wisdom: Enjoying College and being a successful doesn’t just appear in front of you. You need to seek out opportunity and be active in making the difference. Happiness and fulfillment take hard work, just like anything else.


Paul Horkan

Hometown: New Fairfield, CT

Major: Political Science, Minor in International Relations

Lived on campus my freshman year, commuter ever since.

Campus Involvement: Senator for the Student Government Association and President/Founder of Amnesty International WCSU.

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu as a last resort, if I’m being totally honest, and what a pleasant and unexpected surprise it was. The decision to come to Western was one of the best I could have made for myself. I’ve learned more than I ever imagined I would and met friends that will be in my life forever.

Words of Wisdom: Get as involved as you can on campus, it’s an awesome way to meet new people and make friends. If you’re unsure about your major, take a variety of classes and you’ll find what you love – that’s what I did!


Sumiah Gay

Hometown: New Haven, CT

Major: Theatre Performance

Resident

Campus Involvement: Frequent Event Goer

School Year: Junior

#ichosewcsu because it was affordable and offered an amazing Theatre program

Words of Wisdom: Don’t be afraid to talk to new people! Everyone’s looking for friends. This is your time to fully become yourself!


Trevor Knight

Hometown: Trumbull, CT

Major: Secondary Education

Resident

Campus Involvement: Recreation Council, Admissions, Recreation Department

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu for the diverse culture they had to offer. Being in the downtown Danbury area has really opened my mind up to new things. Also the food around campus is amazing.

Words of Wisdom: Everyone else will say get involved which is key, but I say express yourself. Being in college is a brand new experience whit brand new people so don’t be afraid to show off who you really are.


Tyrone McBurnie

Hometown: Trumbull, CT

Major: Justice and Law Administration

Resident

Campus Involvement: Recreation Council Vice President

School Year: Senior

#ichosewcsu because of the wide variety of programs available, because heading in I honestly did not know what I wanted to do, but along the lines I found my way.

Words of Wisdom: Get involved early, getting involved in different clubs and organizations will not only help you build friendships but will also allow you to grow as a person and make different connections that could have an impact later in life.


Victoria (Tori) Tralli

Hometown: Bethel, CT

Major: Health Promotion & Exercise

Commuter

Campus Involvement: Cheerleading

School Year: Junior

#ichosewcsu because it was nearby and had all of the things that I wanted in a college. I also felt so at home and welcomed into the colonial family!

Words of Wisdom: GET INVOLVED!!! The worst thing that you can do is go to class and then go straight home or to your dorm. Attend the events and join a team or a club. College is what you make of it.