With each new season comes change. Recently, the Office of Student Activities has seen a major change in their office. The Touchstone was able to sit down with the newly appointed Assistant Director of the Center of Student Involvement and Leadership, formerly known as OSA, Alex Berkley.
“My main focus is to work closely with clubs and organizations here on campus, along with all campus programming,” said Berkley. “Quad Jam, to name a few big things. Not to mention working with parts of orientation, commuter students and the Game Zone.”
Berkley has been at Manhattanville for over a month, but that has not prevented him from coming up with some great concepts and events for the students. Berkley clearly has the students in mind as he prepares to roll out some fun new things to do at Manhattanville.
Rumor has it that there is not much to do here at Manhattanville on the weekends, so Berkley is determined to debunk that idea with a series of actives which will sometimes include collaborating with other organizations on campus.
One of the first ideas Berkley mentioned was a series called “First Fridays.” First Fridays would include inflatables, artists, magicians, comedians, etc. That would then be followed by second Saturdays which would be a continuation of First Fridays, then another programming every third Sunday entitled “Lazy Sundays,” where they would be showing a movie during brunch in the Dining Hall center. If everything falls into place, Berkley also mentioned a fourth Friday event titled Food Truck Friday. Let’s just say that idea made me highly excited and very hungry.
We finished off our conversation talking about some of the things Berkley likes about Manhattanville so far considering being new to our campus.
“The accessibility of coffee, and the students here; how friendly everyone is, especially at the Involvement Fair,” said Berkley.
If you ever have a question, comment, concern, or even an idea you would like to run by Berkley, he mentioned that he is trying to make himself as accessible as possible. His office is located in Founders building room G-33, located in the Office of Student Activities.
We are excited to see what else Berkley has in store for us. From all of us to you Berkley, Welcome to Manhattanville.