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From left to right: Tonicia Williams, Jamie Gutierrez, Stacy O'Neill, Kelli Sattler, Jamie Moseley, and Anna Belmer



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Kelli Sattler

Kelli Sattler

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

Hometown: Boon, MI (Northern Michigan)

My Chapman Story:
This will be my 9th 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 Postsecondary Education 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

Program Assistant for Orientation and First Year Programs
Office: Davis 202
Phone: 714-628-7379
Email: safstu59@chapman.edu

Hometown: Lomita, CA


My Chapman Story:
In August 2008, I was ready to begin my undergraduate college experience. I remember driving  onto Chapman’s campus with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, excitement, and optimism. I parked my packed car in the Jim Miller parking structure and wandered into Glass Residence Hall. There, I found friendly faces sporting blue t-shirts with 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 serve as an Orientation Assistant and Orientation Coordinator. Now, I have the privilege of holding the position of Program Assistant for Orientation and First Year Programs. I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Educational Studies and recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Leadership Development. I am so excited to be a member of the orientation team and I hope 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 your comfort zone. One of my most valuable learning experiences as a college student was that in order to personally develop there needs to be a willingness to be uncomfortable. 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.


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Anna Belmer 

Orientation Coordinator for Family Orientation and Academic Programming

Major: Business Administration

Minor: French

Year: Junior

Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Why should students attend Orientation?

Chapman's Orientation program has easily been one of my favorite experiences at the university thus far. Having gone through this process as both a new student and an Orientation Assistant (Leader) I have had countless moments of discovery, connection, fatigue-induced laughter, and friendship that have made Orientation unforgettable. Throughout the week, new students will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the Chapman community while forging their personal path to success. Orientation is truly unlike any other program and is sure to be a welcoming start to an amazing time at Chapman University!

What advice do you have for new Chapman students?

It is okay to take your time in the search for all things new. Whether it be friend groups, clubs and organizations, or academic goals, you do not need to have everything completely figured out right away. The first person you meet does not have to be your life-long best friend. You can try different clubs until you find one that fits with your interests and schedule. It is normal to question your choice of major and even change your mind. College is not a race and it is important to remember that this is a time for self-discovery and exploration. If you take advantage of all the opportunities available at Chapman and stay true to what you are passionate about, you will have an incredible collegiate experience.


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Jamie Moseley

Orientation Coordinator for Operations and Publications 

Major: Kinesiology

Minor: University Honors Program, Psychology 

Year: Junior

Hometown: Issaquah, WA 

Why should students attend Orientation?

Orientation builds a solid foundation for the rest of your Chapman career, and there are so many friendships and connections waiting to be made during Orientation Week. The Orientation Leaders are ready to share their experiences and provide valuable information to you, so use this time to ask all the questions you might have and get to know your peers. As cliché as it might sound, you only get to experience Orientation as a new incoming student once, so take full advantage of the opportunities presented to you in order to start off your time at college in the best way possible.  

What advice do you have for new Chapman students? 

Have an open mind when beginning your college career, as each individual is unique and therefore each student’s college career will be unique. Find out information about all of the organizations and clubs on campus, go to these meetings, and attend the various events put on by the university. You will find your passion, and once you do, pursue it. Do not be afraid of failure, because it is a part of life, but rather embrace your mistakes and learn from them. Lastly, remember to enjoy the experiences and make time for yourself.


stacy

Stacy O'Neill 

Orientation Coordinator for Transfers, Commuters, and New Student Engagement

Major: Communication Studies

Minor(s): English, French

Year: Senior 

Hometown: Garden Grove, CA

Why should students attend Orientation?

If I were asked about the highlights of my Chapman experience, they would definitely include my times involving Orientation. Chapman University really takes pride in it’s Orientation program because it intentionally creates time and space for new students to comprehend important academic aspects of Chapman as well as develop relationships with other new and diverse students. I can say with complete confidence that the only reason I stepped onto campus for the first day of classes, feeling comfortable and well prepared, was because I took advantage of all the opportunities that Orientation provided me.

What advice do you have for new Chapman Students?

Relax, take a breath, and be yourself. Not just Orientation, but the first year at Chapman, will be full of new faces and new situations and no one expects you to have it altogether. This is a time to learn and grow as well as to sift through your passions and interests in order to find what you love, grow in it, and reap the benefits from your hard work. Don’t wait to take advantage of the many peers, advisors, and programs that Chapman offers – they are there to assist you in your college career and help you achieve your goals. 


Tonicia

Tonicia Williams

Orientation Coordinator for Staff Development and Residential Life Liaison 

Major: Psychology 

Minor: University Honors Program 

Year: Junior

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica 

Why should students attend Orientation?

Orientation is a time for students to explore, in every sense of the word. You can ask the questions that you have been dying for someone to answer. You meet people who are just as nervous about their college experience as you are. You have the opportunity to gain perspectives from faculty, staff and Orientation Leaders who all have a wealth of knowledge to share. Orientation truly allows new students to delve into the Chapman experience. 

What advice do you have for new Chapman Students?

Spend your time at Chapman doing what you want to do. College is a great opportunity to find out who you are and what you are interested in. Learn about yourself, your curiosities, your dislikes and preferences. Your time here is too short to live someone else’s ideal adventure and to not enjoy all the aspects of your Chapman experience.

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