Membership Board

Membership Board, fondly referred to as the “fun aunts and uncles,” is an avenue for OrangeSeeds alumni to stay engaged in the program without the time commitment of Executive Board. These alumni serve as resources, role models, and yet another friendly face on campus.

    Andrew Regalado

    Hometown:

    Chino Hills, California

    Major:

    Political Science

    Fun Fact:

    I am not fun

      Cole Massie

      Cole Massie, 2019

      Hometown:

      Jackson, Ohio

      Major(s):

      Public Relations, Policy Studies

      Interests:

      Politics, sports, Dad jokes, tweeting, Photoshop, suffering through my love of Ohio sports teams, Netflix, tagging people in weird videos on Facebook, hammocking, dank memes, golf, movie references, and knowing random facts

      Favorite Quote:

      “The grass isn’t greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it.” – Neil Barringham

      Organizations:

      University 100, Residence Life (Resident Advisor), WERW Radio, Club Golf

      Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

      OrangeSeeds helped me immensely as a first-year student by allowing me to build a network of new friends, gain professional skills, and help out the Syracuse community. I can’t imagine what my college experience would be like without this incredible organization and all the incredible people I have met through OrangeSeeds!

          Dibya Patnaik

          Hometown:

          Robbinsville, NJ

           

          Major:

          Management Pre-law

           

          Interests:

          Playing tennis, going on spontaneous adventures, impulsively buying things

           

          Other Organizations:

          UNICEF, Enactus, OttoTHON

           

          Favorite Quote:

          “Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show” -Anonymous

           

          Thoughts on Seeds:

          OrangeSeeds is an amazing group of people who are dedicated to doing good on AND off campus. I’m so grateful to be a part of such an inspiring organization who share a common goal of making a difference. I can’t wait for all the new friendships and experiences to come!

              Erin Hernandez

              Hometown:

              Fanwood, NJ

               

              Major:

              Inclusive Elementary and Special Education

               

              Interest:

              Theatre, Dance, Sing, Community Service, elephants, roses, swimming, tennis, soccer, the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees, the beach, Disney, Star Wars, Back to the Future, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

               

              Other Organizations:

              Syracuse Cru

               

              Favorite Quote:

              “Without a struggle, there can be no progress” Frederick Douglass

               

              Thoughts on Seeds:

              I am so excited to be a part of the 2017-2018 Seed class. Seeds has been the best decision since I step foot here at Syracuse. Since day one of the program, I have felt the love and support of my Seed class, e-board, and membership board all around me. They have become my home away from home. Although I know that challenges lie ahead, it is comforting to know that I have a community of people who have my back through it all. Seeds is a great opportunity I already know will put my skills to the test, teach me valuable lessons, and help me to become a leader.

                  Jenna Toder

                  Hometown:

                  Bedford, New York

                   

                  Major:

                  Political Science

                   

                  Interests:

                  Community service, reading, basketball, writing, film, politics, comedy

                   

                  Favorite quote: 

                  “Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically.” -Nelson Mandela

                   

                  Thoughts on Seeds:

                  I am SO grateful to have such a welcoming, supportive, authentic group like my peers in OrangeSeeds, especially at such an early point in my college career. Additionally, OrangeSeeds has so much more to offer than friendship. I have really enjoyed the community service projects we have begun and the connections I have made thus far. I can’t wait to see what the rest of my experience with this program will entail!

                      Julia Howard-Flanders

                      Major:

                      Undecided in the College of Arts and Science

                       

                      Interests:

                      Sailing, cooking/baking, swimming, any type of water sport, skiing, volunteering, and going places with friends (like walking trails, apple picking, movies, honestly whatever)

                       

                      Other Organizations:

                      Sailing Club, Francis House Volunteer

                       

                      Favorite Quote:

                      “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –Winnie the Pooh

                       

                      Thoughts on Seeds:

                      I am super excited about Seeds. I love that we form such a tight family bond; it makes Syracuse not feel so large. It is amazing to be a part of an amazing and motivated group of individuals that look forward to spending time together on Saturday mornings and volunteering in the community.

                          Justin Boone

                          Justin Boone, 2020

                          Hometown:

                          Fort Washington, Maryland

                          Major:

                          Undecided in Whitman & Policy Studies

                          Interests:

                          Current events, soccer (Manchester United), basketball (Wizards), music, fashion, food, business, dancing, singing, diversity, The Office, Game of Thrones, positivity, people, dogs, penguins, Facebook, LinkedIn, photos, team bonding exercises, service, the color blue, the number 2, Disney Pixar, and Obama

                          Organizations:

                          OrangeSeeds, Orientation Leader, University 100, Phi Sigma Pi, OttoThon

                          Favorite Quote:

                          “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

                          Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                          OrangeSeeds is an amazing organization!  It allows you to create a mini family within the University while you get out and help the broader Syracuse community.

                              Justin Schoenbach

                              Hometown:

                              Livingston, NJ

                               

                              Major:

                              Forensic Science

                               

                              Interests:

                              Game of Thrones, House Stark, Designated Survivor, Survivor, Syracuse Basketball, Syracuse Football, the color blue, Clash Royale, Kan-Jam, Spikeball, the lack of consistency of honeydew, positivity, astronomy, The Barry B. Benson, the benefits of procrastination, meeting new people, Ducks, mainstream songs, the New York Yankees, The Indianapolis Colts, Nickelodeon, OrangeSeeds, and the number 6

                               

                              Other orgs:

                              Otto’s Army, SU Red Cross, Syracuse University Bowling Club, Hillel

                               

                              Quote:

                              “Whether you’re made of old parts, new parts, or spare parts, you can shine no matter what you’re made of.” -Bigweld, Robots

                               

                              Thoughts on Seeds:

                              If there’s one thing I don’t regret in life, it’s becoming a seed! OrangeSeeds not only broadened my social network and allowed me to give back to the community, but it also taught me valuable lessons I can take on for the rest of my life, whether it be applying for a job or knowing how to send a professional email.

                                  Kate Christie

                                  Hometown:

                                  Hamden, CT

                                   

                                  Major:

                                  Psychology

                                   

                                  Interests:

                                  Listening to music, running, lacrosse, skiing, Psych, New Girl, Black Mirror

                                   

                                  Other Orgs:

                                  Ski Team, Relay for Life

                                   

                                  Favorite Quote:

                                  “Sometimes we get so wrapped up in getting what we want, that we forget to ask ourselves why we wanted it in the first place.” -Ian Gallagher, Shameless

                                   

                                  Thoughts on Seeds:

                                  OrangeSeeds has helped me find my ‘home away from home.’ However, I was not only given an incredible support system, full of love, encouragement, and an overall sense of unity, in being a part of OrangeSeeds. I was also given the opportunity to take part in working towards meaningful change for the greater Syracuse community and beyond. Through OrangeSeeds, one is able to take part in making a difference. That, along with being able to create such strong, lasting bonds with my fellow Seeds, is truly an honor.

                                      Kevin O’Donnell

                                      Hometown:

                                      Stevens Point, Wisconsin

                                      Major:

                                      Advertising and Marketing

                                      Fun Fact:

                                      I eat a bowl of raw spinach with dinner every night

                                          Kyle Rosenblum

                                          Kyle Rosenblum, 2020

                                          Hometown:

                                          Limerick, Pennsylvania

                                          Major:

                                          Psychology

                                          Interests:

                                          Soccer, The Office, The Killers, Wawa, going on adventures, and Cheeseburgers

                                          Organizations:

                                          OrangeSeeds, Ottonomous Productions, Pre-Health Society

                                          Favorite Quote:

                                          “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” – Leslie Knope

                                          Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                          OrangeSeeds is an amazing first-year leadership and community service program which allows the rare opportunity for a small group of first-year students to build incredible bonds by helping the community. OrangeSeeds strives to make Syracuse University and the greater Syracuse area into a better place by working together to affect meaningful change.

                                           

                                              Kyra Meister

                                              Kyra Meister, 2019

                                              Hometown:

                                              Ashburn, VA

                                              Major(s):

                                              Communication and Rhetorical Studies/Policy Studies

                                              Interests:

                                              Musical theatre, Gilmore Girls, brunch, Syracuse basketball, Costco samples, baking cookies, spending time with friends & family, baseball (Go Nats!!), cheesy Hallmark movies

                                              Organizations:

                                              First Year Players, Orientation Leader, OttoTHON, Skills Through Experience Program

                                              Favorite Quote:

                                              “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

                                              Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                              This organization is so unique in the fact that it’s one of a kind – at no other college or university will you find yourself an “OrangeSeeds.” It gives first-year students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the university and surrounding community so early on, something I think is crucial when it comes to attending a new school with so many possibilities and unknowns. OrangeSeeds has given me many skills, opportunities, and incredible friends. These friends become family, and inspire me to be better every day because of their love for giving back to the school we call home. You don’t fully realize just how much OrangeSeeds changes you until that first year concludes. The best feeling is when you finally look back and see what an incredible individual you have become, all thanks to this wonderful program.

                                                  Lauren Miller

                                                  Hometown:

                                                  Chicago, IL

                                                   

                                                  Major:

                                                  Undecided in Newhouse and Policy Studies

                                                   

                                                  Interests:

                                                  Hiking, traveling, news/politics, art as a means of talking about social issues, cooking, yoga, coffee, The Office, SNL, rom coms, intersectional feminism, photography, deep dish pizza… Lactaid, mindfulness/positivity, The Chicago Cubs, “mainstream” indie music

                                                   

                                                  Other Organizations:

                                                  Camp Kesem, TNH, Chaarg, Rec Department

                                                   

                                                  Favorite quote:

                                                  “Let’s go dancing while we still have feet.”

                                                   

                                                  Thoughts on Seeds:

                                                  I’m so grateful to be a part of Seeds. Immediately upon joining it, I was enveloped by some of the most loving, supportive and passionate people I’ve meet in my time at SU. That sentiment of love and passion carries throughout everything we do in Seeds, from service projects to the meetings and everything in between. Even though I’ve only been a Seed for a month, it has quickly become something I look forward to every week.

                                                      Maddie Peck

                                                      Maddie Peck, 2020

                                                      Hometown:

                                                      Beverly, Massachusetts

                                                      Major:

                                                      Nutrition

                                                      Interests:

                                                      Running, art, reading, coffee

                                                      Organizations:

                                                      OrangeSeeds

                                                      Favorite Quote:

                                                      “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

                                                      Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                      I am thrilled to be part of such an eclectic group of leaders who share a common passion for making our world a better place!

                                                       

                                                          McKinley Vrees

                                                          Hometown:

                                                          Holliston, Massachusetts

                                                          Major:

                                                          Spanish, Pre-Med Track

                                                          Fun Fact:

                                                          I learned how to do stitches on a raw chicken wing

                                                              Michelle Truong

                                                              Hometown:

                                                              San Jose, CA

                                                               

                                                              Major:

                                                              Marketing Management/Public Relations

                                                               

                                                              Interests:

                                                              Food, I love FOOD, going on adventures and trying new activities, anything and everything Disney, and I love caring for others. I am a firm believer that there is a lot of love to give.

                                                               

                                                              Other Organizations:

                                                              RHA, Z89, CitrusTV, Enactus

                                                               

                                                              Favorite Quote:

                                                              “You’re stronger than you seem, braver than you believe, and smarter than you think.” -Winnie the Pooh

                                                               

                                                              Thoughts on Seeds:

                                                              I never thought there would be a community filled with such loving, supportive, and positive people, but I found that community in Seeds.

                                                                  Nick Gold

                                                                  Nick Gold, 2019

                                                                  Hometown:

                                                                  Fairfax, Virginia

                                                                  Major:

                                                                  Sports Management; Finance Minor

                                                                  Interests:

                                                                  Sports, Working with kids, Parks and Rec, Late night television (Colbert’s monologues and Fallon’s everything else), Beyonce, Handwriting, Star Wars fan theories, Lounging in Panasci, Being petty but in a good way

                                                                  Favorite Quote:

                                                                  “Give 100%. 110% is impossible. Only idiots recommend that.” –Ron Swanson

                                                                  Organizations:

                                                                  Student Philanthropy Council, U100, Lifeguard with Rec Services, Ottothon

                                                                  Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                  Without OrangeSeeds, my freshman year wouldn’t have been the same. It is so much more than a way to give back to the community. I had the most incredible experiences and met my best friends through the program. I can’t wait to give back to this incredible club that did so much for me and help new seeds forge their own way through SU.

                                                                      Paige Wucherphfennig

                                                                      Hometown:

                                                                      Glastonbury, CT

                                                                       

                                                                      Major:

                                                                      Management and Information Management and Technologies Dual

                                                                       

                                                                      Interests:

                                                                      Dance, traveling, sewing, fashion

                                                                       

                                                                      Other Organizations:

                                                                      Danceworks and Women in Leadership

                                                                       

                                                                      Favorite quote:

                                                                      “Take and minute and let it ride” -Knaan (my tattoo!)

                                                                       

                                                                      Thought on Seeds:

                                                                      I’m thrilled to be part of such an amazing organization and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes me. This group already feels like my second family.

                                                                          Sameeha Saied

                                                                          Hometown:

                                                                          Orlando, FL

                                                                           

                                                                          Major:

                                                                          Psychology

                                                                           

                                                                          Interests:

                                                                          Baking, Reading, Music, movies, television (the holy trinity), Dancing (not well), Singing (also not well), Sunsets, Stars, Flowers, Babies, Ice cream

                                                                           

                                                                          Other Organizations:

                                                                          OttoThon Morale Committee

                                                                           

                                                                          Favorite Quote:

                                                                          “Have courage and be kind.”

                                                                           

                                                                          Thoughts on Seeds:

                                                                          I came to Syracuse all the way from Florida, knowing nobody, and missing my family and friends more than I thought possible. I signed up for OrangeSeeds on a complete whim, thinking it would be like any other community service organization, and I didn’t know it then but signing up was probably the smartest spontaneous decision I’ve ever made. Seeds is so much more than service. It’s leadership, creativity, teamwork, kindness, and, most of all, family.

                                                                              Santiago Correa

                                                                              Hometown:

                                                                              Bogota, Colombia – Miami, Florida

                                                                               

                                                                              Major:

                                                                              Mechanical Engineering

                                                                               

                                                                              Interests:

                                                                              Stocks trading, Value investing, Being physically active (gym, soccer, etc.), Photography, Computer-Aided Design, Community service, Elon Musk, Tesla, Clean energy, 3-D Printing

                                                                               

                                                                              Other orgs:

                                                                              American Society of Mechanical Engineering

                                                                               

                                                                              Favorite quote:

                                                                              “Don’t judge my story by the chapter you came in on”

                                                                               

                                                                              Thoughts on Seeds:

                                                                              OrangeSeeds is one of the best programs/organizations I have been part of. It has given me the opportunity to expand my leadership skills as I develop a support network and help the Syracuse community. Seeds is a crucial program all freshmen should apply for. OrangeSeeds is like training wheels; it helps students acquire and enhance skills they will need in years to come when they become leaders at Syracuse University and in the world.

                                                                               

                                                                                  Tyler Smith

                                                                                  Hometown:

                                                                                  Greenwood Village, Colorado

                                                                                  Major:

                                                                                  Human Development and Family Science

                                                                                  Fun Fact:

                                                                                  I have fun tattooed on my wrist

                                                                                      Will DeVito

                                                                                      Will DeVito, 2020

                                                                                      Hometown:

                                                                                      Greenlawn, New York

                                                                                      Major:

                                                                                      Television, Radio, and Film

                                                                                      Interests:

                                                                                      Guitar, Skiing, Acting, Movies, Fireworks, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pixar, Family Parties, Montauk, Chilling with Friends, Buying things I don’t actually need on Amazon

                                                                                      Organizations:

                                                                                      OrangeSeeds, First Year Players, Delta Kappa Alpha, Newhouse Peer Mentor

                                                                                      Favorite Quote:

                                                                                      “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

                                                                                      Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                                      OrangeSeeds is truly a one-of-a-kind program that I am so happy to be a part of. It allows for students to truly make whatever they want out of their experience. Seeds has not only allowed for me to meet a group of amazing people and gain new experiences, but it has also helped me learn more about myself and the kind of person I aim to be.