Orientation 2014 Coordinators

They really love Puget Sound.




Klahowya, people of the Internet! My name is Deirdre and I'm from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am studying Molecular & Cellular Biology with a minor in English. In my spare time I enjoy eating donuts. That's it. Eating donuts.

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?
I'm going to have to go with something really stupid for this one, but I specifically remember having to ask someone how to get to Thompson Hall, and this always sticks in mind because now I can't even imagine not being able to find it. All of my classes are there this semester and I'm pretty sure you could drop me blindfolded into the middle of Tacoma and I would be able to find my way there. 

Who inspires you?
I know this will sound weird, but my thirteen year-old brother, Owen. He is the coolest kid I have ever met, and even though technically I look down to him, it won't be for much longer. Owen is infinitely funnier than I am, gives great advice, and he has almost four hundred followers on Instagram. What a guy.  

What was the best thing that happened to you this weekend?
I made popsicles for the first time! They were pretty bad actually.

What is your most uselessly unique talent?
I'm really good at hula-hooping and my mom was always really confused about this. It's to the point where I really don't understand anyone who can't hula-hoop

What got you involved in Orientation?
Sorry to say it isn't too exciting of a story, but I applied to be a Perspectives leader on a total whim. I had no idea it would change my life in the way it has, or that it would increase my love for this school one hundred-fold. There is really nothing like it.





My name is Lisa Tucker and I hail from the suburb Highland Park, Illinois (30 miles north of the even more wonderful city of Chicago). I am studying American Politics and Environmental Policy. I like most things, but mostly sunshine, dark chocolate, and corgi puppies.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?
Okay so this depends on the type of movie I'd want made of me. If we're talking straight up drama, then most definitely Meryl Streep. Because she is the embodiment of beauty and grace. However, the likeliness of her being picked to star in a movie about my life is about as likely as me having the opportunity to use a pterodactyl for transportation. In my heart,  I know Amy Poehler is much more likely because she contains equal parts awkward and humor that I hope are similar to me. Leslie Knope 2015, you know?

What can most people do that you cannot?
I have an uncanny ability to find joy in simple objects. For example, I think mittens are quite possibly the most entertaining garment of all time. Whenever I see someone wearing mittens, I imagine them trying to accomplish practical tasks while wearing mittens. Such tasks include: typing on a computer, trying to text someone, picking up coins off the floor, or trying to turn the frail pages of a book. If you wave at me while wearing mittens, I most certainly will laugh at you.

What was the last book you checked out from Collins Library?
The last book I checked out was Cooked by Michael Pollen. This was my winter break fun read. What can I say, I just really like food.

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?
If I could store anything for the rest of my life it would probably be just a storage container filled up with boxes of Cheese-Its. I know what you're thinking. "But Lisa, won't they go stale before you get the chance to eat all of them?" My answer to that is no. You know why? Because I am the Lord of Cheese-Its. They just don't go stale when in my possession.

What got you involved in Orientation?
I got involved in Orientation because I am absolutely head over heels in love with the University of Puget Sound. Orientation was easily the highlight of my first year and I wanted to provide that for future generations of first year students. During Orientation, you get the chance to learn about the community before having to dive into classes. You meet a tight knit group of people and the orientation leaders get to facilitate that. You get to learn about all of the unique resources that our campus provides. It is truly a unique experience and one that can never be forgotten. It has been an honor being a part of orientation for the last 3 years. 





I'm Brad Heusinkveld and I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. I'm now a senior at UPS studying Chemistry with minors in Econ and Math. When I'm not too busy I occupy myself by doing "Brad things."  

 What is your favorite drink to order in Oppenheimer or Diversions?

In the mornings I get a big cup of black coffee. My earliest classes tend to start at eight or nine in the morning, right when Oppenheimer Cafe is busiest with science and math majors heading to class. It’s a pretty great place to see a bunch of friends or do last minute studying in the morning. While I go for simple when I’m ordering coffee, making it is a different story. I have worked at Opp for the last two years and put myself on a personal quest to make an excellent macchiato. It’s a little nerdy to be sure, but a nice, round shot with just a bit of tight breve foam, that’s the good stuff. If I admit it to myself (and anyone reading this page, I suppose), I am a reluctant but enthusiastic coffee snob.  

What five things are always in your fridge? 

Sourdough starter: When I left for school sophomore year my dad made sure I brought the family sourdough culture with me. So at my father’s insistence, I have a little ceramic jar hanging out in the corner of the fridge, always ready for pancake time.

Butter: I use a lot of butter. For cooking, eating, and carving purposes the house seems never in want of butter.

Cilantro: I’m a cilantro fiend. Cilantro is on almost everything I cook at home. Sandwiches, stir-fry, salads-- you name it, it has cilantro. 

Bell Peppers: I think peppers are a nice vegetable. I'm a big fan of orange peppers.        

Cocktail Onions: This one is unintentional. When we moved into our house we inherited a giant jar of pickled pearl onions from the previous tenants. None of my housemates seem to interested in throwing them away so they are relegated to refrigerator no man’s land, floating around from corner to corner, never being eaten or particularly wanted.

What got you involved in Orientation?  

I don’t remember the particular reason why I decided to be an Orientation leader, but I knew in my first months at UPS that I wanted be involved.  I remember being astounded in my first year how Orientation established a welcoming and engaging culture so seamlessly, and I am still fascinated. The Orientation program has helped me meet the best friend of my life, learn about myself and connect with scores of fantastic people.  Without too much undo sentimentalism it’s been an exquisite privilege working on Orientation. 




Howdy there, my name is Brandon. I was raised in Spokane, Washnigton, but now hail from the Lone Star state and call Tacoma my Home today. I am studying business and experiential learning. I love plunging in the Puget Sound, riding bikes, and SMILES. 

 What 5 items are always in your fridge?

Chocolate soy milk—a cup of some good ol’ choco soy is my ideal way to end the day. Peanut butter—I’ll eat it on just about anything. Butter—always got to be ready to make a super delicious pie. Vegetables—cause they’re good for me! And last but not least, Poopsicles! Don’t worry, it’s not what you think. It’s actually the best dessert ever and is made out of a mixture of oatmeal, chocolate, nuts, and other tasty treats. Not poop, like it’s unfortunately good name would suggest.

 Who inspires you?

Everyone and anyone! Simply put, I think everyone has a story and whenever I get the chance to hear someone’s life story and dreams it puts me over the moon. People are just so darn inspiring!   

What is your favorite activity to do in Tacoma during the summertime?

Wowie, that’s a good question! I’ve had the opportunity to live in Tacoma over the past three summers so I’ve got a mondo list of “favorite” activities. But if I have to narrow it down to just one it would have to be the sweetastic combination of Frisbee-bike riding-kite flying-roller blading-plunging in the Sound (and sometimes) plunging in the Sound while roller blading and kite flying.  

What got you involved in Orientation?

Hot darn, that’s another great question! Throughout my own Orientation experience as a new student, I felt the most welcoming welcome from a community that I have ever felt in my entire life. And knowing that this wonderfully wonderful experience was made possible by the amazing Orientation leaders and the Orientation program’s 3 C’s (Challenge, Comfort, Connect), I wanted to pay forward that same Welcome to the future new students as an Orientation leader. Orientation started me on my journey here at UPS in the most blueberry-beautiful way, and I feel beyond thankful to be a part of the experience that welcomes the new students to their own journeys here.