Meet the Peer Leaders!

 

Melissa Agosto

Sharing the importance of being an active member of our campus community is one of the reasons why I became a Peer Leader. Aside from being a new and exciting experience, college can definitely be intimidating. Nevertheless, thanks to the guidance of the great staff members at Pace as well as my previous Peer Leader, I learned to transform the things I found intimidating into growing experiences. As a member of the Setters Leadership Program, a previous mentee of the Mentor Success Program, as well as a Peer Leader, the importance of leadership and involvement on campus has become very important to me.

One of my favorite parts of being a Peer Leader is watching the transition as the students discover and establish themselves as active members of the campus community. This has been extremely rewarding and has absolutely helped me grow as a student.

  • Communications major, Marketing & Management minors
  • Junior
  • Resident
  • CAP UNV 101 section-Professor Rader
  • North Bergen, NJ

Colby Blanchard

My interests include playing golf, watching television/movies, eating pizza, searching for buried treasure, and saving abandoned woodland creatures.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I remembered how much of a positive impact my Peer Leader had on me in my first semester, and I wanted to try and do that for my students in return. My favorite part about being a Peer Leader is seeing how my students grow and become a family from the beginning of the semester to the end.

  • Marketing major
  • Junior
  • Resident
  • Lubin  UNV 101 section-Professor Winsted
  • Thorndike, Maine

Tamara Bonet

Since being at Pace, I have taken an interest in many of the opportunities provided. I am the President of PREP (Public Relations, Editors, & Producers), Features Editor of the campus newspaper, The Pace Chronicle, a member of Lambda Pi Eta National Communications Honor Society and the National Resident Hall Honorary. Some of my interests include swimming and writing.

You might ask why I wanted to be a Peer Leader.  I wanted to connect with students and help guide them through their first year of college. By being a Peer Leader, I am able to work with students academically and socially to ensure they are taking full advantage of the services offered by the university. There are so many opportunities available at Pace and I hope everyone takes advantage of the possibilities!

  • Communications major,
    History & Public Relations
  • Senior
  • Resident
  • CAP UNV 101 section-Professor McCluskey
    Brooklyn, New York

Halle Champion

I’m an active member in the Greek Life community. I am also a member of Pforzheimer Honors College. I am the Vice President of my resident hall’s hall council. I am a member of various honor societies, including Alpha Lambda Delta, Lambda Sigma, and Golden Key International Honor Society. For the past two years, I have worked as an Orientation Leader during the summer. I was also a Weekend of Welcome leader this past summer as well. Outside of school, I really like hanging out with my friends and family.

This is my second year as a Peer Leader but the reasoning for doing it is the same. I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I wanted to help guide the first year students on their journey through college. Being an Orientation Leader during the summer and then going on to being a Peer leader right after really helped me create bonds with the first year students and I love it.  I love the first year students and I love being able to help them with their time here at Pace.

  • Adolescent Education major with a concentration in History
  • Junior
  • Resident
  • CAP Education UNV 101 section- Professor Rader
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Patrika Cheston

I’m the president of the Pace Glee Club and a Cheerleader.  I love all kinds of music. My iPod ranges from the 1920s-Now and has songs in at least four different languages.  I also love to dance. 

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I loved my University 101 experience, and I gained a lot of useful knowledge about Pace through my teacher and my Peer Leader.  My favorite part of being a Peer Leader is being able to get to know my students and having the opportunity to help them enjoy their Pace experience as much as I do!

  • Communications major, Public Relations Minor
  • Senior
  • Resident
  • CAP UNV 101 section-Professor Halligan
  • Greensboro, NC

Samantha Clarke

I am involved in PREP (public relations, editors and producers), SLP (Setters Leadership Program), Phi Sigma Sigma, Honors College, and Golden Key National Honor Society. I am also a Peer Leader and a Teacher’s Assistant for a Psychology of Civic Engagement class. I love school spirit, music, elephants, and keeping active.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I had an amazing first year experience with my Peer Leader. She got me involved in so many groups and organizations on campus that I felt at home immediately. I wanted to be able to make the same impression on the incoming class as my Peer Leader did for me. I felt very proud of my decision to attend Pace and hoped I could make others feel the same. My favorite part of being a Peer Leader is when the students in my class utilize my knowledge and accessibility. I feel useful and like I am doing my job to make students feel comfortable. 

  • Communications major, Public Relations minor
  • Junior
  • Resident
  • Dyson UNV 101 section-Professor McGlynn
  • Chester, NY

Amanda Cope

My interests consist of hanging out with friends and family and having fun. On campus I am involved with Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Psychology Club, Commuter Advisory Board, and being a Peer Leader.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I enjoyed University 101 when I was a freshman. I thought it was a great class to learn about the school and its resources. I had a blast going to the Pace Passport Events because I was able to make new friends and do things I thought I would never do. My favorite part about being a Peer Leader is being a role model to the freshmen. It feels great knowing that they trust me and feel comfortable talking to me about school and any problems they may have. 

  • Psychology major
  • Sophomore 
  • Commuter
  • CAP UNV 101 section-Professor Tonner
  • Yonkers, NY 

Abigail Dieuveuille

I am involved in the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, Biology Omega House.  I am also a tutor and a chemistry discussion group leader.  I love helping others in the best way that I can!

Being in my third year as a Peer Leader has been very rewarding. Helping new freshmen transition successfully as a science major has been really important to me and I've really enjoyed it. I have been through that rough transition and pressure, so I wanted to help others find their way. My favorite part of being a Peer Leader is finding out why they want to be a science major and then connecting that decision to their career interest. My goal of doing that is to help solidify a clear and focused goal to continuously work toward.

  • Biology major, Business Management minor
  • Senior
  • Commuter 
  • Science UNV 101 section- Dr. Schlesinger
  • Tuckahoe, NY.

Sara Digiovanna

I am on the cross country team, a SAAC Ambassador, and have part time positions working with special needs students and the elderly. My two favorite things in this world are long runs and doughnuts.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I had a great experience with my peer leader and wanted to help first year students.  I love it because I'm constantly meeting new people and learning new things.

  • Marketing major
  • Sophomore
  • Resident
  • Lubin UNV 101 section-Professor Wynne
  • Rio Rancho, NM

Briana Finelli

On campus, I serve as a Peer Leader, but I somehow find time for a number of other campus activities. I am a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority and the Executive Director of the Pace 4 Kids Dance Marathon. Over the summer, I had the honor of being an Orientation Leader, helping the incoming first-year students get acquainted with Pace University. I am a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Lambda Sigma National Honor Societies, as well as the Dyson Society of Fellows. I also serve as the Marketing Intern for Student Development and Campus Activities.

I became a Peer Leader because my own University 101 experience made me love Pace University even more. I learned so much about the school and campus, and it made me feel so much more comfortable with my new environment. I wanted to be another resource for students having trouble with adjustment or college life in general. My favorite part of this position is having the ability to serve as a mentor to my students and offer them a helping hand when it comes to their college experience. This is one of the most rewarding positions I could have asked for on campus.

  • Personality and Social Psychology major
  • Sophomore
  • Resident
    Dyson UNV 101 section-Professor Livingston
  • Bronx, New York

Christina Fuhrman

Some of my many interests include painting, swimming, reading, and going on nature walks. On campus, I am currently organizing a project involving fellow students and staff working together to create a mural at the Pace Perk Cafe. I am also a member of Pforzheimer Honors College, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Alpha Chi Honor Society.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I remember my first semester of freshman year, and I had no idea what I was doing! I wanted to aid incoming freshman ease the transition from high school to college life and help guide them through their first semester.  My favorite part of being a Peer Leader is watching my students adapt to college life and transform into confident participants in the Pace community.

  • Environmental Studies major, Art minor
  • Senior
  • Commuter
  • Lubin UNV 101 section- Professor Murphy
  • New York

Kathleen Hachmeyer

Since coming to Pace in the fall of 2012, I’ve been pretty active around campus. I’m involved with the Honors College, BHP, LBA, Lambda Sigma and Nature Club and regularly attend events for just about anything. Aside from on campus activities, I a huge fan of movies and concerts, and I love spending time with my friends and family.

I wanted to become a Peer Leader because my own freshman experience was great. My UNV 101 class had a terrific professor and a great Peer Leader. Throughout the year, they helped my class bond and we got to know each other really well. I wanted to help incoming freshman have rewarding and fun experiences like mine. My favorite part of being a Peer Leader is being able to see the students in my class build friendships and enjoy their own first year experiences.

  • Marketing major
  • Sophomore
  • Resident
  • Lubin UNV 101 section-Professor Piscani
  • Bronx, NY

Samantha Hatler

On campus, I am a residential assistant in the townhouse community. I am also a member of Pforzheimer Honors College. I work within the Welcome Center as a tour guide, and I am an active member of the Greek community on campus. I am in multiple honor societies, including the National Residence Hall Honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta – Founding Chapter, Lambda Sigma, and Golden Key Honor Society. Outside of campus life, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, listening to music, especially country, and being physically active.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because my freshman year was, hands down, my best year at Pace University so far, and I wanted to be able to do the most I could to ensure that for other people. My Freshman Cup team had a blast and I met the best friends that I still have through that class. My favorite part of being a peer leader is being able to be a familiar face to my students. I enjoyed coming back this year and having my freshman continue to say hello to me and ask me questions.

  • Nursing major
  • Junior
  • Resident
  • Nursing UNV 101 section –Professor Friedman
  • Oak Ridge, New Jersey

Alisha Hayes

My interests include singing, watching poetry performances, and listening to music. My campus involvement includes being the secretary of the Black Student Union (BSU), AALANNA (African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American) Mentor, Peer Leader, WOW (Week of Welcome) Leader, and a Student Assistant for Educational Media. I am also an intern at the Westchester Court House.

I wanted to become a Peer Leader for incoming freshman because I wanted to have a strong and positive impact on first year students, and help make their first year experience just as amazing as mine was. My favorite part of being a peer leader is being able to interact with the students in my UNV 101 class every week, seeing them learn, and seeing how much they progress as students. It was my pleasure being a Peer Leader, and I will continue to be around for my students in the spring semester.

  • Criminal Justice major, Pre-Law minor
  • Senior
  • Resident
  • CAP UNV 101 section-Professor McCluskey 
  • Poughkeepsie, New York

Christine Latorres

Some of my interests include spending time with my family and friends, watching my favorite TV shows (there are too many to list) and music. I am pretty involved on campus, holding two on-campus jobs, two e-board positions and being a member of other clubs and organization. I am a Peer Leader, Welcome Center Ambassador, Vice President of my Residence Hall Council, and Vice President of Glee Club. Plus, I am a member of Future Educators Association (FEA).

The reason I wanted to be a Peer Leader was mostly due to my experience in UNV 101 and my peer leader. I had a great time with all of the students in my class and they are some of my closest friends today.  My Peer Leader and I really connected, and this made my experience really fun. That’s why I became a Peer Leader. My favorite part of being a Peer Leader is helping new students navigate their way through Pace.       

  • Childhood Education major with a concentration in English
  • Sophomore 
  • Resident
  • Psychology UNV 101 section -Professor Ramkissoon
  • Yonkers, NY 

Caitlin McCann

I am a third year pitcher on the Pace Softball team, a member of the psychology club, P.R.E.P., intern at the National Eating Disorder Association and obviously, a Peer Leader.  Being from right outside San Francisco, CA, I’m a HUGE SF Giants fan, as well as 49ers and San Jose Sharks.

This is my second year as a Peer Leader, and the reason I wanted to be one is because I liked the idea of being a familiar face on campus for the incoming freshmen and being able to help the make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible.  My favorite part about being a peer leader is getting to know and form friendships with the freshmen in my UNV 101 class.  

  • Applied Psychology major, Communications minor
  • Junior
  • Resident
  • Seidenberg UNV 101 section- Professor Brogan
  • San Mateo, California

Bibi Mohamed

Having the opportunity to be an active member on campus allowed me to build relationships with my peers and it helped me experience things I would have never known about if I did not get involved. I am a member of the Setters Leadership Program (SLP) which is a 2 year program that helps students build on their leadership skills that will help them prosper in the professional world. I am also a member of the Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor society in which I participate in different service events held on campus by this organization. I am also a Peer Leader for the freshman class at Pace.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I thought it would be a great way to connect with students who were younger than me and who needed a role model to help them navigate through their first year of college. I wanted to be the person who would be able to make a positive impact on their first year of college so when they looked back on their college journey they would remember me as the person who was there to offer a helping hand during their time of need. My favorite part about being a Peer Leader is having the opportunity to talk and interact with the students. I am able to connect better with my students because we all share similar goals and aspirations. I am able to understand their frustrations and concerns because I have been in their shoes. I am also cheering them on as they are working diligently to achieve their own set of goals.

  • Nursing Major
  • Sophomore
  • Commuter 
  • CAP Pre-Nursing UNV 101 section-Dr. Meisel
  • Bronx, NY

Jennifer Robertson

I'm a involved the Pforzheimer Honors College, New Dorm Hall Council, Psych Club, Pace Drama Alliance, Student Nurses at Pace, Intramurals at Pace, Muslim Student Association, and I work on campus for the Biology and Health Sciences Department.

This is my first year as a Peer Leader here at Pace University. I work with Professor Chris Walther's Friday University 101. Contrary to popular opinion, having a Friday class isn't too bad when it's University 101! I really enjoy ending my week with this class!  I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I enjoy facilitating lessons and meeting the freshmen. I've had a similar Peer Leader position senior year of high school, so it seemed natural to be to become a Peer Leader at Pace University too.

  • Nursing major
  • Sophomore
  • Resident
  • Nursing UNV 101 section-Professor Walther
  • Irvington, NY

Edwin Rodriguez

I have many interests including video games, horror movies, animals, sports, music, and being outdoors. Currently at Pace University, I am president of Gay Straight Alliance, a Peer Leader, a Wow Leader, an Orientation Leader, an Officer of the Administrative Task Force, a Sports Information staff member, and president of recruitment for Pace 4 Kids.

I wanted to become a Peer Leader because I love assisting first year students in their transition from high school to college. My favorite part of being a Peer Leader is seeing the growth of students from the beginning of their fall semester to the end of the semester.

  • Nursing major, Psychology minor
  • Junior
  • Resident
  • Nursing UNV 101 section- Professor Walther
  • Ossining, NY

Sasha-Gay Scott 

I am a first year Peer Leader, and a third year Residential Assistant. In addition, I am work at Educational Media, and I am a member of Pace's Programming board.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I love connecting with first year students and aiding in their transition from their high School to college career. My favorite part of this amazing experience is when I see my students getting involved on campus. 

  • Professional Studies major with a concentrate in Nursing Education and Psychology
  • Senior
  • Resident
  • CAP Science UNV 101 section-Professor Christofferson
  • Queens, NY

Ryan Shields

I am very involved on campus as I am a part of Pace’s Residential Life, Student Government Association, Setters Leadership Program, National Residence Hall Honorary, Athletic Department, Alpha Phi Delta, and Peer Leader.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader ever since my University 101 class. I had an amazingly friendly and invested Peer Leader and it really helped my transition from high school life to university living. My favorite part of being a peer leader has to be when I can answer questions or set a student up with an opportunity that I was able to have my freshman year. I was lucky enough to have a few great mentors my first year and I would love to pay that back to this new class at Pace.

  • Film Studies major
  • Sophomore 
  • Resident 
  • Dyson UNV 101 section-Professor Hoegler 
  • Poughkeepsie, NY 

Imerlyn Ventura

I love being friendly, outgoing, talkative, and I love sea animals. I am VP of Administration for RHA, Business Manager for the Pace Chronicle, delegate for VP of Finance of SGA, and a WOW leader. I lifeguard at the Pace pool.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader to help the first year students’ transition into the college lifestyle. My favorite part of being a Peer Leader is the connection I get to make with my students and how I can impact them. 

  • Accounting & Marketing Major
  • Sophomore 
  • Resident
  • Nursing UNV 101 Section-Professor Friedman
  • Weehawken, NJ

Nick Wang

I love to draw, play volleyball, and watch Glee, The Big Bang Theory, American Horror Story, and Food Network. I am addicted to bacon and pickles (not at the same time...well...maybe.) I am involved as an Orientation Leader, Peer Leader, Senator for the Future Educators Association, Director of Special Events for Pace4Kids, and Vice President of Martin Hall's Hall Council.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader because of the impact Sara Hutton, my Peer Leader had on me last year. She answered my questions and always made sure that I was doing well in my classes and enjoying my freshmen year. I want to do the same for my students and have them say that I was a big help during their first year as well. My favorite part about being a Peer Leader is competing with my students against the other UNV 101 classes in the Freshman Cup!

  • Childhood Education major with a concentration in Art
  • Sophomore
  • Resident 
  • Education UNV 101 Section-Dr. Walker
  • Staten Island, New York

Dana Weingartner

My name is Dana and I’m a senior here at Pace. I work for an office on campus called the Center for Community Action & Research. I help plan and supervise volunteer events that we hold on and off campus. If you ever want to get involved with community service just let me know! I’m also in the Honors College, Business Honors Program, Golden Key honors society, and Beta Gamma Sigma business honors society. I’m obsessed with Disney World, ice cream, and chai tea lattes. I love to go hiking (when I can find the time), and like going to Pets Alive (an animal shelter in Elmsford) to play with the cats.

I wanted to be a Peer Leader to help improve my leadership skills while also getting to impact the experience of first year students in a positive way. My favorite thing about being a peer leader is getting to know the students and ensuring they have a friendly face on campus! 

  • Marketing major, Political Science minor
  • Senior
  • Resident
  • Dyson UNV 101 section-Professor Novak 
  • Bridgewater, NJ

Catherine Whelan

I love to be involved on campus and some of these things include Pforzheimer Honors College as well as the Business Honors Program in the Lubin School of Business. I am also a brother of the International professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, and I work on campus in the Welcome Center as a tour guide and student assistant.

This is my second year as a Peer Leader!  I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I really enjoyed my UNV 101 experience and I owe a lot of that to my wonderful Peer Leader. I thought that it would be a great opportunity to get involved on campus and help new students get acclimated to college life. I love Pace University and so being able to share my experiences with incoming freshman and helping them create their own experiences is the most rewarding thing about being a Peer Leader. 

  • Business Management (Human Resources) major, Applied Psychology & Human Relations minor
  • Junior
  • Resident
  • Lubin UNV 101 section-Professor Malinowski
  • Farmingville, NY

Brianna Williams

After completing my undergraduate studies I plan to go on to medical school to pursue becoming a physician. Some of my other interests include running. I ran Cross Country and Track and Field all four years of high school. I currently run Cross Country for Pace and have done so since my freshman year. I was inducted into Tri-Beta, the National Honor Society for Biology majors in the spring of 2013.

The main reason why I wanted to be a Peer Leader was to be a mentor. I jumped at the opportunity to be able to help first year students acclimate to college life by informing them about the myriad of resources that are available on campus. There are many departments on campus to help you succeed including the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Career Services and the Counseling Center.  My favorite part about being a Peer Leader is seeing the first year students so well adjusted to campus. Within the first three weeks of school so many people are involved in clubs, intramurals, or have jobs on campus.

  • Biology major
  • Senior
  • Resident
  • CAP UNV 101 section-Professor Tonner
  • Waterbury, CT

Emily Wolfrum

Aside from being a peer leader, my on-campus involvement includes being an editor for The Pace Chronicle, a member of Pforzheimer Honors College and Lambda Sigma Honors Society, a member of the media and communications club PREP, and an employee at the Pace Bookstore.

However, I wasn’t always so enthusiastic about getting involved on campus. It was truly through my University 101 class last year that I became passionate about being an active part of the Pace community. Having had such a positive freshman year, I really wanted to become a part of other students’ first year experiences and help to ease the same nervousness that I had about coming to school. My decision to become a Peer Leader has paid off in more ways than I could have ever expected. The students I have met through my University 101 section and the relationships that I have developed with them have taught me myriads about myself and about the community that I am representing at Pace. Without a doubt, motivating freshmen to value and maximize the opportunities they have in college has inspired me to ensure that I do the same.

  • English & Communications Major
  • Sophomore
  • Resident
  • Honors UNV 101 Section- Dr. Joseph Pastore
  • Oxford, New Jersey