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The ELP is a collaborative effort, including the contributions of faculty, administrative professional staff and students who make up the Leadership Team.  Read below for more information about the team members.




Name: Patricia Acipreste
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Double Major in Financial Economics & Spanish

Class Standing: Sophomore

Hometown: Carle Place, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: I like how there are so many different clubs, groups, and activities. There is something to do for every person and every interest if you look for it

Best Advice for incoming students: Put yourself out there! Start getting involved early! Step out of your comfort zone! You'll be glad you did in the long run.




 alexName: Alexandra Moehring

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): English & Human Development Major/Minor in History and Education

Class Standing: Senior Hometown: Croton-on-Hudson, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: The amount of different ways to get involved and learn more about yourself! There is something for everyone, and so many unique opportunities to take advantage of. People here are so friendly and have really made me feel like this is my home.

Best advice for incoming students: Step outside of your comfort zone! College is a place to explore and learn about yourself and your environment.





Name: Anthony Dorsa

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Math

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Eastchester, NYechanical Engineering

What do you like most about Binghamton University: The vast amount of opportunities students have to be involved on campus.

Best advice for incoming students: Be calm, you'll adjust in time!






Name:  Caroline Irwin                                                                                                                  

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Chemistry major Economics Minor

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Binghamton, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: Binghamton University is a place of countless opportunities if you put yourself out there you will always have a place on this campus.

Best advice for incoming students: Make the most of this fresh start! Go to general interest meetings for a broad range of clubs and activities and let the college experience guide you because you never know where it may lead you.                                                                                                                                                           




Name: Briana Jones                                                                                                                                   

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s):Human Development

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Buffalo, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: I like that Binghamton is a place that caters to the interests of all people from all sorts of backgrounds. Just in one weekend there could be 10, 15, even 20 cultural, theatrical, musical, religious, etc. events that are all so unique and worth attending. There is so much diversity that it is very easy to branch out and learn more about different people and cultures that you may have not known about before. The "melting pot" effect is awesome to witness!

Best advice for incoming students: Get out of your dorm room!! I cannot stress this enough! You can't have a fulfilling college experience staying cooped up in your room in front of Netflix or a book all the time. There are so many events, organizations, clubs, and volunteer opportunities to be a part of, so why not take advantage of these resources that will only mold you into a broader individual.                                                                                   



Name: JonMermelstein

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): History Major/ Arabic Minor

ClassStanding: Senior Hometown: Scarsdale, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: Binghamton is a great place to be yourself. With such an eclectic variety of people and activities, one need not conform to any social norm in order to fit in and have fun.

Best advice for incoming students: Try new things! Read B-Line at least a few times a week, and find something you find intriguing. Maybe you will discover that Buddhist meditation is your thing. Perhaps you will start a project or small business. Most likely, you will meet cool people that you otherwise wouldn't have come in contact with. Whatever it is, take a risk outside of your comfort zone.





Name: Jehron Pura-Bryant

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Integrative Neuroscience/ Pre-Med

Class Stan

ding: Sophomore Hometown: Long Island, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: I really appreciate the atmosphere of the campus, the people here are welc

oming and the students are motivated to work. There's always something to do on campus and it's a great experience all-around.

Best advice for incoming students: Try something new. As a new student on a different campus, there's a lot of adventure, just try something new and don't set limits for yourself.




Name: Francesco Scioscia                                                                                                                                                    

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Human Development major minor in Education                                                                       

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: How the University provides the 

opportunity to do anything you want and the nature preserve!

Best Advice for incoming students:  Try to manage your time, talk to your family at least once a week, and be open to new things






Name:  Nicole Senderovich

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Integrative Neuroscience                                                                                                                                    

Class Standing: Sophomore  Hometown: Queens, NY

What do you like most about Binghamton University: The most amazing thing to me about Binghamton is the diversity in student ideas, beliefs, and interests. Every individual has his/her own life goals and ambitions and it makes the university a really fascinating place to be.

Best advice for incoming students: Stay open to many ideas! Whether you know what you want to do or you don't. Take risks and try new things that interest you. It may be cliche, but it's true: College is about taking advantage of every possible opportunity.




Name: Che Sun                   

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Financial Economics

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Shijiazhuang, China

What do you like most about Binghamton University: The student governments and the student association, which are 100% run by the students. Also the many great resources available for students!

Best advice for incoming students: Have an open mind and never be 

afraid to make new friends. Know that everyone is in the same situation as you and they all want to get to know you too.






Name: Siaki Tetteh-Nartey

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Computer Engineering

What you like most about Binghamton University: All the clubs, activities, and events that are available for students!

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Monroe, NY

Best advice for incoming students: Don't be scared to try new things!






Name: Shanna Thomas

Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Political Science

Class Standing: Sophomore Hometown: Nanuet, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: I love how many opportunities are waiting for Binghamton students outside the campus! There are so many places to get involved with it is through an internship, volunteering, or a leadership position

Best advice for incoming students: College is a time for you to figure out what you want to do! It's a new experience that has a lot to offer! Don't be afraid to seek out new opportunities, both on and off campus, because you never know where it will lead you!






Name: Carrie Moylan                                                                                                                                   

Title and Department: Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work (CCPA)

Hometown: I grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, spent a number of years in Seattle, Washington, and am now living in Binghamton.

Research/Professional Interests:  Sexual assault, domestic violence, and what communities can do to prevent and respond to trauma

What you like most about Binghamton University:  The students!  I've found the students to be smart, talented, eager to learn, friendly, and full of great ideas.

Best advice for incoming students: Be open; open to learning; open to trying new things; open to finding talents and interests you never would have imagined; open to new ideas and new ways of thinking about the world; open to getting to know the amazing people who surround you.


Name: Robert Kline                                                                                                                                                          Bob

Title:  Adjunct Lecturer, School of Management

Research/Professional Interests: Community Not-For-Profit groups, school foundations, and community foundations.

Favorite thing about Binghamton University: Bright students

Best advice for incoming students: Find your passion, work hard, and get involved




Name: Dylan Horvath                                                                                                                                                             Dylan

Title and Department: Steward of Natural Area, Environmental Studies

Hometown: Marcellus, NY

Research/Professional Interests: Wildlife/Field Biology, Land Management, Environmental Education

What do you like most about Binghamton University: I like meeting, working with, advising, and just conversing with so many great students/volunteers.

Best advice for incoming students: Don't hesitate to get involved in student groups, volunteering, and talking with faculty and staff.



Name: Sarah Thompson                                                                                                                                                         Sara   

Title and Department:  Lecturer of Health and Wellness Studies, Decker School of Nursing

Hometown: Atwood, KS

Research/Professional Interests: Nutrition, Exercise, Obesity and Eating Disorders

What you like most about Binghamton University: I love the diversity and intellectual capital at Binghamton University. It is a wonderful place for students, faculty and professional staff to develop new technologies, share ideas and build skills to better ourselves and our world.

Best advice for incoming students: Get involved with things you are interested in and remember to take care of what is most important in the process, your health. It is important to maintain healthy eating, sleeping and exercise habits to make the most of your time at Binghamton University. You don't want to get yourself so run down that you aren't able to enjoy all the opportunity that BU has to offer! Be good to yourself!




Name: Patricia Alikakos                                                                                                                                             

Title and Department: Lecturer, ESL Program


Hometown:   Binghamton, NY

Research/Professional Interests: Cultural differences in academic writing & speaking, integrating American culture in second language writing and speaking 

courses, benefits of 

community engagement for second language learners.

Favorite thing about Binghamton University: There's something at BU for everybody! No matter what you like to do or are interested in, chances are you'll find people, a club, event, activity, or workshop that will match your interests. I also like that the internationalization of the campus gives us the opportunity to get to know and interact with people from different cultures while promoting cultural awareness in today's global community.

Best advice for incoming students: In between studying and being involved in different programs and clubs, don't forget to take time out for yourself and release stress. Take a walk around the brain, go to the gym, or take a yoga class.


Name: Anne Larriveeanne larivee

Title and Department:
 Senior Assistant Librarian, Binghamton University Libraries

Hometown: Dover, Delaware

Research/Professional Interests: Research interests are people's behavior in innovative spaces designed for information exchange (such as makerspaces and innovative library spaces). My personal interests are to explore the outdoors; find creative restaurants; visit museums and cultural centers

What you like most about Binghamton University: I like Binghamton University's resourcefulness and pride. The campus population gets things accomplished with accessible resources and there is a lot of pride in these accomplishments. There is also a great pool of expertise ranging from the great faculty and staff and including the students that have so much to share. This campus provides a lot of great collaborative opportunities and many great services. And the Libraries are great too!

Best advice for incoming students: Easing into a campus environment is a lot like easing into a pool. Figure out your style for getting in the water; not everyone's style will be the same. And once you're in, enjoy it. Don't spend all your time swimming alone, think up fun aspects of the experience, learn new strokes, and when you get tired don't forget to swim to the wall for support. Make the most of your pool time (code for- time on campus).






Name: Katie Collette

Title and Department: Undergraduate Advisor, School of Management


Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Research/Professional interests: Student success with a special interest in freshmen and transfer transition issues

What you like most about Binghamton University: Binghamton offers its students countless ways to take on leadership roles and gives students real power to make meaningful lasting change in the school and community. I am always amazed at what Binghamton students can accomplish in a short amount of time.

Best advice for incoming students: Take every (legal) opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone.




Name: Terry Creeden                                                                                                                                                            Terry

Title and Department: International Health Insurance Coordinator, International Student and Scholar Services

Hometown: Originally Long Beach, New York; now Binghamton, New York

Research/Professional Interests: Reaching across the perceived barriers that separate people with kindness, compassion and service.

Favorite thing about Binghamton University: The wide variety of activities and support services available to students to enhance their education and become successful.

Best advice for incoming students: Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone! Open yourself to new ideas, new ways of doing things, and getting to know people that you would otherwise never meet. Remember to be safe, look out for others and yourself.


Name: Tyler Lenga                                                                                                                                                          


Title and Department: Program Coordinator, Office of New Student Programs

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

Research/Professional Interests: First Year Experience/Student Transition, Leadership Studies, Communication Studies, Public Service, Local Government

What do you like most about Binghamton University: Without a doubt, the students! I enjoy every day that I get to interact with students and learn about all the amazing things that they do here at Binghamton.

Best advice for incoming students: Get involved! Take full advantage of all the resources Binghamton University has to offer you. Trust me, you'll be glad that you did!


Name: Ashley Serbonich                                                                                                                                                         Ashley

Title and Department: Assistant to the Director, Office of External Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards/Undergraduate Research Center

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

Research/Professional Interests: Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences, career development, academic advising, degree planning, professional development

What do you like most about Binghamton University: The students!

Best advice for incoming students: Balance your life. Seek out opportunities and connect with others.




Name: Sean Sherwood                                                                                                                                                          Sean

Title and Department: Student Services Coordinator, Office of Financial Aid and Student Records

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

Research/Professional Interests: Transitional & Transformational Leadership Theory

What do you like most about Binghamton University: The students- they are very involved and advocates.

Best advice for incoming students: Join a club or organization! You will meet new people and find an interest.






Name: Tamika Gordon  tamika                                                                                                                                                 

Title and Department:  Assistant Resident Coordinator, Residential Life

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Favorite thing about Binghamton University:
 Professors are invested in your success as a student and are willing to connect you to resources that are aligned with your career goals.

Research/Professional Interests: Process Improvement

Best advice for incoming students: Keep an open mind, take advantage of opportunities to try new things and tackle each challenge thrown your way.









ryanName: Ryan Mirchin

Major(s)/Minor(s): Integrative Neuroscience

Class Standing: Junior Hometown: Putnam Valley, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: The best thing about Binghamton University is that it has all the resources of a large university while still being small enough to be able to take advantage of all it as to offer.

What you enjoyed best about the ELP in the past: One of the best things about ELP is the way the program introduces you to campus and all it has to offer within your first few days of being here. Immediately, you see all that campus has while making friends and making connections with faculty and staff that will be able to help you throughout your college career.

Best advice for incoming students: Take advantage of every opportunity you encounter here. You never know where it can take you.


taylorName: Taylor Groo                                                     


Class Standing: Senior Hometown: Monroe, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: All the different clubs that you can join. Everyone is here to help you so I am never afraid to ask questions.

What you enjoyed best about the ELP in the past:  Really making a difference and watching all different types of students grow together in order to accomplish a common goal.

Best advice for incoming students: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Apply to EVERYTHING even if you don't think you will get the position, do it anyway just for the experience. Take charge of your future and have a plan and a back up plan for that! It is ok to not know what you want to do for the rest of your life, but as soon as you do know, don't hesitate to get it done.






Name: Kelly Best

Major(s): MA Student Affairs Administration Undergraduate Degree: BA Art History

Hometown: Cato, NY

What you like most about Binghamton University: I love all of the opportunities available for student involvement and development. Binghamton really supports its students!

Best advice for incoming students:  Explore! I came to college completely undecided and found a major/passion through a random Art History class that I decided to take. So, explore different subject areas that you may not have considered before because you may find something you really love!



ELP Program Director:  Debora Clinton Callaghan, Senior Associate Director, New Student Programs (Emerging Leaders Program, First Year Experience and Public Speaking Lab)

ELP Program Coordinator:  Tyler Lenga, Program Coordinator, New Student Programs (Emerging Leaders Program, First Year Experience and Public Speaking Lab)

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Last Updated: 9/28/15