Nina Mazzarelli: Dancing Meme
Coming to Albright as a transfer student her sophomore year, Nina Mazzarelli embraced the campus inclusiveness. She loved the sense of community and family feel. “I had a great experience coming in as a transfer student but I had a really poor freshman year at my other school.”
Which is why joining the Peer Orientation Persons program (POPs) was her favorite activity at Albright. “I wanted to make the transition and experience something that was meaningful for new students and maximize their enjoyment—to make a welcoming appearance for them when they arrived in August. We’re the faces of Albright in terms of orientation, leadership, and campus involvement,” says Mazzarelli.
Mazzarelli filled her Albright years with many meaningful activities while studying psychology. She enjoyed working with President Fetrow on the Presidential Student Advisory Council. “Basically we are her voice for the student body by working together to create new ideas and opportunities for students.”
As a standout shooting guard on the women’s basketball team, she scored her 1,000th point this season and wears the coveted 2016 MAC Commonwealth championship ring. The team went to the NCAA tournament all three years she was on the team.
She also embraced her time as a tour guide or Admission Ambassador. “Making an impact on a perspective student and then seeing them commit here is really a great feeling. It’s been a rewarding experience for me.”
But perhaps, her most distinguishing credit is her love for disco, ABBA music, and especially the song, “Dancing Queen.” Lovingly referred to as the “dancing meme,” she can be seen on campus dancing and singing to the disco song. “It’s my theme song,” she says with a smile.
Mazzarelli has accepted an assistant coaching job with East Stroudsburg University women’s basketball team where she will be working on her master’s degree in public health. But first comes a well-earned graduation trip to Spain and Ireland.