Orientation Leaders

2014 Orientation Coordinators 


Orientation Intern

Lauren Shackleford

Hello! My name is Lauren Shackleford and I am a current graduate student from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I am currently studying Higher Education Student Affairs and am so thrilled for the opportunity to come out to Gunnison as a National Orientation Director’s Association (NODA) intern working with Western’s Orientation program . I have multiple years of orientation experience and am excited to contribute to Western’s program. I selected Western because of its beautiful outdoors and felt that it would provide me with a summer full of adventure and an unforgettable experience!


2014 Orientation Leaders


Amber Derocher
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Accounting
  • 2nd MAJOR: Business
  • MINOR: Exercise Sports Science
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Slacklining
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park
  • LIFE MOTTO: Embrace Life
  • FUN FACT: Enjoy meeting new people and building friendships.

 


Amy Davis
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Psychology
  • 2nd MAJOR: Fine Arts - Ceramics Focus
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Word Horde’s Poetry Slams
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Ceramic Studio in Quigley
  • LIFE MOTTO: “Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
  • FUN FACT: I compete in the Junior Olympics in Alpine Ski Racing.

 


Asher Holloman
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Chemistry
  • 2nd MAJOR: Mathematics
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Mountain biking/climbing
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman Rocks
  • LIFE MOTTO: “If a man’s with is wandering, let him study mathematics”. – Francis Bacon
  • FUN FACT: My hair is longer than my sisters.

 


Brenda Suarez
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Art – Graphic Design Focus
  • 2nd MAJOR: Computer Science
  • MINOR: Business
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Too many to pick from!
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Too many to pick from!
  • LIFE MOTTO:  When nothing gets right, get left. Everything happens for a reason.
  • FUN FACT: I can speak three languages.

 


Chase Hojnoski
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Geology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Wilderness Pursuits Trips
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park/Crested Butte Slopes
  • LIFE MOTTO: “You’re either first or last”. – Ricky Bobby
  • FUN FACT: I’ve worked at Coors Field and Sports Authority Field.

 


Courtney Kauffman
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Politics/Government
  • 2nd MAJOR: Sociology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The Secret Stash
  • FUN FACT: Colorado Native

 


Dan Garcia
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Business
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Rail Jam or Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman Rocks
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Sell this pen.
  • FUN FACT: I’m a Jersey boy.

 


Ellie Watson
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: English -  Secondary Education
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Rail Jam, Breakfast for a Buck
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman Rocks
  • LIFE MOTTO:  One breath at a time.
  • FUN FACT: I went to four different schools in my four years in high school.

 


Esmeralda Alejandre
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Sociology – Criminal Justice Focus
  • MINOR: Spanish
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Carnival/Amigos
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: El Paraiso/ The River
  • LIFE MOTTO: Don’t be scared to say “no”.
  • FUN FACT: Came from Mexican, I am bilingual and am a first generation college student!

 


Estra Garcia
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Business – Entrepreneurship Focus
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Carnival – Hypnotist – Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: El Paraiso
  • LIFE MOTTO: To survive life you need 3 bones. A wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.
  • FUN FACT: I was President of Amigos.

 


Frances Iver
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Business Administration
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Home sports games or Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Lil’s Sushi Bar
  • LIFE MOTTO: "If you’re not first, your last." - Ricky Bobby
  • FUN FACT: I have lived in four different states.

 


Hannah Braden
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Biology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Winter Fest and Rail Jam
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park
  • LIFE MOTTO:  You gotta risk it to get the biscuit.
  • FUN FACT: I have super cute dimples on my shoulders.

 


Jared Mendicino
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Business Administration
  • 2nd MAJOR: Sociology - Criminal Justice Focus
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Homecoming and Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Mario’s and Ol’ Miner
  • LIFE MOTTO:  What is today but yesterday’s tomorrow.
  • FUN FACT: I can do the splits.

 


John Pruitt
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Entrepreneurship
  • MINOR: Environmental Science
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Eating the Garden Goodness
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The Bean
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Life’s a garden, DIG IT!

 


Joseph Ramos
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Sociology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Carnival and Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Powerstop, Blue Mesa
  • LIFE MOTTO:  "I’d rather live a life of 'oh wells' that 'what ifs'".
  • FUN FACT: I rock at calisthenics.

 


Julie Iacino
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Psychology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Intramural sports
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman Rocks
  • LIFE MOTTO: When lives give you lemons, you paint stuff gold.
  • FUN FACT: I’m a world class improv star.

 


Justin Hebert
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Business
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Wilderness Pursuits Trips/Shredding at Crested Butte
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park and Crested Butte Mountain
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Don’t be afraid to break an egg to make an omelet
  • FUN FACT: I crochet on my own crocheting company Hebe Headwear.

 


Katie Weber
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Communications – Strategic Communication Focus
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Running Track/Field
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Van Tuyl, going on runs or seeing how pretty it is during fall.
  • LIFE MOTTO: Live life to the fullest and always smile.
  • FUN FACT: I can do an aerial (cartwheel with no hands).

 


Kylie Sheen
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Psychology
  • 2nd MAJOR: Art
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Skiing
  • FAVORITE PLACE: White Water Park
  • LIFE MOTTO:  "Not all those who wander are lost". - J. R. R Tolkien
  • FUN FACT: I have a pit bull named Charlie Sheen.

 


Lily Newell
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Geology
  • Minor: Mathematics
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: BFAB (Breakfast for a Buck) Dueling Piano Extravaganza
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The Bean
  • LIFE MOTTO: Go with the flow and where the flows flowing, flow with.
  • FUN FACT: I’ve torn both my ACL’s.

 


Mary Cooperman
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR:  Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts - Elementary Education
  • MINOR: Sociology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Homecoming Parade
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: 5 B’s BBQ
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Never have regrets because at one point everything you did in live was exactly what you wanted.
  • FUN FACT: I can do 38 cartwheels in a row.

 


Morgan Hartley
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Business Administration – Management Focus
  • MINOR: Theatre
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Frisbee
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Taylor Quad
  • LIFE MOTTO:  “Live life to the fullest, love endlessly and laugh often”.
  • FUN FACT: I am certified DJ.

 


Morgan Valentish
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Business Management
  • 2nd MAJOR: Exercise and Sports Science
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY:  Going to the river (White Water Park)
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The River/Ski Mountain
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Do life before life does you!
  • FUN FACT: I love to draw.

 


Sam Wheeler
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Communication Arts (film Emphasis)
  • 2nd MAJOR: Business Administration
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY:  SpringFest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: 5 B's BBQ
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Get Excited and Do Stuff, Everything Happens for a Reason.
  • FUN FACT: My goal is to act in films.

 


Nate Schwartz
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Business
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Shredding the Gnar Gnar.
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Teo Burrito
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Send it.

 


Sara Kem
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Secondary Education
  • 2nd MAJOR: History
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Slip 'n slide on the Green Monster
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park
  • LIFE MOTTO: "To be safe we lose our change of finding out what’s around the river bend." – Pocahontas
  • FUN FACT: I am a State and National Marbles Champion.

 


Saren Yater-Wallace
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Sociology
  • MINOR: Environmental Science
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Attending different events on campus.
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The Gunnisack, outskirts of Crested Butt
  • LIFE MOTTO: Utilize every second of time to the fullest.
  • FUN FACT: I went to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

 


Sierra  (Sisi) Sawyer
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Elementary Education
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Skiing
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman Rocks
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Happiness is only real when shaved.
  • FUN FACT: I love to surf.

 


 Tyler McKay
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Business Administration
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Homecoming
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Last Steep  
  • LIFE MOTTO: “When you want to success as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”. - Eric Thomas