Meet the Orientation Team
Austin Duckett, Assistant Dean for Student Life
Hometown: Conshohocken, PA
Education: BA Business Administration, Lycoming College; MS Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs, West Chester University
My Role at Widener: I lead the Office of Student Life, which provides quality student programming and opportunities for meaningful student engagement. I manage all New Student Orientation programs, advise the Student Government Association in promoting change on campus, and host an array of student organization leadership experiences.
Advice for New Students: You never know what opportunities await until you take a chance and try something new! On your journey to success, seek to grow, be courageous, and make a difference in the world around you.
Lauren Bolden, Director of Student Organizations
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Education: BA English with a minor in Psychology, West Chester University; MS Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs, West Chester University
My Role at Widener: I provide leadership and oversight of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community at the university, the 80+ recognized undergraduate student organizations on campus, and advise the Commuter Student Association.
Advice for New Students: Research has shown that students who are involved on-campus outside of the classroom are more likely to graduate, get better grades, and land a job after graduation! So, what do you have to lose? Join a recognized organization and become a better version of yourself!
Jeanine Snow, Director of Student Engagement
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Education: BA Applied Psychology, Penn State Berks; MS Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs, West Chester University
My Role at Widener: I work with the C.R.E.W. Leaders to help new students transition into our campus community. I advise the Pride Activities Council and make sure there's always something fun to do on campus—even late at night and on the weekends! I also advise the Alternative Spring Break program where students explore the country while getting their hands dirty and making a difference.
Advice for New Students: Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Try something that scares you (in a good way, of course)! Sometimes the best memories we make or our friendships that last a lifetime start right at orientation!
Debra Verling, Administrative Secretary
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Education: BA Psychology/Humanities, Fairleigh Dickinson University
My Role at Widener: I provide administrative assistance to all the professional staff and manage the front desk operation for the Office of Student Life.
Advice for New Students: Stretch yourself! Go to every event on campus you can. You never know what you might really enjoy or the people you will meet there.