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Meet Your SOCs!

The most important part of your SOAR session is your Student Orientation Counselor, or SOC.  Your SOC will lead your group in many different activities throughout your SOAR session, and is there to help you with whatever you may need.  Our SOCs are involved with a wide range of clubs and organizations on Eastern's campus, and are an energetic and knowledgeable group of students who stand out as campus leaders.  They are students, just like you, and will work directly with you throughout your SOAR experience to help with your transition to Eastern.

Becoming a SOC is one of the most competitive application processes on campus, and we are proud to announce that the following eighteen students will be here to help with your first Eastern experience this summer:

Ashley Lovett - Ashley is a freshman, loves helping out in the community, and is the vice president of Eastern's chapter of the Best Buddies club.  She will also be an RA in the fall.

Benjamin Foran - Ben is a sophomore and involved in many different activities at Eastern, including spending the past year as the films coordinator for the Campus Activity Board (CAB) and a member of People Helping People (PHP).

Edward Straub - Edward is a freshman and the captain of the Frisbee team as well as a member of a variety of intramural sports.  He is also commuter student.

Elias Gomez - Elias is a sophomore and one of the returning SOCs for this summer.  He is a sociology major and is a member of MALES (Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence, and Success), OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students), the treasurer of the Student Government Association (SGA), and a student worker in the IT department.

Elise Davis - Elise is a freshman and sociology major.  She is an active member in People Helping People and works for the office of Accessibility Services.

Jen Dufraine - Jen is a sophomore and biology major.  She has represented Eastern on their swim team for the past two seasons.

Judy Frankel - Judy is a sophomore with a major in political science, which has led to her strong involvement in Eastern's Student Government Association (SGA).  As well as being a returning SOC, she knows everything there is to know about the SGA shuttle services.

Kellen Jackson - Kellen is a freshman and a child psychology major.  She is an active member of CAB's Street Team, helping to promote events around Eastern's campus.

Kyle Droniak - Kyle is a freshman and involved with many different things at Eastern, including being a member of People Helping People and CAB's Street Team.

Matt Reisman - Matt is another returning SOC, a sophomore with a business administration major.  He is the secretary of SGA, works in the Student Center, and is a member of MALES and the New Element dance team.

Robert Closs - Robert is a sophomore and sociology major, as well as another returning SOC.  He is a student worker in the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and a member of both MALES and West Indian Society.

Roxanne Plummer - Roxanne is a transfer student and a member of the social work program.  She is also an active member of West Indian Society and will be an RA in the fall.

Shaun Belton - Shaun is returning for his third year as a summer SOC, and is a junior with a psychology major.  He is a student worker in the Student Center and a member of MALES.

Stephanie Canada - Stephanie is a sophomore and visual arts major, with a concentration in drawing and painting.  She is an active member of Allies and Spectrum.

Tara Fitzgerald - Tara is a junior and business administration major.  She is active in Eastern's intramural sports and a member of Eastern's chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA).

Taylor Hammond - Taylor is a freshman with a double major in English and communications, leading to a degree in secondary education.  She is a member of Eastern's competitive dance team.

Wiley Dawson - Wiley is a sophomore and history major, and another returning summer SOC.  He is active in Eastern's community as SGA's president, a member of MALES, and an RA in Noble Hall.

Zach Taylor - Zach is a freshman and marketing major.  He is a member of MALES as well as a player on Eastern's club rugby team.

Be sure to check out full SOC bios at, or by friending ECSU Orientation on Facebook.  Our SOCs are excited for this summer, and can't wait to meet the incoming class of 2014!

Make sure you reserve your spot for SOAR soon by visiting our website at

SOAR Sneak-Peek

The grass is getting greener, the weather's getting warmer, and that can only mean one thing - summer is (slowly but surely) on its way!  And while that means the end of classes and the beginning of weeks of sunshine, this summer it also means one more thing - summer orientation.

Each summer Eastern hosts about one thousand new students in its Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration program - or how it's going to be known from here on out, SOAR.  SOAR is a two day orientation program where you are able to learn more about the campus and the services that are available here, as well as meet your new classmates, roommates, and friends. 

You may be asking yourself "but do I really need to go to orientation?"  That answer is a simple one - yes.  Not only is it mandatory, but it is the first in many new experiences that are important to incoming college students.  You will be meeting many new people, choosing your classes for your first semester, and meeting with an advisor so that you can ask any questions that you may have regarding class scheduling.  There are also information sessions ranging in topics from all the clubs and activities that are available on campus to housing rules and regulations.

Michael Miller will be returning to Eastern's campus as the kick-off session to the SOAR program, and it's safe to say that after hearing him speak you won't look at things the same way.  He'll "charm" his way into your life and help you answer the age-old question "What do you want?"

So for most of you, the return of the warm weather brings the end of senior year and the return of beach trips and summer jobs.  But this year it also brings with it something new, and something exciting.  SOAR will not only provide you with the first of many free college t-shirts, but the first of many memories at Eastern. 

Make sure you reserve your spot for SOAR soon by visiting our website at, and we'll see you at Accepted Students day on April 25th.  Be sure to stop by the orientation table to meet your orientation staff!!!

SOCs Wanted!

Preparation for SOAR 2010 is starting to pick up here in the Office of Student Activities.  Our Head Student Orientation Counselors, Amy Gorman and Sarah Potrikus, have started working and they are already very busy preparing for the arrival of the Class of 2014! 


SOC recruitment is in full swing and applications will be available online in just a few days.  Stop by Hurley on February 10th or the Student Center on the 17th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM to talk with Amy and Sarah about what it means to be a SOC.  There is also a great deal of information about the position and application requirements online at: .  Applications will open on Wednesday, February 10th and are due by Monday, February 22nd.  It is also important that all SOC applicants save the date for March 5th as you may be invited to participate in a group interview on that day.  The group interview process is an instrumental part of the application process, so it is important that all applicants are there. 


Being a SOC is a great way to develop leadership skills, become a part of a strong team of student leaders, and provide new incoming students with the tools needed to properly prepare for college life.  Amy and Sarah are here to help so please feel free to contact them at with any questions.


We look forward to seeing your SOC application!

SOAR 2010 dates announced!

The Student Activities Office is please to announce the SOAR 2010 orientation dates.  Incoming first year students must attend the Student Orientation Advisement and Registration (SOAR) program before entering the University.  SOAR is an overnight summer program designed to introduce new students to life on campus, help them meet other incoming students, and allow them to complete registration for fall courses.  SOAR is intended to promote academic success and individual development.  A parent orientation is also included on Day 1 of SOAR.  The summer 2010 dates are:

June 24-25

June 28-29

July 6-7

July 8-9

July 12-13

July 15-16

Getting ready for SOAR 2010!

We are already planning to welcome the incoming class of 2014 for an exciting schedule of events for the Summer SOAR 2010 program!  Once you are admitted to Eastern, you will receive a packet of information from the Admissions Office. In this packet you will find important instructions to guide you through the steps necessary to begin at Eastern in the fall semester.  Be sure to read through this packet carefully, as its contents are of the utmost importance as you prepare to be an Eastern student!


Find the SOAR Save the Date informtation in the packet to determine which SOAR date works best with your schedule and register online.  We can't wait to meet you and help you prepare for a successful four years at Eastern!


See you in the summer!

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