O-Core: Meet the Team
Gonzaga’s 2014 New Student Orientation empowers students to ignite their Gonzaga spirit through intellectual, social, and personal development. O-Core aspires to provide opportunities of engagement between the new students and the GU community, learning from one another in reciprocal relationship through questioning, conversation, kinship, and support.
Orientation challenges new Zags to embrace their experience, utilize their resources, ignite their passions, and ignite their potential.
Gonzaga's New Student Orientation is planned by five current students who are known on campus as "O-Core." 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:
Anna, the Orientation Coordinator, is a senior art major with a minor in spanish from Vancouver, Washington. She has worked as a Resident Assistant for Coughlin Hall's Cura Personales Living Learning community, and mentors a middle school student through CCASL's Connections program.
Why Anna joined O-Core:
I joined O-Core because as a transfer student I was super excited to be at Gonzaga but also extremely nervous to start all over again. When I got to Gonzaga for my orientation I got to see just how awesome this community is. I felt so welcomed and it really got my journey off to a great start and I really want to pay that experience forward. I want to help our new students feel just as welcomed and feel just as prepared to start on this awesome journey through being some of the first people to welcome them to our amazing campus and family
Kevin, the Activities Manager, is a senior double-major in political science and sociology from San Jose, California. He is a math tutor, a member of campus club Sociology Bites, was previously a member of Orientation Rough & Tough, and his favorite place in Spokane is Riverfront Park. He enjoys low population density areas, which makes his penchant for nature quite natural.
Why Kevin joined O-Core:
I loved Orientation from the moment we meet. For me, Orientation is about community, openness and, friendliness and being a member of O-Core is about trying to embody these traits and spread them to our group leaders and by extension, the new students. Who doesn't want 1200 new friends?
Garick, the Small Groups and Catering Manager, is a senior double-major in psychology and theatre arts from Spokane, Washington. He is involved in Gonzaga Theatre Sports (GUTS), was previously an orientation leader, performs with The Boone Street Hooligans (Sketch Comedy Group), writes for the Gonzaga Bulletin, and works at our local movie theatre!
Why Garick joined O-Core:
I was seeking a way to get more involved on campus and I love everything about Orientation! I love meeting new people and sharing this wonderful community with my friends and family!
Megan, the Academics and Special Populations Manager, is a senior psychology major with a minor in general business from Pleasanton, California. She is a coordinator for Gonzaga University Specialized Recreation (GUSR), is a student-athlete tutor, studied abroad at Gonzaga-in-Florence, served as a delegate at the National Jesuit Student Leader Conference, volunteers at Hutton Settlement, participated in Reality Camp, and was also small group orientation leader.
Why Megan joined O-Core:
I love the nervous excitement of the new students and the happy reunions of the group leaders. Orientation is my favorite way to start of the school year; the community reminds me why I love my school so much. I joined O-Core so that I can be apart of something greater than myself; to welcome the new students into this community and family who has given me so many opportunities these past few years, and continues to challenge and shape me into becoming a better Jesuit student, Zag, servant leader, and active member of my communities.
Meghan, the Public Relations Manager, is a senior double-major in public relations and psychology from Los Angeles, California. She has been involved with ZESST, Gonzaga's Host program, Ambassadors, Entertainment Chair for Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA), served as Head Programmer for Coughlin Block Council, is a Mary Stuart Rogers scholar, works in the Admission Office, and performs both on and off campus with her band!
Why Meghan joined O-Core:
It's honestly quite simple: I love Gonzaga. Gonzaga has instilled in me to be a servant-leader by providing me a foundation in Jesuit values, the ability to think critically, and conduct myself with great heart and right conscience. I want to convey these values to our incoming Freshmen, and explain that Gonzaga is a place to fortify not only one's mind, but their spirit.
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