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Meet the 2019 Student Orientation Directors

April 16, 2019 Tags: Campus Life

Student Orientation Directors 2019 collage

The Center for Student Engagement at Saint Francis University has chosen the team of students who will assist with leading the efforts with welcoming the Class of 2023 into our FlashFam! The first-year transition process is a critical element of a student’s success at Saint Francis University. This is why our institution relies heavily on our team of Orientation Directors to manage Summer Orientation & Academic Registration (SOAR). These individuals volunteer their final weeks of summer, for no compensation or reward, in order to ensure that the first-year students have an exceptional transition into the FlashFam!

Throughout the first-year orientation program, the Orientation Directors are our student leaders who coordinate 40 other student volunteer Orientation Counselors in order to support the mission of our institution and provide a first-class experience for their new classmates.

Directors assume administrator type roles such as creating presentations, coordinating events, problem-solving logistical issues, and assist our professional staff with making decisions when faced with various obstacles that present themselves during an event such as first-year orientation. Prior to move-in day, Directors also facilitate a 3-day training program to ensure that the Orientation Counselors are prepared to offer a transformational experience for the incoming students and their families.

These individuals who have been selected as Orientation Directors are some of the best examples of student leadership and pride here at Saint Francis University. They are responsible for leading the very first student organization that our incoming students are exposed to when they arrive on campus for move-in day, and set the example for what our incoming students can expect their experience to be like as part of the FlashFam here amongst the pines.

Meet our team of Orientation Directors

Pictured at the top from left to right including orientation roles, majors, and hometowns:

  • Emily Graziano, Senior Director / Physician Assistant / Jeannette, PA
  • Meghan Albertelli, Associate Director / Healthcare Studies/Public Health / Johnstown, PA
  • Mackenzie Case, Associate Director / Physician Assistant / Clarkston, MI
  • Makaylea Vicari, Associate Director / Physician Assistant / Monroeville, NJ
  • Madison Abriatis, Assistant Director / Physician Assistant / Cabot, PA
  • Ryan Alu, Assistant Director / Engineering, Cyber Security, & Mathematics / Pipersville, PA
  • Olivia Ford, Assistant Director / Communication, Psychology, & Women’s Studies / Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Alexandrea Gochnaur, Assistant Director / Nursing / Altoona, PA
  • Eva Schall, Assistant Director / Aquarium & Zoo Science / Apollo, PA

SOAR is the beginning of life as an SFU student. It is an opportunity to set personal goals, build a class schedule, meet fellow students, and more. To register for SOAR and get more information, visit:


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