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OCF Gearing Up for Fall Outreach

OCF Student Advisory Board, 2012-2013OCF Student Advisory Board, 2012-2013August, 2012

Brookline, MA (OCF)

Orthodox Christian Fellowship's Executive Director Jennifer Nahas writes:

I hope all of you are having a restful, but fun summer. We here at the North American office look forward to working with all of you to engage in fellowship, fun, service, and spiritual growth during the 2012-2013 school year.

To kick things off, your student leaders participated in a five day Summer Leadership Institute here at Hellenic College, the home of the North American Office. This year's Student Advisory Board is full of diversity, energy, and passion; they are from all over the country, from different schools and different Orthodox jurisdictions. Their jobs are to serve you by supporting local chapters and leading OCF's North American programs. Since chapter outreach is a high priority, I wouldn't be surprised if some of you have already heard from the regional representatives in your regions to find out what your chapter's plans are for the upcoming school year. If you'd like to get in touch with any of the regional representatives or program coordinators, check out the list of SAB leaders on our website and introduce yourself!

A major priority for OCF this fall is meeting and greeting our new freshman. We have asked all the parishes in North America to send us contact information for students heading off to college. We want to be in touch by mail before they go to college and then help you actually meet them on your campuses to introduce them to OCF. So, if you know anyone going to college from your home parish, make sure the parish office has sent us their contact information. If you would like to find out more about this program, you can email us at

With September around the corner, get ready for College Student Sunday! This year it is September 16. College Student Sunday is a day dedicated to raising awareness of and fundraising for the ministry of OCF in the parishes across America. We will be in touch with you with more information on how you can be involved in the coming weeks.

I am coming on my first year anniversary with OCF, and I want to share with you that I am ever amazed by the incredible determination, passion, and intellect that Orthodox college students possess. OCF is nothing without you and your chapters who are all working hard to bring Orthodox students together to pray, to serve, and to have fun together. Remember, college is a time to explore who you are, and I urge you to dig deep into your beliefs; I think you will find that we have been blessed with a special gift -a faith that is centered on Christ who shows us how to love, to forgive, and to share our joy of life with others.

Congratulations to our new Student Advisory Board for the 2012-2013 school year! Their names and positions are:

Chairperson: Katerina Rallis

Associate Chair of Chapter Relations: Stephanie Colello

College Conference East Coordinator: Penelope Antonopoulos

College Conference West Coordinator: Julia Barabas

Real Break Coordinator: Anthony Jonas

Praxis Coordinator: Tanya Schillawski

Headliner Coordinator: Natasha Leva

Podcast Coordinator: Timothy Markatos

Mountain Regional Representative: Julia Timby

South Regional Representative: Paul Shannon

Great Lakes Regional Representative: Aimiliane Lialios

Southeast Regional Representative: John Meese

Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative: Andrew Abboud

Northeast Regional Representative: James Maccone

Chapter leaders, make sure you know who your regional representative is, they are here to assist you with resources and anything else you might need throughout the year. They are here to help make your OCF have the best year possible, get to know them and take advantage of all they have to offer!