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Welcome to the Office of Campus Activities!

Mission Statement

The Office of Campus Activities (OCA) provides opportunities for meaningful co-curricular engagement that develop self-awareness, interpersonal skills, and citizenship, that connect with and to academic, co-op, and professional experiences.

We accomplish our mission through championing over 300 student-run organizations, providing support for event planning, financial management, and leadership development; coordinating meaningful service trips during spring break; through general advisement of student leaders; and by facilitating opportunities for students to engage outside the classroom.  The OCA team consists of dedicated professionals committed to the growth and development of Drexel students.

Through getting involved, we believe students learn new skills, build diverse networks and friendships, add valuable experiences to their resumes, maintain a positive connection to Drexel University, and have fun!

What students learn through engagement is transferable to academic, co-op, and professional settings. We invite you take advantage of numerous opportunities offered at Drexel  that will impact your life, as well as the lives of your peers, Drexel University, the local community, and our world.  We look forward to collaborating with you through your evolving, lifelong leadership journey.

 

Staff Directory

Amber Cardamone, Assistant Director of Campus Activities (alc329@drexel.edu)

Amber advises the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC), a group of undergraduate students responsible for policy creation and allocation of the full-time undergraduate Student Activity Fee.  Beyond advising SAFAC, Amber oversees financial transactions of student organizations, meets with students and student organizations, executes contracts on behalf of student organizations and Drexel University Student Affairs, and supports Campus Activities programs and initiatives.

Amber joined OCA in September 2012 from the University of Scranton where she served in a dual role as Area Coordinator and Leadership Coordinator.  In that position, Amber managed residence halls and adjudicated conduct cases, supervised resident assistants, and designed, researched, and developed curriculum for the Scranton Emerging Leaders program.  Prior to the University of Scranton, Amber was Area Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life at Delaware Valley College.  Amber possesses a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Human Resources, Leadership and Supervision both from the University of Scranton, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Student Development and Affairs) from Drexel University.

Tony Ferrese, Coordinator of Campus Engagement (ajf327@drexel.edu)

Tony coordinates the Alternative Spring Break program which offers trips locally, nationally and abroad and oversees the annual recognition process of over 350 student organizations. Tony also meets regularly with students interested in starting a new organization on campus and executes contracts on behalf of student organizations.
 
Tony began working at Drexel in July 2012 as a Residential Desk Coordinator in the Residential Living Office (RLO). He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education through the MSHE program at Drexel, which he will complete in the summer of 2014. In addition to his experience in RLO, Tony has also worked with New Student Orientation and first-year student mentoring during his time as an undergraduate at Wilkes University, where he studied history and secondary education and graduated in 2011. After working for a year in special education as therapeutic support staff and substitute teacher, he decided to pursue higher education as a professional career and made the move to Philadelphia from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. 

Tashina Henry, Administrative Assistant (tch33@drexel.edu)

Tashina provides front line customer service for individuals and student organizations that enter the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) and provides administrative support for Office of Campus Activities staff, the SAFAC Office, and Office of Campus Engagement colleagues.  She is also responsible for management of the daily functions of the SORC, including but not limited to aesthetics, supplies, bulletin boards, and resource rentals.

As a Drexel University graduate, Tashina earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Economics and International Business and a minor in Communications.  During her undergraduate experience, Tashina was very engaged on campus serving as the President for Disciples InDeed, the Vice President of the Drexel University Choir, and also obtaining two certificates from CEO LEAD.  These experiences have proven to be of tremendous value in her role.

Benjamin Oser, Coordinator of Programming Initiatives and Campus Engagement (bko29@drexel.edu)

Benjamin’s major responsibilities include serving as the primary advisor to the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and overseeing the Dragons After Dark (late night/weekend programming) Initiative.

Benjamin attended Quinnipiac University where he was involved in new student orientation, student government and his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. Upon graduation he entered the corporate world, but soon realized his passion for student development and went on to pursue a graduate degree in higher education administration from New York University (NYU). While at NYU, he worked closely with the Office of Multicultural Education and CUNY’s Brooklyn College of Technology Student Programs Office, assisting with programming initiatives and leadership development. After graduation in 2009, he accepted an offer to teach English abroad and engage in an  opportunity to learn about higher education from a global perspective. After his return in 2012, he sought out an internship opportunity at Philadelphia University as a program assistant supporting the International Students Office and Library Education & Outreach Services.

Office Location and Contact

University City Campus
3210 Chestnut Street
Creese Student Center
Lower Level, Student Organization Resource Center (SORC)
215-895-1328
askOCA@drexel.edu