August is here and that means so is back to school season. As incoming college first-years around the country anxiously anticipate the start of their next adventure, University of Richmond experts provide tips to help students prepare for success. 

An experts guide providing tips for first-year college students is available at

Experts include: 

Rob Andrejewski on sustainable living
Andrejewski is the director for sustainability and promotes sustainable lifestyle behaviors. He provides expertise on how to reduce waste on move-in day. 

Patrick Benner on residence life
Benner is the director of residence life and undergraduate student housing. He provides tips on how to best settle in with a new roommate. 

Sylvia Gale on community involvement
Gale is the director of University of Richmond's Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, helping students become agents of change in their community. She provides tips on how to explore and become actively engaged with the community outside of campus limits. 

Jasmine Jackson on career planning
Jackson is a career advisor for first-year students. She provides insight on how to explore potential career paths. 

Roger Mancastroppa on academic skillsets
Mancastroppa is the associate director for the Academic Skills Center at UR. He can speak to why students shouldn't rest on their laurels and continue seeking new learning strategies in college. 

Sarah Sheppard on healthy lifestyles
Sheppard is a health educator who can speak to the strategies college students can implement to establish and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.

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To connect with these experts contact Lindsey Campbell (, media relations specialist at the University of Richmond.

Director of Sustainability
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Studies
Director, Residence Life & Housing
Interim Executive Director, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts
Associate Director, Academic Skills Center