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Meet the Orientation Team

Welcome to Roosevelt!

Our amazing orientation team consists of three professional staff members, two head orientation leaders, and 13 orientation leaders. All of us are excited to support you during your transition to Roosevelt University.

Orientation Leaders

Yvonne Osomiame Alokha
Yvonne Osomiame Alokha
graduate student in Human Resource Management

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I am excited about meeting new students and making them feel welcome in the Roosevelt Community. I am also looking forward to helping transition into their hem achieve.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Stay focused, keep your CGPA high and create time for fun.

Jaila Carr
Jaila Carr
undergraduate student in Classical Music Performance

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I’m excited to safely experience an in-person orientation after spending almost an entire year away from others and having the opportunity to make an positive impact on.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Be open to new experiences and opportunities that college will bring.

Vanessa Ayala
Vanessa Ayala
graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I've been an orientation leader for 2 years & head orientation leader this past year. I'm excited to be returning as an orientation leader because I get to meet and connect with.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Don't be afraid to ask for help! There are a lot of offices and resources available that really push for your success. Get involved and go to events!

Joaquin Bonilla
Joaquin Bonilla
undergraduate student in Flute Performance

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

To engage with a community and learn from others.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Respect, and take advantage of as many opportunities as you can, both professionally and socially.

Sunyata Courie
Sunyata Courie
undergraduate student in Philosophy

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Helping incoming students as well as getting to know them!

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Do not be afraid to reach out for help! All of the student support services are there to help you in any way they can!

Jessica Garcia
Jessica Garcia
undergraduate student in International Studies

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I am most excited to get to know the other Orientation Leaders and creating a welcoming environment for incoming new students.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Be open to new experiences and opportunities that college will bring.

Nathan Krusemark
Nathan Krusemark
undergraduate student in Musical Theatre

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Being able to drop little "nuggets of information" and getting all the new incoming students excited to go to school here in the city!

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Don't limit yourself, go hang out with everybody! You never know who you're people are, and college is an excellent place to go find them!

Alexia Mendoza Lagunas
Alexia Mendoza Lagunas
undergraduate student in Education

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I mostly excited to be back on campus and enjoy the city to the max!

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

To not be afraid to ask for help and also to get involved as much as possible.

Ralph Maranon
Ralph Maranon
undergraduate student in BM Cello Performance

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Getting to experience orientation (from an OL point of view).

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

I understand that college can be overwhelming but also take breaks.

Jose Morales
Jose Morales
undergraduate student in Criminal Justice

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Demonstrating my leadership skills to the new incoming freshman/transfer students.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

It will be a challenging road for what lies ahead of you, but trust me you will overcome it and succeed with nothing but positivity. Look forward to the future by making a difference right here, right now.

Emma Nichols
Emma Nichols
undergraduate student in Music Performance BM with a Sustainability Studies minor

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Getting to know new students!

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Don't be afraid to ask questions! Of the orientation team, residence life, campus safety, and most of all: your professors. One of the many things I love about Roosevelt is how invested every member of the faculty is in helping every student succeed and grow.

Ainhoa Ortiz Noriega
Ainhoa Ortiz Noriega
undergraduate student in Flute Performance and Psychology

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Meeting new people!

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

To read all the syllabus and buy all the books in advance.

Isak Reveles
Isak Reveles
graduate student in Clinical Psychology (counseling program)

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I'm able to help new students in preparing for college. I know the feeling, and if I can help anyone the way I was helped out during my orientation, I would like to help in anyway.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

You are not alone. Never be afraid to ask for help, because everyone needs help sometime.

Emily Wielgus
Emily Wielgus
undergraduate student in Biology

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

I'm excited to meet incoming students and to have a positive impact on the start of their college journey.

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

One piece of advice that I would have for incoming students is to try to take yourself out of your comfort zone and meet as many people within Roosevelt community as you can.

Giselle Zavala
Giselle Zavala
undergraduate student in Education

Why are you most excited about being an Orientation Leader?

Getting to know new people!

What is one piece of advice you have for incoming students?

Don't be afraid to ask for help or make new friends.

Staff

Emily Alvelo
Emily Alvelo
Senior Director of Engagement, Equity, and Inclusion

Emily is a Chicago native who joined the Roosevelt University community in October 2019. As a college administrator of 15 years, Emily has worked in student affairs in a variety of roles, including residence life, student activities, and multicultural affairs. As a student affairs professional and social justice educator, Emily values providing an environment that not only supports students in establishing their social, cognitive, and resiliency skills but also challenges students to reflect on their position as worldly scholars and socially conscious citizens. Emily strives to promote an active, creative, and engaging campus community and knows that Orientation is large part of the New Student Experience.

Fun fact, Emily's father graduated from Roosevelt as an adult learner. So, Emily's connection to Roosevelt started well before working at Roosevelt.

College Degrees: Smith College, B.A. in Theatre: Set Design and Psychology; Loyola University Chicago, M.Ed. in Higher Ed. Administration; UMass Amherst, Ed.S. in Social Justice Education

Carl Hunter
Carl Hunter
Assistant Director of Student Equity and Inclusion

Carl Hunter is the Assistant Director of Student Equity and Inclusion.

His schooling includes a B.S. Emphasis in History, Minor in Ethnic Studies from Illinois State University and is currently enrolled in the M.A. Conflict and Mediation program here at Roosevelt.

Carl is an experienced higher education administrator, leader, motivator, and mentor who is dedicated to ensuring that students reach their highest level of success. His compassion and love for people is what drives his passion for educational success. His motivation is inspired by an “Operating with Excellence” attitude and lifestyle in which he pursues daily. He is excited to be a part of this awesome orientation team again and he's grateful to see all the wonderful new students in person this year.

Fun fact: I am a first-generation college student.

Kayla Linsner
Kayla Linsner
Assistant Director of Student Engagement

Kayla Linsner joined Roosevelt University in March 2020 as the new Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement. Kayla earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Studies at Illinois State University and a Master of Management Degree in Higher Education Administration at Robert Morris University. She worked for Robert Morris University for close to five years in a variety of roles including Executive Assistant, Academic Advisor, and Student Engagement Coordinator. Her passion lies in higher education, supporting students as they gain skills and experiences that help them grow as individuals in order to reach their full potential upon graduation. She has been enjoying her experience at RU within this role and is looking forward to meeting and welcoming the incoming students during Orientation.