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Top Row: Kelli Sattler, Jamie Gutierrez, Wendy Acquazzino

Bottom Row: Sierra Evans, Natalie Aronson, Eric Sirvinskas



+-Orientation Staff

Kelli Sattler

Kelli Sattler

Associate Director for Student Affairs for First Year Programs
Office: Davis 203 B
Phone: 714-997-6961
Email: sattler@chapman.edu

Hometown: Boon, MI (Northern Michigan)

My Chapman Story:
This will be my 8th year at Chapman University. I am honored to be a part of such an exemplary orientation program. Previously I was the Director of Student Activities at a small college in the Midwest. Prior to that, I did my graduate work in Higher Education Administration at Syracuse University in New York. I feel very much at home on a college campus and am proud to call Chapman University my home.

Advice to Chapman students:
Be yourself. It's easy to feel like you should be someone else in order to "fit in." Chapman University is unique because every student here brings his or her own experiences, passions, and future aspirations. Secondly, keep an open mind to new people and new ideas. You never know who you are going to meet or what you are going to learn. Lastly, take a risk. Making new friends and joining new groups can be scary and intimidating. Put yourself out there and you will find your experience here to be that much more fulfilling and rewarding.


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Jamie Gutierrez

Graduate Assistant for Orientation and First Year Programs
Office: Davis 202
Phone: 714-628-7379
Email: gutie126@mail.chapman.edu

Hometown: Lomita, CA

My Chapman Story:
I was ready to begin the next chapter of my life the last week of August 2008, college. I remember driving onto Chapman’s campus with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, excitement and optimism of what my undergraduate experience would be like. I parked my packed car in the Glass parking structure and wandered into Glass Residence Hall. There, I found friendly faces sporting blue t-shirts reading the word “Puzzles”. “Hi, my name is Danny and I’m an Orientation Assistant. How can I help you?” Throughout my orientation experience, the orientation assistants were so helpful and offered me the one thing I was most nervous to find, friendship. I was fortunate as an undergraduate to be involved with Orientation as an Orientation Assistant and Orientation Coordinator. I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Educational Studies. In the summer of 2013, I was accepted to Chapman’s Master of Arts in Leadership Development. Now, here I am working for Orientation as a graduate assistant. I am so excited to be a member of the orientation team and I hope to be able to make a positive impact on incoming students.

Advice to Chapman students:
Stick to your values, have fun and reach for your dreams! College is a time to try new things, inquire and develop. Don’t be afraid to push outside of your comfort zone. One of the most important things I have learned is in order to personally develop there needs to be a willingness to be uncomfortable. You may be surprised of the outcome if you are willing to step outside of the box. Always remember to stick to your values. They make you who you are and provide the foundation to decision making. The time I spent as an undergraduate is unforgettable. I had the time of my life and made lifelong friends. I love Chapman University and I can’t wait to share that with incoming students. Go Panthers!


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Eric Sirvinskas

Orientation Coordinator for Family Orientation and Academic Programming
Major: Strategic Corporate Communication Minor: Psychology
Year: Junior

Hometown: Park Ridge, IL

Why should students attend Orientation?
Whenever Orientation is mentioned my heart always skips a beat.  My experiences with this program are priceless.  I met some of my closest friends during freshman orientation. I was privileged to continue my growth, while helping new students acclimate, as an Orientation Assistant. Orientation provides an amazing opportunity for first year students to fully dive into the Chapman community. With the energetic support of the Orientation Assistants, incoming students are able to realize they can be successful being themselves at Chapman.

What advice do you have for new Chapman students?
Find and invest in what YOU want to do.  It is imperative to recognize that your experience at Chapman is a journey.  Through the ups and downs, remaining true to yourself and your passions will always keep you moving on the right track.  Before embarking on this voyage, be willing to shed judgments and look past stereotypes in order to find the clubs, classes, and friends that will write the pages of your story at Chapman.


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Natalie Aronson

Orientation Coordinator for Operations, Logistics, and Off-Campus Programs
Majors: Television and Broadcast Journalism
Year: Senior

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Why should students attend Orientation?
Our orientation program holds a diverse and involved group of Orientation Assistants, who all share the same passion for helping new students. We have dealt with the stressors that come along with being at a new school and we have designed orientation to help you through every step of your transition. Whether it be about on-campus involvement and resources, social life and living situations, or academics and extracurriculars, Orientation provides a time and a place to meet new people and get questions answered.

What advice do you have for new Chapman students?
Be open to new experiences and jump right in. As a transfer, I wanted to get involved in everything I could, the minute I stepped on campus. I applied to various student organizations; joined all of them, dropped some of them, but through that I was able to see where I fit best. I strongly encourage being bold and checking out anything and everything that interests you. It was one of the best decisions I could have made and, through the search, I was able to hone in on my passions and where I wanted my commitments to lie.


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Sierra Evans

Orientation Coordinator for Publications, On-Campus Programs, and Transfer Orientation
Major: Creative Writing
Year: Senior

Hometown: Hermosa Beach, CA

Why should students attend Orientation at Chapman?
Orientation is the first step that students take toward assimilating into the Chapman community. In addition to providing valuable resources and information, the Orientation program gives first year students a look at the different ways that they can make their college experience their own. Whether it’s joining an on-campus organization, seeking out leadership opportunities, or walking to the Orange Circle on the weekends, this university offers lots of ways to be involved academically, spiritually, and socially. Chapman is an institution that is set apart by the individuals who contribute to it and Orientation is a time when students get to start deciding how they want to leave their mark!

What advice do you have for new Chapman students?
Remember that there are people here who want to help and support you in all of your endeavors. The first few weeks of school can be overwhelming and you might feel like there is a lot of information coming all at once, but don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most importantly, take this opportunity to be proud of all that you have accomplished. Regardless of whether you are a freshman or a transfer student, you’ve worked incredibly hard to get here; now is your time to enjoy it.


Kelli Sattler

Wendy Acquazzino

Orientation Coordinator for Staff Training and Residential Life Liason
Major: Political Science
Year: Senior

Hometown: Lake Forest, CA

Why should students attend Orientation at Chapman?
Orientation provides a time where students can become familiarized with Chapman’s campus, resources, and programs while also making new friends. This is the only time in a student’s undergraduate experience where they will be able to participate in as many events as possible without having the interference of schoolwork. Orientation eases the transition for not only incoming students, but their families as well. Students who fully immerse themselves into Orientation will find that by the time school finally begins they already feel welcomed into the community and confident about the campus and classroom expectations. Consistently, when students look back at their time spent at Chapman, Orientation is always one of the most important events. Take advantage of this opportunity and most importantly, have fun!

What advice do you have for new Chapman students?
The most important advice that I have for an incoming student is to not stress too much about any one thing. Whether that be making friends, finding your place, joining Greek Life or a club, or final exams, there is never a need to over stress. Be confident in yourself and remember that you were chosen to attend Chapman because of your unique and qualified skills. If you utilize those same skills, you will be able to accomplish anything that you strive for. Stressing over the little things in life causes us to forget that we need to appreciate every moment that we have in college. In just a few short years, you will be graduating and all those little things you stressed over just won’t be as important anymore.


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