BSU Welcomes You

BSU Life Video Team created an interesting video that captures all of our mixed emotions about moving onto campus! No matter what the problem is there are resources available on campus that can help you find a solution!

What are some of your concerns about coming to campus?

Meet the Orientation Leaders (Part 3 of 3)

Our final installment of “Meet the Orientation Leaders” will be concluded with our final 9 Orientation Leaders and 1 Student Orientation Coordination.


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Maria Stadniuk

I am a sophmore from Mansfield, MA. I am majoring in Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health and a minor in Health Resources Management/Management. Outside of school I work as a Swim Instructor and Head Lifeguard at a YMCA.This is my first year as an Orientation Leader and I am so excited to see all the incoming freshman!

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Hi I’m Hannah! I’m a Senior majoring in English and a Communications minor. I’m involved in WBIM and PRSSA. I am traveling to the University of Limerick, Ireland next semester as a Study Abroad student. 

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Nicholas Merriam (Nick)

Class of 2018. Chemistry major with concentration in Biochemistry. ​Adventurer, volleyball player, actively involved, and an avid consumer of food. I like short walks on the beach, bears doing silly things, and Chipotle.

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Tameka Braund

I am going into my senior year of college! My major is Elementary Education, double major in math and minor and special education! I like to think of myself as a pretty involved person including being a mentor and in Greek life! If I could say one thing to ease your worries about orientation I would say be your self!

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I’m a rising Junior in the studies of Criminal Justice and I’m from Worcester MA. On campus in the past years I have been involved in extracurricular activities such as a member of the Dance Team, an executive board member of the African Student Association, and a student employee in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership as a student program advisor.

My piece of advise to the incoming students is to take advantage of every opportunity the university has to offer so that you can grow spiritually, mentally, and physically.

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Celia Pugsley 
I am a sophomore here at BSU. I will be a Resident Assistant in Shea Hall. I joined the swim team at BSU in my first semester on campus and it made me want to evolve as a leader on campus. I became a Orientation Leader because I wanted to make a difference for the incoming students by making them feel comfortable and connected with campus!

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Justyn Walker
History Major

First orientation here as your leader.

If y’all the birds, I can be the feeder.
I can be your guide, inspiration, or your greeter.

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I’m a criminal justice major going into my senior year! Transferred in from community college last semester and looking forward to finish my bachelor degree. Involved in greeklife and looking forward to starting my work study. OL2K15!

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Nick LaFlamme

I’m going to be a Senior here at Bridgewater State. 3 years ago, I started as that stereotypical reluctant orientation student that did not want to be here because it brought be out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad it had because it made me into who I am today. Throughout my time so far at this school I have worked 2 on campus jobs, performed in 3 musicals, and joined Greek life. Currently I am a Vice President of IFC and President of a Fraternity, and my involvements are only growing. I love BSU and all it has done for me.

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EmmaEmma Manning- Student Orientation Coordinator

I’m a senior studying Elementary Education and history. I’m very excited to be spending another summer here at BSU with the Orientation program, as I did last year as an OL and now as one of the Student Orientation Coordinators or SOC. Bridgewater is truly my home and I can’t think of a better job than welcoming new students into our community! I’m actively involved in BSU Greek Life and the Panhellenic Association. Some of my favorite things are bagels, hula hooping and my dog Maizy.

INFORMATIONAL MAILING

Orientation 2015

Be Sure to Bring…
– Sneakers
– Water Bottle
– Twin XL sheets/ Sleeping Bag
– Pillow
– Pajamas
– Bathroom Necessities
(i.e shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.)
– Towel
– Shower Shoes (flip flops)
– Phone Charge
– Clothes for Day Two ( Be prepared for New England weather…rain or shine, hot or cold)

Check out this video for and idea of what to pack!

Look for the Red Polos!
Orientation Leaders (OL’s) are actively involved in assisting new students with the transitions to BSU and play an integral role in the success of the Orientation Program. They are recognized leaders on campus, serving as group facilitators, key contacts with campus resources, peer academic advisors, educators and positive role models.

Orientation Leaders participate in an extensive training program. They are trained and knowledgeable about the institution, course selection and academic advising process, group dynamics and issues students face in making transitions to college.

If you would like to learn more about students and administrators who wil be working to make your orientation experience a great one!

Experience On-Campus Living First Hand!
During Orientation you will be spending the evening in the Shea and Durgin Halls, giving you the chance to get to know your new classmates a bit more and to see what it would be like to live in a traditional first year residence hall at Bridgewater. All students will be staying with a same-gender roomate for the evening based on residential status (i.e residents will stay with residents, commuters will stay with commuters), and each room comes with a Twin XL bed, desk, and wardrobe for each student.

If you need special accommodations for your overnight stay, please fill out our Google form

Meet the Orientation Leaders (Part 2 of 3)!

Today you will be meeting 12 more Orientation Leaders! At the end of each day we have highlighted our Student Orientation Coordinators. These three students have spent their spring semester planning the orientations programing and will be leading the Orientation Leaders through their training and sessions.


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Jake Ames

Class of 2017, Physical Education and General Management dual major. Loving brother, sports enthusiast, acknowledged bad dancer, pizza connoisseur, and a New England supporter. I’m a bearded, involved individual, with a lot of motivation for the future I hope to see realized.

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Leah Thompson

I am a Junior with a Communication Disorders major and a minor in Psychology. I’m from Essex, Ma and I absolutely love living near the ocean. I’ve worked with kids my entire life and some day I hope to be a Speech Language Pathologist. My favorite thing about BSU is that it can teach anyone about diversity and how to broaden your understanding of the world around you.

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Calvin Sanchez

I am an incoming sophomore who loves to chill and interact with new people. I am a outgoing person from Boston. I am incredibly genuine and love being real with people.

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Andrea Valentini

I am a strategic communications major with a minor in PR and psychology. I have an intense case if wanderlust, so I am going to take a class at Oxford this summer. I love the beach, flannels, daisies and smiling…smiling’s my favorite.

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Rachel Mann

I am an accounting and political science major, also minoring in theater. I’ve been involved with the Student Government Association and Greek Life. I’m looking forward to this summer as an orientation leader!

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Connor McLernon

I’m a sophomore majoring in criminal justice. I really like sports especially basketball, I play intramural basketball here at BSU. I am involved in Greek Life on campus and I will be starting my first year being an RA in the Fall.

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Taylor Almeida

I love lots of things but specifically cats, coffee, writing, and Bridgewater State University. I want to be a 3rd grade teacher one day and hopefully publish a novel. I hope to continue impacting students and my peers throughout both academia and my career.

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Tori Sarsfield

I’m a communications major with a minor in public relations. I’m actively involved on campus by taking part in Greek Life, while also working as a tour guide, and a student program advisor in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. I was on the varsity volleyball division III team here at BSU my freshman year, and now take part in intramural volleyball that fits in better with my busy schedule!

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Kaiya Davis

Lover of dogs, the beach, campus involvement, oldies, and all things blue. Double major in social work and psychology, regretful senior, preppy clothes enthusiast!

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Brittany Churchill

I am a psychology major with a music minor. As a commuter, I found my niche becoming involved in the Student Government Association as Executive Secretary for two years. I have also participated in Ensemble Theatre productions as leading roles including “Squeaky Fromme” in Sondheim’s Assassins, and Juliet in a student directed Shakespearean mash-up Much Ado About a Dream. The past two years I have co-hosted the Campus Movie Fest, and this year hosted the first TEDxBSU event. I can be found in the Academic Achievement Center as a philosophy tutor and peer advisor.

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Galvir Romero

I am a Dominican native, and college junior majoring in Public Health. My passion is serving others without reservations. I enjoy community service and leadership roles like being an orientation leader. I am excited to meet all incoming students and to lend a hand where I can.

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Kimberly Contreras

I am a Junior majoring in Physical Education with a concentration in exercise science and fitness. I am from Brockton and I love BSU because of all the amazing friendships and connections I am constantly making.
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jordJordan Gomes- Student Orientation Coordinator

I’m in involved in a few different facets of student life at BSU. Going into my final year at Bridgewater, I will be the Senior RA of the Great Hill Student Apartments residence community on campus, the President of my fraternity, and the President of an honorary dedicated to representing the top 1% of student leaders in the residence halls. I was an Orientation Leader in the summer of 2014 and am now one of the three Student Orientation Coordinators (SOCs) for this June. As a SOC this summer, I’m really looking forward to connecting with the first year students and assist the Orientation Leaders in welcoming them to our community!

In my spare time I enjoy kayaking, watching Netflix, and eating copious amounts of ice cream.


Meet the Orientation Leaders (Part 1 of 3)

With the first session of orientation a week away we wanted to introduce to you our 36 orientation leaders! We will be introducing 13 at a time over three days! Check in on Wednesday and Friday for more introductions.


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Fred Neilan

Hello, I’m currently a Senior here at BSU working towards a degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Pure Mathematics.  I’m also involved in the Honors Program, and I will serving as one of the Resident Assistants for the First Year Honors Residential Learning Community housed in Scott Hall during the upcoming school year. Aside from academics, I enjoy playing video games, working on logic puzzles, and spending time with friends and family!


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Ismaris Ocasio

Senior from Lynn, Ma majoring in Communications Studies with an Anthropology minor. Extremely passionate about self discovery through involvement whether through service, study abroad, or just classes. Understanding my purpose through my college career truly drives me. Can not wait to learn from the incoming Freshman and help guide them in any way I can.

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I am definitely someone who is determined to be successful while maintaining a steady balance of productivity and fun. As a Biology and Psychology double major, I haven’t figured out exactly where I want my career path to go but I know that I have plenty of time! Before Bridgewater I focused solely on playing softball and though I continue to play, I am now involved in so much more. I am the Executive Secretary for Student Government and a member of Greek Life here on campus. I am also an active member of the Honors Program and Honors Student Congress, where I serve as the Peer Mentoring Coordinator and the Scholarship Committee Chair. Outside of Bridgewater, I love spending time at the beach, around a fire, at a country concert, or on the softball field. I also love free time so that I can craft and read! I hope you’re having a great summer and I cannot wait to meet all of you and share my love for Bridgewater with you.
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I am a junior majoring in Elementary Education/Special Education Dual License  with a second major in English and a concentration in Childhood Studies. I am the President of BSU’s chapter of Student Education Association of Massachusetts (SEAM), a member of the Italian American Student Association (IASA), and an employee at the Writing Studio, located in the Academic Achievement Center. I absolutely love everything that BSU has to offer, and I know with my education here that I will be a thriving teacher in the Boston Public School System one day! I’m excited to share my love and knowledge of BSU to the incoming students as an Orientation Leader!

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Ashley Singarella

I am a Sophomore majoring in special education and psychology  I love to sing, hangout on the beach and hangout with my friends. Some of my favorite things are the colors purple and teal, polar bears, and pictures of baby animals! I have traveled to the Bahamas and would love to one day go to Italy!

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Katherine Nazzaro

I am a junior English Major with a minor in Secondary Education. I am involved in the English Society, Greek Life, and I’m the Senior Programming Assistant for the First Year Service RLC.


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Juliette Zielinski

I am an exercise science major. I am very involved around campus, including but not limited to the Children’s Physical Developmental Clinic (CPDC), Greek Life, and Residence Hall Association (RHA).  I am  also looking forward to starting my position as an RA in the fall.

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Morganne Lundin

I’m going into my senior year in the BSU Athletic Training Program. My dream job is to work at a D1 college with a field hockey team.  I have been involved in Intrervaristy Christian fellowship since sophomore year, my favorite BSU memory was going on a service trip spring break 2014 to Tampa, Florida and this is my third summer working as an orientation leader!!

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I am from Norwood, MA and am going into my junior year studying Special Ed and Psychology. I am an RA on campus and I am the President of Program Council.

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I am a Social work major and minoring in criminal justice . My nationality is Haitian and I am from Framingham MA. I speak three languages and hope to learn many more! I am involved in many extracurricular activities such as Haitian American Student Association, FAM for change mentoring program, Bridge Partnership, and in a Greek organization. I also work in the library at the circulation desk . My one piece of advice to incoming students is never reject an idea before you try it.


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Kate Davis
I a junior, double majoring in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. I am involved in different organizations on campus.  I love the beach, the bruins and I have an obsession with chapstick. Sunflowers are my favorite flower and my favorite color is green.
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This is my third year in Orientation and I’m really excited to be working as the SOC this year. When I’m not working I’m studying to earn my Criminal Justice degree and a proud member of BSU’s Fraternity/Sorority life. Some of my favorite classes have been within my major department such as Law and the Judicial Process and Political Theory and the Justice System. I can’t wait to see you all at Orientation and welcome you to our community!


Virtual Tour Part Two

Welcome to part two of our virtual tour! This includes pictures of East Campus which houses Athletics, Administration Buildings and Residence Halls.

BearsEdward C. Swenson Athletic Complex

East
East Residence Hall

ECCEast Campus Commons

Crimson DiningCrimson Dining Hall

CrimsonCrimson Residence Hall

WEygandWeygand Residence Hall

ApartmentsGreat Hill Apartments

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MILESMiles and DiNardo Residence Halls

MilesMiles Residence Hall

SHEADurginShea Durgin Residence Hall

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TINSLEYAdrian Tinsley Center

Next weeks blog will be an introduction of the Orientation Leaders! Let us know what you’d like to see us cover by tweeting @off2bsu!