Start Leaders

START Leaders play an integral role in the success of the Philadelphia University START & New Student Orientation program and are recognized leaders throughout the Philadelphia University community. They serve as group leaders, liaisons between various departments, registration assistants, peer educators, and positive role models.

START Leaders are actively involved in assisting all new students with their transition to Philadelphia University, whether it be from high school, the work force, the military, or another institution of higher education. If you see a START Leader from the same hometown, with the same major, or with a common interest, feel free to drop them a note!

Omosi Anabul

Omosi Anabui
Class of 2015

Major: Biopsychology
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Tips:

-Time-management is important!

-Learning and Advising is very helpful

-Be involved!

PhilaU Fact: Maurice Kanbar produced Hoodwinked 1 & 2
Campus Involvement: Black Student Union, Gay Straight Alliance, Tunnel of Oppression, START, NSO, P.U.M.P. – U.P., Relay for Life

Brittany Buckmire

Brittany Buckmire
Class of 2015
Major: Architecture
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Tips:

-Choose your friends carefully… they will shape the person you become

-Take full advantage of the resources here (especially Career Services and you Faculty!!)

-Have fun, explore the city, work hard and take every opportunity to grow!


PhilaU Fact:There are more squirrels than boys on campus.
Campus Involvement:Destination Imagination, FIA, Style Line, Phi Psi, Honors Association

Yasin

Imani Yasin
Class of 2014
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Tips:

-Be open-minded

-Get involved

-Get to know your advisor/professor

PhilaU Fact:Career Services has a lot of resources!
Campus Involvement:RA, BSU, GSA

   Leilany Lopez Buseo

Leilany Lopez Buseo
Class of 2015
Major: Pre-Med
Hometown: La Ceiba Honduras
Tips:

-Take advantage of Learning & Advising

-Get involved in clubs!!

-Don’t be scared to talk to your professors

PhilaU Fact: The library has study rooms available until 12am, but DEC is open until 3am if you need somewhere to pull an all-nighter.

Campus Involvement: Delta Phi Epsilon, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Asclepius Society, Volleyball intramural 

T.J Burgart

T.J. Burghart
Class of 2014

Major: Architecture
Hometown:
Landsdale, PA
Tips:

-Make friends with students outside of you Major

-Use your classmates to form study groups for exams

-Order your text books from Amazon.Com

PhilaU Fact:Order lunch from Common Thread Express, they have bigger portions
Campus Involvement:AIAS, Freedom by Design, Community Service Coordinator, Alternative Spring Break Team

Julia Cazan

Iulia Cazan
Class of 2015

Major: Architecture
Minor: Business
Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ
Tips:

-Get involved in activities you like!

-Be friendly and open to meeting new people!

-Stay on top of your work!
PhilaU Fact:A+D used to be a library
Campus Involvement:Kanbar Building Manager

 Trevor Dority

Trevor Dority
Class of 2014
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Hometown:  San Marina, CA
Tips:

-Be organized – you will get more done when you are

-Get involved – clubs and events have a lot to offer you

-Be yourself – Don’t try to be someone you not

PhilaU Fact: You can start a club on campus with you and two friends

Campus Involvement: Programming Assistant – SAO, Social Media Chair – CAB, FYE Coordinator - SDP

Shawn Hale

Shawn Hale
Class of 2016

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Manchester, MD

Tips:

-Don’t stress over the small stuff

-Manage your time

-Don’t fall behind in your classes

PhilaU Fact:The University is your biggest resource + everyone is here to help you 
Campus Involvement:AXP Fraternity, AIAS, Honors Program

Shakarr Hawkins

Shakarr Hawkins
Class of 2017
Major:Construction Management
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Tips:
-Check your PhilaU email every day; especially in the morning

-Download the PhilaU app just for the Ram van tracker

-Participate in on-campus events

PhilaU Fact: Clothing designed by PhilaU students was sold by Urban Outfitters

Campus Involvement: Construction Management Society, PhilaU-thon, Relay for Life, START

Jessica Hubbard

Jessica Hubbard
Class of 2015
Major: Psychology
Minor: Law and Society
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Tips:
-Don’t be afraid to join new clubs on campus

-Try to establish a sense of good time management ASAP

-If you find that there is a particular club you would like to see on campus don’t be afraid to take the initiative to start it

PhilaU Fact:If you would like to start a club on campus it’s actually really easy 
Campus Involvement:Dance team captain, BSU, Resident Assistant, and I’m trying to start a creative writing club

Tass Islam

Tass Islam
Class of 2015
Major: Physician Assistant
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Tips:
-Learn how to manage time wisely

-Don’t be shy and explore the campus

-Get involved in campus activities

PhilaU Fact:Take advantage of learning and advising!
Campus Involvement:SGA, PA Society

Andrew Kelly

Andrew Kelly
Class of 2015
Major: Health Science
Hometown: Cayman Islands
Tips:
-Go to learning and advising

-Make sure you see your advisor

-Stay out of trouble!!!

PhilaU Fact:The RRR room can be reserved despite what the people in the library say
Campus Involvement: Tutor, Lab Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Honors

Nytae Lane

Nytae Lane
Class of 2015

Major: Psychology
Minor: Law
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Tips:

-Be open-minded

-Ask questions

-Have fun

PhilaU Fact: It’s not just a school, it’s a family
Campus Involvement: BSU, GSA, P.U.M.P U.P., Diversity Ambassador, START, ODK

 

Calliegh McDonald

Calleigh McDonald 
Class of 2015
Major: Architecture
Minor: Graphic Design
Hometown: Hatboro, PA
Tips:

-Common Thread Breakfast is the best

-Don’t be afraid to join a club or sport! Get involved!

-Late night at Ravenhill serves great food!!

PhilaU Fact: The gym offers personal training sessions to all students and the trainers are awesome people.
Campus Involvement: Intramural sports, Ultimate Frisbee, Gallagher Fitness Center Employee


Jakob Noon

Jakob Noon
Class of 2016
Major: Architecture
Minor: Construction Management
Hometown: East Norriton, PA
Tips:

-Use a meal swipe you’re not going to use at Ted’s to get drinks

-The 32 bus will take you from Henry and Schoolhouse to Center City

-The Wissahickon trail runs right by main campus and offers amazing hiking and biking

PhilaU Fact: Architecture students can download AutoCAD online for free using their school email.
Campus Involvement:  Serve 101, Band, Relay for Life, START, RA, PhilaU-Thon, Jazz Ensemble

 

Maria Romano

Maria Romano
Class of 2016
Major: Fashion Industry Management
Minor: Textile Materials Technology
Hometown: Mount Royal, NJ
Tips:

-Don’t be shy!

-Be open minded and open to new things

-Enjoy you time 

PhilaU Fact: Get involved in different groups. Try something new!
Campus Involvement: ELP, LEAD, FAME, START

 

Aneika Thomas

Aneika Thomas
Class of 2015
Major: Graphic Design Communication
Hometown: Newark, NJ

Tips:

-Be open-minded and accepting of others

-Make good connections with professors and staff

-Read you r emails! Professors send class cancellations all the time before class

PhilaU Fact: The mansion is haunted
Campus Involvement: Gemini Theater, Delta Phi Epsilon, SGA, AIGA

 

Ahdeem Tinsley

Ahdeem Tinsley
Class of 2015
Major: Landscape Architecture
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Tips:

-Time Management

-Use the resources that the school provides you with

-Learn the transportation system or get a handle on it. You will thank yourself

PhilaU Fact: The Ram van comes every half hour on the weekends
Campus Involvement: NOMAS, Video Game Club, BSU, Unity week committee

 

Josephine Valezquez

Josephine Velazquez
Class of 2016
Major: Architecture
Hometown: Easton, PA
Tips:

-Come with motivation and enthusiasm to meet new people and learn things. 

-Begin great study/work habits now so it begins to become easier to apply to real world. 

-Explore the great city of Philadelphia for experience – Work + Social

PhilaU Fact: PhilaU has a great location that it is not caught in the bustle of the city, yet still has places to socialize, eat, and worship.
Campus Involvement: Latin American Student Organization, Cornerstone, P.R.A.I.S.E., American Institute of Architecture Students

 

 

Contact Information:

First Year Experience
Kanbar Campus Center, Suite 317
phone: (215) 951-2634
fax: (215) 951-2644

email: FYE@PhilaU.edu

Campus address:
The Kanbar Campus Center, Suite 317

Mailing address:
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497