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Top Row: Wendy Acquazzino, Kayla Camacho, Bobby Konoske

Bottom Row: Adam Kalawi, Roya Aminzadeh, Kelli Sattler



+-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 7th 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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Adam Kalawi

Orientation Coordinator for Family Orientation and Academic Programming
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor: Honors Program
Year: Senior

Hometown: Anaheim Hills, CA

Why should students attend Orientation?
Orientation is one of the best experiences I’ve had at Chapman. Aside from learning all that the University has to offer, you have the chance to meet over a thousand people that you will be spending the next 4 (give or take) years with. I met some of my best friends during Orientation and hopefully you will too!

What advice do you have for new Chapman students?
I don’t understand how senior year has snuck up on me already but it is a very real reminder that time flies in college. My advice to a new student is simple; if opportunities pass your way take them, if you find clubs you like join them, if you think your professors are cool get to know them. When you are a senior you won’t look back in regret at the club that wasn’t as cool as you thought, you will look back at all the great times you had because you seized opportunities in your time at Chapman!
 


Kelli Sattler

Bobby Konoske

Orientation Coordinator for Staff Training and Residence Life Liaison 
Majors: English Literature, Political Science Minor: Japanese Studies
Year: Senior

Hometown: Orange, CA

Why should students attend Orientation? 
Orientation is one of the most unique experiences I have ever been through (thus the reason I am doing it for the fourth time)!  As both an incoming freshman and an upperclassman working for Orientation, the activities and events have changed me more than any other experience at Chapman.  I have many close friends whom I met at Orientation (both as a freshman and as an OA) that I see on a regular basis around campus.  I always encourage new students to attend events because they are fun and exciting, and also because they provide the best introduction to college anyone could ever ask for.

What advice do you have for new Chapman students?
Along the lines of attending as many Orientation events as possible, I'd recommend being open to the many new experiences Chapman offers.  You'll be meeting students from all over California, the United States, and the world--this alone is enough excitement to last you all year long.  On top of that, you'll be able to join clubs, take the classes you want, experience Greek Life, and live in a new city!  Don't ever hesitate to try new things and constantly ask questions.  If you are curious and engaged in the experience (and it's hard not to be) Chapman has everything you could possibly want or need.


Kelli Sattler

Kayla Camacho

Orientation Coordinator for Operations, Logistics and Events
Major: English Literature Minor: Sociology, Honors Program
Year: Senior

Hometown: Brea, CA

Why should students attend Orientation at Chapman?
Students should attend Orientation because it is the first step of their journey here at Chapman University, and we want to make sure it's a good one. They will learn about the campus, the programs, and the services Chapman offers all while having fun and making new friends. The transition to college, or any new place, can be daunting, but Orientation is a way to make that transition a little easier and definitely more enjoyable. The more that a student participates during Orientation, the more he or she will understand how amazing the Chapman Community is, and will feel more at home come the first day of classes.

What advice do you have for new Chapman students?
My advice for new Chapman students is simple: get involved. Whether it be helping out in your department, finding an on-campus job, joining (or starting) a new club, or going to all of the events Chapman hosts, the more involved you get, the more friends you will find and the more fun you will have.  As a commuter, I had a hard time adjusting to college life my first semester, but as soon as I started to get involved, I started to really find my place at Chapman. Now, Chapman is my home away from home, and I love every second that I'm here. Get involved! You won't regret it!


Kelli Sattler

Wendy Acquazzino

Orientation Coordinator for Publications, Community Relations, and Transfer Orientation
Major: Political Science
Year: Junior

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 four 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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