Orientation Team

 

Name: Abbey Loewen

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Biological Sciences major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I've always wanted to go to school in California and this was a great fit in a beautiful location!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Adaptability, Input, Learner, Achiever, Relator

Name: Abby Belson

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Liberal Studies major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? There are so many outdoorsy things to do in the area and everyone is nice! I also liked that my major involved classroom observation opportunities starting freshman year (learn by doing!)

 

Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Includer, Developer, Positivity, Empathy

Name:Adele Rosenthal

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Political Science major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I chose Cal Poly because of the school spirit and close sense of community I saw at Open House.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic, Positivity, Achiever, Context, Learner

Name: Allison Shoemaker

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Moraga, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Biological Sciences major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? I would have to say the palpable energy and emotion that can be felt during any spring training is always what reminds me why I am so passionate about this program. It is what hooked me almost 3 years ago.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Empathy, Ideation, Individualization, Analytical

Name: Amanda Drexler

 

Position: Events, Resources & Logistics Committee Member

 

Hometown: Oakland, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Food Science major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Going to Grover Beach for a bonfire, and being surrounded by hundreds of other Cal Poly Students, and playing soccer on the wet sand with my WOWies under the moonlight.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Arranger, Responsibility, Maximizer, Harmony

Name: Andie Grimm

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Biological Sciences major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? Because of the amazing people here who I love more than anything in the world!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Significance, Futuristic, Analytical, Communication, Activator

Name: Ariana Faron

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Biological Sciences major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I felt welcome and wanted to be a part of a fun school like this. Everyone seemed to be having fun and enjoyed going to school here.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness, Developer, Empathy, Learner, Relator

Name: Ashley Turcott

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Everett, WA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Biomedical Engineering major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I chose Cal Poly because it has an excellent engineering program, because the weather is ideal, and because my whole family went to University of Washington and I wanted to try something new, to go on an adventure.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Maximizer, Achiever, Responsibility, Connectedness, Belief

Name: Audrey Garces

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Rancho Cordova, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Biological Sciences major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I chose Cal Poly because I knew I had found my home the moment I stepped onto campus. I loved the location, the academics, and the people most of all. It just felt right and is still one of the best decisions I've ever made.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Positivity, Restorative, Achiever, Woo, Belief

Name: Avery Cox

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Pasadena, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Business Administration major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Witnessing lifelong bonds being formed at peoples' first meeting each other.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Responsibility, Achiever, Deliberative, Harmony

Name: Becca Immel

 

Position: Facilitator and Promotions, Marketing & Communications Committee Member

 

Hometown: Dixon, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Biological Sciences major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? My favorite WOW memory is being in the middle of the group cinnamon roll hug every night.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Strategic, Includer, Futuristic

Name: Cassidy Shelvin

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: El Segundo, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I felt the energy the moment I entered campus my junior year of high school. I knew Cal Poly was the school for me because of the insane positive energy and community feeling

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Arranger, Responsibility, Connectedness, Relator

Name: Chris Leary

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Coronado , CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Biochemistry Major with a minor in Industrial Technology

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Having out at the beach with my WOWies and seeing how much they've grown together as a group.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Strategic, Learner, Ideation, Individualization, Acheiver

Name: Cody Capella

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Nevada City, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Art & Design major with a concentration in Graphic Design

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Having a beach picnic at Montana de Oro is my favorite WOW memory.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Context, Learner, Achiever, Responsibility, Input

Name: Connie Hsieh

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: San Ramon, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Agricultural Business major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I chose Cal Poly because I fell in love with the school the minute I stepped on campus. The environment and people are something you cannot find anywhere else, and I've been loving every second of it!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Restorative, Futuristic, Responsibility, Positivity

Name: Daniel Jones

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Rocklin, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Civil Engineering major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Going on stage at WOW-A-RAMA twice, first time with my future facilitator and the second time with my mom and sister there to see me become passionate about a program that has given more to my friends and family than I could ever give to it.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Restorative, Competition, Harmony, Futuristic

Name: Dave Breuer

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Computer Engineering major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I chose Cal Poly for the perfect balance of academic and social life, the surrounding area, and the proximity to home.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Context, Developer, Includer, Connectedness, Positivity

Name: Derek DeNardo

 

Position: Facilitator and Events, Resources & Logistics Committee Member

 

Hometown: Davis, CA

 

Year & Major: 4th Year Aerospace Engineering major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I chose Cal Poly because I felt comfortable on campus.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Competition, Context, Analytical, Input, Deliberative

Name: Drew Phillippi

 

Position: Mustang Way to Success Committee Member

 

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Aerospace Engineering major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Looking back on the Week and seeing the impact we have the potential of making on others.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Responsibility, Deliberative, Futuristic, Empathy

 

Name: Emily Hermann

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Biological Sciences major with a concentration in Ecology and a minor in Science and Risk Communication

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? While kayaking in Morro Bay, my whole group paddled out to the sandbar and did yoga together on the warm sand. It was a beautiful experience of bonding and deep stretching.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Harmony, Positivity, Learner, Restorative

Name: Hans Schumann

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: San Ramon, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Statistics major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? One of my WOWies thanking another for sharing before I could during processing.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Arranger, Context, Harmony, Positivity

Name: James Ko

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Salinas, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Political Science major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I chose Cal Poly because of the great academics, the positive and uplifting vibes, and an awesome sense of community that this town gives you.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Restorative, Consistency, Adaptability, Arranger

Name: Jena Van Gerwen

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Environmental Management and Protection major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? The real question is, who wouldn’t? Its a beautiful place surrounded with wonderful people.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Harmony, Connectedness, Individualization, Context

Name: Joanna Birns

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Oxnard, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year History major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I visited the spring of my senior year of high school and really liked the atmosphere of Cal Poly. Every single student I encountered was incredibly friendly and welcoming.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Input, Restorative, Individualization, Ideation

Name: Julia Shaw

 

Position: Promotions, Marketing & Communications Committee Member

 

Hometown: Vista, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Communication Studies major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? My favorite WOW moment was how enthusiastic my WOWies were for activities, even when they were tired! I also loved getting to see them bond with each other and continue to be friends after the week.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Analytical, Consistency, Maximizer, Harmony

Name: Justine Phipps

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Belmont, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Liberal Studies major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? It was my dream school! The agriculture atmosphere reminds me so much of a ranch I grew up on, and I feel like I can be myself due to Cal Poly's acceptance of anyone and everyone!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Empathy, Positivity, Communication, Adaptability

Name: Kacey Cadwell

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA

 

Year & Major: 5th Year Agriculture Science major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? My favorite WOW moment was officially meeting all of my WOWies.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Strategic, Futuristic, Achiever, Woo, Learner

Name: Kelsey Jones

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Fresno, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Communication Studies major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? When I came to open house as a prospective student, the people were so welcoming and the environment made me so excited to start college

 

Top 5 Strengths: Discipline, Focus, Consistency, Input, Achiever

Name: Kendra Cornell-Rath

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Environmental Management and Protection major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? My favorite WOW memory is when we all went paddle boarding together in Morro Bay and my WOWies pushed my co off her paddle board and then we all jumped in together.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Input, Empathy, Developer, Individualization

Name: Lindsay Purdom

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Modesto, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Wine and Viticulture major with a minor in Environmental Soil Science

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Running down the hill with my group to Wow-A-Rama!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Arranger, Consistency, Activator, Adaptability

Name: Maddie Kerwin

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Torrance, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Liberal Studies major with a minor in Child Development

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? Cal Poly was a big school, but it still felt like a community.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Discipline, Harmony, Focus, Consistency

Name: Madison Beine

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Saratoga, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Psychology major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I had never visited Cal Poly before I came to admitted students day. I was a little down because I had just gotten rejected from my top choice school. But as soon as I stepped on campus for the first time, it felt like home. I realized that Cal Poly was a way better fit for me than the other school and had everything I was looking for. I ended up committing as soon as I got home.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Belief, Individualization, Responsibility, Developer

Name: Maiya Bailey

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Napa, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year English major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Realizing all of the wonderful relationships I built over the course of being a WOW leader.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Empathy, Intellection, Input, Connectedness

Name: Marco Sevilla

 

Position: Promotions, Marketing & Communications Committee Member

 

Hometown: Belmont, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Graphic Communication major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I chose Cal Poly because of the sense of community that I felt immediately as I stepped onto campus along with it's insanely beautiful location. It didn't seem too far from home, but it also felt like a home away from home.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Woo, Adaptability, Ideation, Maximizer

Name: Max Gomez

 

Position: Facilitator and Events, Resources & Logistics Committee Member

 

Hometown: Salinas, CA

 

Year & Major: 4th Year Biochemistry major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Taking our group to Smuggler's Cave for sunset and hearing them all talk about how excited they were to be start school at Poly.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Adaptability, Empathy, Communication, Woo, Includer

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Name: Natalie Urbina

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Garden Grove, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Environmental Management and Protection major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? You get to live in a place surrounded by beautiful scenery and amazing people!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Input, Learner, Restorative, Intellection, Harmony

Name: Paige Welsh

 

Position: Facilitator and Mustang Way to Success Committee Member

 

Hometown: Redlands, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Business Administration major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? SLO immediately felt like home. Everyone on campus is always smiling and the sun shines most of the year. Cal Poly pride is a 24/7 thing.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Competition, Futuristic, Strategic, Communication, Individualization

Name: Rachel Ainley

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Westlake Village, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Graphic Communication major with a minor in Integrated Marketing Communications

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Watching whales at Pirate's Cove with my co-leader and WOWies!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Communication, Responsibility, Adaptability, Empathy

Name: Ricky Peterson

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Los Osos, CA

 

Year & Major: 4th Year Business Administration major with a concentration in Information Systems

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Getting a surprise thank you card from my WOWies at the transfer bonfire!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Input, Achiever, Individualization, Developer, Communication

Name: Riley Brant

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Lafayette, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Architecture major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory?  My favorite memory is piling all 14 members of my WOW group into one giant canoe in Morro Bay and trying our hardest to not tip it over.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Individualization, Woo, Positivity, Communication, Empathy

Name: Ryan Mostofi

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Menlo Park, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? I choose Cal Poly because of the Learn-By-Doing philosophy and how that is applied to the engineering programs.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Context, Futuristic, Relator, Significance, Focus

Name: Sam Wilson

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Computer Science major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? After my first visit to this school, I was sold that Cal Poly was different. The feeling I got from being on campus, meeting students and faculty, was very unique and hard to find on other campuses that I toured.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness, Empathy, Developer, Strategic, Belief

Name: Sarah Qualle

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Ripon, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Nutrition major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? My favorite wow moment is when the fireworks go off at the end of Big Fall Welcome. I feel so connected to Cal Poly and the people around me. Everyone is feels the same excitement for the year to come.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Includer, Communication, Positivity, Input

Name: Sawyer Randles

 

Position: Promotions, Marketing & Communications Committee Member

 

Hometown: Roseville, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Biological Sciences major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? The small moments were the most special. When I would drive my WOWies to the next activity we had planned and they would tell stories and laugh. Sometimes we would just sit and talk and they would mention how happy they were to have met each other and they would intently ask what we had planned next.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Restorative, Adaptability, Connectedness, Learner

Name: Sean O'Donnell

 

Position: Mustang Way to Success Committee Member

 

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Biological Sciences major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? As soon as I walked on the campus I knew it was the place for me just seeing the people, the campus, and the beautiful area.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Input, Responsibility, Relator, Significance

Name: Shakti Rajput

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

 

Year & Major: 4th Year Business Administration major with a concentration in Information Systems

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? My favorite part about WOW is the Big Fall Welcome. There is so much positivity, energy and love in the air which helped me get comfortable not only with my roommates but also my WOW Group!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Arranger, Includer, Positivity, Communication

Name: Sophie Richman

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

 

Year & Major: 4th Year Child Development major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? Because the minute I walked into the campus it felt like home.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Developer, Communication, Harmony, Input

Name: Stefan Rose

 

Position: Mustang Way to Success Committee Member and Facilitator

 

Hometown: Spreckels, CA

 

Year & Major: 3rd Year Environmental Management and Protection major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Witnessing the drastic change in my WOWies' comfort level from meeting them for the first time to saying goodbye to them on the last day of WOW, seeing that because of our orientation program these new students were ready for college.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Responsibility, Restorative, Belief, Input

Name: Tessa Manahan

 

Position: Events, Resources & Logistics Committee Member

 

Hometown: Truckee, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Environmental Earth and Soil Science major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? Bodysurfing with my WOWies at Avila Beach and watching them bond over cold water, sandy food, and bad jokes.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Learner, Positivity, Empathy, Individualization

Name: Victor Muñoz

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Fullerton, CA

 

Year & Major: 4th Year Civil Engineering major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? My favorite WOW memory is seeing my WOW group, Group 182, run through the hype tunnel before WOW-A-RAMA.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Discipline, Adaptability, Intellection, Belief, Responsibility

Name: Will Ingram

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Business Administration major

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly? The amazing city and the fact that nobody has just an "okay" experience.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Context, Competition, Individualization, Strategic

Name: Zara Minwalla

 

Position: Facilitator

 

Hometown: San Ramon, CA

 

Year & Major: 2nd Year Business Administration major

 

What is your favorite WOW moment or memory? My favorite moment was experiencing WOW-A-RAMA for the first time.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Discipline, Responsibility, Significance, Analytical, Harmony

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