2018 Orientation Coordinators
Orientation Coordinators (OCs) are the Stanford student staff in Undergraduate Advising and Research who serve on the Approaching Stanford team. We are dedicating our summer to help incoming students prepare for Stanford and to plan New Student Orientation (NSO). [Watch our 2018 OC Welcome Video and subscribe to our 2018 OC Team Blog where we'll be talking about Stanford from the student perspective!]
Name: Celine Foster '21
Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan
What is the closest thing to real magic? Friendship at first sight
What would be the title of your biography? "Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake"
If you could have the complete answer to one question what would it be? How do we solve inter-group conflict?
Name: Stephen Guerrero '21
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Major: Mechanical Engineering
What is the closest thing to real magic? Branner Dining Hall
What would be the title of your biography? "Don't Underestimate the Little Guy"
If you could have the complete answer to one question what would it be? How can I live a happy and fulfilled life?
Name: Jared Hysinger '21
Hometown: San Francisco, California
What is the closest thing to real magic? Broadway Theater
What would be the title of your biography? "Razzle n' Dazzle 'Em"
If you could have the complete answer to one question what would it be? What will my life be like in 20 years?
Name: Max Smith '21
Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
Major: International Relations and French
What is the closest thing to real magic? Art Museums
What would be the title of your biography? "It's not 1 to 10, it's 1 OR 10"
If you could have the complete answer to one question what would it be? What happened to Amelia Earhart?
Name: Chloe Sorensen '21
Hometown: Stanford, California
What is the closest thing to real magic? Disney magic
What would be the title of your biography? "I'll figure it out later..."
If you could have the complete answer to one question what would it be? How can I be a better person for myself and others?
Name: Kiki Velez '21
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Major: Mathematical and Computational Sciences
What is the closest thing to real magic? Disneyland
What would be the title of your biography? "Shambles, Part II"
If you could have the complete answer to one question what would it be? What should my major be?
New and Continuing Student Programs Team, Undergraduate Advising and Research
Alice Petty, the Director of Pre-Major Advising, is responsible for the Stanford Newcomer Guides, which entails recruiting and supporting a community of some 350 highly engaged faculty and staff volunteers from throughout campus. Additionally, she develops and coordinates advising workshops, publications and resources. Alice enjoys writing and talking about the impact of advising and mentoring on the student experience, because she knows that plugging into the network of ideas, scholarship, service, and innovation that comprise the very fabric of Stanford is critical to getting the most out of one’s education. Alice holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, and prior to coming to Stanford she was a curatorial research associate at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, and a subject matter consultant for an educational video game about the origins of math and literacy in ancient Iraq.
Anna Stone, Assistant Director of New Student Programs, is responsible for developing and executing New Student Orientation and supervising the student OCs. Throughout the academic year Anna advises Frosh Council, the leadership group of the first-year class made up of elected representatives from each frosh residence. Frosh Council plans quarterly events and activities, builds class community and identity, and communicates information throughout the freshman class. She also serves as a Stanford Newcomer Guide for first and second-year students. Anna completed her Bachelor’s degree in Geography at UCLA, then continued on to the Stanford Graduate School of Education and earned a Master’s degree in Education, focusing her coursework on higher education and student affairs.
Diana Suedbeck is the New Student Programs Manager for Undergraduate Advising and Research. She is responsible for implementing the Approaching Stanford program, which provides support to first-year and transfer students as they transition to life at Stanford. Being one of the first points of contact for these incoming students, Diana is focused on making sure they feel well-equipped to begin their academic experience at the university. Receiving her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Diana's passion for higher education grew as she coached women's lacrosse for her alma mater.
Niles Wilson is the Program Coordinator for New Student Programs. He provides administrative and operational support for various welcome programs such as Approaching Stanford, New Student Orientation, and Stanford Newcomer Guides. During the academic year, Niles plans the Frosh Winter Welcome, coordinates Class Banner sales, and handles financial transactions for the team. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford in 2017.
Edith Wu-Nguyen, Associate Dean in Undergraduate Advising and Research, oversees the preparation, welcome, and transition of new first-year students and transfers to Stanford through the Approaching Stanford process and New Student Orientation. She is also the Resident Fellow (RF) for Okada, the Asian-American themed four-class residence located in the Wilbur Hall complex. Edith earned her Master’s degree in 2003 from the Harvard School of Public Health and her Bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Stanford where she studied Human Biology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Prior to returning to Stanford in 2006, she worked in community-based programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, including Head Start/Early Head Start, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, and Public Allies-Silicon Valley.