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New Student Orientation

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New Student Orientation

202 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3305
Fax: 610-430-5945

Meet The Staff

Staff Photos by Ilana Berger and Jared Brown

Jared Brown
Director of New Student Programs

Education/Professional Experience: B.A. And M.A. in Communication Studies with a cognate focus in Student Personnel Services earned from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Adjunct Faculty at Delaware County Community College
Responsibilities: As the Director of New Student Programs I oversee the programming and planning for the New Student Orientations Part 1: June and Part 2: August. I coordinate Transfer and Non-Traditional Orientation programming as well as New Student Success opportunities throughout the year. I am responsible for Welcome Week, the New Student Leadership Retreat "Soar," and Parent and Family Weekend events. I also serve on a number of University committees to ensure students' success as they transition from year to year at WCU.
New Student Advice: "As a new student to WCU I have four main recommendations to ensure a successful transition. One: Get involved in a club or organization! Two: Build a relationship with both your academic advisor and professors! Three: Utilize the Student Support Services on campus--these offices are here to help you! And Four: Check your WCU email often…many great opportunities or important information will come to you via your WCU email account. I look forward to meeting you at both Orientation Part 1 June and Orientation Part 2 August!"

Ellen DiSanti
Office of New Student Programs Staff Assistant

Education: B.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester University
Responsibilities: As staff assistant, I'm responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the New Student Programs Office. This includes working with the director to plan the orientation programs, coordinating logistics with other University departments, and working with the graduate and undergraduate orientation staff. I also update our website, oversee the orientation registration process and keep orientation attendance. I'm the first point of contact for students and parents who have questions about orientation.
New Student Advice: "Sometimes the first semester of college can be overwhelming. You're dealing with so many new things. Figure out what works best for you to stay organized--making lists, setting reminders on a phone, color coding everything in a planner, etc. Keep track of important deadlines. Whether it's knowing when the next exam is, when a paper is due or when you need to make an advising appointment to schedule for spring, you'll enjoy your first semester more if you know you've got things under control."

2015 Senior Orientation Leaders

Katherine Pellak
Year at WCU: 3rd year Junior
Major: Special Education and Early Grades Preparation dual major
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
WCU Involvement: Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Outreach to Urban Schools, Kappa Delta Pi-International Education Honor Society
Why I chose WCU: "WCU had so much to offer with my program, and so many opportunities to get involved around campus. It has become my home away from home!"

Gigi Elashram
Year at WCU: 2nd year Sophomore
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Greentown, PA
WCU Involvement: Sigma Alpha Iota, LGBTQA, RA
Why I chose WCU: "The Orientation team convinced me of the school pride here. That along with affordability, I couldn't say no!"

Kimberly Farrer
Year at WCU: 3rd year Junior
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Southampton, PA
WCU Involvement: Resident Assistant and RHA
Why I chose WCU: "I chose West Chester University for the beautiful campus and friendly atmosphere that made it feel like home!"

Sarah Garner
Year at WCU: 3rd year Junior
Major: Business Marketing & Management
Hometown: Whitehall, PA
WCU Involvement: WCU Women's Track & Field Team, LGBTQA Athlete Ally, Student Government
Why I chose WCU: "I really liked the university when I was looking as a senior in high school and as a collegiate athlete I get the support I need to be successful in and out of the classroom."

2015 Returning/Parent & Family Orientation Leaders

Brianna Weaver
Year at WCU: 2nd year Sophomore
Major: Special Education/Early Grades Preparation
Hometown: York, PA
WCU Involvement: University Ambassadors, RHA, and Cru
Why I chose WCU: "I decided to come to West Chester because I fell in love with the campus the moment I saw it."

Katie Gunter
Year at WCU: 2nd year Sophomore
Major: Nutrition
Hometown: Clinton, NJ
WCU Involvement: Residence Hall Association, SDA, Cru
Why I chose WCU: "As soon as I walked onto campus for the first time, I immediately fell in love with the school. WCU has an amazing Nutrition program, and I love all of the school spirit!"

Jordyn Jelstrom
Year at WCU: 2nd year Sophomore
Major: Special Education/Early Grades Preparation
Hometown: Lawrenceville, NJ
WCU Involvement: Resident Assistant
Why I chose WCU: "West Chester had everything I wanted in a school. It is not too far from home, has an amazing education program, and there are a ton of leadership opportunities."