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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 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. 


Tynia Davis is a junior from Washington, DC majoring in Humanities and seeking a minor in Psychology. 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 and Treasurer of Organized Chaos, Clarkson’s on-campus step team. She also is an exam 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 either graduate school or nursing school in or near by Atlanta, GA to study Social Work or to become a Registered Nurse. 


Colton Weaver is one of the more seasoned members of the Student Life and Engagement team. He is a junior Innovation and Entrepreneurship 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, and is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. 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 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 major with a concentration in Business Law from Holley, NY. Bri has an ever-expanding passion for travel and entrepreneurship--she aspires to run her own small business in the distant future. Brianna is the Vice President of the Clarkson Women's Rugby Club, and enjoys going to the gym. Bri has had a previous Co-Op with Johnson&Johnson in 2014 and is interning with Amazon this summer. One of Brianna’s favorite OSL activities is planning and working orientation week each year. 

Lorenzo Servedio is a sophomore from Sayre, PA dual majoring in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering as well as minoring in Biomedical Engineering. He is one of the newest members of Student Life and Engagement and is thrilled to be a part of it for the next three years.  Lorenzo has a passion for getting involved on campus and in the community. He is involved in Division 3 Cross Country, Division 3 Nordic Skiing, Circle-K, Pep-Band, CUB, Peer Educating and the Golden Knotes. His prime hobby that brings him the most satisfaction is singing. Friends, family and bystanders will often find him singing to the latest tunes at any occasion or event. He is also a world traveler where he has just completed a summer semester with Semester at Sea. The program took place on a cruise ship in 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. Upon graduating in 2017, he aims to work for Lockheed Martin, General Electric or Boeing in the designing and manufacturing of aircrafts. 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 junior 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, Ultra Violetones a capella Group, volunteering at the Canton Potsdam Hospital, and conducting research on Peer Victimization. Liya is very excited to be a new part of the OSL team.



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.