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Meet the Team

The 2015 Orientation Leaders Welcome You to RIC

The Office of Academic Support & Information Services (OASIS) organizes and coordinates new student orientation.  OASIS also provides a number of other academic support and advising services.  These include one-on-one academic advising, tutoring (in person or online) for writing,math, accounting, biology, modern languages, psychology, and much more! 

Orientation Leaders

Sydnie Bradley

Title: Orientation Leader State: Massachusetts City: Fall River
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Nursing Clubs/Organizations: Off Campus Work-Study
Hobbies: Playing volleyball, going to the beach, listening to country music Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Night Shift, Orange is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy, Friends, Greys Anatomy Advice to Freshmen: Go to class and talk to new people, you won’t believe the great friendships you’ll make!
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: Attend graduate school, become a Nurse Practitioner Favorite Thing about RIC: It is a small campus and it’s not too far away from Federal Hill and downtown Providence! How I knew RIC was right for me: I knew RIC was the right place for me because it has a great program, the students and staff are very friendly and helpful, and it’s not too far away from home!

Jenna Higgins

Title: Orientation Leader State: Connecticut City: Milford
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Graphic Design/ Art History Clubs/Organizations:
Hobbies: Bowling (also a coach), drawing, painting, swimming, and softball Favorite Movies/TV Shows: love Disney/Pixar movies, and the Food Network Advice to Freshmen: Don’t be afraid to be yourself! College is your time to grow and you’ll be making friends that you will have for the rest of your life.
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: I plan on going back home to continue my life in Milford and search for a graphic design job. Hoping to go back to school after my career starts to further my education and get a Master’s Degree. I also hope that one day I will be able to go on even further and get my Ph.D. in Art History. Favorite Thing about RIC: My favorite thing about RIC is the support system. RIC has so much to offer and the staff is very good when it comes to tutoring and advising. How I knew RIC was right for me: I had heard very good things about the art program here at RIC and that was a huge deal for me when coming to college. I wanted to go somewhere where I knew I was going to receive a good education and be successful when I graduate.

Rosario Romare

Title: Orientation Leader State: Rhode Island City: Warwick
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish Clubs/Organizations: Resident Student Association, Spanish Club, Gold Key Society, and a tutor in the Spanish Department
Hobbies: reading, swimming, hanging out with friends, watching movies, listening to music, watching YouTube videos Favorite Movies/TV Shows: The Lion King, 50 First Dates, Law and Order-SVU, The Middle, and Big Bang Theory Advice to Freshmen: Become involved on campus! Make lots of friends and, most importantly, have fun and study hard because your time here will fly by.
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: I want to become a high school Spanish teacher hopefully in my home town Favorite Thing about RIC: It is very difficult to pick just one thing that I love. I love how RIC is a small campus, and that everyone is so friendly and you feel at home. How I knew RIC was right for me: RIC has one of the best education programs in the country. I also love how it is so close to home so I can visit whenever I want.

Kayshia Haughton

Title: Orientation Leader State: Connecticut City: Newington
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Medical Imaging – Radiologic Technology/Spanish Clubs/Organizations: Intervarsity Christian club, Anchor newspaper
Hobbies: Tennis, Drawing/Arts & craft, Singing Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Heaven is For Real, Addicted, Focus ,Being Mary Jane, Revenge, The Fosters, Chasing Life, Jane the Virgin, and so much more. Advice to Freshmen: Okay, so don't spend all your bonus points within the first 3 weeks or so of school because you're going to be hungry and you're not always going to want or have the money to spend cash out of your own pocket! Please go to class and do your work, most professors only allow up to three absences. Also, don't be afraid to get out on campus, meet new people, and join new clubs. Just have fun!
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: I want a job in my field of Radiologic Technology. Favorite Thing about RIC: My favorite thing about RIC has to be the tutors. They're great and really help you to understand the answers to your questions, and the best part is, tutoring is free! How I knew RIC was right for me: I knew Rhode Island College was the right place for me because once I visited here a few times and went to freshman orientation, I had that gut feeling and knew I would be going to a school that was going to be my home away from home.

Angelina Denomme

Title: Orientation Leader State: Rhode Island City: Woonsocket
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: Communication (Public & Professional) Clubs/Organizations: I work on campus as a peer advisor for the Career Development Center
Hobbies: Reading, writing, yoga, and spending an inordinate amount of money on makeup. Favorite Movies/TV Shows: I’ll watch any movie that premiered at Sundance or can be found under the “Feel Good” tab of Netflix—I refuse to watch anything that is scarier than Finding Nemo. The list of television shows I don’t like is shorter than the ones I do; mainly Grey’s Anatomy, Jane the Virgin, The Mindy Project, Fresh off the Boat, Blackish, and Broad City. Advice to Freshmen: For the social side of college, everyone is in the exact same boat as you. Everybody is trying to make friends and experience “life” so this is one of the few atmospheres where introducing yourself to everyone you meet and making tons of plans isn’t out of the ordinary. For the academic side of college, you need to know your boundaries and get comfortable with turning plans down if you need to get work done.
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: Work at some sort of “save the world” non-profit in management of social media/outreach type work. The details of my future career are still more than blurry and that’s okay. Favorite Thing about RIC: I personally am a huge fan of the atmosphere; as a transfer student I’ve found that RIC definitely has one of the best atmospheres I’ve been a part of in my college experience. The diversity is unparalleled and not something to take for granted; everybody has their own story, their own culture, and their own unique experiences with college. How I knew RIC was right for me: I didn’t know RIC was the right place for me until I started my job in the Career Center and became a part of on-campus activity. Becoming a part of campus life (in any way possible) is important, especially for commuters, if you want to feel “at home” on campus.

Kelsey Rioux

Title: Orientation Leader State: Connecticut City: Killingly
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Double Majoring in Dance Performance and Elementary Education with a Concentration in Mathematics Clubs/Organizations: Dance Company
Hobbies: Dancing, reading, crafting. Favorite Movies/TV Shows: So You Think You Can Dance, The Mentalist, Harry Potter Advice to Freshmen: Be careful not to procrastinate too much
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: To somehow manage to be an Elementary Education teacher and a dance performer/teacher... or owning my own studio Favorite Thing about RIC: The Performing Arts program How I knew RIC was right for me: It’s close to home, affordable, a small-ish campus, and has great programs for both my majors.

Kendra Smith

Title: Returning Orientation Leader State: Massachusetts City: Pembroke
Year in School: Senior Major/Minor: Management Clubs/Organizations: Delta Phi Epsilon, RIC Wind Ensemble
Hobbies: Music, Dance, Crafting, Cooking Favorite Movies/TV Shows: The Office, Family Guy, Gossip Girl Advice to Freshmen: Step outside of your comfort zone, join a club or organization you may not have necessarily pictured yourself in. Make it your mission to meet new people!
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: I hope to get a job as a management consultant working for Boston Consulting Group. Eventually, I wish to pursue my Master’s and doctorate. I would love to someday teach management at the college level. Favorite Thing about RIC: My favorite thing about RIC is the people. How I knew RIC was right for me: It wasn’t long after I started my freshmen year that I met the people who today I call my best friends. I have campus life, my sorority, and wind ensemble to thank for that.

Erin Durigan

Title: Orientation Leader State: Rhode Island City: Cranston
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Mass Media Communication Clubs/Organizations: Women's Lacrosse
Hobbies: Sports, singing, music, making and being with friends Favorite Movies/TV Shows: The Great Gatsby, Mean Girls, The Lion King/ Once Upon A Time, Full House Advice to Freshmen: My advice to freshman would be to put yourself out there and to get involved. Don't be afraid to be yourself and do the things that make you happy, there are so many opportunities available. Also, come in ready to work hard on your school work, it is very different from what most high school graduates are used too, but it is do-able if you work hard and put your best foot forward from the very beginning.

Post-Graduation/ Dream Job:
My goals after graduation would be to go directly into a career in the field of mass media communication. My dream job would be to become a sports broadcaster working for the Boston Red Sox.

Favorite Thing about RIC: My favorite thing about RIC is the sense of community. I love the wide variety of clubs available to everyone and the sense that there is always somewhere to fit in. How I knew RIC was right for me: I knew RIC was right for me because of the community feel. There is a great communications program, but also small classes, approachable staff and the amount of support and helpful services available on campus

Sertis Camacho

Title: Orientation Leader State: Rhode Island City: Providence
Year in School: Sophomore Major/Minor: Justice Studies/ Sociology Clubs/Organizations: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Latino Success Program, and a member of Crusaders
Hobbies: Dance, sing, and watch animal vines

Favorite Movies/TV Shows: RED, Taken 1,2,3, Meet The Millers, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, The Duff, HOME, and Scandal, Love and Hip-Hop, Being Mary Jane, and Orange Is The New Black

Advice to Freshmen: Get involved on campus, and do not be afraid to ask for help with any situation whether it is academic or personal because there are plenty of people on RIC's campus ready to help, and support you.
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: I want to become a Providence Police Officer, and someday become a detective. Favorite Thing about RIC: The Learning for Life program How I knew RIC was right for me: When I was in high school I went on a tour around the RIC campus and discovered that the school had exactly what I was looking for: a small campus, a place close to home, and a degree program in Justice Studies.

James Rowan Cook

Title: Returning Orientation Leader State: Rhode Island City: Warwick
Year in School: Junior Major/Minor: B.A. In Music Composition minor in Jazz Studies/ Minor in Management Clubs/Organizations: President of Advocacy and Beyond Club (ABC) Member of NSLS, Jazz Combos, RIC Chorus, and 3.5 Honor Society.
Hobbies: Playing Guitar, songwriting, playing basketball, and performing. Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Friends is my favorite television show! Advice to Freshmen: Get involved on campus, study, go to class, meet new people, and most
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: Get My MBA in Grad School. As long as I am helping people, that is my dream job. Favorite Thing about RIC: The people that you meet, and the organizations on campus. How I knew RIC was right for me: The first time I attended the Musicians institute at Rhode Island College (MIRIC) I knew that I had to come here. Everything just fit, from the low cost of tuition, to the people I have met on campus. From then on, I always knew RIC was my home away from home.

Laurie Cepeda

Title: Orientation Leader State: Rhode Island City: Providence
Year in School: Freshman Major/Minor: Psychology and Biology/ Chemistry and Behavioral Neuroscience Clubs/Organizations: Psychology Society and Student Community Government
Hobbies: Reading and knitting Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Be involved with what you love, and get out there! Advice to Freshmen: College is a learning experience! Stay open-minded and remember to always forgive yourself.
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: Medical School and Psychiatry Favorite Thing about RIC: The diversity of clubs on campus How I knew RIC was right for me: I wasn’t sure at first, but after being here for a year, I’ve really learned what the campus and institution have to offer. There’s no doubt in my mind that my education here at Rhode Island College will prepare me for the future and help me reach my professional.

Anthony Vega

Title: Senior Orientation Leader State: Connecticut City: Hartford
Year in School: Senior Major/Minor: Communication Mass Media/Theatre Clubs/Organizations: Theatre Organization, Communication Club, and Hall Council
Hobbies: Reading, swimming, jogging, traveling, acting, and attending performances of plays and musicals, and watching America’s Got Talent, E! News, MTV News, TMZ.

Favorite Movies/TV Shows: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, August: Osage County, The Help, and Saving Mr. Banks. Parks and Recreation, SNL, The Office, 30 Rock, Tonight Show: Jimmy Fallon, the Today Show, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Mad Men.

Advice to Freshmen: Be involved in as much on campus as possible, make lots of new friends, enjoy your time in college because it will go by FAST!, and work hard for what you want.
Post-Graduation/ Dream Job: I hope to work as an entertainment correspondent for E! News or MTV News and have my own talk show. Essentially, I want to be the next Ryan Seacrest. Favorite Thing about RIC: I like that the faculty and administration are always there to help you and they look out for your best interests. Also, because I live away from home, I love how there are always things to do, ways to meet new people, and opportunities to get involved in both the campus community and Rhode Island community. How I knew RIC was right for me: I knew RIC was right for me because it was not too far from home so that I could go back to Connecticut if I needed to. Also, it offered programs and organizations that interested me. Plus, RIC is affordable.

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