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Greg Overend                                                   
Director for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation

The Director for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation is responsible for the oversight of the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation.  The Director is responsible for the strategic direction of the department, budget management, staff supervision and signing contracts.  In addition, the Director  advises the Undergraduate Student Government Association, Evening Student Council, Charger Bulletin (student newspaper) and Senior Class. The Director also provides oversight for the University orientation programs both in facilitating the program and with hiring and supervising the Orientation Leaders.

Greg Overend has been the Director of Student Activities since August of 2003 when he joined the UNH community. He graduated in 1993 from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics and in 1996 graduated from Rider University with his Master's degree in Human Services Administration.


Ladarius Thompson

LaDarius Thompson
Associate Director for Campus Programs and Development

Ladarius is responsible for overseeing UNH's Event Management Process and coordinating and providing resources for Registered Student Organizations and their advisors. The Associate Director manages the Bartels Building Managers and Event Staff. In addition, The Associate Director assists in the implementation of the SOAR program (orientation).

LaDarius joined the Office of Student Activities in the Spring of 2015.  LaDarius graduated from University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC with a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Administration in 2010. In 2012, LaDarius received his Masters of Science in Counseling from Pace University. During his time at Pace, LaDarius served as a Residence Director and Orientation Coordinator. After receiving his Masters degree, LaDarius worked professionally in Delaware and South Carolina.

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Shelissa Newball
Assistant Director for Greek Life and Leadership

The Assistant Director of Student Activities is responsible for overseeing UNH's Greek Life community and coordinating the FLEx, LEAD and LEGOs leadership programs. In addition, the Assistant Director assists in the implementation of the SOAR program.

Shelissa attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where she received her Bachelor’s in African American Studies. In 2008 she received her Masters degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. 

Colleen Kerrigan


Colleen Kerrigan
Assistant Director for Campus Programs

The Coordinator for Campus Programs is responsible for all major programming for the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation.  The Coordinator advises the Student Committee for Programming Events (SCOPE), which is a group responsible for programming a variety of events to meet the needs of our diverse student population.  The Coordinator also partners with Recognized Student Organizations to host weekly Twisted Thursday events.

Colleen joined the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation in the Spring of 2014 as the Coordinator of Campus Programs.  Colleen is an alumnae of the University of New Haven where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science and Chemistry in 2011.  She completed her Master of Science degree in 2014 in Counseling with a specialization in Student Development and Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University.

Melinda Hill

Melinda Hill
Coordinator for Student Organizations and Operations

The Office Coordinator for Student Organizations and Operations is responsible for managing vendor contracts, check requests, Charger Connection, the CSELO webpages, registration processes for events, supporting the SOAR program, key distributions for club and organization facilities as well as work orders. The Office Coordinator also manages the Game Room and Work Study staff.

Melinda joined the the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation in the Fall of 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2010 and completed her Master of Science in Counseling and College Student Personnel at the University of Bridgeport in 2014.

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