Meet the Orientation Team

The Orientation Team is a group of students who are excited to help you make the transition to college life at Buena Vista University! They will be there for move-in and and all the fun of Welcome Week. Get to know them all!

Students take selfie by the lake

Hailey Hartman

Senior / Storm Lake
Email: harthai@bvu.edu
Twitter: @haymarie8

Major: Elementary Education with endorsements in TESL and Reading
Campus Involvement: Student Activities Board, Kappa Delta Pi, Teachers Inc, and Orientation Co-Director
Favorite thing about BVU: “I love all of the opportunities and events you can be involved in, and being able to be at a place where everyone knows your name and face.”

Max Powers

Senior / Clarion
Email: powemax2@bvu.edu
Instagram: @_max_powers

Major: Rehab Health Science & Exercise Science
Campus Involvement: Involvement: Track & Field, President KORE, Psych Research Club, Admissions Intern, Orientation Student Co-Director, Admissions Tour Guide
Favorite thing about BVU: “The size of BVU allows for a community to be built and more connections made across campus from peers, professors, and faculty and staff.”

Alex Martinez

Junior / Ames
Email: martmar7@bvu.edu
Instagram: @alexm2000_

Major: Rehab Health Sciences with a Coaching Minor
Campus Involvement: ABA, KORE, BARC, Baseball, Orientation Team, Beaver Admissions Ambassador
Favorite thing about BVU: “My favorite thing about BVU is the friendly and helpful faculty on campus.”

Alondra Melendez

Junior / Storm Lake
Email: melealo@bvu.edu
Instagram: @alondra.melendez19 / Snapchat: @alondrareyes19

Majors: Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Social Innovation
Campus Involvement: Education for Service Scholars (EFS), Residence Life, BVU Cheer/Dance Team, Raíces, Student M.O.V.E. (Mobilizing Outreach and Volunteer Efforts), Student Activities Board (SAB), OASIS (International Students Club), Psi Chi, Sigma Delta Pi, and Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “I like taking naps on the giant bean bag in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.”

Bailey Schechinger

Junior / Manilla
Email: schebai@bvu.edu
Instagram: @bailey_schech

Major: Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement
Campus Involvement: VP of Internal Communication for the Student Activities Board, Kappa Delta Phi Treasure, Beaver Admission Ambassador, Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “My favorite thing about BVU is the endless relationships and connections that you are able to make through athletics, clubs, etc.”

Brandon Steil

Sophomore / Algona
Email: steibra@bvu.edu
Instagram: @steil_17

Major: Biology and a minor in Business
Campus Involvement: Baseball, Student Activities Board, and Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “My favorite thing is the lake because I like to go fishing on it!”

Brayden Bergum

Junior / Ames
Email: bergbra@bvu.edu
Snapchat: @welltoad

Major: Social Work
Campus Involvement: Men’s Soccer, Social Work Club VP, VP of Marketing for the Students Activities Board, Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “You have so many opportunities you have right off the bat. I have met so many wonderful people through all the things I am involved in, and it’s made my experience here second to none.”

Cara Kempadoo

Junior / Johnston
Email: kempcar@bvu.edu
Instagram: @carakempadoo

Major: Business Management and a minor in Accounting
Campus Involvement: Students Activities Board, Women’s Golf, and Orientation Team
Favorite thing about BVU: “The campus is a very welcoming spot! It’s super easy to meet new people and you can make friends with everyone!”

Cassidy Stubbe

Senior / Glidden
Email: stubcas@bvu.edu
Instagram: @cassidystubbe / Snapchat: @cstubs99

Majors: Business Marketing and Strategic Public Relations 
Campus Involvement: President of ALPS, ABA, Student Activities Board, and Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “It feels like home!”

Colin Imhoff

Junior / Ames
Email: imhocol@bvu.edu
Instagram: @colindoesphotography

Majors: Digital Media and Strategic Public Relations
Campus Involvement: Track and Cross Country, O-team, SAB, KBVU, SCJ, and Admissions
Favorite thing about BVU: “I like all the hands-on experience I can have, as well as all the amazing people on campus that make it feel like home.”

Emily Newton

Junior / Diagonal
Email: newtemi@bvu.edu
Instagram: @em_newton23

Major: Elementary Education with endorsements in Coaching and Reading
Campus Involvement: Student Activities Board, Teachers Inc. Treasurer, Beaver Admission Ambassador, Women’s Basketball, SAAC, and Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “I love the community and family atmosphere that surrounds campus and all our activities.”

Faith Wedin

Junior / Alden, Minn.
Email: wedifai@bvu.edu

Major: Rehabilitation Health Sciences, Minor in Psychology
Campus Involvement: KORE and Orientation Team Leader 
Favorite thing about BVU: “I love how easy it is to make friends and get to know people by being involved in activities on campus.”

Hannah Smith

Junior / Papillion, Neb.
Email: smithan@bvu.edu
Twitter: @hannahsmith214 / Snapchat: @Hannah.lashay

Majors: Psychology and Exercise Science
Campus Involvement: VP of Design for the Student Activities Board, BVU Admission Visit Team, Orientation Team Leader, and Volleyball
Favorite thing about BVU: “My favorite thing about BVU is the small campus environment and the community! We are one big family on campus, and it makes it easier to have an amazing experience on campus for my four years!”

Heidi Coronel

Senior / Storm Lake
Email: corohei@bvu.edu
Instagram: @heidi_coronel / Snapchat: heidi_3113

Major: Biology and a minor in Social Innovation
Campus Involvement: BARC, Raices, Students Activities Board, BV Buddies, Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “BVU is a small community where everyone knows everyone!”

Hope Schroeder

Sophomore / Boone
Email: schrhop@bvu.edu
Instagram: @hope_4495

Major: Business with a Financial Decision-Making concentration
Campus Involvement: CAE Tutor, BARC, and Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “Everyone is nice and there are so many fun activities there are to participate in.”

Jack McEvoy

Junior / Fort Dodge
Email: mcevjac@bvu.edu

Major: Biology 
Campus Involvement: Chess Club and Orientation Team Leader 
Favorite thing about BVU: “There is a strong sense of togetherness on campus!”

Jake Cochran

Sophomore / Greenfield, Ind.
Email: cochjac@bvu.edu
Instagram: @j_cochran_25

Major: Sports Business 
Campus Involvement: Basketball and Orientation Team Leader 
Favorite thing about BVU: “We have a campus on the lake and can use the rec house to rent kayaks to go on the lake.”

Jenn Schneider

Senior / Le Mars
Email: schnjen2@bvu.edu

Major: Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Teaching English as a Second Language
Campus Involvement: Teachers Inc., Kappa Delta Pi, Student Activities Board, Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “My favorite thing about BVU is the family aspect that everyone gives off and the feeling of being welcomed by all. You gain so many new friendships!”

Jose Paredes

Sophomore / Sioux City
Email: parejos@bvu.edu
Instagram: @jliparedes

Major: Biomedical Science
Campus Involvement: Student Activities Board, Science Club, and Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “I like that at BVU there’s always some fun activities going on that help you meet new people.”

Joshua Tigges

Sophomore / Carroll
Email: tiggjos@bvu.edu
Instagram: @jtigges_20 / Snapchat: @jtigges_22

Major: Digital Media Minor in Psychology 
Campus Involvement: BVTV, KBVU, Society of Collegiate Journalists, The Tack, Admissions Team Member, Orientation Team Member
Favorite thing about BVU: “BVU is second to none when it comes to family. The relationships I have formed with students and professors have made campus my home away from home!”

Kaylee Williams

Junior / Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Email: willkay@bvu.edu
Snapchat: @kaylee-may

Major: Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology 
Campus Involvement: Active Minds and Orientation Team Leader 
Favorite thing about BVU: “Living on a small campus gives you the opportunity to know everyone!”

KayLynne Bechen

Senior / Moville
Email: bechkay@bvu.edu
Twitter: @kaybechen

Major: Business Marketing and Management 
Campus Involvement: ABA and Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU:"I like having the campus right next to the lake, so we can fish and kayak whenever!”

Lauryn Kalkowski

Junior / Louisville, Neb.
Email: Kalklau@bvu.edu
Instagram: @laurynkal / Twitter: @lakalko19

Major: Sports Business and Marketing and a minor in Computer Science 
Campus Involvement: President of the Student Activities Board, Dance Team, KORE, Beaver Admissions Students Ambassador, and Orientation Team Leader 
Favorite thing about BVU: “Every face is a familiar face and that makes it so much easier to make friends!”

Michael Demers

Senior / Storm Lake
Email: dememic@bvu.edu
Twitter: @4MichaelDemers4

Major: Education Studies with minors in coaching, kinesiology, and digital media
Campus Involvement: Basketball, Baseball, Student Senate, Orientation Team Leader, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Unified Sports Day Volunteer, and BV Buddies 
Favorite thing about BVU: “Everyone knows each other and everyone is friendly. Everyone says hi to one another around campus, and the support through sports and other activities is amazing.”

Noah Kallem

Sophomore / Ogden
Email: kallnoa@bvu.edu

Major: Agricultural Business and Accounting 
Campus Involvement: Student Coach for Football, Rock Ensemble Group Members, and Orientation Team Leader 
Favorite thing about BVU: “I enjoy the community connections available when you start to get to know people! There are so many people in so many things on campus that there will always be a handful of support systems and familiar faces.”

Phoebe Flaskey

Sophomore / Tea, S.D.
Email: flaspho@bvu.edu
Instagram: @phoebe.flaskey / Snapchat: @pheebz023

Major: Biomedical Sciences, minor in psychology, and endorsements in Stine Fellow
Campus Involvement: Team Wellness, Student Activities Board, Manager of the football team, AG club, and Orientation Team Leader 
Favorite thing about BVU: “The campus is small and the professors are helpful!”

Rocio Flores-Gonzalez

Senior / Rembrandt
Email: florroc@bvu.edu
Instagram: @_rocio_flores_ / Snapchat: @rocio_flores19 

Major: Strategic Public Relations minor in Social Innovation
Campus Involvement: BARC VP, Students Activities Board, RAICES, Education for Service Scholar, and Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “Everyone wants the best for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if they seem like dumb questions.”

Rylynn Gilmore

Sophomore / Dawson
Email: gilmryl@bvu.edu
Instagram: @rylynn_2469 / Snapchat: @rylynn_gilmore

Major: Biomedical Sciences and Psychology 
Campus Involvement: Team Wellness, MELT, and Orientation Team 
Favorite thing about BVU: “I love the willingness of professors to meet with you and help you out when you are struggling.”

Sam Bardwell

Junior / Waukee
Email: bardsam@bvu.edu

Major: Computer Science with a Math minor 
Campus Involvement: ACM (Association for Computer Machinery), Student Activities Board, Orientation Team Leader, Men’s Soccer
Favorite thing about BVU: “I love how it’s a close-knit community.”

Shelby Stephenson

Junior / Anita
Email: stepshe@bvu.edu
Instagram: @shelbystephenson19 / Twitter:@shelbyjo03

Major: Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and Special Education 
Campus Involvement: Teachers Inc. Secretary and Orientation Team 
Favorite thing about BVU: “I love the Lake. There are so many fun activities available to do out on the lake.”

Spencer Holmes

Junior / Algona
Email: holmspe@bvu.edu
Snapchat: @spencerholmes

Major: Political Science 
Campus Involvement: Baseball and Orientation Team Leader 
Favorite thing about BVU: “Everyone at BVU is so welcoming. I found one of the greatest friends I'd ever have during Welcome Week my freshman year!”

Taylor Wedemeyer

Junior / Clarinda
Email: wedetay@bvu.edu
Instagram: @taylorwedemeyer / Twitter: @taylorwedemeyer

Major: Elementary Education with a Coaching Minor and Teaching English as a Second Language endorsement
Campus Involvement: Volleyball, Student Activities Board-SAB, Student Athlete Advisory Committee- SAAC, Multicultural Engagement Leadership Team-MELT, Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “My favorite thing about BVU is the people! Everyone is super friendly and willing to help! I’ve made lifelong friends and continue to meet amazing people!”

Tianna Janssen

Junior / Glidden
Email: janstia@bvu.edu
Instagram: @tiannajanssen / Snapchat: @tianna-janssen

Major: Rehabilitation Health Sciences and Exercise Science with a Coaching endorsement 
Campus Involvement: KORE, FCA, and Orientation Team Leader
Favorite thing about BVU: “At BVU, we get different opportunities that may not have been available by going to another college. For example, the chance to work with the athletic trainer at practices and games!”

Vanessa Hamlett

Junior / Aurora
Email: hamlvan@bvu.edu
Instagram: @vanessahamlett

Major: Mathematics and Computer Science 
Campus Involvement: Women’s Basketball, SAAC, ACM, Student Activities Board, and Robotics Club. Tutor in the CAE and an Academic Assistant
Favorite thing about BVU: “I get to be close and hang out with all of my friends whenever I want!”