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Professional Staff

Our professional staff supports all aspects of New Student Orientation, including the supervision of our amazing student staff! We also work with many of our campus partners to make sure your orientation experience is filled with meaningful information and resources to support you along your journey as a student. We are a fun bunch dedicated to ensuring your successful transition to the University of Northern Colorado!

Erin

ERIN DATTERI-SABOSKI, Ph.D.

Director of Orientation

Erin.DatteriSaboski@unco.edu
970-351-1351

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Paige

PAIGE JOHNSEN

Assistant Director of Orientation

Paige.Johnsen@unco.edu
970-351-1415

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Kelly

KELLY MIKIKO GATES

Coordinator of Orientation

Kelly.Gates@unco.edu
970-351-1410

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

jacob 

JACOB HENRY

2020 NODA Intern

Jacob.Henry@unco.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Student Staff 2020

Our student staff are current (or recently graduated) UNC students who make up our Orientation Leaders and Senior Orientation Leaders. Together, they are at the forefront of your transition and will actively lead your orientation experience on campus. Our student staff have chosen to work for New Student Orientation because they are passionate about helping you, and understand how support can go a long way as you become a part of the UNC family. This staff undergoes an intensive three-week training leading up to the summer orientation sessions, and are an energetic and caring group of leaders ready to welcome you to this wonderful community of Bears! Click on the "Read More" part of a student staff member to learn more about our awesome orientation leaders!

 

abril 

ABRIL

Senior Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Navy Group

Year: 4th
Major(s): Mexican American Studies with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Spanish Minor; History Minor/CLD Endorsement
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Involvement on campus: Cumbres Teacher Prep. Program, MAS Society, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., McNair Scholar Program, and Student Ambassador
Languages I speak: English & Spanish
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: First Generation American (my parents are both from Mexico), LEAD ON program, BEAR DEN Fan Group, student worker (work-study, and had 3 university jobs), Latino and utilize the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center, Multicultural Greek Life, McNair scholar preparing for Graduate School, live off-campus, and lived on campus the first year.
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Always ask questions! Never pass an opportunity to learn something new! Transitioning to University life can be a challenge, so don't hesitate to ask for help or clarification. Even asking people what their favorite color is to create new friends goes a long way!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Youtuber

alli

ALLI

Senior Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Blue Group

Year: 4th
Major(s): Audiology and Speech Language Sciences
Minor(s)/Endorsements: American Sign Language; Special Education
Hometown: Wiggins, CO
Involvement on campus: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Honors Program, and Bear Catholic
Languages I speak: English & American Sign Language
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: From a small town.
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Push yourself to make friends, go to events, and grow in the ways you want to. College is going to give you the chance to learn more about yourself.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Teacher

anush 

ANUSH

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Yellow Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Economics with an Emphasis in Business
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Business Administration
Hometown: Norwich, England
Involvement on campus: UNC Club Running, AI Club, and IoT Club
Languages I speak: English & Gujarati
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: International student
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Don't spend all your time studying or staying indoors! Explore Greeley and the surrounding areas!!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Astronaut

 brianne

BRIANNE

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Red Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Theatre Studies
Minor(s)/Endorsements: French
Hometown: Pueblo, CO
Involvement on campus: Film Production Club, Psychology Club, and Gender Studies Club
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: From southern Colorado
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Get involved and visit the cultural resource centers!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Singer or teacher

 briauna

BRIAUNA

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Orange Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Accounting & Finance
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Global Business & Leadership Studies
Hometown: Haxtun, CO
Involvement on campus: Student Senate, Presidential Leadership Program, National Society of Leadership and Success, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, National Anthem Volunteer for UNC Club Hockey, International Ambassador Program, Navigators, Ticket Agent for the Ticket Office, Resident Assistant for Housing, Student Ambassador for Admissions, and formerly a member of Concert Band, and University Singers
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: From a rural area
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Allow yourself to step out of your comfort zone and take any opportunities you are given; many of them will change your life in ways you never thought possible.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Singer

 calvin

CALVIN

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Pink Group

Year: 4th
Major(s): Theatre Studies
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Dance
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Involvement on campus: Student Ambassador, Alpha Psi Omega, Daniel's Fund Ethics Initiative Ambassador, and Theatre Student Groups
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: No
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Don't over-stress about college, you have the abilities to succeed.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Actor

cedric

CEDRIC

Senior Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Purple Group

Year: 4th
Major(s): History with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
Hometown: Greeley, CO
Involvement on campus: Chief Student Justice, UNC Athletics, and History Club
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Everything happens for reason. Do your best and be okay with what happens.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Police officer

 cherish

CHERISH

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Teal Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Sociology
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Human Services
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Involvement on campus: Black Student Union
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and have fun.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Lawyer

dani

DANI

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Green Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Business Administration
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Mathematics
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Involvement on campus: Student Honors Council President, Honors Program, Center for Honors, Scholars, and Leadership Student Assistant, Tutor, and University 101 Class Leader
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Out-of-state student, honors student, and musician
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Go to more on-campus events!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Music producer

izbeth 

IZBETH

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Gold Group

Year: 4th
Major(s): Mexican American Studies with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
Minor(s)/Endorsements: CLD Endorsement
Hometown: Greeley, CO
Involvement on campus: Caminando Unidos, DREAMer Engagement Program, CUMBRES Teacher Preparation Program, and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
Languages I speak: English & Spanish
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: DACA Recipient at UNC
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Stay true to yourself, and to remember that there is always a community of support. That it is okay to mess up and be scared.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Lawyer

 j

J

Orientation Leader
Any pronouns
Navy Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Political Science, History, and European Studies
Hometown: Westminster, Aurora, and Denver, CO
Involvement on campus: President of German Club and Media Head for debate Club
Languages I speak: English & German
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Queer student
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Talk to your neighbors and make friends immediately.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Lawyer

jalen

JALEN

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Red Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Communications
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Marketing
Hometown: Topeka, KS
Involvement on campus: Student Ambassador
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: Out-of-state student
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Look into everything for First-Gen students and fill out more scholarships.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Defense attorney

jenika 

JENIKA

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Teal Group

Year: 4th
Major(s): Elementary Education
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Endorsement
Hometown: Berthoud, CO
Involvement on campus: Intramural Volleyball and Bear Hug Club
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Transfer student
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Transferring out of a community college may be a different route, but you will still be successful in achieving your goals.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Singer

jenna

JENNA

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Silver Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): English Secondary Education
Minor(s)/Endorsements: CLD Endorsement
Hometown: Elbert, CO
Involvement on campus: Dining services and Daniels Fund Scholars
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: From a rural area
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Things may seem scary at first, but getting involved and putting yourself out there makes things so much easier!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Teacher and professional barrel racer

jose

JOSE

Senior Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Green Group

Year: Spring 2020 Graduate
Major(s): Theatre Education
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Involvement on campus: Dreamer Engagement Program, Undergraduate Representative for the Catalyst Planning Committee, Student Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Operation: Cheesecake, GSRC Mentoring Program, and Student Senate
Languages I speak: English & Spanish
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: DACA recipient, Student of Color, Queer student, and LatinX Student
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Get out of your comfort zone and try something new!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Doctor

kaylee

 KAYLEE

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Silver Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Environmental Studies & Special Education
Hometown: Yorkville, IL
Involvement on campus: Sigma Kappa and a GOAL Peer Mentor
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Out-of-state student, from a rural town about an hour west of Chicago, and transfer student.
Advice I would give to my first-year self: This is a chance to break away from the 'norm' that you had in high school. You have the ability to reinvent yourself as the person you feel you truly are and no one will know you were ever any different. Work hard, make new friends, and create the life for yourself that you truly want. We are not often given a fresh slate like this, so make the most of it!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Art teacher and baker

mak  

MAK

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Purple Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Criminal Justice and Criminology and Psychology 
Minor(s)/Endorsements: American Sign Language
Hometown: Sterling, CO
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Go have fun!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Teacher

matt

MATTHEW

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Orange Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Criminal Justice
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Chemistry 
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Involvement on campus: Greek Life, Intramural Sports, and Criminal Justice Society
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Suburban athlete
Advice I would give to my first-year self: If I could talk to myself a year ago, I would tell him to immediately step out of your shell and meet as many new people as you can.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Lawyer or firefighter

megan

MEGAN

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Pink Group

Year: 4th
Major(s): Pre-Nursing and Nutrition 
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Human Services
Hometown: Denver, CO
Involvement on campus: Black Women of Today, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Black Campus Ministry, and Center for Human Enrichment
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: Active member with the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Do not wait to get involved on campus.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Nurse

 taylor

TAYLOR

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Yellow Group

Year: 4th
Major(s): Environmental & Sustainable Studies
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Parker, CO
Involvement on campus: Coffee Corner barista, and Sigma Kappa
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: Transfer student
Advice I would give to my first-year self: I would tell first-year Taylor to go to as many events as you can. That you get out what you put into everything you do. As a first-year student you may find yourself feeling lost or uncomfortable, but that’s okay and that’s when you reach out and try new things, find new friendships, and create memories!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Marine biologist

 tim

TIM

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Gold Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Theatre Arts: Design and Technology
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Sociology
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Involvement on campus: Costume shop
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Calm down, No one knows whats happening so you don't have to either.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Mad Scientist, No joke this is what I told people and know I'm a theatre major so we see how things played out.

vanessa

VANESSA

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Blue Group

Year: 4th
Major(s): Applied Mathematics and Philosophy
Hometown: Platteville, CO
Involvement on campus: Philosophy Club and Ethics Bowl
Languages I speak: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: Woman in STEM
Advice I would give to my first-year self: Step out of your comfort zone and embrace the new experiences.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Power ranger