The Office of Residential Life and Housing recognizes the work of outstanding resident assistants (RAs) and celebrates graduating RAs.

Resident Assistant Nadege DeBrosse

Resident Assistant Nadege DeBrosse

This semester was challenging to all, especially to those who call Adelphi their second home. Making Adelphi feel like home is the job of our resident assistants (RAs) who foster a sense of community filled with pride and safety. Before spring break, these RAs didn’t know they were hosting their last programs or having their last in-person resident interactions. Among residents, there were no hugs, and certainly no closure, to mark the end of another successful academic year.

The Office of Residential Life and Housing traditionally hosts a reception to celebrate all our resident assistants for their work throughout the year and to recognize RAs who had outstanding moments. On May 7, 2020, we held a virtual reception to continue our tradition, celebrate the RAs and recognize the following students:

  • Returning RAs of the Year: Jessica DiRico and Eleni Spyrou
  • New RA of the Year: Rachel Rossi
  • Programmer of the Year: Nadege DeBrosse
  • Program of the Year: Panthers Got Talent! (Chapman Hall)
  • Bulletin Board of the Year: Caitlyn Castiglione for “Chappy Station”

This year, a new award was unveiled. The Shining Star Award gives recognition to a fellow RA who has shown exemplary dedication within their own community. The recipients are nominated by their peers. The 2019–2020 recipients of the Shining Star Awards are:

RAs picking up their graduation cords

  • Eleni Spyrou
  • Jillian Hershman
  • Tyler Simpson
  • Josephine Sanabria
  • Jeff Joseph
  • Stephany Staroselskiy
  • Nadege DeBrosse

The celebrations did not stop there. A few RAs planned on posting pictures on the original date of Commencement wearing their graduation attire, including stoles and graduation cords. Residence Hall Directors (RHDs) Samantha Bassford, Meena Elango and Terry Ann Joseph facilitated “cordside” pickup for RAs who wanted to come near campus to pick up their cords instead of waiting for them to come in the mail. Lining up their cords safely on South Avenue, each RA was greeted with the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance” and cheers from anyone who was walking by.

Resident Assistant Nadege DeBrosse received a “cordside delivery” from her RHD as she could not make it to campus.

The RHDs acknowledge that this was not how the end of the year normally goes, but they sincerely hope the RAs know how much the Adelphi community appreciates their dedication in assisting their peers through their college careers.

RA Awards

Congratulations to all graduating RAs:

  • Rawad Akhand
  • Rochelle Bubis
  • Valerie Cirisano
  • Alexa Cohen
  • Amanda Considine
  • Jessica DiRico
  • Marissa Flaherty
  • Nicole Geary
  • Chloe Gonzales
  • James Haddad
  • Alex Harris
  • Jillian Hershman
  • Gileen Reyes
  • David Robres de Veciana
  • Jessica Schulteisz
  • Gagandeep Singh
  • Eleni Spyrou
  • Sean Zelenke

For further information, please contact:

Todd Wilson
Strategic Communications Director 
p – 516.237.8634
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