Meet the Team

Team Mission Statement: Gonzaga's New Student Orientation '13 empowers you new Zags to embrace your experience, utilize your resources, discover your passions and Discover Your Gonzaga. Orientation '13 aspires to provide opportunities of engagement between the new students and the Gonzaga community, learning from one another in reciprocal relationships through questioning, conversation, kinship, and support.

O-Core on Crosby Steps

Gonzaga's New Student Orientation is planned by five current students who are known on campus as "O-Core." Each member of O-Core is overseen by a staff or faculty member of the University as well. O-Core is your go-to resource and communication liaison for any questions, concerns or general wonderings that you may have about Gonzaga. This year's team is comprised of:

Naseeb, the Orientation Coordinator, chose Gonzaga because she found the small classes appealing. She said, "I did not want to slip under the cracks or be forgotten by my peers or professors." And after visiting Gonzaga her senior year, she said, "I found myself attracted to both the university's commitment to service and its mission statement which challenges students to be other-focused throughout their time at GU. Ultimately, I left my visit feeling confident that the institution would push me out of my comfort zone and would welcome my perspective as a first-generation student, a student of color, and a practicing Sikh in the classroom and community. If I had to do it all again, I would choose Gonzaga every time."
Naseeb is a junior political science and psychology double-major from Vancouver, Washington. She is a member of the women's crew team, a campus ambassador, and a student coordinator for CCASL's GAME program. Her favorite memory at GU is her experience with the pre-orientation program B.R.I.D.G.E. (Building Relationship in Diverse Gonzaga Environments), which she later managed the public relations campaign for.

Grant, the Activities Manager, chose Gonzaga because the community here felt like a second family to him. He said, "We are not only Zags during our time at GU, we are Zags for life. I've met friends here that I will have for the rest of my life."
Grant is a junior accounting major with a minor in political science from San Diego, California.  He plays for Gonzaga’s club volleyball team, is a tutor in the athletic department, a member of the Beta Alpha Psi honor society, and the Knights of Gonzaga, both as an inactive member and an advisor. Grant enjoys hiking, skiing, the water, and Zag basketball! Grant’s favorite Gonzaga memory is going to Battle in Seattle against Kansas State this past December.

Sarah the Small Groups and Catering Manager, chose Gonzaga because there is no college environment quite like it that she has found. She said, "The faculty are genuine, the students are excited, and professors care deeply about students. Most importantly all the students at Gonzaga are really passionate about being Zags and I wanted to know and feel that passion too!"
Sarah is a junior business administration major with a concentration in human resource management with a sociology minor from Marysville, Washington. She is involved in the Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP), was previously an orientation leader, is the president of the Society of Human Resource Management, volunteered with Campus Kitchens, participated in on-campus Christian Life Communities (CLCs) and is an avid intramural sports player. Her favorite memory at Gonzaga was when Gonzaga pulled out a W against St. Mary's and everyone in C/M celebrated!

Brady the Academics and Special Populations Manager, chose Gonzaga because it was a school she found herself passionate about. She said, "I loved Gonzaga's Jesuit ideology, their humanistic concern for the common good and the holistic education—and the school spirit of course!"
Brady is a junior English major on the writing track with a minor in philosophy from Kansas City, Missouri. She has been involved with the Comprehensive Leadership Program, Ambassadors, Ski and Snowboard Club, CCASL's Service-Learning Fellowship, Athletic tutoring, and the student-run non-profit Zambia Gold as a Murdock Intern. She studied abroad last summer in Zambezi, Zambia, and plans to continue traveling and serving abroad upon graduation from GU. Brady could not pinpoint one specific time to cite as her favorite memory at GU—every day spent on this campus is one she has loved. Rather, she enjoys the various "soul moments" that take place whenever she gets stopped on the way to class to say "hi" to friends.

Brandon, the Public Relations Manager, chose Gonzaga because the atmosphere made for the smoothest transition. He said, "Coming from a small, rural town, I was intimidated by the size of state schools and was looking for an institution that would allow me to balance the social aspects that can be found at larger schools with the academic rigor that would allow me to flourish intellectually—and I haven't been the least bit disappointed yet!"
Brandon is a junior public relations major with minors in general business and promotions from Buckley, Washington. Brandon has been involved with Campus Kids, Connections, SMILE, and Knights & Setons, both as an inactive member and an advisor, alongside Grant, and is a campus ambassador with Naseeb and Brady. Brandon's favorite memory at Gonzaga was the Florida Georgia Line concert this Spring.

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