Toria Messinger (hailing from the lovely, if damp, town of Poulsbo, Washington) is a Senior at the University of Puget Sound, majoring in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture with minors in Latin American Studies, Mathematics, and Latino Studies. She has participated in the Orientation Program for two years as a Perspectives Leader and is extremely excited to take on the role of Co-Coordinator in a program she feels helped set the positive tone for the rest of her Puget Sound experience! Her involvement in the Orientation Program from a variety of “perspectives” has shown her how important the bonds and connections formed between students, faculty, and staff are in contributing to a strong sense of community and dedication to learning. Toria firmly believes in taking advantage of the wide assortment of fun, educational, and service oriented groups found at Puget Sound, and is the Secretary and Historian for the Community for Hispanic Awareness, Historian of the Otlah Chapter of Mortar Board, a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, in addition to participating in other clubs and activities around the University of Puget Sound campus. Toria loves working at Collins Memorial Library as the assistant to the Associate Director for Information & Access Services, as well as tutoring and teaching piano lessons in her spare time. She holds a great love of books and of writing, and is currently working on her second novel.
Having grown up in Los Angeles, land of sun and smog, Clara has fallen in love with the abundant rain and trees of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. A rising senior at the University of Puget Sound, she grateful that this liberal arts college has allowed her to pursue a broad range of interests in both the sciences and the humanities by double majoring in geology and religion. She has been deeply involved in the office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice since her first year, working as a Kilworth chapel assistant, and beginning her junior year, as an Interfaith Coordinator. She looks forward to continuing her role as an Interfaith Coordinator in the fall, as well as beginning a position as the Diversity Programs Coordinator with Multicultural Student Services. When not working or studying, Clara enjoys involvement with on-campus clubs, including the Queer Alliance and Curtain Call, the musical theater club. After having a fantastic experience as a Perspectives Leader last fall, Clara is honored and tremendously excited to be serving as one of the coordinators for the program the year.
Maggie O'Rourke was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, CA, but often finds herself appreciating the Pacific Northwest more than her hometown. This Fall, Maggie will be entering her senior year as a double major in Art History and Business. Her dream job is to be an archeologist and a bakery owner on the side. Maggie spent the Spring 2013 semester in Rome, Italy where she was able to sharpen her Italian language and gelato knowledge. During her free time, you can find Maggie practicing yoga, crafting, or dancing to Beyoncé with pals. In addition to Passages, Maggie will be spending her summer reuniting with friends and exploring the outdoors as often as she can. Welcoming new students to the campus community and to Washington's beautiful environment through Puget Sound's orientation is something very dear to her heart. She is beyond stoked to be living in Tacoma for the summer and to have the opportunity to work with the Orientation Coordinator team!
Marie Panchesson grew up in Napa, California where there are more vineyards than people. As she enters her senior year and the often unpredictable world of “adult life”, Washington has become a very rainy and beloved home away from home. She studies Religion and Politics and Government with an emphasis in Political Theory, both of which have proven to be very interesting dinner conversation. In the Fall of 2012 Marie traveled to Rabat, Morocco where she studied multi-culturalism and mastered eating with her hands, falling off of camels and dancing with her host siblings. In her spare time, Marie plays some Frisbee, sings some acapella and covers some Shaggy, R-Kelly and tacky awesome 90s tunes on the ukulele. This summer, in addition to working with a super rad Orientation team, Marie will be spending her free time learning how to drum, falling gracefully (or not) off of climbing walls and taking the time to further explore Tacoma. Orientation has become a defining part of her college experience and she is so excited to have the opportunity to work with an incredible group of leaders and coordinators and welcome the new students to the beautiful Northwest.