Why Get Involved at Clarkson?

Getting involved on campus is one of the most important things you can do. Being involved has no limitations. 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 or climbing trips or field trips or even volunteer around campus and in the community.

Proven Benefits of Campus Involvement

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.

Do Better in Academics
-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.

Get Real-World Experience
-Joining an organization will help build leadership skills and give you real-world experience that will prepare you for the workforce. At Clarkson, we have over 140 organizations that students can join, and if students do not find an organization of interest, they can start their own.
-Working 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 the club and 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.

Have 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 during a service project or within an organization can be far-reaching, creating a friendlier, more welcoming campus. 

Staff Bios

Tamera Rizk is the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Life & Engagement. Prior to her position in OSL, Tamera worked for Residence Life and Institutional Diversity Initiatives at Clarkson. She has a bachelor in communications from Penn State and a master of science in education from SUNY Potsdam. Tamera has worked at Clarkson for eight years and 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, in which students get to show off their hard work and incredible talents. 

Kelsey Deso is Director of Student Organizations and Student Center, as well as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Affairs. Prior to joining the Clarkson team in August 2015, Kelsey worked in Residence Life at SUNY Potsdam and Keuka College. She earned her bachelor of science in accounting from SUNY Oswego and master of arts in higher education administration from Stony Brook University. Kelsey is originally from Rouses Point, N.Y., a small village on the borders of New York, Vermont and Canada. Kelsey's favorite event is OSL's a cappella competition, in which groups from the four local colleges showcase their talents. She highly recommends attending the annual First Saturday as an opportunity to visit all of the amazing local shops. In her personal time, Kelsey loves reading, spending time with her family and taking day trips.

Students Working with Us

Corey Riley is a senior from Ilion, N.Y., 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 also see Corey in his role as CUSA president. Corey's favorite part about working for the OSL is being able to see Clarkson students enjoy themselves at the numerous OSL events.

Emily Campbell is a junior majoring in computer engineering from Montpelier, Vt. Emily is involved in the Honors program as an ambassador and mentor, is an officer in High Dive Ultimate Frisbee, and is researching developing MEMS boards. Emily is the most artistic member of the OSL team and has used her talents in various monthly arts and crafts programs as well as while giving henna tattoos at Hellcroft Knight.

Keena Powell is a junior majoring in environmental engineering with a minor in sustainable energy systems engineering. Keena is originally from Willingboro, N.J. She is an active member in the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO). Her interests include playing the saxophone and going on walks in the park.

Claire Liu is a sophomore majoring in global supply chain management from Beijing, China. She is the secretary of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the treasurer of the International Student Organization. She is in the Honors program as well. Claire is definitely in love with Chinese food and other delicious cuisines. She says that being a part of OSL is one of the best decisions she has ever made in college. 

Kyle Tobin is a junior from Buffalo, N.Y., majoring in mechanical engineering. Kyle has been part of the OSL team for over one semester. His interests include eating chicken wings and calling fizzy soft drinks pop (not soda). On campus, Kyle holds a chair position in a Greek organization and is a member of the Outing Club.

More Student Bios

Ilyas Aricanli is a senior from New Hampshire majoring in applied mathematics and physics with a minor in computer science. Ilyas has just joined the OSL team, and you may have seen him working at the front desk last semester. Ilyas has seen the great things OSL has done for the student body over the years and is excited for his chance to give back.

Bradley Gosselin is a senior from Rodman, N.Y., majoring in aeronautical engineering. He is a lead designer for Clarkson's Design/Build/Fly SPEED team, as well as its treasurer and shop coordinator. Brad channels his love for RC planes through active participation in Flying Club and plans to work with drones in the future. This is his first semester working with OSL, and he's excited to apply his creativity to planning fun events.

Lydia Bruffey is a senior from Corning, N.Y., majoring in biology, minoring in psychology and chemistry, and with a concentration in pre-medicine. Lydia is involved in various aspects of the campus as the president of Doctors Without Borders, an RA in the first-year student residence halls, and a TA for the anatomy and physiology labs.

Genevieve Fidler is a senior from Beaver Falls, N.Y., majoring in political science and law studies. After she graduates in May, Genevieve plans to attend law school. This is Genevieve’s first semester as a member of the OSL team. In addition to her role in OSL, Genevieve is also vice president of the student body. Although this will be Genevieve’s only semester working for OSL, she is excited to be able to work with the office and leave her mark on Clarkson.

Jessie is a senior majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in mathematics, originally from Starksboro, Vt. Jessie is a new member of the OSL staff this semester, and is involved in student organizations on campus, including student government and the Society of Women Engineers. She is also an RA in Woodstock.