Meet the Team

Meet your 2021 Orientation "Red Shirts" - student leaders who will help you have an amazing orientation experience!

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Emily Shields

Student Coordinator ‘18

Hometown: Lafayette Hill, PA

Major: Marketing

Minor: Communications

One Word to Describe You: Random

Fun Fact: I'm allergic to waterproof sun tan lotion 

Favorite SJU Moment: When the Pope came to campus

Favorite part of Orientation: Does the whole day count?

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Maria Calabrese

Student Coordinator ‘18

Hometown: Newtown Square, PA

Major: Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing

Minor: IHS

One Word to Describe You: Passionate

Fun Fact: I can't dance, but that doesn't stop me from trying!

Favorite SJU Moment: Experiencing Pope weekend with friends and family.

Favorite part of Orientation: "This is your city for the next 4 years"

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Maria Biancaniello

2018

Orientation 2021 Captain

Hometown: Newtown Square, PA

Major: Chemistry Minor: Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability

One Word to Describe You: Weird

Fun Fact: I've never broken a bone

Favorite Part of Orientation: Ice Cream, naturally

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Thomas Cuddihy

2018

Orientation 2021 Captain

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Major: Marketing Minor: Communications
One Word to Describe You: Tall
Fun Fact: There's a picture of me on the wall in Larry's
Favorite SJU Moment: Representing SJU at the Collegiate Rugby Championship on NBC

Favorite part of Orientation: The Rocky Steps

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Bridget Steinetz

2018

Orientation 2021 Captain

Hometown: Glen Mills, PA
Major: Food Marketing
One Word to Describe You: Kangaroo
Fun Fact: I wish I lived in Switzerland
Favorite SJU Moment: When I got my bed bunked

Favorite Part of Orientation: Khakis

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Rose Walton

2019

Orientation 2021 Captain

Hometown: Bucks County, PA
Major: LEO Minor: Business Intelligence, Advertising & Promotions
One Word to Describe You: Scrappy
Fun Fact: Everyone in my family sleeps on waterbeds
Favorite SJU Moment: Losing my voice and my sanity at the March Madness viewing party in the Perch

Favorite Part of Orientation: Constant tears of joy

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Dan Ferraiolo

2018

Hometown: Broomall, PA
Major: Actuarial Science Minor: RMI & Math
One Word to Describe You: Ice Cream
Fun Fact: I'm a hawkling
Favorite SJU Moment: I hit a half court shot at halftime of the SJU basketball game.

Favorite part of Orientation: All you can eat Ice Cream at field games

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Dan Grandieri

2018

Hometown: Media, PA
Major: Risk Management and Insurance
One Word to Describe You: Electric
Fun Fact: I am an uncle
Favorite SJU Moment: Watching my friends play baseball at Smithson Field.

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Emily Hanlon

2018

Hometown: Scranton, PA
Major: Communications

Minor: Advertising and Promotions & Art
One Word to Describe You: Awesomesauce
Fun Fact: I am double-jointed in my thumbs
Favorite SJU Moment: APEX

Favorite part of Orientation: Mister Softee

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Kyndall Hawkins

2018

Hometown: Havertown, PA
Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services
One Word to Describe You: Spicy
Fun Fact: I beat Bryce O'Connell by 20 in 2k17
Favorite SJU Moment: Ludacris briefly performing at our Spring Concert

Favorite part of Orientation: Making my way up the Art Museum Steps

 

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Zoe Malone

2018

Hometown:
Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry
One Word to Describe You: Hodor
Fun Fact: I am the breaker of chains and Mother of Dragons
Favorite SJU Moment:When Arya came back to Westeros

Favorite part of Orientation: Jousting!

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Benedetta Marra

2018

Hometown: Kensington, MD
Major: Finance and International Business
One Word to Describe You: Ambitious
Fun Fact: I was born in Naples, Italy
Favorite SJU Moment: Volunteering at the Papal Mass

Favorite part of Orientation: Cheering at the top of the Art Museum Steps

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Julie Mascitti

2018

Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Major: Food Marketing
One Word to Describe You: Porker
Fun Fact: I lived out of a backpack for 13 days while frolicking through 5 different countries
Favorite SJU Moment: Beth's candy bowl

Favorite part of Orientation: Racing Sara Hoffman on the train and getting scolded for it

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Bridget Mullen

2018

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Major: History and Secondary Education
One Word to Describe You: Fun.

Fun Fact: My favorite percentage of milk is whole, but I am accepting of all types!!
Favorite SJU Moment: Visiting my SJU pals all across Europe when we studied abroad

Favorite part of Orientation: LINES

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Brynna Robinson

2018

Hometown: Williston Park, NY
Major: Marketing Minor: Communications
One Word to Describe You: Overactive tear glands
Fun Fact: I hugged Jimmy on National TV
Favorite SJU Moment: comfy chair village in the library!!

Favorite part of Orientation: The view of the city from the top of the Rocky Steps

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Kevin Ryan

2018

Hometown: Sewell, NJ
Major: Finance Minor: Economics and Real Estate Finance
One Word to Describe You: Smart *DJ Khaled voice*
Fun Fact: My high school mascot was a Hermit... yeah, like an old guy with a long beard who lives in a cave #HermitPride
Favorite SJU Moment: 4th Floor Villiger

Favorite part of Orientation: Tootsie's

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Mary Vanover

2018

Hometown: West Grove, PA
Major: Food Marketing
One Word to Describe You: Nice
Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Madrid for a semester (still can't speak any spanish though)
Favorite SJU Moment: Waking up to the Philadelphia skyline every morning on 6th floor Villiger

Favorite part of Orientation: Field games

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Dave Viselli

2018

Hometown: Burlington, NJ
Major: Sports Marketing Minor: Business Intelligence
One Word to Describe You: Dance
Fun Fact: I participated in the Indiana Jones show at Disney World my senior year in high school
Favorite SJU Moment: We skipped the last day of classes freshman year to take a beach trip.... don't tell my mom 🙂

Favorite part of Orientation: Reading Terminal Market (FOOD)

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Tim Ward

2018

Hometown: Pelham, NY
Major: Political Science Minor: International Relations and Justice & Ethics in the Law
One Word to Describe You: Dad-bod
Fun Fact: I worked in the European Union #Worldly
Favorite SJU Moment: Seeing all of my friends in one place again at the begging of the semester.

Favorite part of Orientation: The chant at the top of the Rocky Steps

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Jill Bateman

2019

Hometown: Phoenix, MD
Major: Managing Human Capital & LEO
One Word to Describe You: Introspective
Fun Fact: One time Ariana Grande's mom gave my backstage passes to her concert and I got to meet Ariana Grande
Favorite SJU Moment: Any time spent in club lib

Favorite part of Orientation: Looking at the Philadelphia skyline at the top of the Art Museum steps

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Evan Buchanan

2019

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Major: Pharmaceutical Marketing Minor: Communications
One Word to Describe You: Memorable
Fun Fact:I don't have tonsils... or andenoids
Favorite SJU Moment:  Pope Weekend

Favorite part of Orientation: The BLD

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Mike Ciancio

2019

Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
Major: Accounting and Business Intelligence
One Word to Describe You: Vibey
Fun Fact: I race cars
Favorite SJU Moment: Watching the basketball team win the A10 tournament

Favorite part of Orientation: Reading Terminal Market

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Fiona Conway

2019

Hometown: Tiverton, RI
Major: International Business Minor: Spanish
One Word to Describe You: Outgoing
Fun Fact: I'm Shrek's wife. Look it up.
Favorite SJU Moment: Finding new exotic places on campus to take a nap.

Favorite part of Orientation: Queen of the BLD

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Meg Croley

2019

Hometown: Schuylkill County, PA
Major: English and Communications
One Word to Describe You: Jazzy
Fun Fact: I can perfectly rap every word of "Shoop" by Salt-N-Peppa
Favorite SJU Moment: My entire second semester of sophomore year

Favorite part of Orientation: Food at Reading Terminal

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Jason D'Antonio

2019

Hometown: Oxford, PA
Major: Political Science Minor: Latin American Studies, Economics
One Word to Describe You: Dad
Fun Fact: I always have a watch on. Always.
Favorite SJU Moment: 4th Floor McShain

Favorite part of Orientation: Cheesesteaks.

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Meg Doyle

2019

Hometown: Oreland, PA
Major: Elementary and Special Education
One Word to Describe You: Lively
Fun Fact: I sang "Happy Birthday" to Ann Hathaway 2 years ago
Favorite SJU Moment: WIP- Peru freshman year

Favorite part of Orientation: Realizing I found my home for the next four years

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Michael Efstration

2019

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Major: Accounting
One Word to Describe You: *trips*
Fun Fact: My first language was Greek
Favorite SJU Moment: Eating at Campion Dining Hall

Favorite part of Orientation: the dairy free ice cream at Reading Terminal

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Ana Faguy

2019

Hometown: Potomac, MD
Major: Political Science Minor: Journalism & LEO
One Word to Describe You: Eclectic
Fun Fact: I have dual citizenship
Favorite SJU Moment: Going to Austin, TX and Washington DC for college journalism conferences

Favorite part of Orientation: Train ride into the city

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Dan Gamboa

2019

Hometown: Franklin Township, NJ
Major: International Business & Spanish
One Word to Describe You: MOOD
Fun Fact: I have a lazy eye that I can control
Favorite SJU Moment: My history professor roasting me in front of the whole class because I like Marvel better than DC

Favorite part of Orientation: Walking to the train station and getting the AUX

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Marygrace Hallinan

2019

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Major: Elementary and Special Education
One Word to Describe You: Animated
Fun Fact: I have performed in churches in seven Italian Cities, one of them being the Vatican
Favorite SJU Moment: Sitting with my roomies at the Welcome Back Mass and feeling so happy to be back on Hawk Hill

Favorite part of Orientation: Cheering at the top of the Art Museum Steps

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Devon Henry

2019

Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Major: Marketing Minor: Communications
One Word to Describe You: Compassionate
Fun Fact: Riding a camel in Morocco
Favorite SJU Moment: Accidentally giving out Phil Martelli's cell phone number

Favorite part of Orientation: Running up the art museum steps

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Sara Hoffman

2019

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Major: Food Marketing and MHC
One Word to Describe You: Hungry

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Favorite SJU Moment: Pope Weekend

Favorite part of Orientation: meeting the best of friends!

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Parker Munns

2019

Hometown: Lumberton, NJ
Major: Finance & RMI
One Word to Describe You: Skee-bop
Fun Fact: I have never eaten a kiwi
Favorite SJU Moment: Gaelic Football trip to Boston

Favorite part of Orientation: Reading Terminal

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Bryce O'Connell

2019

Hometown: Carlisle, PA
Major: Finance and Business Intelligence
One Word to Describe You: Processing
Fun Fact: Kangaroos cannot hop backwards
Favorite SJU Moment: When the basketball team beat Cincinnati in the NCAA tournament

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Alex Oleck

2019

Hometown: Jackson, NJ
Major: Finance
One Word to Describe You: Short
Fun Fact: I've jumped off of a moving train
Favorite SJU Moment: Move-in day Sophomore year

Favorite part of Orientation: THE STEPS

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Haley Patrick

2019

Hometown: Sea Girt, NJ
Major: Biology Minor: Behavioral Neuroscience
One Word to Describe You: sweatpants
Fun Fact: The only thing I know how to cook is plain chicken (someone please teach me)
Favorite SJU Moment: Becoming friends with Beth on Facebook and then posting on her wall immediately after/ when I got a free coffee from DB

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD BLD BLD

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Ross Pilliod

2019

Hometown: Reading, PA
Major: International Relations Minor: French and Business
One Word to Describe You: Golf
Fun Fact: I dressed up as a rug in the school musical and spun around in front of 900 people
Favorite SJU Moment: Getting a text from the golf coach early freshman year while in camping saying that I had the spot to walk on the team

Favorite part of Orientation: eating at campion for the first time

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John Rosario

2019

Hometown:  Pennsauken, NJ
Major: Managing Human Capital and LEO
One Word to Describe You: spicy
Fun Fact: I split my chin open twice within days apart!

Favorite part of Orientation: eating ice cream at Reading Terminal

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Nick Solazzo

2019

Hometown: Montgomery, NJ

Major: Business Intelligence and Analytics
One Word to Describe You: Energetic
Fun Fact: I can cook 😉
Favorite SJU Moment: Being rowdy in Lafarge

Favorite part of Orientation: Dancing at the BLD for sure

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Mike Valucci

2019

Hometown: Blue Bell, PA
Major: Accounting  Minor: Real Estate Finance
One Word to Describe You: Hungry
Fun Fact: I play guitar
Favorite SJU Moment: 3rd Floor Villiger

Favorite part of Orientation: The BLD

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Alexis Wilson

2019

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Mark Berstiel

2020

Hometown: Conshohocken, PA
Major: Marketing
One Word to Describe You: Thoughtful
Fun Fact: I am a Champion Origami Folder
Favorite SJU Moment: First time I heard music in Campion

Favorite part of Orientation: Meeting my best friend, Jeff Hunt

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Vilma Fermin

2020

Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major: Communications
One Word to Describe You: Energetic
Fun Fact: My sister and I have the exact same name
Favorite SJU Moment: Any and every basketball game

Favorite part of Orientation: Running up the Art Museum Steps and chanting

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Dante Galletta

2020

Hometown: Hammonton, NJ
Major: International Business and RMI Minor: Chinese
One Word to Describe You: Spontaneous
Fun Fact: In the 6th Grade I stole my dad's credit card and bought $150 worth of Farmville Cash on Facebook

Favorite SJU Moment: SJU vs. UPenn @ Palestra: Wild

Favorite part of Orientation: Unknowingly meeting some of my friends for life

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Lucy Higgins

2020

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Communications Studies
One Word to Describe You: Bubbly
Fun Fact: I was born with a 6th finger on one hand
Favorite SJU Moment: My first show with the Improv team

Favorite part of Orientation: LINES

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Jeff Hunt

2020

Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
Major: Finance Minor : Philosophy

One Word to Describe You: Philosophical
Fun Fact: The #1 Qdoba in the country is in my hometown

Favorite SJU Memory: First time I heard music in Campion

Favorite part of Orientation: Winning the Spirit Award

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George Litman

2020

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Major: Undecided Business
One Word to Describe You: Bubbly
Fun Fact: I have the omelet options memorized in Campion
Favorite SJU Moment: The day I found out I was going to be a Red Shirt

Favorite part of Orientation: Chanting with everyone on the train and outside the Art Museum

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Brysen McMullin

2020

Hometown: Ardmore, PA
Major: International Business
One Word to Describe You: Curious
Fun Fact: I slow danced with Malia Obama
Favorite SJU Moment: Made in America with my new friends

Favorite part of Orientation: going into the city with everyone

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Sydney Nyles

2020

Hometown: Berks County, PA
Major: Food Marketing
One Word to Describe You: Optimistic
Fun Fact: I took a selfie with Ryan Seacrest
Favorite SJU Moment: Made in America with my suitemates

Favorite part of Orientation: Chanting with the leaders at the top of the Art Museum steps

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Malcolm Odum

2020

Hometown: Lansdowne, PA
Major: Food Marketing
One Word to Describe You: Fashion-forward
Fun Fact: I learned how to tango in Argentina
Favorite SJU Moment: 50 cent wings at Landmark with my floormates

Favorite part of Orientation: Train ride into the City!

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Jessica Panek

2020

Hometown: Brick, NJ
Major: Early Childhood Education Minor: Special Education
One Word to Describe You: Mermaid
Fun Fact: I'm colorblind and I went to magic camp when I was 11
Favorite SJU Moment: Cheering on the sidelines at the boy's basketball game home opener

Favorite part of Orientation: Running up the Art Museum Steps

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Tatum Pappas

2020

Hometown: Roseland, NJ
Major: Undecided Business
One Word to Describe You: Chillaxed
Fun Fact: I'm an identical twin
Favorite SJU Moment: Chilling with everyone in the Library during finals week knowing there is no escape but you're all in this together

Favorite part of Orientation: singing the Hawks chant

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Maddy Pontarelli

2020

Hometown: Holland, PA
Major: Accounting
One Word to Describe You: Driven
Fun Fact: I've been to Disney World over 40 times, and now my sister is a Full-time performer there
Favorite SJU Moment: Finding out I was chosen as an Orientation Leader

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD, always

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Jen Rees

2020

Hometown: Collegeville, PA
Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry
One Word to Describe You: Preppy
Fun Fact: One time I did a cartwheel into my fish tank and had to get 20 stitches in my foot!
Favorite SJU Moment: Getting the news that I had made the Orientation team!

Favorite part of Orientation: The BLD

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Charley Rekstis

2020

Hometown: Centreville, MD
Major: English
One Word to Describe You: Vivacious
Fun Fact: I am named after Charolette Bronte
Favorite SJU Moment: Getting stuck at a SEPTA train station for 2 hours in 10 degree weather at 1am

Favorite part of Orientation: Going into Center City

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Kayla Roberts

2020

Hometown: Abington, PA
Major: Information Technology
One Word to Describe You: Sleepy
Fun Fact: I love to ride motorcycles
Favorite SJU Moment: Move-in weekend

Favorite part of Orientation: The BLD

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Mike Soucy

2020

Hometown: Bedford, NH
Major: Accounting
One Word to Describe You: Saucy
Fun Fact: I'm an accounting major because of Kevin from the Office
Favorite SJU Moment: My APEX trip to Alleghany, Virginia

Favorite part of Orientation: The BLD

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Michael Tenney

2020

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Major: Food Marketing
One Word to Describe You: Goofball
Fun Fact: There was an E.Coli outbreak at the Chipotle I go to on the day I went- I didn't get it though!
Favorite SJU Moment: APEX- Bluefield, WV

Favorite part of Orientation: "This is your city for the next four years!"

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Rob Young

2020

Hometown: Drexel Hill, PA
Major: Finance
One Word to Describe You: Electric
Fun Fact: I play club volleyball
Favorite SJU Moment: Basketball games at Hagan Arena

Favorite part of Orientation: Reading Terminal