Orientation 2016 Coordinators

They are Puget Sound.

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Megan Schowalter

Perspectives Co-Coordinator
mschowalter@pugetsound.edu

Hi Friends! I am a rising senior pursuing a degree in Science, Technology & Society and Spanish. My campus involvement includes serving as an ASUPS Senator-at-Large for 2 years, Chair of ASUPS Governance Committee, Chair of the Food & Safety Committee, Trumpet Player in Concert Band, Computer Assistant for the Dean of Students and a member of the LDEI (Leadership, Development & Engagement Initiative) 2017 Cohort. In my career, I want to work in education reform and public policy striving to make quality education accessible for all. I am eager to work with leaders at the university to give back to the community that has given so much to me as an orientation coordinator this year! Get ready loggers for an experience of a lifetime!!

Why are you passionate about Orientation?

I am passionate about orientation because I recognize that orientation is the bridge between two phases in a person’s life. It is a step for many into adulthood and into the true complexities of the world. Growing up, I really connected with the book The Catcher in The Rye. Holden’s concern for young adults oblivious to the “cliff up ahead” (adulthood) and the ambiguities of the world felt so real and inspired me to work towards helping people find a sense of place and belonging. Puget Sound orientation does exactly that and is a program that strives to administer a healthy transition from one phase in life to the next.

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?

My most vivid memory from orientation is successfully backpacking Duckabush trail with my newfound Puget Sound friends. The trail was wet, cold, and intense but our Disney sing-a-long songs, trail snacks, and enthusiasm for the PNW made it one of my favorite Puget Sound memories to this day. In fact, I have now learned in moments where one is tired, hungry, and perhaps a bit stinky the best of friends are made!

 

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 Zoe Scott

Perspectives Co-Coordinator
zscott@pugetsound.edu

Howdy y'all! The name: Zoe Scott, the origin: Phoenix, Arizona, the Major: Natural Sciences, emphasis...Biology. The passion: Orientation. 

In case the basics weren't enough, I'd like for you to know that I take delight in pouring a cup of joe or making a latte whilst chatting up my fellow baristas at diversions. I enjoy kicking it in the theater department making costumes for the main stage productions. An occasional nap at my home, Thompson Hall, energizes me. As well, if you're trying to find me on a sunny day I can often be found laying out on the lawns in front of the music building, in awe of the musicians at practice and soaking up some well needed vitamin D. Or in the treetops pretending to be a sloth.That's just a bit about lil' ol' me and I can't wait to get to know all of you!

Why are you passionate about Orientation?

 As I wrote above, orientation is my passion, you may ask why, Zoe? My answer to your inquisitive mind is orientation is where I found my sense of place. I don't mean the orientation as an incoming student but rather my orientation as a leader. Never before had I felt more in tune with myself, my strengths, or my values than being an orientation leader. The more vulnerable I allowed myself to be  the more at ease I felt in my own skin and the easier it was to make such strong and lasting connections with other leaders AND the incoming students. I am passionate about orientation because it helped me actualize my true self.

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?

I believe my most vivid experience in orientation was when I first met my co-leader. I remember the two of us sitting down on the grass on a sunny day and simply talking; finding out about each other's wants, needs, families, and past experiences. From this discussion we found that we had lead extremely similar lives and had a great understanding for one another. I remember being amazed by how quickly and how deep this bond was made and how thankful I was to that years coordinators for pairing the two of us together. This experience sparked my curiosity on how those coordinators did such a wonderful job pairing co-leads and how I wished to do the same. This orientation I strive to create the same experience for you, the leaders.  

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Greg Shipman

Passages Co-Coordinator
gshipman@pugetsound.edu

Howdy! I am Greg Shipman. I grew up in the outdoor paradise of Bend, Oregon. Entering my senior year at Puget Sound, I have had the opportunity to delve into all this campus has to offer. I am majoring in Communication Studies with minors in African American Studies and Politics and Government. I sing in the Adelphian Concert Choir and Voci d’ Amici, serving as the Tour Manager. I am also an active member of the Greek community, and have served as the Treasurer of my Fraternity. I have also held multiple student government positions, work in the Office of Admission and am involved with Student Conduct on campus. I am super excited to be involved with Orientation for the third year!

Why are you passionate about Orientation?

I am passionate about Orientation because it is an opportunity to assist with a major transitional phase for incoming students. Being a part of this sensory overload is an awesome experience. I truly enjoy building connections with the incoming students and providing a friendly face and resource. Lastly, Orientation each year has allowed me time to learn, reflect, and grow.

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?

I have numerous fond memories from my Orientation experience, but this one sticks out. I remember sitting underneath a rain fly in the pouring rain in the Olympic National Forest on my Passages trip. All of our backpacking group was chatting after dinner. The laughs, the memories, the vulnerabilities, and the stories shared stick with me. These conversations helped me understand a little more of what I wanted out of my Puget Sound experience.

 

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Sophie Grossman

Passages Co-Coordinator
sgrossman@pugetsound.edu 

Hi! My name is Sophie Grossman. I’m an International Business and Religion double major with an emphasis in Asian Studies. On campus you can see me as a Peer Ally, Interfaith Coordinator, PIE Coordinator, member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, PSO leader, or find me at Diversions procrastinating by talking to people! A fun fact about me is that I LOVE Disney and can recite the opening monologue of Tangled (my favorite movie). One of my favorite places on campus is the front room of the library because it is the most reliable place to be able to see people. I am pretty passionate about people and hearing their stories, so I am excited to be an Orientation Coordinator so that I get to hear so many of the incoming students’! 

Why are you passionate about Orientation?

I am passionate about Orientation because it is a time where we get to welcome new members into our community. I love how we do our Orientation because all the incoming students are all together getting a chance to know each other before the rest of campus comes back, and the different parts of Orientation give a holistic view of what UPS, Tacoma, and the greater PNW is like. I also really love doing the silly get-to-know-you games!

What's your most vivid memory from Orientation?

My most vivid memory from Orientation was when I was a new student coming to Convocation with my family. As we walked into Warner Stadium, all the Orientation leaders were in their own section going crazy! They were cheering for us, doing chants, and leading all the new students and their families in “the wave.” My parents both looked at me and said, “that is definitely going to be you one day” and lo and behold, it now is! Look for me screaming my head off this August!