Meet Your Discovery Leaders
Discovery Leaders are upper-class students who are highly motivated to be "change agents" in their community. They want to lead by example and mentor new students as they transition into their college careers here at Hofstra. Discovery Leaders will live with the participants in Stuyvesant Hall for the duration of the Discovery Program. They will expose participants to campus and community resources and act as guides at the various service projects.
Amanda Bentley is a sophomore from New Hampshire currently majoring in Psychology. She loves to paint, eat anything sweet, and is obsessed with bull dogs! On campus she is involved with She's the First, M.U.S.E., and is planning on becoming more involved with different organizations including volunteering with Admissions as a Pride Guide. At home, Amanda volunteers at the local senior center and animal shelter. Her favorite part of the Discovery Program was visiting the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in New York City. Amanda Is looking forward to inspiring new students to become involved, meet new people, and help them in their transition to Hofstra!
Rachael Burlette is a sophomore here at Hofstra. She is an majoring in English and is very excited to start another year at Hofstra as a Discovery Leader! She can't wait to meet the incoming new students and to go out into the community once more, which is her favorite part of the Discovery Program. She has been involved in a few clubs on campus including the Discovery Club. Rachael has also done service projects with Hofstra including the Midnight Run, where she collected clothing for the homeless and then distributed it in New York City. Besides doing community service Rachael also likes to watch old black and white movies in her spare time.
Dylan Cahir is a junior majoring in Political Science, Global Studies, and Italian with minors in European Studies and Geography. He is a member of the Discovery Club, Hofstra's Hope for Humanity, and Hofstra Versus Zombies. His favorite part of the Discovery Program is meeting new people. He looks forward to being a Discovery Leader to help new students acclimate to college life and having new experiences. Dylan's favorite color is yellow.
George Calvo is a member of Hofstra's class of 2015. He is double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. George has participated in the Midnight Run where he helped give food and clothing directly to the homeless in New York City. He also was part of the 2012 and 2013 Alternative Spring Break National Programs where he traveled to El Paso, Texas and Bayboro, North Carolina, respectively, to do community service. George is President of Hofstra's Hope for Humanity, which works directly with Habitat for Humanity on Long Island, in fundraising, raising awareness and building homes. George had an amazing experience as a participant of the 2011 Discovery Program and again as a leader for the 2012 Discovery Program. He feels that the opportunity to give incoming new students a similar experience to what he had in the program is invaluable. He has made strong connections and friendships which have positively influenced his first two years at Hofstra University. He is looking forward to providing the new Discovery Program participants with a gratifying and memorable experience.
Leland Chen is a Southern Californian transplant and an enthusiastic Marketing major here at Hofstra. In addition to being involved with the Discovery Program, you can find him running (literally!) around campus planning and promoting events for the Hofstra American Marketing Association and the Student Government Association's Programming Board. Leland is an alumni of the Blue and Gold Leadership Cohort and is the advertising manager for the Hofstra Student Computing Service's Learning Support division at Calkins Lab. He participated in the Midnight Run last semester and is very involved in helping spread awareness for social issues around the local community, especially those stemming from Hurricane Sandy. Leland's very favorite part of the Discovery Program is seeing his students develop into effective leaders, passionate about changing the world. He truly looks forward to meeting each and every one of this year's new students to help them discover (no pun intended!) how they would like to leave their respective marks on this world.
Alex Demarest is a senior majoring in English with a double minor in Religious Studies and Psychology. Around campus he plays on the men's rugby team and helped found Hofstra's chapter of Humans vs Zombies. As an Eagle Scout he enjoys long walks through the woods, chopping lumber, and talking with animals. When it comes to the Discovery Program, Alex enjoys meeting the incoming students and helping them discover the exciting experiences he had as a new student.
Satya Makadia is a part of the Class of 2016. She is from Long Island and is a Pre-Medical student with a major in Psychology. Satya is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the pre-medical fraternity, APHOS, and the Hofstra University Honor's College. Her favorite part of the Discovery Program is meeting so many different types of people and hearing how inspiring their stories are. Satya is looking forward to being a Discovery Leader because she hopes to be the change she wishes to see in the world and is super excited to meet new students who share the same passions she does. Satya is a vegetarian, her favorite color is turquoise, and she loves Hofstra University!
Jordyn Mayerhofer is part of the class of 2016. She is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a Pre-Medical major with a concentration in Disability Studies and is minoring in Neuroscience. She would like to become an Emergency Room Physician. Jordyn is also part of Hofstra's Honors College. She thrives on helping others and is focused on becoming a leader in both her Albuquerque community and her Hofstra community. Jordyn is the secretary of Phi Delta Epsilon, and is an active member in Hofstra's Hope for Humanity, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Red Cross Club. Her favorite part of the Discovery Program her first year was playing football with the children at the Saratoga Inn. As a Discovery Leader, Jordyn is looking forward to helping students build amazing friendships like the ones she made as a Discovery participant. A fun fact about Jordyn is that she is learning to read and write in Ancient Greek.
Catie Moulton is a senior Health Sciences major planning to become an MD/MPH. She comes from Merrimack, NH. On campus, she is involved in Hofstra's all-female acapella group, Makin Treble, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-medical Fraternity, the Hofstra Rotaract club, and Hofstra's Women's Club Soccer. She is a certified Wilderness EMT, and tries to spend as much time as possible hiking, running, kayaking, stargazing, and generally enjoying being outdoors. In her free time, she enjoys watching cat videos on Youtube and eating peanut M&M's. The Discovery program has been an integral part of her college experience, and she will always treasure the friends and memories she has made in the program both as a participant and as a leader. Discovery 2013 is sure to be the best year yet, and she can't wait to be a part of it.
Lena Nash is a senior majoring in Labor Studies. She will be graduating this December 2013 and returning to Hofstra to complete her MBA in Sports & Entertainment Management. She is the Vice President of the Rowing Team, Member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and the Online Chair for Relay For Life. Her favorite part of the Discovery Program is going into the city to visit various service locations. Lena looks forward to being a Discovery Leader for the 3rd time because each time she learns something new from her students and she just can't stay away from the best program at Hofstra. Something you should know about her is that she loves Grumpy Cat, peanut butter, and boats.
Joanne Norris is a member of the class of 2016 in the Honors College, majoring in Sustainability Studies and minoring in Economics, Fine Art, and Geology. She is the President of Hofstra Women's Club Soccer, and is involved in the Geology, Environment, and Sustainability Club, Hofstra's Hope for Humanity, and the Discovery Club. She has participated in service projects including Habitat for Humanity builds, and has revisited some of the sites from her participation in the Discovery Program to continue her involvement there. Joanne's favorite part of the Discovery Program was doing demolition at the Habitat site, as well as finding out what she wanted to major in. She is looking forward to being a Discovery Leader and helping other students accomplish the self-fulfillment that comes with service work while at the same time helping them assimilate into the new college environment. Joanne's favorite kind of ice cream is cookie dough, and she loves any kind of chocolate. She's looking forward to meeting everyone in August!
Jennifer Polera will be a sophomore in the fall of 2013 and she is currently a Pre-Health major who wants to minor in History. On campus she participates in the pre-health club APHOS and Project Sunshine and off of campus she coaches a catholic youth organization volleyball team. Jen's favorite part of the Discovery program is meeting new people and getting incoming students excited about their new home. She can't wait to be a Discovery Leader so she can introduce the incoming students and aid them in finding a cause to get passionate about. Some random facts about Jen are that she can bake rainbow cookies like a pro, she loves to kick-box, and loves Lana Del Rey.
Jenny Rowe is a Public Relations major, Political Science minor from Ellington, Connecticut. After volunteering as a coach for a Special Olympics golf team during high school, she created the club Hofstra Goes for Gold, which gives students the opportunity to volunteer and fundraise for the Special Olympics. As President of Hofstra Goes for Gold, she assisted in bringing a new event to campus in the spring of 2012 and 2013 called Jail & Bail, which raised a total of $15,262 for Special Olympics. Jenny is also associated with Student Government Association, Blue and Gold Leadership Program, Midnight Run, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, and also works as a student aide in the Office of University Advisement. After having an incredible experience going through the program herself in 2011, Jenny would recommend the Discovery Program to any new student at Hofstra. She believes that it is an amazing opportunity to get involved as well as a great way to make friends and transition easily into college life. Jenny is so excited to be a Discovery Leader again in August 2013 and looks forward to meeting all of the new Discovery participants!
Edan Stanley is a Junior from Sparta, NJ at Hofstra University with a double major in Journalism and Russian. On campus she's busy with the Women's Club Soccer Team, Hofstra Goes for Gold, and the SGA Programming Board. This past spring she was an advocate for the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign as treasurer for Hofstra Goes for Gold, a club she helped co-found her first semester at Hofstra that has since raised over $15,000 for the Special Olympics. Edan's favorite part of the Discovery Program is the quick friendships between participants and the group effort for making change in the world today. She looks forward to being a leader this year to see the program develop further and inspire new Hofstra students to get involved with the community around them. She can't wait to share her passion for the program with the 2013 Discovery class!