Who will I meet at New Student Orientation?

In addition to meeting other members of the Class of 2019, you will meet upper class students who have been selected to serve as Orientation Leaders at New Student Orientation 2015!

The Orientation Leader team at Becker College is a very special group of student leaders.  They have gone through a rigorous application process, have received in-depth training, and have worked tirelessly to get everything ready for New Student Orientation 2015.  Orientation Leaders are superstars at Becker College; many are athletes, Student Government officers, Campus Activities Board officers, tour guides, Presidential Ambassadors, and BLUE Crew participants.  They are the face of Becker College, and they cannot wait to meet you!

During New Student Orientation, all incoming students will be placed in a small group and will be led by an Orientation Leader Team listed below.  Orientation leaders are mentors and resources for first year students at New Student Orientation and beyond.  Read more about YOUR 2015 New Student Orientation Leaders below!

Student Staff

Alexandra Berthaut- New Student Orientation Chairperson

Alex is a senior from Manchester, Connecticut, majoring in Nursing in the BSN program.  This is Alex's third year on the Orientation Team. She is also involved on campus as a graduate of BLUE Crew I, a member of the volleyball team, and works in the Swan Library as a library assistant.  She is part of the National Student Nursing Association, and is a commuter student. She was selected to serve as the Orientation Chairperson for the program this year, and will assist with overseeing the orientation leaders as well as working with parents and family members attending orientation.

Orientation Leaders

Jess Wallinger (New Student Orientation Assistant Chairperson) & James Chambers


Jess is a junior from Connecticut, a resident student and a Pre-Veterinary Studies major.  This is her second year on the Orientation Team. Jess works on campus in the kennel, is a tutor at the Collaborative Learning Center, and will be a Resident Assistant in Leicester for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Jess is a driver for the Food Recovery Network (which brings leftover dining hall food to a local veteran's shelter), and serves as the Public Relations Officer for the ALD Honor Society. In addition to being an Orientation Leader this year, Jess served as the New Orientation Orientation Assistant Chairperson, and will assist with the orientation leader team, overall program development and will also work with parents/family members attending orientation.

James is a junior from Poughkeepsie, NY, majoring in Exercise Science.  He is a member of the Becker College football team, and involved on campus as a member of the Campus Activities Board.

Kya Davis & Luke Carpentier

Kya is a sophomore, Graphic Design major from Manchester, Vermont.  This is Kya's first year on staff.  She is a member of the Resident Hall Association, a participant in the BLUE Crew I program, and will be a peer mentor for the 2015-2016 academic year. She is a resident student, residing on the Leicester campus.

Luke is a sophomore from Dover, New Hampshire. He is majoring in Computer Game Design.  This is Luke's first year on staff.  He is also a participant in the BLUE Crew I program. Luke was a resident student his first year at Becker, but will be commuting in his second year.

Teina Lochan & Huw Evans

Teina is a junior from Queens, NY who is majoring in Nursing in the BSN program.  This is Teina’s second year on staff.  She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, serves as a Tour Guide and Peer Tutor, is a graduate of the BLUE Crew I student leadership program, is a student ambassador, and class liaison. She also serves as a Supplemental Instructor (serving as an academic mentor) with the Collaborative Learning Center. Teina is a commuter student.

Huw is a sophomore from Richmond, CA majoring in Veterinary Science/Clinical Medicine and Laboratory Animal Management.  This is Huw's first year on staff.  He serves as a presidential ambassador and a student ambassador, and is involved with the Equestrian Team. Huw is a residential student and lives in Leicester.

Allison Calascione & Jake LaMagdeleine


Allison is a junior from Parker, Colorado. She serves as a Resident Assistant, and is a Graphic Design major.  This is her first year on the Orientation Team. Allison works on campus as an institutional Research Assistant, and is a Peer Mentor for the First Year Experience program. She is involved with the Campus Activities Board.

Jake is a sophomore from Shiley, MA majoring in Communications Design.  He is a participant in the BLUE Crew leadership program, is the Communications Coordinator for the Residence Hall Assocation, and serves as a student ambassador/tour guide. Jake is a resident student, living on the Worcester campus.

Emily Ryan & Eltonjo Palushi


Emily is a sophomore Computer Game Development and Programming from North Attleboro, MA.  This is Emily's first year on staff.  She is the Class of 2018 Vice President, and works for the Becker Admission's Office as a student ambassador. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Eltonjo is a sophomore from Quincy, MA, majoring in Nursing.  This is Eltonjo's first year on staff.  He is involved with the local community at home through his volunteer work with the Boston Bear Cubs- teaching children with special needs how to skate and play ice hockey.

Cheyenne Melanson & Jonathan Leduc


Cheyenne is a junior Pre-Veterinary Studies major from Litchfield, NH.  This is her first year on staff.  She is a member of the Volleyball team, Pre-Vet Club, and Dance Club. Cheyenne will also serve as a Resident Assistant for the 2015-2016 academic year. She is a residential student, living on the Leicester campus.

Jonathan is a sophomore, in the ADN Nursing program. He transferred to Becker from Worcester State University in the fall of 2014. He is currently entering his second semester of the 2-year Nursing program. This will be his first year on staff as an orientation leader. Jonathan is a commuter student from Charlton, Massachusetts.

Bailey Brait & Jakaa Campbell-Branch


New Student Orientation Program Assistants

Bailey is a sophomore Pre-Veterinary Studies major from Plymouth, MA.  Bailey is a member of the Becker College softball team, and involved in the Lambing Club. She is a resident student, and lives on the Leicester campus.

Jakaa is a junior from Boston, MA, who is majoring in Pre-Veterinary Studies. She is involved with the Campus Activities Board as a member of the Alley Cat group (promoting on-campus events), as well as a general member on the Student Government Association. Jakaa will be an Resident Assistant for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Both Bailey and Jakaa will be assisting with the overall orientation program logistics and operations for students and family members.

Professional Staff

Caitlin MacNeil

New Student Orientation Graduate Intern


Caitlin is from Tewksbury, MA and is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration at Springfield College (Anticipated May 2015.)

She completed her undergraduate education at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA and is currently serving as a  Residence Director at Assumption College.

Matthew Jones

New Student Orientation Graduate Intern

Matthew is from Rogersville, Alabama and is current pursuing a Master of Science degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs at Florida State University (Anticipated May 2016).

He completed his undergraduate education at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL and is currently serving as a Graduate Assistant for University Housing at Florida State University.

Office of Campus Activities & Student Leadership Development Staff

Tracey Pakstis-ClaiborneDirector 

Danielle O’ConnellAssociate Director 

Dexter ViatorAssistant Director 

Patrick HickeyAssistant Director 



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