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Student Life & Engagement

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The Office of Student Life and Engagement oversees many aspects of student life on campus. This office organizes New Student Orientation, Convocation, Family/Homecoming Weekend, MLK Day of Service, community service, and Late Knights. We also bring lectures and films to campus, fund field trips, develop living/learning experiences, and connect faculty, students, and alumni. 

The Office of Student Life & Engagement (OSL) strives to assist students in developing into well-rounded individuals through community service, co-curricular programming, and social events.
Why should you get involved at Clarkson?
Getting involved on campus is one of the most important things a student can do.  Being involved has no limitation! You can be the president of an organization, be an active member of an organization, serve in student government, participate in on campus research, go on ski-trips, climbing trips, field trips, or even volunteer on campus or in the community.

Some of the Benefits of Being Involved:
1) Establish a Sense of Belonging
-Becoming involved on campus will ease the transition from high school to college.  Joining an organization will allow you to meet people with similar interests and goals which helps you feel more satisfied with your college experience, and gives you a feeling of purpose at Clarkson. Plus, you can get the "real deal" about Clarkson life from students who have already been through their first year!
-Establishing a stable group of peers is a very important aspect of the college experience. It allows you to broaden your horizons and keeps your mind active, rather than on a single track if you are not challenged by your surroundings.
2) Involved Students Do Better
-Students who are involved on campus tend to have better grades and are more likely to graduate from their university.
-Involvement on campus allows you to meet people who have similar majors and similar problems to the ones you are facing. Opening yourself up to others allows them to help you overcome tasks that you sometimes wouldn’t be able to face on your own, whether they be academic or personal.
3) Get Real-World Experience
-Joining an organization will help build leadership skills and get you real-world experience that will prepare you for the workforce.  At Clarkson we have over 140 organizations that students can join, and if a student does not find an organization of interest they can start their own!
-The work you do outside the classroom in organizations, student government, and other co-curricular programs may be your best chance to learn real-life transactional skills like managing a budget, recruiting members, creating, promoting, and evaluating an event, delegating tasks, and more!
-Becoming a member of a club allows for potential growth within said club and within the Clarkson community. It allows students to interact with faculty, staff, and peers, all while building bonds with students and alumni who could eventually help you in the future! Plus, you get to leave your mark and shape Clarkson for the students who will come after you!
4) Most of All, it is FUN!
-Joining organizations will help you relax, have fun, and maybe try something new! College is SUPPOSED to be fun, after all- and Clarkson students know how to work hard and play hard!
-Being involved helps build friendships with people that you would otherwise not have met or worked with. Bonds made within a service project or an organization can extend beyond, creating a friendlier, more welcoming campus. 

Staff Bios
Tamera Rizk   

Tamera Rizk is the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Life and Engagement. Prior to her position in Student Life, Tamera has worked for Residence Life and Institutional Diversity Initiatives at Clarkson. She has a B.A. in communications from Penn State and a Master's of Science in Education from SUNY Potsdam. Tamera has worked at Clarkson for seven years, where she loves working with her incredible student staff to plan and implement major campus events and traditions like New Student Orientation, Holcroft Knight, Convocation, and Family Weekend. Her favorite event is the annual “Clarkson’s Got Talent” competition, where students get to show off their hard work and incredible talents. 


Corey Riley is a super junior from Ilion, NY majoring in Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Project Management. Corey has been a member of the OSL team since he was a first-year student. You may see Corey running events like Orientation, Family Weekend, and the Friday Late Knight programs.  Corey's favorite part about working for The Office of Student Life is being able to see Clarkson students enjoy themselves at the numerous OSL events. One of Corey's favorite events is Holcroft Knight which caps off Orientation weekend. Outside of the Office of Student Life, Corey is involved in CUSA Senate and Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Some of Corey's other interests are hiking, golfing, and following his favorite sports teams. 


Tynia Davis is a senior from Washington, DC majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and minoring in Psychology and Political Science with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality. Tynia attended the Clarkson School, – an early college program here – class of 2012, and decided to stay at Clarkson University after noticing the great opportunities that Clarkson has to offer. She has been a member of the Office of Student Life & Engagement team since April 2014 and plans to continue to bring her leadership skills and team working strategies to OSL. Outside of OSL, she is the President of Organized Chaos, Clarkson’s step team and is the Historian for Alpha Kappa Psi. She also is Head Proctor for the Office of Accommodative Services, an administrative assistant for the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, and a Student Activities Assistant. Besides work and school, she loves to hang out with friends and listen to music. Her true passion is to help those less fortunate than herself. Post-Clarkson, Tynia would like to attend graduate school to study Social Work. 


Colton Weaver is a senior member of the Student Life and Engagement team. He is an Innovation and Entrepreneurship student minoring in Project Management, Human Resource Management, and Economics who loves to get involved on campus. He is the CUSA President, an RA, and plays tuba in the Pep Band. Colton hails from a small town in Pennsylvania just south of Erie, PA. Besides getting too involved, Colton loves to go adventuring, reading, and most of all writing in the third person. When he grows up he wants to work at a design consulting firm and eventually own his own business.


Mitchell Laughlin is a Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Cognitive Neuroscience in the class of 2016. He is from Newfield which is a small town in central New York where his family has lived for a little over 100 years after immigrating from Finland. Mitchell started working with the Office of Student Life and Engagement as a Program Assistant in January 2014. From his time on staff so far, his favorite event has been the day trip to Winterlude in Ottawa, and he hopes that OSL will be able to offer more opportunities like this one to the Clarkson community in the future! Outside of OSL, Mitch is also an RA and a member of Delta Upsilon and Mitch studied abroad in Newcastle, Australia.

Emily Campbell is a sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering from Montpelier, VT. Emily is involved in the Honors program as an ambassador and mentor, is active in High Dive Ultimate Frisbee, and is researching developing MEMS boards. Emily is the most artistic member of the OSL team and leads the monthly Arts and Crafts programs. Emily's hobbies are drawing, programming, cooking, horseback riding, and snowboarding.

Lorenzo Servedio is a super sophomore from Sayre, PA dual majoring in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering as well as minoring in Biomedical Engineering. Lorenzo has a passion for getting involved on campus and in the community. He is involved in Division 3 Cross Country, Circle-K, and Peer Educating. He is also a world traveler where he has completed a summer semester with Semester at Sea. The program took place on a cruise ship which took him to 11 countries throughout Europe and Scandinavia while earning transfer credits from the University of Virginia. He is confident that traveling will be a vital part to the rest of his life. His life goal is to live and work in Stockholm, Sweden. Mark Twain’s quote often serves as his motivation, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started”. 


Aaliyah Gibbons is a senior at Clarkson University from Lawrenceville, NJ. She's majoring in Biology and Interdisciplinary Social Science with a pre- med concentration and a minor in Psychology. Besides her academics, Liya divides her time between Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, working as a Student Activities Assistant, tutoring at the Writing Center, TAing for two Psychology courses, and conducting research on Peer Victimization. Liya is very excited to be a part of the OSL team. Liya intends to become a forensic psychiatrist after attending medical school.



OSL running a gift-wrapping event for the Potsdam Holiday Fund.
OSL running a gift-wrapping event for the Potsdam Holiday Fund.

Class of 2017
The class of 2017 during their class photo at Orientation.

Mission: The Office of Student Life & Engagement (OSL) creates an engaged University community. OSL assists students in reaching their fullest potential by tying classroom learning to real-world experience through co-curricular lectures and programs, and provides opportunities for student growth and leadership skill-building through campus events and community service partnerships. OSL enhances the quality of student life by providing social and stress-relieving programs, providing safe alternatives to alcohol use through late night, weekend events, and providing opportunities for meaningful interactions between faculty and students. By creating a fun, inclusive, and engaging community, we believe our objectives encourage lifetime engagement between students and the University.