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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, 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.

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. 
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 six 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/Homecoming 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 sophomore from Ilion, NY majoring in Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering. 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/Homecoming 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 Engineers Without Borders (EWB).  Corey is a member of EWB's Hydraulic Press design Team where he helps design and build a press that will make clay pot water filters for a community in Ecuador. Some of Corey's other interests are hiking, golfing, and following his favorite sports teams. 


Lateefah Morse is a senior Political Science major at Clarkson University. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Lateefah chose to come to Clarkson to explore the field of law and policy and is hoping to pursue a career in non-profit management. She is currently the Service Chair for Alpha Kappa Psi, Vice President of Sigma Gamma Phi (Arethusa), Secretary of the Senior Executive Board and a member of Organized Chaos, Clarkson University’s Step Team. This is Lateefah’s fifth semester working as a Program Assistant and third semester as a Community Service Projects Coordinator with Student Life and Engagement.


Colton Weaver is one of the newest members of the Student Life and Engagement team. He is a sophomore Engineering and Management student who loves to get involved on campus. He is the business manager of the Pep Band where he plays the tuba, the Public Relations Director for CUSA, a campus tour leader, and is currently becoming a new member of Sigma Chi. 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 third person. When he grows up he wants to pursue a career in Student Affairs and eventually open his own pub.


Mitchell Laughlin is a biology major 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!

Brianna Brianna Blackburn is an Innovation and Entrepreneurship student at the Clarkson School of Business. Bri grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and had lived in the west for fourteen years before moving to the small town of Holley, New York. Brianna has an ever-expanding passion for entrepreneurship and she aspires to run her own small business in the distant future. One of Brianna’s favorite OSL activities is working orientation week each year. Brianna’s other rewarding job on campus is being a Peer Educator for First Year Seminar, mentoring first year students. When Brianna is not working or studying, she can be found playing rugby with the Clarkson Women’s Rugby Team, shaping students into professionals with Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional fraternity on campus, and exercising at the gym with friends.

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.