The Bison Leadership Involvement & Connections Staff is comprised of seven student BLINC facilitators, two student coordinators and an advisor.

Meet the 2016 BLINC Counselors


Early Childhood Education

Emily Shapiro '19

Emily Shapiro

My name is Emily Shapiro and I am an Early Childhood Education Major with a concentration in psychology. I am the Vice President of the Class of 2019, and I am very involved in Bucknell Student Government (BSG)! I am also a writer for Odyssey, a part of the Bucknell dance showcases, and a volunteer at a pre-school! I am ecstatic to be a BLINC counselor because I absolutely loved being in the program last year. I was really nervous (but also excited) to start school at Bucknell, and doing this pre-orientation program rewarded me with strong friendships and self-confidence before orientation even started! Being in BLINC has led to so many amazing opportunities for me, and most definitely shaped by Bucknell experience for the better. 


Undeclared, School of Management

Matt Comollo '19

Matt Comollo

Hi everyone! I'm Matt and I'm a rising sophomore here at Bucknell. I'm in the school of management and I play club tennis and the French Horn in the symphonic band. I'm so excited for BLINC this year and to meet everyone! I participated in this program last year and had so much fun-I'm confident everyone involved this year will too! I made so many memories and met so many people-many of whom I'm still very close with now.  For me, BLINC definitely made my transition into college a seamless one! I can't wait until August!

Computer Engineering

Alex Alves '19

Alex Alves

I'm Alex Alves, a Computer Engineering major in the class of 2019. Around campus I am part of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, the Makers and Robotics Club, and a representative for the Smith Hall council. I am also a member of Bucknell's branch of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery. I can't wait for BLINC 2016 and the opportunity to welcome the class of 2020 to Bucknell.

Cell Biology/Biochemistry

Lisa Francomacaro '18

Lisa Francomacaro

My name is Lisa Francomacaro, and I am a rising junior. I am majoring in Cell Biology & Biochemistry, with a minor in Neuropsychology, on the pre-med track. On campus, I conduct Biochemistry research as part of my Presidential Fellowship. I am a member of the Student Health Advisory Board and the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua! I am part of Alpha Phi Omega, the coed service fraternity. I am so excited to introduce you to our community at Bucknell and help you find all of the connections you need to excel!

Early Childhood Education

Kelly McCrary '19

Kelly McCrary

I'm Kelly! I'm from San Marino, California (a suburb outside L.A.) and am an Early Childhood Education major at Bucknell with hopes of becoming an Elementary School teacher.  On campus I am involved in tutoring at local communities through the Office of Civic Engagement.  I love to read, watch movies and TV shows, go out to eat, and hang out with my friends.  I love Bucknell and I cannot wait to introduce you to the campus and the surrounding area.  I am super excited for the program this fall and know it will be so fun getting to know all of you!

Early Childhood Education

Annie Girton '19

Annie Girton

Hi everyone! My name is Annie Girton, and I am currently a first-year at Bucknell. I am an Early-Childhood Education major, and am also planning to later major in French. I am a research assistant in the Bucknell Baby Lab, where I recruit babies and their families to come into the lab and participate in our studies. On campus, I am also a member of the Arts Residential College, a tutor, and a volunteer in a Head Start preschool classroom. I am super passionate about teaching and hope to one day teach my own preschool class. I also enjoy reading and writing, drawing and painting, and of course, watching Netflix and hanging out with my friends. I am so excited for a fun and amazing first year of the BLINC program and can't wait to meet you all this summer!

Computer Science

Melanie Cheng '19

Melanie Cheng

Hey! I'm Melanie and I'm one of your BLINC facilitators this year! I did the program last year and it was awesome so hopefully it will be just as awesome for you! I'm a New Jersey Native and a Computer Science Major here at Bucknell. I love sports especially swimming, watch way too much TV in my free time, mostly the superhero shows, oh and Fast and Furious movies are my absolute favorite.  Fun fact: I haven't grown at all since like middle school. Anyway, Welcome to Bucknell BLINC-ers!

Economics~Computer Science

Patrick Newhart '18

Patrick Newhart

Hi Everyone! My name is Patrick Newhart and I am this years BLINC Coordinator! I am studying Computer Science and Economics. On campus, I am involved in Greek Life, I have an internship in Library and Information Technology, I'm in a co-ed a cappella group. I am super excited to see where this program is headed! Having been involved with this program for 2 years, I am excited to see the new BLINC program take the best aspects of the old BOF program and become an even better experience! We have an amazing team of facilitators, and have an amazing game plan for the program this year! BLINC is going to be one of the best experiences you will have at Bucknell! Yeah BLINC!!!!

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