When the Classes of 2023 arrive on campus this fall, Steven D’Alterio ’21 and Sophie Ritter ’20, MAT ’21 will guide the incoming first-year students through Orientation Weekend 2019.
As this year’s Orientation Coordinators, D’Alterio and Ritter will be lead the Colleges’ welcome of first-year and transfer students, helping them transition into their new environment with events and activities that acquaint them with the campus, the Geneva community and one another.
Orientation Weekend “is the first introduction to HWS for many of these students,” says Ritter, who hopes “to create an inclusive and accepting environment” through the weekend’s events. “I am most looking forward to seeing everyone coming together to make it a great weekend for everyone involved!”
In the coming weeks, she and D’Alterio will assemble a team of dozens of Orientation Leaders and Mentors, who will help plan and implement the Orientation activities and events that will commence when new students arrive on Aug. 22.
“What I am most looking forward to for this year’s Orientation program is seeing every member of the Orientation team make real and impactful connections with the incoming first year classes,” says D’Alterio. “My goals are to ensure that each day is more exciting than the last and each and every student enters class on Monday happy to call this campus home for their undergraduate years!”
D’Alterio, who is enrolled in the Colleges’ Teacher Education Program, is a double-major in English and Africana Studies. He has served as director of civic engagement for Sankofa, the Colleges’ Black Student Union, and currently works in the Office of Student Activities. He has twice traveled to Washington D.C. with the Colleges’ Model African Union to participate in the International Model African Union.
Ritter is majoring in English and double-minoring in public policy and child advocacy, while pursuing her dual teaching certification in early childhood and special education. After graduation, she will remain at HWS to pursue her master’s in teaching. A global ambassador for the Center for Global Education, Ritter studied abroad in Galway, Ireland as a sophomore. She is a member of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority and the William Smith chapter of Public Leadership Education Network’s (PLEN). She recently established an HWS chapter of Best Buddies International, a club that promotes inclusivity and friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.