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Meet Your Orientation Staff

Ira Mayo
Associate Dean of Freshmen
Hello and welcome to Rider. We have a great two day program planned for you that we know you will find informative, educational and fun. Orientation is a time to meet other new students and to get all of your remaining questions answered. I look forward to meeting all of you this summer.
Christine Mehlhorn
Associate Director, Office of First & Second Year Programs
Welcome to Rider! I hope you are excited for orientation; we have a great program prepared for you. The Orientation Leaders are here to help you, so please feel free to ask us about anything you want to know about Rider. I'm looking forward to meeting you this summer!
Chris Botti
Assistant Dean of Students, Westminster Choir College
Hello new students, and welcome to Rider University.  We look forward to showing you what Rider is all about and helping you transition to this community.  You will soon see that every day is a great day to be a Bronc.
Alison Alfano
Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Class Year: Senior 
Major: Elementary Education, Integrated Science and Math with a focus in Life Science
Minor: Special Education
Campus Involvement: Rider Bonner Community Scholar,Vice President of Risk Reduction and Judicial Affairs for RUGC, sister of Alpha Xi Delta, Tour Guide, member of Student Education Association and the Council for Exceptional Children

Hey everyone! Welcome to Rider University. I am so excited to meet you all and welcome you to the Bronc family! Get ready for a great orientation and the beginning of an amazing college experience.
Olivia Battinelli
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, New York
Class Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Education & Communication Studies
Campus Involvement: Student for a Day Coordinator, Sister and Recruitment 365 Director of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Leadership Development Program, Associate Member of Lambda Pi Eta, Peer Mentor Freshman Seminar, Rider Dance Ensemble.

Welcome message: Welcome to Rider, incoming Broncs! I can’t wait for you to make yourself at home here...get involved on our campus and make amazing friendships along the way. You are about to embark on a new journey! It's natural to be both excited and overwhelmed but I am here to help you in any way I can.
Courtney Booker
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Class Year: Senior
Major: Dance and Arts Administration
Campus Involvement: President of the Rider Dance Team, Senior Class Vice President, National Panhellenic Council President, Sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, Member of Alpha Psi Omega, Dancer and Choreographer for Rider Dance Ensemble, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Kinetic Dance Company.

Welcome message: Welcome to Rider! I can’t wait for the great summer ahead and the memories that we are going to make! So excited to meet you all!
Danni Burkard
Hometown: Hope, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior
Major: Marketing and Human Resources
Campus Involvement: Brother of Delta Sigma Pi, Member of The Leadership Development Program, Member of Student Government Association, Class President of Alpha Lambda Delta, Tour Guide, and Manager of The Information Desk.

Welcome message!  Welcome to Rider!  I’m excited to meet all of your friendly faces and show you your new home. Can’t wait for all of you to fall in love with Rider and experience the best four years of your life.
Christopher Fludd
Hometown: Freeport, NY
Class Year: Sophomore
Major: Music Education/Theory and Composition
Campus Involvement: Black Hispanic Alliance (President), Member of NAfME, member of Westminster Chapel Choir

Welcome message: Hey! Welcome to our family, future Broncs! I cannot tell you how excited I am to meet each and every one of you. You guys are in for such an amazing experience here at Rider.  Cheers to a great Orientation!
Dalin Hackley
Hometown: Washington Township, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior
Major: Political Science and Global Studies
Minor: Journalism
Campus Involvement: Track and Field, Tour Guide, and Peer Mentor

Welcome Message: Hey everybody, welcome to Rider! I’m so happy about all of you becoming a part of our family here as Broncs! I am so excited to get to meet all of you awesome people and have some laughs and make some awesome memories! It really is a great day to be a Bronc!
Brenner Krone
Hometown: Butler-Bloomingdale, New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: Sociology
Campus Involvement: Manager for Women’s Basketball Team

Welcome Message: Hey there. I am happy and excited you chose to come to Rider. I will be looking forward to meeting all of you and your family members. It will be great. You never forget your freshman orientation. Can’t wait to help start off your college career. 
Alexandra Perrine 
Hometown: West Windsor, New Jersey 
Class Year: Senior 
Major: Marketing 
Minor: Public Relations 
Campus Involvement: President of Alpha Phi Omega, Student For A Day Coordinator, Member of Rider SERVES, Academic Success Center Content Tutor, Member of the Marketing and Advertising Student Association 

Welcome message: Welcome to Rider University! I can’t wait to meet you all and help you make amazing memories this summer at orientation. I hope you’re excited to start this unforgettable journey; it’s a great day to be a Bronc!
Emmanuel “Manny” Rivera
Hometown: Pennsville, New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: Philosophy​
Minor: Legal Studies 
Campus Involvement: Community Assistant in Conover, SGA College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Senator.

Welcome Message: Hey friends, welcome to Rider University! I'm so excited to meet you all and share some of the awesome experiences I have had here, and hope to help you make your own. Between us Orientation is going to be the highlight of our summer!
Kelly Ruggieri
Hometown: Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior 
Major: Music Education
Campus Involvement: Sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, Member of Westminster Williamson Voices, Member of NAfME, Member of ACDA, Member of Westminster Players, Student worker in Associate Dean of Students Office, Student worker in the Mailroom, and Tutor 

Welcome message: Hello future Broncs, and welcome to Rider University! I can’t wait to meet you over the summer and try to help you with your transition into this amazing school. I hope you’re ready for some unforgettable memories. See you soon!
Thomas Shaffer 
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York 
Class Year: Senior 
Major: Theater Performance and English Literature 
Campus Involvement: Member of the Student Government Association, Study Abroad Program, Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Member of Alpha Psi Omega, Member of the Rider University Main Stage Productions, Info Desk Worker 

Welcome message: Welcome future Broncs! I can’t wait to meet all of you and welcome you to the Rider family. I’m excited to help you in your transition to college and show you all that Rider is the best place to be for your college experience. 
Kate Smith
Hometown: Lumberton, New Jersey
Class Year: Sophomore
Major: Music Education
Campus Involvement: Sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, Member of Westminster Players, Member of Westminster Noted, Member of Westminster NAfME, Student worker in the Office of Admissions

Welcome message: Hey there future Broncs! Can’t wait to be a part of your transition to college. Rider really creates some amazing people so I can’t wait to help you grow. Get excited for some fun times this summer!
Stephanie Turner
Hometown: Hamilton, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior 
Major: Accounting
Campus Involvement: Vice President of Marketing in DECA, Sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, Member of Accounting Society, Business of Sports, and Club Soccer

Welcome message:  Hello future Broncs! I am extremely excited to welcome you to our Rider family. We will make incredible memories at orientation that are only the start of your amazing journey here at Rider. The staff and I are here to help ease your transition every step of the way. See you soon, and remember, it’s always a great day to be a Bronc!