Santa Clara University

Orientation Program

Orientation Staff

Professional Staff

Brandon Jenkins
Assistant Director for New Student Programs
Center for Student Leadership

kjenkins@scu.edu

Samantha Kibbish
Senior Administrative Assistant
Center for Student Leadership

skibbish@scu.edu

Senior Orientation Leaders

Charles Glassford

Charles Glassford
Nashville, TN

Welcome to Santa Clara, Class of 2018 and transfer students!!! My name is Charles Glassford, and I am so excited to call you all my fellow Broncos. I am a Mechanical Engineering student from Nashville, TN. If y'all have any questions about my move across the country, feel free to ask! On campus, I am involved with our improv team: Inoperable Humor and Engineers Without Borders. I can’t wait to meet all of you and show you how much I love Santa Clara! See you this summer!

Christine Peters

Christine Peters
Madera, CA

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Central Staff

Marianne Meyers

Marianne Meyers
Boise, ID

Welcome to Santa Clara! My name is Marianne Meyers and I am from Boise, Idaho (insert potato joke here). I’m a current junior on a pre-med track and am so excited that you decided to become a Bronco! On campus you can find me performing in the dance shows, tanning outside with a book, playing intramural volleyball, or saving lives on the student-run EMS squad. Choosing Santa Clara has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and not just because of the beautiful weather or abundance of squirrels. Get ready for an amazing college experience!

Avi Patel

Avi Patel
San Jose, CA

Welcome to Santa Clara University, new Broncos! My name is Avi Patel and I could not be more excited for welcoming you to the Santa Clara community. A little about me, I'm from San Jose, CA and majoring in Computer Science & Engineering. On campus, I am involved with the Unity RLC and the on-campus business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Again, welcome to SCU where all you need to know is "IT'S ALWAYS A GREAT DAY TO BE A BRONCO!"

Maggie Stich

Maggie Stich
Madison, WI

Welcome to Santa Clara University, Class of 2018 and transfer students! I am so happy that you have chosen SCU! My name is Maggie Stich and I am a sophomore, political science major from Madison, WI. You can find me on campus at Oxfam America meetings, working in the Locatelli Student Activity Center, planning university philanthropy events, and, if I am feeling extra energized, running the campus loop! I cannot begin describe my love for Santa Clara, and I am so excited to see all of you embrace the SCU community. My one piece of advice is- get ready to get involved. There are plenty of activities, clubs and organizations that will match your interests, and it is a great way to meet people. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or stop me on campus. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Bronco family!

Orientation Leaders

Olivia Bennett

Olivia Bennett
Mendota Heights, MN

Welcome to Santa Clara incoming Broncos! My name is Olivia Bennett and I’m so excited to meet you guys! I am a Biology major from Minnesota but I’ve moved around between Europe, Puerto Rico, and the United States. I work with the Science and Engineering Mentoring Outreach program on campus, volunteer with the school’s community action program, play intramural sports, and can always make time for an ice cream/frozen yogurt run in between classes. I couldn’t help but fall in love with SCU, and I can’t wait to show off OUR school to you. I’ll see you guys this summer!

Kassamira Carter-Howard

Kassmira Carter-Howard
Portland, OR

Hey Bronco Freshies! My name is Kassamira and I am from Portland, Oregon! I am officially Undeclared in the School of Arts and Sciences. I love to try new things and meet new people. I'm involved in so many things on campus. I'm a student ambassador for the Shadow SCU program, I'm a student assistant for the Office of Multicultural Learning, I'm on spirit squad for the boys basketball team, I'm a LEAD scholar, I'm the freshman representative for Igwebuike (the Black Student Union), A mentee in the LOOP program (upperclassmen mentor program), the swim club, the happy feet club (dancing club), and I play intramural sports (D1 Volleyball Champ!). I'd be happy to talk to you about any of these things and more! I'm super excited for you all to Join the Stampede and have as much fun as I had my freshman year as a Santa Clara Bronco! See you this summer!

Mackenzie Clark

Mackenzie Clark
Woodinville, WA

Hey Broncos!!! My name is Kenzie Clark and I am beyond excited to welcome you all to this beautiful place you’ll get to call home for the next four years! I am a Public Health major from Woodinville, WA. Some of my favorite activities from this year have been playing on intramural teams, adventuring with Into the Wild, and going to Ghana for spring break with the Global Medical Brigades. I can’t wait to meet all of you, get excited for a great time at Orientation!

Paris Coyne

Paris Coyne
Placerville, CA

Welcome all new Broncos! My name is Paris Coyne and I am so excited to meet you. I am a Communication major with an emphasis in film, so if anyone has any questions about Santa Clara’s amazing studio facilities on campus, let me know because I can talk forever about them! You can always find me filming with the Montage film club on campus, kicking it around at intramural soccer, at a jam session, or doing home work near the rose gardens. You will have the most marvelous time at Santa Clara University and I can’t wait to see you all on campus this summer!!!

Courtney Griffith

Courtney Griffith
San Diego, CA

Hello Broncos! My name is Courtney Griffith and I am so excited to be your Orientation Leader this summer! I am a double major in math and studio art and I am originally from San Diego, but I love to call Santa Clara my home away from home. On a typical day you would most likely find me at the pool or studying and relaxing outside by the Benson fountain, essentially anywhere where I can enjoy the beauty of sunny Santa Clara. I am so excited to get to know you all and welcome you all to the Santa Clara family!

Megan Hallisy

Megan Hallisy
San Francisco, CA

Hiiiiiiiii Broncos! My name is Megan Hallisy and I’m a political science major from San Francisco. I also happen to be one of your orientation leaders this summer! I can’t wait to welcome all of you to this beautiful school that we are lucky enough to call home. Some of my favorite things to do on campus are grabbing a caramel macchiato from Mission Bakery and laying out in the sunshine with some friends or going to a Monday Night Social in my residence hall. I am so thrilled to be one of your orientation leaders, and I hope to do everything in my power to make you psyched for these next four years! See you all soon!

Thomas Hwang

Thomas Hwang
La Crescenta, CA

Class of 2018! I would like to be one of the first to welcome you to the wonderful campus that I'm lucky enough to call my home away from home. My name is Tommy Hwang and I am so stoked to be one of your Orientation Leaders and I hope you're ready to get pumped to be a Bronco! I am a Finance Major from La Crescenta, California, but when I'm not crunching numbers you can probably find me running around Malley or learning in the library. I could not be happier here at Santa Clara and hope you're ready to have the best time of your life! I look forward to meeting all of you!

Shachi Kakkar

Shachi Kakkar
San Jose, CA

What’s good Broncos?!? Welcome to Santa Clara University! We are happy to welcome the class of 2018 and all of the transfer students. My name is Shachi Kakkar (I know, a little hard to say) and I can't wait to see you guys this summer. I am from Cupertino, CA and am majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. When you come to Santa Clara you will most likely be able to find me doing Bhangra or Bollywood dance in one of our many dance studios for Intandesh (our South Asian club on campus), debating near Kenna, or coding with my friends in the design center. When you come to Santa Clara you will learn many life skills such as compassion, loyalty and "hella" nor-cal vernacular. So get ready to step into adulthood, the bronco way! My one piece of advice to all of you is to always say yes to getting involved. You have more time than you think, so please get involved in as many things as you can because it is a great way to make friends and memories. See you all this summer, and welcome to sunny Santa Clara!

Eddie Kelinsky

Eddie Kelinsky
Pasadena, CA

What’s up, new Broncos! My name is Eddie Kelinsky, I am a rising junior from Pasadena, CA, and I am very excited to welcome you to Santa Clara University, your new home! I would say your home for the next four years, but as you will soon learn, once a Bronco, always a Bronco! I am currently double majoring in environmental studies and political science, I love playing guitar, and performing with Inoperable Humor, SCU’s very own improv comedy team. Seriously, making the decision to come to school here was the best one I have ever made, and I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you to show you why! See you this summer!

Ryan Khojasteh

Ryan Khojasteh
Campbell, CA

What's up everyone! Just wanted to use this space to welcome you to the Bronco family! I can't even put into words how incredible of a journey you all are about to embark upon. College will be the time of your lives, and we’re here to help with your transition. My name is Ryan, I will be a Junior in the fall, and am a Political Science major with a minor in French. I am humbled to be one of your Orientation Leaders and am looking so forward to getting to know you guys this summer. Best advice I can give for now... don’t forget to bring sunglasses! The weather here is unreal.

Josh Kleemann

Josh Kleemann
Sacramento, CA

What is up Broncos! Welcome to my, and now all of yours, humble abode. My name is Josh Kleemann and I am unbelievably excited to be your Orientation Leader this summer. A little bit about me: I am an utterly undecided Psychology major who is having a great time experiencing the many wonders that Santa Clara has to offer. When I'm not in the library trying to decide my major, I am usually outside, trying to get tan, playing Frisbee or my personal favorite Spikeball! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I can’t wait to show you the Santa Clara sunshine and all the fun that comes with it. See you soon Santa Clara!

James Martino

James Martino
Danville, CA

Hello incoming Broncos, it is my pleasure to be one of the lucky people that welcomes you to our great community at Santa Clara University! My name is James Martino, a rising sophomore. I am very excited to meet you all at orientation and give you a taste of what it is like to be a student here at Santa Clara. I am in the school of Arts and Science and have a strong interest in the study of math and physics. I spend a lot of time studying outside in the beautiful gardens at Santa Clara, where I can enjoy the company of friends and the warmth of the California sun. I love our great California climate, especially when I am on the water at Lexington Lake, where I spend a great deal of time rowing with the Santa Clara Crew team. I know once you have finished your orientation you will develop the Santa Clara pride that I have learned to passionately embrace! If you have any questions about what it means to be a Bronco, what life is like for a student athlete, where to go for really good food, or you just want to say “What’s up?” I am available to answer your questions. I am looking forward to showing you the “Bronco Spirit” and confirm that you made the right choice by coming to Santa Clara University.

Grace Matthews

Grace Matthews
Petaluma, CA

Hello future freshman of Santa Clara! My name is Grace Matthews and I am currently a public health major, with a hopeful minor in classical studies. I'm from the small(ish) town of Petaluma, California about 2 hours north of our beautiful campus. You will most likely find me in Benson talking to people, wandering the halls late at night looking for people to talk to, talking to people in the library, or really just talking to anyone who will listen pretty much anywhere! I hope you all are excited to experience what I know so many current and past students have considered the best decision they have ever made!!! Can't wait to meet you this summer!

Riley McShane

Riley McShane
Longview, WA

Greetings and salutations! Welcome to Santa Clara University, your home for the next four years. My name is Riley McShane and I’m an English major from Longview, Washington. You have made the choice to become a Bronco and I can tell you that it was a truly great decision. I have never for a moment regretted the choice to come to SCU. Here on campus, I’m involved with Associated Student Government, Student Ambassadors, Community Council, and intramural sports. If getting involved is your thing, I am free for any questions at any time. I can’t wait for Orientation, and I hope you are excited to begin your SCU experience!

Aaron Poor

Aaron Poor
Mercer Island, WA

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Kate Rogers

Kate Rogers
Highlands Ranch, CO

Hi SCU Class of 2018 and transfer students! I am so excited to welcome you to such an amazing school! My name is Kate Rogers, and I am a business major from Colorado. Although I miss the mountains at home, Santa Clara has quickly become one of my favorite places. At SCU, I keep busy by volunteering with SCCAP, playing on intramural teams, going to RLC events, and working at the bookstore. I also love grabbing dinner with friends in Benson, walking through Mission Gardens, and hanging out by the pool. The Santa Clara community offers so many opportunities to its students, and I cannot wait for you to be a part of it! See you this summer!

Conor Rounds

Conor Rounds
San Anselmo, CA

Yo! My name is Conor Rounds and I am a freshman from San Anselmo, California, just North of San Francisco. I am a flanker for the Santa Clara Rugby Team, an avid lifter, and a mechanical engineering major. I am a very outdoorsy individual with a lot of energy and I look forward to welcoming and getting to know all of the new Santa Clara students!

Mary Sarbaugh

Mary Sarbaugh
Spokane, WA

Hello my name is Mary Sarbaugh, and I am from Spokane, Washington! I am so excited to meet the Class of 2018! I am a sophomore, Finance major. I am a part of Alpha Kappa Psi (a co-ed business fraternity on campus), Wonderfully Made (a women's Christian group), and the SCU Philanthropy Committee. I love to run, hike, water-ski, and hang out with friends! I cannot wait to meet all of the future Broncos!

Michaela Scanlon

Michaela Scanlon
Monterey, CA

Hello, class of 2018, and welcome to SCU!!! My name is Michaela Scanlon, and I am so jazzed to welcome you into the Bronco family. I am a History and Sociology double major and I have an Entrepreneurship minor. I can be found around campus spreading my love for baking with cookies or banana bread, studying in the sun, meeting with my RLC's Community Council, or hanging out with friends in Benson. I love meeting new people, elephants, the ocean, and everything about Santa Clara, from all of the wonderful people to the countless opportunities and our abundance of green grass, feisty squirrels, and gorgeous roses. I cannot wait to get to know you all and inspire you to love being a Bronco as much as I do! See you soon!

Taimur Shah

Taimur Shah
New York, NY

Hello, Class of 2018, welcome to Santa Clara! My name is Taimur Shah, and I hail from New York City. I applied to be an OL this summer because of how invaluable my orientation experience was last year - I had already committed to Santa Clara, but I had a lot of doubt, as I'm sure many of you do. I wondered whether this school would be the perfect fit for me. It wasn't until Orientation, because of the OLs, as well as the fellow students that I met, that any doubt I had went away. I hope that I can help you all with any doubts or hesitations you may have. I am an English major here at Santa Clara. I spend the majority of my time in Benson (I am a notoriously slow eater). When I'm not in Benson, I'm probably in the library. I try to attend as many interesting events here at Santa Clara, such as the "Last Lectures" series of talks. As I have come quite a far way from home to attend college (something like 3,000 miles), I understand very well what it's like to be so far away from home. If you guys have any questions about coming to college so far away from home, do not hesitate for a second to ask me - I'm more than delighted to answer your questions as honestly as I can. I'm super excited for Orientation! It'll be great to be able to share my experience with you - to tell you about how and why I love Santa Clara as much as I do! So welcome, my fellow Broncos!

Erica Stanislawski

Erica Stanislawski
Pasadena, CA

Hey all you baby Broncos! My name is Erica Stanislawski, and I am so excited to welcome you, class of 2018 and transfer students, to Santa Clara University. I am from Pasadena, and although the transition from SoCal to the Bay Area wasn’t significantly difficult, college at Santa Clara is unlike anything else. Aside from changing my major, I can be found on the soccer field, on an Into the Wild club activity, or studying in our state-of-the-art library. Regardless of where you find me on campus, you are sure to find me with a smile on my face. If you have any questions at all, don’t be shy. I cannot wait to meet you all this summer, and show you how much fun these upcoming four years are going to be. Go Broncos!

Areany Tolentino

Areany Tolentino
Los Angeles, CA

Hello Broncos of 2018! My name is Areany Tolentino and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome you all to Santa Clara University! When it came down to choosing between two schools for me, I knew I made the better decision of coming here because of all the great opportunities to get involved in the community, including the opportunity to grow differently, but together. Santa Clara has a special spirit that makes me proud to call it home. Here I am studying in the Business school, a class senator on ASG, a member of CLC, and a theater enthusiast. Walking across campus everyday, whether in rain or shine (mostly shine), I am continuously amazed by my surroundings of completely symmetrical palm trees, green grass, terrific architecture, and beautiful people. I am so excited for all of you to experience all that Santa Clara has to offer, and I can't wait for the start of your Santa Clara adventure! GO BRONCOS!

Jack Welsh

Jack Welsh
Redondo Beach, CA

What’s up Broncos! My name is Jack Welsh and I am psyched to be your orientation leader. I hail from Redondo Beach, California and previously attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles. I recently declared an accounting major for the Leavey School of Business. I believe that the best part about Santa Clara is the genuinely great people who go here. We are going to have a blast at orientation and I hope you all are as stoked to meet me as I am to meet you.

Michael Whalen

Michael Whalen
Los Gatos, CA

Earth to fellow Broncos! Congratulations on stamping your ticket to Santa Clara University, get ready for the ride of a lifetime! I’m Michael Whalen and I am incredibly stoked and honored to be your Orientation Leader this summer. As an Environmental Studies major and outdoor enthusiast, you’ll find me studying on the third floor of the library or on an Into the Wild trip when I’m not running my food points low in Benson. Meeting you all and answering any questions you have about being part of the SCU family is my number one goal; do not hesitate to ask. Cheers and see you soon!

Carson Whisler

Carson Whisler
Astoria, OR

Hello, fellow Broncos! Welcome to one of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world! SCU is a place I call home because of the sense of community it has and I hope you'll feel the same! As an accounting major, I love all of the opportunities Santa Clara's location provides. When I'm not in class, you're likely to find me find me hanging out with my Alpha Kappa Psi brothers, playing basketball in Malley, hiding from my friends while I study on the third floor of the library, or goofing around with my floor mates in the lounge. I can't wait to welcome you all to the land of permanent sunshine this summer!

Natalie Wiggins

Natalie Wiggins
Portland, OR

Welcome to the beautiful and sunny Santa Clara University!! My name is Natalie Wiggins and I can’t wait to get to know all of you! Santa Clara offers so much more than classes and a dorm to live in. There are so many experiences awaiting you next year so lets have a great orientation to start it off right! I am from Portland, OR and am a Public Health major on track to enter medical school after I graduate college. Right now I am taking EMT classes to become certified and hopefully work for the school’s EMS squad next year. Santa Clara is an incredible community to be a part of and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am so excited to meet all of you and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Charmaine Yuen

Charmaine Yuen
Hong Kong

Welcome to Santa Clara University, new Broncos! My name is Charmaine Yuen and I’m so excited to be your Orientation Leader. I’m a Communications major from Hong Kong and on campus you can probably find me at the library, at a social, or just by the Mission Gardens loving the Santa Clara campus! I cannot wait to meet you all and am so excited to show you Santa Clara! Let me know if you have any questions and see you this summer!

 
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