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Meet your Orientation Leader Coordinators!



Welcome to your second home! I am Brandon Ashton, a Senior studying Pastoral Ministry and French. I hail from Phoenix, Arizona, where your shoes will melt to the asphalt in the summer. I enjoy all things outdoors (mainly rock climbing, white water rafting, camping, and hiking), carpentry, metal working, cooking, being awesome, coffee, and Jesus. I hope to one day be the patron saint of bear wrestlers. It is an honor to be here to welcome you into our UD family!




Howdy Class of 2019! I am so excited for a great orientation and school year!  absolutely love UD, and I know you will too. I am from Houston, Texas (H-town), and I am a Junior Psychology Major. I love being silly, playing outside with friends, and playing viola. See you soon! 



Hey, Class of 2018! My name is Stephanie, and I'm from the great city of Houston, Texas. I am a Senior Psychology major with a biopsychology concentration, and I hope to move on to medical school upon graduation. I love getting involved in campus, whether it's designing t-shirts for SPUD or singing in our school choir, UDChorale. When I'm not studying, I'm reading, drawing, watching scary movies or playing video games with friends. I am so excited to be an Orientation Leader Coordinator this fall, and I can't wait to share with you all the excitement, fellowship and craziness that is UD!



Hey, Class of 2018! My name is Stephen Thie, and I'm a Senior Pre-Dental Biology major with a drama concentration from Saint Paul, Minnesota. When I'm not studying, you can find me playing intramurals, in rehearsal or sewing costumes in our costume shop. I'm really excited to meet you all when you get here in the fall. I hope you all are ready to start some of the best years of your life at UD!


Meet your Orientation Leaders!


Hello, Class of 2019!  I'm so thrilled you have chosen UD as your home for the next fours years.  My name is Abigail Knapp and I am from Wesley Chapel, FL. I'm a Sophomore majoring in Theology. I am very involved in Crusaders for Life, UD Chorale, Campus Ministry, Lyrical Dance, and RHA. UD is a fantastic school and there is no shortage of things to do. I look forward to meeting all of you!


Hey, y'all! My name is Alonna Ray and I am a Sophomore hailing from the lovely suburbs of Frisco, Tx. As for my major, I am still blissfully riding the Undeclared Train, but I am heavily involved in the French and Drama Departments here on campus. I absolutley love to sing, act, dance, and just perform in general. In my free time I am usually seen skipping around campus, playing my ukulele, and hitting up to Adoration Chapel. I am so excited to meet everyone and to answer any questions you might have! Go Crusaders!


Hello, Class of 2019! I am Angelica Reyes from Houston, Texas. I'm a Junior Biology major and I am thinking of becoming a physician assistant. I also work for the University as a resident assistant and a lab assistant for the Biology department. I love to travel and experience new cultures of various sorts. I am a struggling guitar and piano player, and I also love creating videos. I like to hang out with my friends on the mall or the Rath patio. Rome is definitely one of the reasons I love UD, and I can tell you more about it when I see you! I am so excited to meet all of you!



Hi class of 2019! My name is Anna Schnoebelen (nickname "Schnebs") and I am a Junior Biochemistry major from Iowa City, IA. I enjoy singing and playing guitar, ukulele, and piano with friends, reading, baking cookies, and participating in the many traditions that UD has to offer! You can probably find me at the Cap Bar making iced mochas or sitting on the mall with friends in my free time. I can't wait for you all to start here at the University of Dallas!




Whaddup, Freshmen? Jen, my co-leader, and I are so pumped for orientation because not only will we be seeing each other for the first time since the end of freshman year (I'm a fall Romer, she's a spring Romer), but because we get the privilege of getting to know part of the new Class of 2019. The people are the best thing about UD, so we expect you guys to be pretty cool! Speaking of cool people, I'm a Junior Psych major with a concentration in International Studies from Omaha, Arkansas- population: 169. You're bound to spot me on the mall in my Student Government polo, at daily Mass, cheering on my friends at intramural games, or playing with professors' kids around campus. See you guys soon!


Hi, my name is Anthony Garnier. I am a Junior, Business major at the University of Dallas . I will also be one of the RAs in Madonna Hall, so feel free to ask me as many questions as you'd like (it's my job). I'm half French and half Indonesian and was born in Thailand. I've been to 19 countries and lived in 8 of them. My favorite hobby is photography which is why you would probably see me taking pictures at school events for the yearbook or school paper.




Welcome, Class of 2019! My name is Brendan Luke, and I hail from south Orange County, California. I am a senior majoring in English and Biology with a concentration in pre-medical studies.  When I'm not studying I can be found reading, writing for the newspaper, planning events for RHA with my roommates, playing guitar, or running. I have enjoyed my three and a half years here, and I'm excited to welcome you to our community.


My name is Brenna Rossi and I am a Biochemistry major from Omaha, Nebraska. I love the close knit community of UD and I can't wait to help bring the new freshmen into it!



HELLO Class of 2019! My name is Catherine Gilmore and I am a junior here at UD. I am from the great city of Saint Louis, Missouri. I am studying Elementary Education and hope to one day be a second grade teacher. In my free time, I enjoy eating peanut butter, hanging out with my friends, watching Cardinals baseball, and going to every single UD event (especially when it involves free food). I look forward to meeting you all in the Fall.



Hey, Class of 2019! My name is Katie McIntyre, and I am from Sparta, New Jersey. I’m a Junior Psychology major with concentrations in Industrial Organization, Biopsychology, and Business.  I'm a member of the UD track team and a Resident Assistant.  I hope you’re ready for an amazing four years.  I can’t wait to meet all of you guys in the fall!



Hi, Class of 2019! My name is Kay Zadnik, and I’m a Senior Business major and a second year RA working in Gregory Hall.  I am very excited to be joining the incoming Freshmen during orientation and helping them prepare for a great first semester!




Hi, my name is Derek Kulda and I am going to be a Junior this coming semester at UD. If I’m not studying in Haggar, you can probably find me hanging out on the mall or on the rugby pitch. My favorite part of UD is music on the mall every Friday, it’s the perfect way to end a long week of classes. UD has so much to offer and so many fun events like Groundhog, Spring Formal and most importantly the Rome Program. The Rome program is one of the most amazing experiences someone can have so prepare yourself for the best four years of your life.



Hey Class of 2019! My name is Duyen and I'm from the small town of Orange, Texas. I am a Senior Biochemistry major. I love playing the piano, listening to music, wandering aimlessly around cities, going on adventures and hanging out with my friends. I am so excited to be your Orientation Leader and I can't wait to see you in August.



Hey, Class of 2019! My name is Liz Spencer, and I’m a Senior Business Major from San Antonio, Texas. If I’m not studying, you can find me playing intramurals, hangin’ out in Haggar, or perhaps out on Northgate Dr. going for a run. I am SO excited to meet all of you in August! I hope you’re getting ready for the best experience of your life here at UD! See you soon!



Hi, Class of 2019, and welcome to UD!   I’m Emily Collins and I’m from Orlando, Florida.  I am a junior English major with a German concentration.  I like to read, bake, run, travel, and hang out with my friends.  I am super excited for Orientation and can’t wait to meet all of you and welcome you to UD!  I hope you have a wonderful summer.  See you in August!


Howdy, Crusaders! My name is Emma Kate! I am so ecstatic to be introducing you more fully into life at the University of Dallas! I am a Sophomore studying to receive a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Classics(Latin). I hail from a small town in southern Oklahoma. I am a big outdoors person (if you cannot tell from my picture). You may find me on beautiful days hanging out in my ENO (hammock) napping, reading, singing, musing, and (being 100% honest) {probably} procrastinating. Other times, I go for runs, play pick-up soccer, bake, attempt to paint, explore the interweb for photoshopped pictures of cats in classical art, and just explore with friends all that God has placed before us! I'm Emma Kate, and that's my story. I cannot wait to hear your story and watch it grow as your years at UD unfold!

Hey, Class of 2019! My name is Emma Polefko, and I am so excited to meet y’all! I am from Houston, Texas and am a Politics major with an International Studies concentration. I am also a member of the cross country and track and field teams and work for The University News. Everyday my friends and classmates surprise and inspire me. I absolutely love UD and every experience I have had here. From the grand adventure of Rome semester to the simple nights in Irving, these next 4 years will be some of the best of your life. Welcome to next great adventure!


Hello, my name is Kemi. I am an Economics and Finance major and currently a Junior at UD. I'm so happy to welcome you to UD and hope you have a wonderful time here!



Hey there, class of '19! My name is Faith and from a little town called Auburn in Northern California. I'm a Junior English major with double concentrations in American Politics and Computer Science. In my "spare time", I'm an RA, I write for the school newspaper and also play NCAA DIII soccer. I love UD, from the Core to Rome and back again, and I'm so excited to introduce you to this wonderful school. You're about to be a part of an amazing community - see you at orientation!



Greetings and well wishes, Class of 2019. My name is Francis Cavanna, and I am a Sophomore Physics major, hailing from the homelands of Coppell, Texas. I am passionate about my faith, soccer, and swing. I’ve really enjoyed my experience at the University of Dallas – the classes, students and professors are phenomenal! I’m extremely excited to meet you all!

Hello everyone, welcome to the University of Dallas!  My name is Xavier, and I have the pleasure of being one of your Orientation Leaders this year.  I am a senior Theology major (previously Physics) who enjoys listening to and performing music of all types, bicycling, baseball, web development, electronic design, and reading.  I look forward to getting to know you, and I wish you the best!

Welcome, Class 2019! My name is Greg Bridges, and I am a Senior Economics & Finance major with a concentration in Business and an RA in West Hall. I play for the UD rugby team and love playing and watching sports. My hobbies include sports and music. I am really looking forward to meeting the incoming Freshmen and welcoming them to what will hopefully be some of the best years of their lives.


Hello, I am Holden Berg I will be a Junior this fall at the University of Dallas. I am an Economics and Finance major from good old Auburn, Indiana. I play lacrosse and am an RA in O'Connell. I enjoy being at this great university because of the great community we have. I look forward to seeing you all this fall! Until then take care, and God bless!   



Hi, I’m Janie Engelke. I’m from McKinney, TX. I’m in the class of 2016 here at UD and I’m double majoring in Comparative Literature and English. I’m part of the UD Chorale, our campus choir, and I also enjoy Philosophy Club and Swing Club, among others. My favorite UD event is Charity week and my favorite study spot is third floor Braniff.



Congrats on coming to UD -- this is the place to be! My name is Jenna Sommer and was born and raised in Austin, TX. I love the community here: students, professors, alumni and people who work at UD all care about you and are looking out for you. The community is so tight knit that pretty much everyone knows that my favorite color is yellow (not that I hide that, in fact I am obsessed with yellow). I'm excited for my final year at UD to begin and to continue to grow in many ways at this school. I am involved with Campus Ministry, Student Government, Crusaders for Life, and two-stepping with friends. I look forward to meeting you and becoming friends with you! :)



Hello Class of 2019! My name is Jennifer Brady and I'm from Denver, Colorado. I'm a Junior Theology major with a Spanish concentration. The past two years I've been involved with the Residence Hall Association and Student Government as well as attending the Crusaders for Life meetings. For those girls living in Jerome, I'll be one of your RAs! I'm excited to get to know you all this fall! I hope your UD experience is as awesome as mine has been!



Welcome Class of 2019! My name is Joan, and I was born and raised here in Irving, Texas. I just started college in Spring 2015, so I'm still half a Freshman. I'm undeclared and considering physics. I enjoy swing dance and Ultimate, and the Capp Bar is one of my favorite spots on campus! I'm really excited to meet you all and help you get to know the great University of Dallas!



Hey Class of 2019!  My name is John Lieblang.  I am a senior business major from Huntington Beach, CA.  I am the oldest of six.  I love to play basketball and soccer.  I know that y'all are going to love it here at UD and fit right in.  I can't wait to welcome you all to this wonderful community.



My name is Jorge Gonzales and I am a sophomore double majoring in Theology and Business. I work as a lifeguard and front desk worker at the SALC. I am a member of various clubs and an RA in Theresa Hall. In my free time I love to go running, talk with friends, and take beautiful women on glorious dates in Uptown. I enjoy really getting to know my friends by avidly engaging in social events around campus. I am happy to serve and I love to laugh, so if you need a friend, feel free to hit me up!


Hi all! My name is Joseph Connealy and I am from Phoenix, Arizona. I am going to be a Junior this coming year at UD and I am majoring in Economics. My favorite thing to do is to watch sports anytime I can! I've learned more than I imagined I would in my two years here at UD and can't wait to continue. I can't wait to meet you all here during Orientation!



Hey guys my name is Joey Kelly. I am from Chicago, IL and couldn't love Texas anymore than a northerner could! I am currently an RA, President of the student body, an officer for Crusaders for Kids, member Student Foundations, and much more! I can't wait to meet all of you in the fall and just want to let you know that UD is going to open more doors than you can imagine!!



Hello Class of 2019! My name is Kaitlyn and I am a junior history major. I work for the Admissions Office and it is so great to see that you all decided to come to UD! I really love the community here at UD and hope you all get involved. Personally, I am involved with Aikido and a bunch of campus ministry events, especially the retreats. I can't wait to meet you guys!



Welcome to UD, Class of 2019! My name is Kerry Kennedy and I am from the southside of Chicago! I am a junior, and I'm studying Early Childhood Education and Theology here. I love listening to music, traveling, and spending time with friends, preferably around a bonfire. If I'm not in the library, you can find me enjoying some chai tea in the Capp Bar! I can't wait to meet all of you...See you in the fall!



My name is Kevin Brown, and I am a Senior working on my dual degree in Biology and Nursing. When I’m not studying in random places around campus, you’ll probably find me dancing on the Mall, hanging out in Campus Ministry, or running down a disc in Ultimate Frisbee. On colder, rainier days, I’m most likely watching Star Wars, playing Mario Kart, or jamming out to music. Because I’m home grown here in Texas and grew up around this lovely place we call Dallas, I can give you all the facts about the myths and folklore that encompass not only Dallas life, but Texas life as well. With all the things you can learn and experience here at UD, you’ll be prepared to meet what’s out there in the real world when the future comes your way. But until that future comes, I hope you enjoy all your days here as Groundhogs…. Uh, I mean, as Crusaders! Cheers to you and to the adventures that come! ¡Buena suerte!


Hi, Class of 2019 and welcome to one of the greatest places in the world! My name is Lizzie Wadle hailing from the fabulous city of West Des Moines, Iowa. I am a junior Biology major hoping to be a nurse someday. In the time that I am not studying, I like to watch movies, read, spend time outdoors, travel, play volleyball, and explore the vast world of music. Get ready to have a blast, meet lifetime friends, and work hard!

Hello, Class of 2019! My name is Lucie, and I'm a Senior Classical Philology major from Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of my favorite things to do are read, study languages, knit, engage in long, thoughtful discussions that last til the early hours of the morning, swing dance, and daydream about going back to Rome. I have found UD to be a wonderful home for me and hope you'll find the same here, too!


Hi class of 2019! I'm Mara Borer, and I'm from Webster City, IA. I am a Sophomore Elementary Education major with concentrations in Drama and Spanish. I like to keep myself busy with plays, chamber ensemble, swing dancing, Crusaders for Life, and dance. In my free time, I am a voracious reader, baker, walker, movie-watcher. Ya'll are going to have a wonderful time this year meeting amazing people and opening your eyes to a whole new world! I hope to become friends with a lot of you!



Hey, Class of 2019! Welcome to the University of Dallas! I am Marian Henares and I am from a small town in Connecticut called Avon. I am a Junior Business Major with a Drama Concentration here. I will be working as an RHA programming intern this year and cannot wait to meet some of you through RHA. I love UD, and I am always down for dancing it up during music on the mall. I cannot wait to meet you and help prepare you for the most fun, four years of your lives!



Hello, Class of 2019! My name is Katie Revia, and I will be one of the many Orientation Leaders here to help you transition into your new life as a University of Dallas Crusader. I’m a Junior from Houston, Texas working on a Business major and an Industrial and Organizational Psychology concentration. When I’m not studying, I’m working, exploring the DFW metroplex with friends, or Pinning DIY projects and recipes that I’ll get around to trying one day. 

Hi, Class of 2019! My name is Mary Roggenbuck. I hail from the awesome small town of Madison, Minnesota! At UD, I love to go hang out with friends and read some books for fun. I'm so excited to meet you all and get to know you!

Hello Class of 2019! My name is Mary Shannon, and I'm an English major from Pearland, Texas. I also have concentrations in French and Pre-Physical Therapy. I love dancing and drinking tea, and I am a proud Spromer (Spring Romer) of 2015! I can't wait to tell you about my awesome Rome experiences and everything else about UD.


Hey y’all! My name is MaryJane (MJ) Plote. I am a sophomore History pre-law major from the far West Texas city of El Paso, and a Spring 2015 Romer! (whoo #Sprome). I love all things Texas, and enjoy spending my free time hanging out with friends, two-stepping, and watching movies! Here at UD I participate in Student Government, Blue Crew, and Campus Ministry! I am so happy to welcome all y’all to UD as you start this new adventure as the Crusaders Class of 2019!


Hey Ya'll! My name is Matthew Gedeon! I'm going to be one of your Orientation Leaders this fall! I'm a Sophomore from Shreveport, Louisiana! I am a member of UD's Rugby team and I will be working at the CAPP Bar this fall and one of the Freshmen boy's RAs in Madonna Hall this coming school year as well! I'm really looking forward to meeting all of you and becoming friends of the course of the coming years!!


Welcome to the UD family! I've had a whirlwind two years since transferring from bioengineering at LSU to pastoral ministry at UD, navigating the DFW area and Core curriculum, and spending an incredible spring Rome semester studying and traveling all over Europe! A few of my passions are soccer, Catholicism, football, Saints, basketball, praying, movies, writing, politics, the internet and people! My orientation was FANTASTIC, so get ready to begin the journey of a lifetime! God Bless! Ciao!



Hey, Class of 2019!  I’m Michael Dinh, and I’m from Houston, Texas.  I’m a math and comp. sci major.  The small community at UD is so fun to be in.  The best part about it is that everyone knows everyone, takes the same classes, and can relate to a lot of the same things.  The best part?  Rome semester!  I visited and went hiking and climbing in countries I didn’t even know existed for an entire 4 months.  I can’t wait to meet everyone at orientation!



Hey, Class of 2019! My name is Miranda and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am a senior Psychology major with a concentration in Biopsychology, and someday I hope to become a counselor so that I can help people to heal! I love Sundays, desserts, getting lost in a book, and coloring. I also love spending time with family and friends whenever I can. UD is such a wonderful place, especially because of the community and the life-long friends that you can find here. I am so looking forward to welcoming you into the UD community and to life in Texas! See you soon!

Hey class of 2019! My name is Monica Marra, and I'm a Senior Theology Pre-nursing Major from Clifton Park New York.  I love singing, dancing, rollerblading, running, hiking, and anything outside.  I'm so excited that you are all coming here! Welcome to to UD!

Hello, Class of 2019, and welcome to the University of Dallas! My name is Philip Lenzen, and I'm a Sophomore Physics/Theology double-major with concentrations in Applied Math and Pastoral Ministry. I'm also native to Irving, part of UD's ultimate frisbee team, the Student Foundation, Crusaders For Life, and a couple other organizations, I really enjoy getting involved on and off campus. I also work as a physics lab assistant and a secretary for Campus Ministry, where I can often be found when I'm not on the mall throwing a frisbee with friends. More than anything (that is, except for being with God), I enjoy just being with my friends. With the friends here, you will overcome the greatest challenges – and have the greatest adventures – of your life. Until then, peace be with you, friends.

Howdy Y'all, My Name Is Quincy Gholston and seeing as I am from Aurora, Colorado, not Texas, I don't actually greet people with a rousing "Howdy". I can, however, over-analyze the linguistic origin of that term, (It's an abbreviation of 'how do you do?') and most likely, (if you have any), accurately pick out where you or your family is from based on "y'all's" accents. I am a Junior  Classical Philology Major, Spanish Concentrator, (which means I'm married to Latin, cheat with Greek, and still tango with my old Spanish flame). I am thrilled to be one of your/y'all's Orientation Leaders this Fall! I cannot wait to show you the tenderness of community, intellectual integrity, and the sheer number of fun things we do to take a breather from it, or even dive deeper into it! I hope You ones (Yintz) You all (Y'all) whatever you say, have a nice trip.  See you next Fall!

Ciao y'all! My name is Rachel Parkey and I am a proud resident of the great state of Texas; I live near Wichita Falls, about two hours northwest of the Big-D. I am a junior history major with an Italian Concentration, a decision greatly affected by my inspiring semester in Rome last fall. I cannot wait for all of you to get here and begin your journey as UD students! Your first year of college will be an unforgettable experience - there's no other time quite like it. So sit back, relax, and get ready to begin writing a new and exciting chapter in the story of your life. Welcome to the Crusader family - can't wait to meet all of you at Orientation!

I am a Junior seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics with a concentration in Human Sciences in the Contemporary World. I enjoy running long distances with the Cross Country and Track and Field teams at UD and I will be a Resident Assistant for Jerome during the next school year.

Hey y’all! My name is Sarah Webster and I am from Birmingham, Alabama! I am a sophomore who hasn’t quite figured out the whole major thing but will have a French concentration and am pre-med. I work in the Advancement Office Call Center and History and Theology Department. In my free time I like to play soccer, hike, and watch Netflix. I can’t wait to welcome y’all to UD!

Hello class of 2019! My name is Stephen Henderson. I'm a junior English major from Pensacola, Florida and a self-diagnosed caffeine addict. I'm excited to welcome you to UD! Prepare yourself for the next great chapter of your life consisting of, well, lots and lots of chapters of reading (you signed up for this), new friends, espresso, and a strange enthusiasm for a certain subterranean rodent.

Saludos class of 2019! My name is Teresa, I am from Las Cruces, New Mexico. I’m a Senior Pastoral Ministry Major, and an RA in West Hall. I’m a festival junkie and I live for live music!  I love finding new adventures and keep myself balanced by doing yoga. I transferred to UD from a state university and quickly fell in love with this small and quirky school. I hope to help you do the same! I am so excited to be part of your first experiences of UD. The world is your oyster!  

Class of 2019, welcome to UD!  I’m so excited that you’re joining our community of brilliant, caring, cheerful, imaginative, and enthusiastic individuals!  Get ready to LOVE your next four years here!  I’m Teresa Roach, a Sophomore Education major from Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In my spare time, I love hanging out with friends, reading, writing, playing the piano, and getting involved in all the exciting clubs UD offers.  I also love traveling, and I’m incredibly excited to go to Rome in the spring.  I absolutely cannot wait to meet y’all in August!  See you soon, Crusaders!


Hello class of 2019, my name is Tom Pierick. I am a Junior Psychology major with concentrations in Applied Physics and Biopsychology. I'm from Des Moines, Iowa. If you know where that is, I will give you a cookie. I'm very involved with Crusaders for Kids, Swing club, and track. I am also the president of the Unicorn Enthusiast Club. You will probably see me around campus doing something strange or hosting the meetings for the Gingers for Equal Treatment group in the basement of Lynch Auditorium. I look forward to meeting all of you!

Hello Class of 2019!My name is Yesenia Anaya and I am a Philosophy Pre-med major! I am a native Texan from Dallas and actually transferred to UD in the Fall of 2013 so I am definitely a non-traditional student. You will usually find me running around all over campus either helping out at an event, going to a meeting, or simply talking with my friends between passing periods at the mall. I love the UD community here and all the great people in it! I certainly hope you enjoy your time here and truly take in the UD experience that we have to offer! Welcome Crusaders!


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