Summer Tour Guides
Looking for a favorite campus spot? Or the person you must meet as a Dickinsonian? These are the people to ask. Our summer tour guides are examples of what makes our students great—they're bright, funny and eager to share their experiences with you.
Come for a visit and learn more about these students and the college they love!
Christian Beitel '13
Areas of Study: Spanish and international studies
Activities: Lacrosse, Resident Advisor
Hometown: Newtown, Conn.
High School: Newtown High School
Study Abroad: Malaga, Spain (Fall 2011)
Favorite place on campus: The Adirondack chairs in the academic quad. They provide a great place to read, study, nap or Durden-watch.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Definitely President Durden ’71; Greg Moyer ’06 (associate director of admissions) is a close second though!
Christian is proud to wear the red! Learn more about athletics at Dickinson and what it means to be a Red Devil.
Dixon Blue '14
Areas of Study: International studies, Spanish
Activities: Tennis, Kappa Sigma
Hometown: Westminster, Md.
High School: McDonogh School
Study Abroad: Malaga, Spain (Fall 2012)
Favorite place at Dickinson: I love the caf (dining hall). It’s a great place to see a lot of people at once and to hang out with friends in between classes. Also, the food is delicious.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Dan Confer '02 (Campus Life) is a good guy who went here, really knows Dickinson and works with a lot of different people. He’s personable and helpful.
The caf is Dixon’s favorite place … and we’d guess it has something to do with the menu! See what’s being served today.
Ryan Buck '13
Areas of Study: Music and French
Activities: Head of Infernos a cappella group, Kappa Sigma
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
High School: Pembroke Hill School
Study Abroad: Toulouse, France (Fall 2011)
Favorite place: music practice rooms in Weiss. They're open 24 hours and there are music stands and pianos available here.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Stephanie Balmer. She's a persistent advocate of the school and takes great interest in the students who choose Dickinson.
Ryan loved Tolouse. Learn more about study abroad and Dickinson’s global campus.
David Cochrane '14
Areas of Study: Russian and music (conducting emphasis)
Activities: College Choir, Collegium, Russian major committee, DCCM Music Director
Hometown: Clarks Summit, Pa.
High School: Abington Heights High School
Favorite place at Dickinson: Waidner-Spahr Library. It's like my second home on campus. It's a social experience but also provides great space for work and study.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Maybe I'm a bit biased, but I'd say my advisor Robert Pound (associate professor of music). He's an exceptional teacher and his experiences in the music world also make him a great mentor.
There is much to sing about at Dickinson ... and many different ensembles that will give you a stage to perform!
Aaron Hock '15
Areas of Study: Undecided
Activities: College Choir, Collegium, Adams Hall Programming Board, The Crescendevils a cappella
Hometown: York, Pa.
High School: Eastern York High School
Favorite place at Dickinson: Memorial Hall in Old West is a beautiful room with great acoustics. I also love seeing all of the plaques dedicated to Dickinsonians who served in wars.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Sarah Skaggs (dance professor). She is a free spirit, you never know where your conversation is going to end up. She's genuine and a lot of fun.
Aaron will provide guidance for the new first-year class as an Orientation Assistant.
Carson Koser '15
Areas of Study: Environmental science, English
Activities: Tritons, Liberty Cap Society, The Peddler, Dance Theatre Group, College Farm volunteer, Sustainable Food Committee, SISA
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Lakeside High School
Favorite place around Dickinson: Waggoners Gap. It's 10 minutes from campus and it's just a really peaceful place. There are beautiful views of Carlisle and the valley.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Matt and Jen from the College Farm. They have really interesting stories of how they got to the farm. They're positive, generous and they love talking to students and visitors!
What is The Peddler? Or, a better question, what is the Idea Fund?
Leah Miller '14
Areas of Study: History
Activities: Resident Advisor, art
Hometown: Spring Grove, Pa.
High School: Spring Grove Area High School
Study Abroad: St. Andrews University, Scotland (Fall 2012)
Favorite place at Dickinson: There's this bench on the academic quad. It's the only one with a light post next to it and it's in front of Denny. It's one of my favorite places because it's just very simple and peaceful.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Prof. Tom Reed (English) is phenomenal, hilarious and teaches the best classes. I'm not an English major, I'm a history major, but that doesn't matter ... I love Tom Reed!
One of the top-five favorite reasons to love Dickinson—the relationships with faculty.
Caroline O'Neill '14
Area of Study: English
Activities: Liberty Cap Society, The Dickinsonian, Student Senate, Kappa Kappa Gamma
Hometown: Fairfield, Conn.
High School: Fairfield Ludlowe High School
Favorite place on campus: When the weather is nice, I am always on Morgan Field studying or just hanging out with friends.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Bob Winston, my first-year advisor. He is so engaging in the classroom. He's the kind of teacher who sits on the desk, not behind it. I was so lucky to have him in my first semester at Dickinson.
Bob Winston’s First-Year Seminar clearly stuck with Caroline. See the list from 2012 and pick your top six.
Emily Rincavage '14
Areas of Study: Mathematics, psychology
Activities: Liberty Cap Society, Society of Physics Students, Dickinson Christian Fellowship, choir, Tritons, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Office of Religious Life & Community Service, Resident Advisor
Hometown: Westminster, Md.
High School: Francis Scott Key High School
Favorite place at Dickinson: Tome roof! The telescope is up there and it's the best place to stargaze. The astronomy club hosts monthly star parties and "Astrofest" once a semester.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: The ladies at the Underground are the nicest people in the world. I got the meal deal every morning--they would see me and have my food ready before I even ordered it.
The Dickinson community stretches far beyond the limestone walls and our students love to get involved. Learn more about service and community partners at Dickinson.
Kaitlin Soriano '15
Areas of Study: Undecided
Activities: Earth Now, The “E”, Liberty Cap Society, Tritons, Jive Turkeys Ultimate Frisbee
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pa.
High School: Liberty High School
Favorite place at Dickinson: The College Farm. I spend a lot of time there because I'm a student employee of the farm. It can be really nice to get off campus and to work to contribute to the community in a different way.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Professor Howard in environmental science. He's my advisor and is extremely passionate about what he teaches. He's on sabbatical for a year working with the Environmental Protection Agency. I look up to him a lot.
120-acres. Organic. Student-run. Food Alliance certified. The Dickinson Farm.
Ben West '14
Areas of Study: Environmental archaeology and Latin American, Latino & Caribbean studies
Activities: Student Senate, WDCV, Mermaid Players, ESL
Hometown: McMurray, Pa.
High School: Peters Township High School
Study Abroad: São Paulo, Brazil (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)
Favorite place on campus: East College. It’s a beautiful building with its own rich history. My First-Year Seminar was there and some of my favorite classes are in East College.
Person you must meet as a Dickinsonian: Without a doubt, Dr. Brenda Bretz (associate provost for curriculum). She is a dynamo of curriculum and always extremely helpful.
Archaeology majors dig it.
Learn more about campus-visit options and register now. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!