Meet Your Orientation Student Leaders

To assist new first-year students on campus, Orientation Student Leaders, or OSLs, lead groups of them through the four-day Orientation program.

OSLs are students who are exceptional leaders on campus—and they all went through Orientation themselves when they started at the College! Orientation Student Leader Coordinators help organize the entire Orientation program and have previously served as OSLs.

Orientation Student Leader Coordinators

Orientation student lead Jake Hubbard.

Jake Hubbard

Hometown: Lindenhurst, IL

Major: Sport Management

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The community that we build.

Orientation student lead Elizabeth Kolell.

Elizabeth Kolell

Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders and Intercultural Studies, with a focus in Disability Studies and a minor in Psychology

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The support system I have found through my friends, roommates, organizations, professors and staff on campus.

Orientation student lead Diana Martinez.

Diana Martinez

Hometown: Morton Grove, IL

Major: Accounting, with a minor in Dance Education

Advice: Be yourself, stay strong and stay focused. Take one day at a time and enjoy the journey.

Orientation student lead Kaylah Schukas.

Kaylah Schukas

Hometown: Saint Charles, IL

Major: Elementary Education and Spanish

Advice: Remember that this is a big change in your life, so cut yourself some slack when things don’t go as planned.

2019 Orientation Student Leaders

Orientation student lead Katherine Albano.

Katherine Albano

Hometown: Elburn, IL

Major: Psychology, with minors in Spanish, English and Political Science.

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The genuine people and staff who want to see you grow and flourish.

Orientation student lead Giselle Beltran.

Giselle Beltran

Hometown: Round Lake, IL

Major: Business Administration

Advice: Stepping out of your comfort zone is the only thing that will help you grow. If you start feeling comfortable, there is a step that needs to be taken.

Orientation student lead Patrick Bruen.

Patrick Bruen

Hometown: Frankfort, IL

Major: Psychology

Advice: Be sure to balance school work and fun. It’s never fun to be behind.

Orientation student lead Abby Daniels.

Abby Daniels

Hometown: Plainfield, IL

Major: Special Education

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: I love that Elmhurst is such a welcoming community and that everyone is so accepting and positive!

Orientation student lead Alec Degnan.

Alec Degnan

Hometown: Carol Stream, IL

Major: Psychology

Advice: Be yourself so you can find your true friends, find out what you want to do or get involved in, and discover where you want to go. My Orientation Student Leader gave the same advice to me and it has helped in more ways than I can tell.

Orientation student lead Alyssa DeJesus.

Alyssa DeJesus

Hometown: Elmwood Park, IL

Major: Communications and Marketing

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The friendly community and always feeling welcomed everywhere I go.

Orientation student lead Michelle Diaz.

Michelle Diaz

Hometown: Round Lake, IL

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The different resources that are in place to help students succeed and the great campus community.

Orientation student lead Cam Ehlers.

Cameron Ehlers

Hometown: Mount Carroll, IL

Major: Biology

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The tight-knit community, especial within your area of study. I’m still in classes and study groups with students from three years ago!

Orientation student lead Nico Favuzzi.

Nico Favuzzi

Hometown: Addison, IL

Major: Accounting and Finance

Advice: Get involved and focus on being your true self.

Orientation student lead Natalie Filas.

Natalie Filas

Hometown: Saint Charles, IL

Major: Elementary Education

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: Having the opportunity to get involved in organizations you are passionate about.

Orientation student lead Mason Garcia.

Mason Garcia

Hometown: Orland Hills, IL

Major: Computer Science

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: I love the inclusion on campus.

Orientation student lead Morgan Gerhardt.

Morgan Gerhardt

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Major: Physical Education

Advice: It takes time to get into the groove of things. Do not worry if it all does not fall into place perfectly on day one. Just give it time and you will find that the best days are only ahead of you!

Orientation student lead Zoey Immordino.

Zoey Immordino

Hometown: Elmwood Park, IL

Major: Special Education

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The people I have met and the level of comfort I have felt on campus since the first day.

Orientation student lead Emilie Kottmeier.

Emilie Kottmeier

Hometown: Genoa, IL

Major: Nursing

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: Everything! I love every component of Elmhurst College. The community here has provided me with a family and a place to call home.

Orientation student lead Chelsea Labay.

Chelsea Labay

Hometown: Orland Park, IL

Major: Biochemistry

Advice: Give yourself grace and be kind to yourself.

Orientation student lead Vanessa Leon.

Vanessa Leon

Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL

Major: Elementary Education

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The opportunities students have to get involved and connect to the community.

Orientation student lead Noor Maghrebi.

Noor Maghrebi

Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL

Major: History and Secondary Education

Advice: Do not be afraid to make mistakes. It is more important that you learn from those mistakes and how you move past them.

Orientation student lead Stefani Martinez.

Stefani Martinez

Hometown: Roselle, IL

Major: Early Childhood Education

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The environment—both the people and the beauty of the campus.

Orientation student lead Kiara McGee.

Kiara McGee

Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Major: Elementary Education

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The connections I have made through classes, clubs and organizations.

Orientation student lead Zach Mietzner.

Zach Mietzner

Hometown: Wilmington, IL

Major: Computer Science

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The lifetime friendships I have made since the first day of Orientation.

Orientation student lead Josh Nichols.

Josh Nichols

Hometown: Schaumburg, IL

Major: Psychology and Intercultural Studies

Advice: Make the most out of your first year in college, it will be the only time you experience Orientation and the last time you will be a first-year student in your educational career. You will grow so much as a result.

Orientation student lead Johnny Perez.

Johnny Perez

Hometown: Carol Stream, IL

Major: Criminal Justice

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The close-knit community of friends and faculty.

Orientation student lead Julia Pollini.

Julia Pollina

Hometown: Mount Prospect, IL

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: All of the study-abroad programs.

Orientation student lead Nina Rauzi.

Nina Rauzi

Hometown: Bensenville, IL

Major: Music Education

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: My favorite part about Elmhurst is the people. Everyone here is so genuine, kind and unique. This makes my time at Elmhurst very special and I look forward to who I will encounter on a daily basis.

Orientation student lead Josh Robles.

Josh Robles

Hometown: Franklin Park, IL

Major: Biochemistry

Advice: Do not be afraid to try something new that Elmhurst College has to offer.

Orientation student lead Terry Romero.

Terry Romero

Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL

Major: Exercise Science

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: It is a small campus, which makes it easy to meet people, and it is very pretty.

Orientation student lead Laura Rusk.

Laura Rusk

Hometown: Evansville, IN

Major: Political Science and Philosophy

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: Many of the people I have met here (faculty, staff and students) are like family to me and have believed in me since day one.

Orientation student lead Teddy Schupack.

Teddy Schupack

Hometown: Oakland, CA

Major: Music Business

Advice: Get involved. If you choose to make the effort to get involved in clubs, organizations and leadership roles, you will surely find yourself a group of peers you can call family. Whether you are a commuter or are living on campus, take advantage of the welcoming communities.

Orientation student lead Matthew Tobin.

Matthew Tobin

Hometown: Johnsburg, IL

Major: Physics and Aerospace Engineering

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: The family aspect that you get here.

Orientation student lead Marieli Urquiza.

Marieli Urquiza

Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL

Major: Secondary Spanish Education

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: I love the small classroom sizes because it gives you the opportunity to create a small community. I have noticed that it makes expressing your opinions and ideas much easier.

Orientation student lead Emily Zachman.

Emily Zachman

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL

Major: Speech Pathology

Favorite Thing About Elmhurst: My favorite part about Elmhurst is how involved the students are and how there are so many activities for all students to participate in.

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