OL Group 2014

Meet Your Freshman Orientation Leaders

The goal of an Orientation Leader (OL) is to convey important information about UNCW and assist new students and their families with the transition to college life. The OL ensures that the Orientation Program is beneficial, exciting, and educational in its content and presentation.

Kyle Kyle Anthony

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Wake Forest, NC
Major:
International Business, Spanish Minor
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Greek Life, Area Chapter
Favorite UNCW Tradition:
Beach Blast

AbbyABBY AUERBACH

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Charlotte, NC
Majors:
Political Science & Criminology
Involvement:
Orientation Leader
Best Memory at UNCW:
Abouta month inito my first semester, I attended my first kickboxing class at the Rec Center. I'd never done a type of synchronized exercise like that and it was fun to see everybody having such a good time working out together to the music!

MattMatt Archibald

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Statesville, NC
Major:
Excercise Science
Involvement:
Orientation Coordinator, Intramural Sports, Desk Receptionist, Young Life
Best Memory at UNCW:
Midnight Madness

LindsayLindsay Blackburn

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Highpoint, NC
Majors:
Excercise Science & Psychology
Involvement:
Orientation Coordinator, Greek Life, On-Campus Student Employee
Best Memory at UNCW:
Riding in the back of a pick-up truck with all of my new friends on the way to the beach on the first day of school.

Hayden Blaine

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Lumberton, NC
Major:
Social Work
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, UNCW Cheerleading
Chose UNCW Because:
It just seemed right. UNCW has an excellent program with the major I want, a staff dedicated to helping its students, a small class size, an open-minded student population, and warm weather. UNCW is just a perfect fit.

Brandon Butorovich

Rising Senior
Hometown:
Wilmington, NC
Majors:
Theater Performance & Film Studies, Music Minor
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Concer Choir, Disney College Program Fall 2012, PC3 Overflow
Chose UNCW Because:
I chose to transfer to UNCW because it had everything I wanted in a school. Everyone here is awesome and I am proud to be a Seahawk!

Jacob Caceres-Reyes

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Charlotte, NC
Majors:
Communications & Film Studies
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, High Seas, Chamber Choir, Centro Hispano Student Employee
Favorite Place on Campus:
The woods in the tri-house area because I can hang in my hammock and relax after a day full of hard work.

Kenneth Freyer

Rising Senior
Hometown:
Mocksville, NC
Majors:
Film Studies & Computer Science
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Sharkey's Game Room Attendant, President of Flicker Film Society
Best Memory at UNCW:
At the beginning of my second semester here at UNCW, we had a huge ice storm and everything was blanketed with white ice. When looking outside, I knew I wanted to film something. Someone affiliated with Flicker Film Society had writeen a story for the ice and I told them I wanted to direct it. In 48 hours, I directed and edited my first short film. I was very pleased with the result!

Kassie Fuchs

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Red Bluff, CA
Major:
Criminology, Forensics Minor
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Seahawk Link Leadership Council, Ducks Unlimited
Chose UNCW Because:
I visted UNCW the summer after my junior year of high school. I fell in love with the southern hospitality, the campus, and who doesn't love the beach? As a California girl, I wanted to explore new places and spread my wings, and there is no better way to do that than by becoming a Seahawk!

aLEXANDRA (Lexi) Georgeson

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:

Statesville, NC
Major: Communication Studies, Spanish Minor
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, GPS Club, Intramural Sports
Favorite Thing About UNCW:
The Rec Center! I made a great group of friends at the beginning of the year playing volleyball there and I was able to join two intramural teams. We still get together and play. I also love group exercise classes, and yoga always make me feel better after a long day!

Ryan Girts

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Charlotte, NC
Major:
Exercise Science
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Mr. Galloway
Favorite UNCW Tradition:
Wagsgiving. There's nothing quite like eating as much turkey and mashed potatoes as you possibly can a week before you get to do it all over again.

Hilary Hansen

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Belmont, NC
Majors:
Music & Performance Theater
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Stage Company, UNCW Concert Choir, InterVarsity, Physical Graffeeti
Chose UNCW Because:
It was in a great location, just far enough away from home, but not too far. The people here on campus are so inviting and the professors are wonderful. Plus, the campus is absolutely beautiful. This place is truly a second home.

Julia Horvitz

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Raleigh, NC
Major:
Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resources, Psychology Minor
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Greek Life, Seahawk Link, Hillel, Campus Life Student Employee
Favorite Place on Campus:
Wag Out because it has delicious pizza!

Natalie Jones

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Matthews, NC
Major:
Psychology
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Honors Mentor, Honors College Receptionist
Favorite Place on Campus:
The Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve. Though there are ironically very few flowers, it is a very peaceful place to go for walks and get away from the stress of classes.

Kim Kolzow

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Naperville, IL
Major:
Special Education with an ESL Licensure
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Overflow, FIT Instructor, Resident Assistant
Favorite Place on Campus:
The Fisher Student Center because it's a great place to get work done without the pressure of the silence of the library.

Ben Lewis

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Charlotte, NC
Major:
Mathematics with a Secondary Education Teacher Licensure
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Alpha Omega Ministries
Favorite UNCW Tradition:
Beach Blast

Nyia Lewis

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Fayetteville, NC
Major:
Education, Psychology Minor
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Association for Campus Entertainment, SOAR Ambassador
Favorite Thing About UNCW:
Those days when it's warm outside, the sun is shining, there are clear skies, and almost everyone on campus is outside enjoying the weather and each other's company. It shows how laid back and friendly everyone is here on campus and how there are endless things to do at the Dub!

Trini Marinello

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Huntersville, NC
Majors:
Spanish & Business Administration with Concentrations in International Business & Operations Management
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Seahawk Link, Student Government Association
Best Memory at UNCW:
On the snow days this year, everyone grabbed their surfboards, boogie boards and pans and sledded down the parking garage hill. It was how beach kids do snow days!

Dan McCord

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Raleigh, NC
Majors:
Economics & Philosophy
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Law Internship
Favorite Place on Campus:
The forest behind the Crossing because it's a great place to escape the real world for a while.

Gary McFee

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Boone, NC
Major:
Marine Biology with a Conservation Option, Environmental Studies Minor
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Health Promotion Peer Educator, Ultimate Frisbee, MarineQuest
Favorite Place on Campus:
The wildflower preserve next to the Hawk’s Nest. I love it because it's peaceful on the bench by the pond, surrounded by a glimpse of the natural world. It makes me feel like I'm at home and reminds me of great memories.

Dwayne Morgan

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Chadbourn, NC
Major:
English Education
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Black Student Union Member, SOAR Ambassador
Favorite Place on Campus:
I feel at home in a lot of places on campus, but probably the place I enjoy my time the most, would have to be the amphitheater. When the sun is shining, you can just sit and enjoy some music, or do a little reading for class. I feel like I'm in a scene from a "feel good" movie.

Kirsten Page

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Concord, NC
Major:
Marine Biology
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Seahawk Link Leadership Council, Desk Receptionist at Galloway Hall
Favorite UNCW Tradition:
Wagsgiving because on that day, regardless of how crazy Wagoner Cafeteria gets, everyone is so happy and looking forward to the holiday! I mean, the food is great, the people are great, and who doesn't love the smell of pumpkin pie?

Cheyenne Parker

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Hope Mills, NC
Major:
Elementary Education
Involvement:
Orientation Leader
Best Memory at UNCW:
During my first semester on campus, my RA organized a campout on Carolina Beach! It was a whole bunch of girls from my floor and we did different activities to get to know one another. We made a bonfire, made s'mores, set up tents, and watched the sunrise. It was amazing!

Candace Patterson

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Fuquay Varina, NC
Major:
Psychology
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, UNCW Cheerleading, Styling and Modeling Company, Intervarsity
Favorite Place on Campus:
I love our new Rec Center because it offers so many different ways to exercise with group classes, machines, basketball courts, and two pools.

Brynn sEBOROWSKI

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Charlotte, NC
Major:
Public Health Studies, Education Minor
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Lifeguard at the Student Recreation Center
Favorite Thing About UNCW:
Other than the beach, I love the people and the atmosphere! Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and there's never a boring moment at the Dub!

Isaiah (Zay) O'Keif Surles

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Coats, NC
Major:
International Business
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, One in Four Program Coordinator, Excellence Project Peer Mentor, High Seas Vice-President, 3rd Place in Dub Idol
Favorite UNCW Tradition:
My favorite Campus tradition is the Involvement Carnival. There are so many different vendors offering everything from fun and excitement to competition, service, and improved academia. This tradition orients the students not only with the campus, but with the Wilmington community. Every organization that I am currently a member of, is the direct result of someone approaching me at the Involvement Carnival and giving me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself.

alex Taylor

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Raleigh, NC
Major:
Nursing, Spanish Minor
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Freshman Class President, Member of Business Affairs Committee, Greek Life
Favorite Thing About UNCW:
How easy it is to get involved on campus. Not only is the school very accepting as a whole, the large amount of on campus organizations and clubs makes sure every student feels they have their own place within UNCW. If there is something you enjoy, chances are there is an organization for it. If not, it is very easy to make a new one.

Joel (Trey) Tillotson III

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Apex, NC
Major:
Business with Concentrations in Entrepreneurship & Business Development
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Honors College
Best Memory at UNCW:
Sledding on snow days.

Kat Washington

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Wake Forest, NC
Major:
Biology
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Ukulele Club, Crossway Campus Ministry
Favorite UNCW Tradition:
There are so many UNCW traditions that it is hard to choose just one. I'm almost positive my favorite will be ooze-ball, I can't imagine anything more fun!

Caylon White

Rising Junior
Hometown:
Greenville, NC
Majors:
Film Studies & Psychology
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Desk Receptionist, Seahawk Village Area Chapter, RHA, Hawk It Out Committee Board
Chose UNCW Because:
Mainly because of the excellent Film program, but when I actually got here I fell in love with the atmosphere, people, and of course the beach!

adam Willits

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Apex, NC
Major:
Biology Major, Spanish & Psychology Minors
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Phi Sigma Pi's Honor Fraternity, Raquetball Club
Favorite Thing About UNCW:
The faculty and students. During my experience at UNCW, I have yet to find a single person that doesn’t want to be here. Everyone has such a positive attitude about everything on campus which is uplifting to know that you are in such an accepting atmosphere.

Chris Yon

Rising Sophomore
Hometown:
Charlotte, NC
Major:
Business with Concentrations in Human Resources Management & Marketing
Involvement:
Orientation Leader, Intramural Sports
Favorite Thing About UNCW:
How chill, friendly, and laid back everyone is.

Meet your Transfer Orientation Leaders!

Tyrell BryantTerrell Bryant - Transfer Team Orientation Coordinator
Rising Senior
Burgaw, NC
Major/Minor: English w/Concentration in Professional Writing
Involvement: Tau Sigma National Honor Society, BSU, UNCW Literary Alliance, Freshmen/Transfer Orientation Leader, Seahawk Link, etc.
Why did you choose UNCW? I chose to transfer to UNCW, because I loved the atmosphere of the campus as well as the university’s value of education.

Alyssa Andersen
Alyssa Andersen
Rising Junior
Hometown: Wake Forest, NC
Major: English with a concentration in Literary Studies
Campus Involvement: Greek Life
Favorite thing about UNCW: My favorite thing aboutUNCW would be the professors. Every professor I have had legitimately cares about the student's success. My professors have taken the time to get to know me on a first name basis, which helps me feel comfortable in classwhich I feel helps me learn more.

Ashley Bescher Ashley Bescher
Rising senior
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Outer Banks, NC/Wilmington, NC
Involvement: Transfer Orientation Leader
Why did you chose to come to UNCW? I chose UNCW because of its pristine reputation and extremely high job placement percentages in the Cameron School of Business! There are so many activities on and off campus that UNCW involves itself in to help make the community of Wilmington a better one & I wouldn't rather be anywhere else!

Anna JessupAnna Jessup
Rising Senior
Tobaccoville, NC
Major: Education of Young Children
Involvement: Transfer Orientation Leader, Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Transfer Student Organization, and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
Why did you choose UNCW? I like to say that it was the highly reputable education program that drew me in, but I think I fell in love with UNCW as soon as I stepped on the campus. It’s such a beautiful place, and I loved the fact that I immediately felt like I was a part of a very special community.

Kelly Larouche
Kelly Larouche
Rising junior
Hometown: Hendersonville, NC
Major: Accounting
Campus Involvement: Campus Life employee at the Information Desk, Treasurer of Transfer Student Organization, Transfer Orientation Leader, Beta Alpha Psi
Favorite thing about UNCW: I'm counting down the days until my first Beach Blast in August because it got rained out my first year here and I was heartbroken. I love Lumina Theater too!

Adam Laughter
Adam Laughter
Junior
Hometown: Hickory, NC
Major: International Studies with a minor in Spanish
Involvement: Men's club volleyball, SUP club, Transfer Orientation Leader
I chose UNCW simply for the relaxed and laid back atmosphere. The university fits your typical definition of a "beach" town. Everyone is very friendly and although it is academically challenging they provide a highly supportive staff to help you along.

Cameron MeredithCameron Meredith
Sophomore
Hometown: Queens, NY
Major/Minor: Psychology B.S, Int'l Studies B.A concentration Europe/ Minor in German
Campus Involvement: President of UNCW Style & Modeling Company; TSO; Literary Alliance; Pre Physical Therapy Association
I chose UNCW because they care more about their Academics and students from what I was shown. My favorite thing is the helpfulness of the staff and faculty.

Charlotte "Charly" Merkley
Charlotte “Charly” Merkley
Sophomore
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Major: BS Chemistry
Involvement: Tau Sigma National Honor Society
My favorite memory from my time at UNCW is when my friends and I danced on the front lawn
until midnight for Midnight Madness after attending the Basketball pep rally.

Drew Sammons
Andrew R. Sammons (Drew)
Junior/Senior (Summer)
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Major/Minor: Accountancy
Campus Involvement: T-Team Leader, Student Veterans Advocacy Group, Vice President
Favorite thing about UNCW: The knowledge and professionalism of the UNCW Faculty and Staff.

Lacy Uken
Lacy Uken
Junior
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Major: Biology with a Chemistry Minor
Involvement: Greek Life, Global Medical Brigades
My favorite thing about UNCW is the close relationship between Professors and Students and how they are always willing to help their students outside of class.

Patrick ZatorskiPatrick Zatorski
Junior
Hometown: Stanley, NC
Major: Athletic Training
Involvement: Club Soccer
I chose UNCW because I love the beach, the laid back atmosphere of beach towns, and the smaller student body vs. my old school

Savannah Zeches

Savannah Zeches
Rising Senior
Hometown: Papillion, Nebraska/Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
Major/Minor: English- Professional Writing with the Professional Writing Certificate and Creative Writing Minor
Campus Involvement: Orientation Leader, Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, UNCWeekends, The Seahawk Campus Newspaper Layout Editor
My Favorite Thing about UNCW: Is that it is such a well-rounded school and it seems that every academic department has such great opportunities to offer! I chose to transfer to UNCW because of the beautiful campus and great atmosphere, but also because the English department had exactly what I was interested in pursuing!


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