Orientation & New Student Programs

About Us



Stan Cherian - Director of Orientation/Associate Director for Student Leadership and Engagement

Stan is a native of Philadelphia and now a proud Brooklynite. He received a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy, and a master's in higher education administration from Temple University. Before coming to Hofstra, Stan worked at St. Joseph's University as the assistant director of student activities, and at Temple University's Student Activities Office as the assistant director. In 2001, Stan joined the Hofstra staff of the Student Activities Office as the assistant director, where he was the advisor to the Student Government Association and the Hofstra yearbook, Nexus. He was the director of Orientation and New Student Programs from 2006-2009 and now has rejoined the Student Leadership and Engagement office. Currently, he oversees New Student Orientation, class programming, and graduate student organizations.


Samantha Kloeckener-Soszynski - Assistant Director, Student Leadership and Engagement

Born in Rockland, NY and raised on Long Island, Sam received her BS in Direct and Interactive Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she was involved as a resident assistant, student ambassador, and student body president. Jumping into student affairs seemed like a natural progression for her, so she continued her education at Stony Brook University with a MA in Higher Education Administration. Her career has been heavily focused in residence life, advising organizations and large scale programming at both Stony Brook University and Purchase College. Sam is excited to join the OSLE team and work with student groups, class programming, Peer Alliance. and Welcome Week!


Eric McLenithan - Graduate Assistant, New Student Programming

Born and raised in Vermont, Eric has loved being a part of the Hofstra family for the past four years. He recently graduated from Hofstra’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and Management. He is continuing his education pursuing a Master of Science (MS) in Accounting to become CPA eligible. After graduation, Eric will be working as an Audit Staff at EY LLP. Prior to this position, Eric has served in many student leadership roles on campus including being a Pride Guide, Orientation Leader, Welcome Week Coordinator, member of the Student Hearing Board, and more. He looks forward to further helping the University as he rejoins the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement to assist with new student programming.

Orientation Staff

Orientation Leaders and Welcome Week Coordinators are junior and senior Hofstra students who help plan and implement the Summer Orientation and Welcome Week programs. These students are responsible for helping incoming students with the transition to academic and cocurricular life on campus. During Summer Orientation, orientation leaders stay in the same residence halls as first-year students and lead them to sessions and give their perspective of college life. The positions are among the most sought after leadership positions on campus. We hope that you seek out our student leaders as a resource during your time at New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, and beyond.

Meet Our Staff

Our 2020 Orientation Staff can't wait to meet you. While we are currently all over the United States (and Canada) eagerly waiting our return to campus, we wanted to introduce ourselves virtually.

Check out our staff profiles here!