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Meet Our 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 your journey as a student. We are a fun bunch dedicated to ensuring your successful transition to the University of Northern Colorado!

Vacant

VACANT

Assistant Director of Events & Orientation


Kelly

KELLY M. GATES

Coordinator of New Student Orientation
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
kelly.gates@unco.edu
970-351-1410

Tahani

TAHANI OSMAN

Summer Graduate NODA Intern
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Student Staff 2021

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.

 

Alaina

ALAINA

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Blue Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Business Administration: Computer Information Systems and Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality
Hometown: Denver, CO
Involvement on campus: Honors program, Student Ambassador, an Admissions Assistant, and University Program Council which puts on events like homecoming!
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Favorite thing about UNC: My favorite thing about UNC would be the community. I knew I was not gonna be another number here and that I was gonna be able to express myself on campus. I also loved that they provide cultural resource centers!
Favorite place on campus: Gunther Hall. It is so beautiful?
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Teacher

Alex

ALEX

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Gold Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Journalism: News & Multimedia
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Film Studies
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Involvement on campus: Student employee at the Michener library
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: Pride of the Rockies Marching Band
Favorite thing about UNC: I really enjoy the beauty of campus.
Favorite place on campus: Holmes Dining Hall
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Professional Musician

Amy

AMY

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Yellow Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Communication
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Psychology and American Sign Language
Hometown: Limon, CO
Involvement on campus: Club Volleyball, Intramural Sports, Student Ambassador, and Chi Alpha
Languages I know: English and some ASL
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: From a rural area and Boettcher Scholar
Favorite thing about UNC: I love the sense of community and how welcoming everyone is!
Favorite place on campus: Einstein's
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Professional singer

anush 

ANUSH

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

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Economics
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Business Administration and Computer Science
Hometown: Norwich, England
Involvement on campus: UNC Club Running, AI Club, and intramural sports
Languages I know: English & Gujarati
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: International student
Favorite thing about UNC: The small class sizes!
Favorite place on campus: Michener Library
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Astronaut

Armando

ARMANDO

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Maroon Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Human Services
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Psychology
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Involvement on campus: Nu Alpha Kappa
Languages I know: English & Spanish
I'm First-gen: Yes
Favorite place on campus: McKee breezeway
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Firefighter

brianne

BRIANNE

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

Year: 4th
Major(s): Theatre Studies
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Arts Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Pueblo West, CO
Involvement on campus: Film Production Club officer, student employee at Skinner Music Library
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Favorite thing about UNC: I love the trees on campus as well as the kind and supportive people I've met here!
Favorite place on campus: Crabbe Hall with the beautifully painted walls.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Teacher or a professional singer

calvin

CALVIN

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

Year: Spring 2021 Graduate
Major(s): Theatre Studies
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Involvement on campus: Student Ambassador and Alpha Psi Omega
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Favorite thing about UNC: The community environment that everyone embraces.
Favorite place on campus: Cranford Park
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Veterinarian 

cedric 

CEDRIC

Senior Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Year: Spring 2021 Graduate
Major(s): History with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
Hometown: Greeley, CO
Involvement on campus: Student Judiciary and History Club
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Favorite thing about UNC: The legitimate embrace and support of your diverse student population.
Favorite place on campus: Campus Commons
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Paleoscatologist

cherish

CHERISH

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

Year: 4th
Major(s): Sociology
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Human Services
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Involvement on campus: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated and Black Student Union
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Favorite thing about UNC: The welcoming and inclusive environment. UNC really allows you to be your most authentic and true self.
Favorite place on campus: Michener Library
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Lawyer

dani

DANI

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

Year: 4th
Major(s): Business Administration
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Involvement on campus: Student Honors Council President, Honors Student, and student employee
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Out-of-state student, student worker, and musician
Favorite thing about UNC: The community and pride between students.
Favorite place on campus: Ross Hall Atrium
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ______________ when I grew up: Veterinarian

Danny

DANNY

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Teal Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): History with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Involvement on campus: Bear Hug Club
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Favorite thing about UNC: Sense of community, location, and accessibility.
Favorite place on campus: UC Food Court
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Pop Star or Architect

Giselle

GISELLE

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Purple Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Vocal Performance and Music Business
Hometown: Wenatchee, WA
Involvement on campus: UNC's Opera Theater Program, Residential Assistant, and UNC's Music Business Club
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Queer student and Out-of-state student
Favorite thing about UNC: The unconditional love and support you have from the faculty. Not only do you change as a student and individual, but your perspectives and identities grow along with you!
Favorite place on campus: Behind the garden theater on central campus.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Singer (just like Taylor Swift)

Grace

GRACE

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Gold Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Psychology and Pre-nursing
Hometown: All over (military child)
Involvement on campus: Student ambassador, Honors program, and book club 
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Commuter student
Favorite thing about UNC: The welcoming and friendly student population. 
Favorite place on campus: Michener Library
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Performer

Hannah

HANNAH

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Maroon Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-health and Biomedical Sciences
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Chemistry and Psychology
Hometown: Saint Charles, MO
Involvement on campus: Outreach Team Member, Student Ambassador, Phi Sigma Pi, Pre-Health Professionals Club, Psychology Club, Honors program, and Student Senator for the College of NHS
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Out-of-state student, woman in STEM
Favorite thing about UNC: The professors! Every professor I've had has been super caring and thoughtful and will do whatever they can to help their students. They truly want to see students succeed!
Favorite place on campus: Rec Center or UC Dining Hall
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Actress or Veterinarian

Jess

JESS

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Purple Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Psychology
Hometown: Chippewa Falls, WI
Involvement on campus: Honors program (HIP and UHP), Honors Peer Mentor, and University 101 Class Leader
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Out-of-state student and honors student
Favorite thing about UNC: How beautiful campus is. It’s also amazing being anywhere near mountains because we definitely do not have those in Wisconsin!
Favorite place on campus: By Northern Vision bear so I can see the mountains.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Veterinarian

Karissa

KARISSA

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Orange Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Audiology and Speech Language Sciences
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Special Education
Hometown: McMinnville, OR
Involvement on campus: Student Honors' Council, Family Support, Organization, Student Senate, Student Ambassador, and Lead On Coordinator
Languages I know: English & American Sign Language
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: Out-of-state Student and DRC Accommodations 
Favorite thing about UNC: The sense of community!
Favorite place on campus: Gunter Green
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Teacher

Lauren

LAUREN

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Orange Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Theatre Studies
Minor(s)/Endorsements: American Sign Language
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Involvement on campus: Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Favorite thing about UNC: Klawz!
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Actress

Marissa

MARISSA

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Green Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Music Education
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Involvement on campus: Lead On and Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: Pride of the Rockies Marching Band
Favorite thing about UNC: I really like how UNC has a strong sense of community. Everyone I've met has been super friendly and welcoming. 
Favorite place on campus: Garden Amphitheater 
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: CIA Agent (thank you, Spy Kids)

Maxim

MAXIM

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Blue Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): English Secondary Education 
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Philosophy and CLD Endorsement 
Hometown: Aurora, CO 
Involvement on campus: Philosophy Club, Queer Book Club, English Education Club, and GSRC Mentorship Program
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Favorite thing about UNC: It's size, not too big not too small. 
Favorite place on campus: Michener Library 
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Paleontologist 

Lily

OME

Orientation Leader
Navy Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): Nursing (Seeking)
Hometown: Dacono, CO
Languages I know: Spanish & English
I'm First-gen: Yes
Additional identities I hold: Latine
Favorite thing about UNC: The sense of community and people you meet at UNC are amazing! 
Favorite place on campus: Michener Library

Sam

SAM

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Red Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Special Education
Hometown: Erie, CO
Involvement on campus: Chief Justice for Student Judiciary and Student Ambassador
Languages I know: English
I'm First-gen: No
Favorite thing about UNC: The community
Favorite place on campus: President's Row
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Movie producer

Sien

SIEN

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Silver Group

Year: 2nd
Major(s): History Secondary Education
Hometown: Antwerp, Belgium 
Involvement on campus: UNC Climbing Team/Club 
Languages I know: Dutch & English
I'm First-gen: No
Additional identities I hold: First Generation Immigrant
Favorite thing about UNC: Our great community of bears. There are many great activities and places to meet new people and make some great friends. Our programs from outdoor pursuits have lots of great activities around Campus and outside to have some great adventures.
Favorite place on campus: University Center 
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: Teacher who inspires students to be themselves

Stephanie

STEPHANIE

Orientation Leader
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Silver Group

Year: 3rd
Major(s): Audiology
Minor(s)/Endorsements: Multicultural Anthropology and Special Education
Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
Involvement on campus: Student Ambassador, NHS Student Ambassador, NSSLHA Treasurer, and McNair Scholar
Languages I know: English & Spanish
I'm First-gen: Yes
When I was younger, I wanted to be a(n) ____________ when I grew up: OBGYN