Meet Your 2014 Johnnie OLs

 

Gabe Amon

 

Senior

Major(s)

ACS Chemistry - Pre-Medicine

I became an OL because...

I want to help incoming first-years get engulfed in the CSB/SJU community and have an exciting orientation experience.

Involvement on campus:

BENCO Swimming Lessons Instructor, Special Olympics Coach with The DIFFERbillities Club, Pre-Med Club, Intramural Hockey and Softball, Undergraduate Chemistry Research, Chemistry Club, Student Health Assistant

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Recess

Memorable College Experience:

Medical volunteer trip to Nicaragua in 2013 with group from CSB/SJU.


Cole Armitage

 

Senior

Major(s)

Global Business Leadership

I became an OL because...

I wanted to give incoming first-year students an informative and fun first exposure to the CSB/SJU community.

Involvement on campus:

SJU Lacrosse Team, Enactus

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rocket Power

Memorable College Experience:

The Tommie/Johnnie rivalry games


Austin Barkley

 

Senior

Major(s)

Hispanic Studies

I became an OL because...

I had an awesome experience with my first-year orientation, due in no small part to my OL! The first couple days of school are so exciting, and I'm excited to help all incoming students have as great of a first year of college as I did.

Involvement on campus:

Intramural Volleyball, Intramural Basketball, Spanish Club

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Scooby Doo

Memorable College Experience:

For Halloween last year, my roommate and I dressed up as an elderly couple and roamed around campus. The look on the librarian's face when we requested the movie "Gone With the Wind" was priceless.


 Colin Berg

 

Junior

Major(s)

Communication

I became an OL beacuse...

Growing up I moved so many times that I know what it's like to be the new kid, not know anybody, and be uncomfortable because of it. I want to make this transition as easy as possible for incoming students by showing them around and socializing.

Involvement on campus:

Alternative Break Experience Co-Leader, Army ROTC, BenCO Swimming Lesson Instructor, Wind Ensemble

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Fairly Odd Parents

Memorable College Experience

Co-leading an alternative break experience to Philadelphia and serving at the Center for Student Missions there.


Jon Blomquist

 

Sophomore

Major(s)

Mathematics

I became an OL because...

I want to have a positive impact on the incoming first-years just like my OL had on myself.

Involvement on campus:

Joint Events Council, Intramurals, Club Volleyball

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Spongebob

Memorable College Experience:

Celebrating with all of Tommy 4 when the Wild beat the Avalanche in OT of Game 7


Jeff Bowers

 

Senior

Major(s)

 ACS Chemistry

I became an OL because...

I have really enjoyed my time so far at CSB/SJU, and I think I can provide incoming students with advice and guidance that will allow them to have an enjoyable and successful college experience.

Involvement on campus:

Treasurer of the Chemistry Club, Participant in the Student Health Assistants Program at Saint Cloud Hospital, Member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society

What was your favorite childhood television show?

My favorite television show growing up was R.L. Stein's Goosebumps.

Memorable College Experience:

I would say my most memorable college experience was seeing Dessa perform on campus sophomore year.


Joe Buysse

 

Junior

Major(s)

Computer Science

I became an OL because...

I would like to share my enthusiasm of being involved on campus. This is a way for me to promote healthy community engagement from the first moments of a first-year's collegiate career. I had an unforgettable first year orientation week and would like to provide that same experience to other students.

Involvement on campus:

Saint John's Chair - Joint Events Council, DIFFERbilities Club, Co-Founder - Men's Development Institute, Aikido Club, Men's Spirituality Group, Research Assistant for the Computer Science Department, Programming Contest Team, Robotics Team, Knights of Columbus

What was your favorite childhood television show?

The Andy Griffith Show starring Andy Griffith

Memorable College Experience:

Exploring campus the first week of my first year, we made parkour videos and really had a lot of fun with the people we just met.


Ross Capouch

 

Sophomore

Major(s)

Music Education

I became an OL because...

I wanted to show incoming first-years just how great CSB/SJU is!

Involvement on campus:

CSB/SJU Chamber Choir, Johnnie Blend

What was your favorite childhood television show?

SpongeBob, obviously.

Memorable College Experience:

Performing shows for big crowds with Johnnie Blend.


Grant Christian

 

Junior

Major(s)

Economics and German

I became an OL because...

I found that my personal orientation experience was vital for my transition from high school to Saint John's. I had a wonderful experience and without it I would not have felt nearly as welcome as I did. The introduction and welcoming to the community of CSB/SJU that I received during orientation was truly one of a kind. I became an OL because I want to return that favor. I want all incoming students to feel as welcome as I did and show them what a great place this community is!

Involvement on campus:

Army ROTC, Johnnie Blend, Men's Chorus, German Club, German Department Tutor & TA, Intramurals

What was your favorite childhood television show?

My favorite television show as a kid was, without a doubt, Spongebob. There was just something about the illogical depictions that drew me to that show (how are there beaches under the ocean? Or how Sandy had a sun in her bubble?). I still find myself watching Spongebob highlights on YouTube... No shame.

Memorable College Experience:

One of my most memorable experiences in college happened in October of my first year. It was a Saturday and our first performance for Johnnie Blend. We decided as a group that it would be fun if we put on a play sort of deal, kind of mocking things like High School Musical and Pitch Perfect. This was something completely new in the group, just like me. What we didn't agree on as a group was that the two freshmen would be playing female roles, and I had to wear a dress. Of course my parents, sisters, and grandparents come to the show. They still give me a hard time to this day for it. And after that most people would give me an odd look and say, "are you in Johnnie Blend? The one who wore the blue dress??" It made more some funny memories and a good conversation starter.


Ricky DeVine

 

Senior

Major(s)

Economics

I became an OL because...

It is a way to give back to CSB/SJU. This community has given me so much in the past three years that it is time for me to return the favor.

Involvement on campus:

SJU Cross Country, SJU Track and Field

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Recess. Nothing is as good as TJ, Vince, Gus, Gretchen, Mikey and Spinelli.

Memorable College Experience:

A memorable college experience I had was eating Thanksgiving dinner at the Reef. My friends and I ate like we were family, laughing and chatting like we had known each other for years. St. John's had become a home away from home, and this dinner underlined how community and friendship are the most important aspects of this place.


Joey Evavold

 

Junior

Major(s)

Social Science Education

I became an OL because...

I want to make an impact on incoming first-years. I remember when I first got up to college I was so nervous and uncertain about all the new changes going on and then I went through orientation and I truly started  to feel like I belonged here. I made some of my best friends, some to this day that are still my friends , during this process. Orientation lit the fire inside me and really got me excited to be a Johnnie!!

Involvement on campus:

SJU Varsity Mens Tennis Team, TV Anchor on Johhnie/Bennie Campus News, Head of the First Year Retreat Experience, Leader of Booyah, St. Johns Campus Ministry, Attendee of  Praise in the Pub and Men of Benedict

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Pokémon (still is!)

Memorable College Experience:

My favorite memory of college up to date is hands down when a group of friends and I went for a swim at Lake Sag during the night and it was so awesome being able to enjoy the lovely lake with the moon hitting the water. It was something that I will never forget.


Will Finn

 

Senior

Major(s)

Global Business Leadership and Communication

I became an OL because...

I was a LINK leader in high school and enjoyed helping first-years transition to this new experience.

Involvement on campus:

Intramurals, Reef Supervisor, Mr. SJU Contestant

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rocket Power

Memorable College Experience:

Last year living in Bonnie Basement and having only four rooms down there so we basically owned that whole basement! The whole year was a blast!


Steven Gitzen

 

Junior

Major(s)

Biology - Pre-Dental

I became an OL because...

I want to help share my experiences and what I've learned about college with the incoming first-years to help them better transition into the SJU and CSB communities.

Involvement on campus:

SJU Varsity Basketball team, Pre-Dental Club, VIDA Volunteer Group, Special Olympics Coach

What was your favorite childhoold television show?

I was a Pokémon enthusiast as a kid.

Memorable College Experience:

Over spring break I volunteered in Costa Rica as part of the VIDA health organization. We helped set up dental and medical clinics in rural parts of the country to administer free health care to those communities in need. The trip was an absolute blast and not only helped broaden my perspective on dentistry but also helped to increase my desire to pursue a career in the profession.


Michael Greenstein

 

Junior

Major(s)

Biology - Pre-Physician's Assistant

I became an OL because...

My first year orientation made me feel at home at CSB/SJU. Feeling welcomed right away into the community made my first year amazing. I want to be able to give the incoming first-years the same feeling I had.

Involvement on campus:

SJU Cross Country, SJU Track and Field, Intramurals, Men's Spirituality Group.

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Recess

Memorable College Experience:

The most memorable college experience was being nominated for Mr.SJU my first year. Having to prepare my talent, which included dancing and performing it in front of a large crowd of people was something I will never forget.


Billy Gregg

 

Senior

Major(s)

English

I became an OL because...

I really enjoyed my orientation experience, and my OL encouraged me to apply. I want to make all the new first-years feel welcome, just as I felt when I got here three years ago.

Involvement on campus:

Student Assistant in SJU President Office, SJU Football (2 years), SJU Baseball, Intramural Basketball

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Three way tie between Pokémon, Rugrats, and Arthur.

Memorable College Experience:

As any good Johnnie would say, beating St. Thomas on a beautiful fall day in St. Paul.

Wide Left.


Nick Hamel

 

Senior

Major(s)

Philosophy and Biology

I became an OL because...

I am excited to invite a new group of students into this wonderful community that I will be leaving this coming spring.

Involvement on campus:

Johnnie Blend, Tea Club

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Transformers

Memorable College Experience:

In the second semester of my first year, I joined the school a-cappella group, Johnnie Blend. One of my favorite memories from that year was our first concert in the BAC. I was extremely nervous, but I ended up having a blast, and realized how much I love singing with the guys in the group.


Matt Hanowski

 

Senior

Major(s)

Integrative Health Science - Pre-Dental

I became an OL because...

I love St. John's University, and it will always be my home. I am extremely passionate about my school, and I want to show and share that same excitement with the incoming first-year class.

Involvement on campus:

Office assistant in Ardolf Science Center, Exercise Lab Assistant, TA for Exercise Physiology, Leader of MOB (Men of Benedict), Special Olympics Football Volunteer, First Year Retreat Experience Leader

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Drake and Josh

Memorable College Experience:

Going to Nicaragua for spring break with some of my closest friends for a dental/medical mission's trip. I will never forget that.


Tom Hansen

 

Senior

Major(s)

Finance

I became an OL because...

I want to share my enthusiasm for this school while providing the incoming students with a fun and informative welcome week.

Involvement on campus:

Lacrosse, Accounting & Finance Club

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Scooby-Doo

Memorable College Experience:

Studying abroad in Italy and Greece


Jacob Harmon

 

Junior

Major(s)

Global Business Leadership

I became an OL because...

I think it is important to welcome new students and help them learn the ropes before they dive into the adventure of a lifetime that is CSB/SJU.

Involvement on campus:

Lacrosse, All Saints Academy Tutor, Brother Willie's Pub Worker, Enactus

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rocket Power

Memorable College Experience:

Playing in the national lacrosse tournament in Greenville, S. Carolina; & storming the field at Saint Thomas at the Tommie/Johnnie Game in 2013.


Danny Heck

 

Senior

Major(s)

Global Business Leadership

I became an OL because...

I want to be the first face people see that represents what a Johnnie truly is and present a good image for the school that I love.

Involvement on campus:

Student Ambassador

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Spongebob

Memorable College Experience:

Johnnie/Tommie football games


Jimmy Jaeger

 

Junior

Major(s)

Elementary Education

I became an OL because...

I want to be able to accommodate to all of the incoming first-years' needs, and make them feel comfortable during their first few weeks of school.

Involvement on campus:

2014 Orientation Leader

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Scooby-Doo

Memorable College Experience:

Playing football for a year, and being coached by John Gagliardi.


Nick Johnson

 

Senior

Major(s)

Nursing

I became an OL because...

I wanted to join in on welcoming the new class of Bennies and Johnnies to CSB/SJU.

Involvement on campus:

Nursing Club, Intramurals, Employee at St. John's Retirement Center

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Zoboomafoo

Memorable College Experience:

My most memorable experience thus far is going to the Johnnie-Tommie game this year at St. Thomas, where the Johnnies were victorious.


Nate Kennedy

 

Junior

Major(s)

Communication

I became an OL because...

I became an OL because I like to have fun and meet new people.

Involvement on campus:

EMT, Firefighter for SJU Fire Department, Broadcaster for CSB/SJU Softball and Baseball

What was your favorite childhood television show?

My favorite TV show when I was a kid was Bugs Bunny.

Memorable College Experience:

Going to Johnnie football games and heading to the lake afterwards.


Joseph Kerber

 

Senior

Major(s)

Psychology and Communication

I became an OL because...

I wanted to show new Bennies and Johnnies our amazing campus. I absolutely love CSB/SJU and want to introduce the first-years to their home for the next four years. I also want to be someone the first-years can look up to and ask questions.

Involvement on campus:

Men's Chorus, PRISM Member, Crew Team Captain, New Flynntown RA

What was your favorite childhood television show?

My favorite childhood television show was Rocket Power!

Memorable College Experience:

A memorable college experience was studying abroad in South Africa my junior year. On this trip I was able to volunteer, bungee jump, climb mountains, and try many new things (to name a few). As a sophomore, I decided that I would apply to the program. This decision has been one of the best I have ever made. The fact that CSB/SJU offers such amazing study abroad programs makes this school that much better.


Sam Klinker

 

Senior

Major(s)

ACS Chemistry - Pre-Medicine

I became an OL because...

I love CSB/SJU. It is a great place to call home and provides an education second to none. I want to share the great aspects of our school with all incoming first year students.

Involvement on campus:

Chemistry Club, Special Olympics Coach, Pre-Med Club, Chemistry TA/Tutor

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rocket Power. Those guys were my idols.

Memorable College Experience:

Hanging out on the tundra with all the guys right after the snow melts. Music is going and everyone is having a great time in the beautiful weather after a long winter. It really feels like the campus has be reborn. Everyone gets a second wind to finish out the semester.


Paul Kohner

 

Sophomore

Major(s)

Mathematics

I became an OL because...

I enjoyed my time in orientation last fall, and I am hoping I can welcome young Johnnies and Bennies into our community.

Involvement on campus:

SJU Cross Country, SJU Track and Field, Intramurals, Peer Resource Program

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Spongebob Squarepants and it still is.

Memorable College Experience:

The Collegebound trip to the Boundary Waters


Johnny Kroehle

 

Sophomore

Major(s)

Political Science

I became an OL because...

I had a great orientation leader, and I think it would be awesome if I could have the same effect on first-year students that my OL had on me.

Involvement on campus:

Intramural Sports, CSB Admissions Tour Guide, SJU Campus Ministry, Various Prayer Groups

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Arthur

Memorable College Experience:

Sledding with my friends on my first ever college snowday!!


Andy Kuhl

 

Junior

Major(s)

Accounting

I became an OL because...

I wanted the opportunity to encourage first-years to get involved around campus. My OL inspired me to get involved on campus during my first year, and his motivation has significantly improved my college experience.

Involvement on campus:

Resident Assistant, Saint John's Senate, Accounting & Finance Club, College Republicans, Men's Spirituality Group, Intramural Soccer and Basketball

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Drake and Josh

Memorable College Experience:

One night during my first year there was a blizzard, and some of the guys from Mary decided to have a snowball fight. It started off pretty small, but it kept growing until there were probably 40+ guys out there. It was nuts.


Isaac Kyle

 

Senior

Major(s)

Biology

I became an OL because...

I wanted to ensure that the first-years and transfers had a great time while transitioning into the college life at CSB/SJU. Plus I get to have a clipboard. I'm pretty stoked about the clipboard.

Involvement on campus:

SJU RatPak, MOB - Men of Benedict, Alcuin Library Circulation Desk Attendant

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Ed, Edd, and Eddy

Memorable College Experience:

Playing floor hockey in the hallways of Tommy Hall at 3 a.m. first year


Ben Leighton

 

Junior

Major(s)

Global Business Leadership

I became an OL because...

I want to give the future first-years as good of a first impression of college as the one that I got during my first year.

Involvement on campus:

Orientation Leader 2013, 2014, Enactus, Student Director of Men's Development Institute

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Pokémon for sure. Gotta catch 'em all.

Memorable College Experience:

Tommie/Johnnie game this year- storming the field was an unbelievable moment


Jon Litchy

 

Junior

Major(s)

Environmental Studies

I became an OL because...

I wanted to show the incoming first-year students the incredible opportunities that they will have available to them throughout their years as a student at CSB/SJU. Getting to know professors, campus, and many students is an important aspect of getting everything you can out of your education.

Involvement on campus:

Contest and Competitions Chair for Joint Events Council

What was your favorite childhood television show?

My favorite childhood television show was Sonic the Hedgehog.

Memorable College Experience:

Going Parkouring my first night of college with the Mary 2 bros.


Cullen McAnally

 

Junior

Major(s)

Nursing

I became an OL because...

I became an OL because I wanted to give back to the community that once gave so much to me. The first year is a confusing one, and I knew I needed all the guidance I could get.

Involvement on campus:

The Bonner Scholars Foundation, Students Today Leaders Forever, Nutrition Club, Nursing Club, The Boy's and Girl's Club, Orientation

What was your favorite childhood television show?

It really depended on the day.  I was a big fan of Dexter's Laboratory, but the favorite would have to go to Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles for obvious reasons. Pokémon made a close third.

Memorable College Experience:

Memories are made every day here at CSB / SJU. One of my finest memories was during my first year where my colleagues and I won the Mary Hall Olympics. The star athlete of that team had to have been none other than Patrick Leo Martin, one of this year's Orientation Coordinators. What made this memory so great was that I was able to form out-of-sight camaraderie in just the first couple weeks of my first year. This experience really captivated the deeper meaning behind what it is to be a Johnnie, and through it, I've made some of my greatest friends.


Braden McCormack

 

Junior

Major(s)

Philosophy

I became an OL because...

I became an OL because of my appreciation for the CSB/SJU community. I wish to strengthen that community by making first-year students feel welcome during their transition into college and excited for the next four years of their lives.

Involvement on campus:

Varsity Swimming, Club Water Polo, Coordinator of First Years Mentor Program

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Definitely the Lion King. As kids, my twin brother and I used to reenact the scene where Scar kills Mufasa on the side of our couch. 

Memorable College Experience:

The sense of belonging I felt with the swim team right at the beginning of my first year.


Billy McCue

 

Senior

Major(s)

ACS Chemistry - Pre-Medicine

I became an OL because...

I LOVE St. John's and St. Ben's! I am a third generation Johnnie and have grown up in red my entire life. I want future Bennie and Johnnies to feel welcome and excited to be part of such an amazing community!

Involvement on campus:

Johnnie Blend, Men's Spirituality, Eucharistic Minister, Intramural Basketball, Intramural Volleyball, Pre Med Club, Prison Ministry, Chemistry Club

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Thomas the Tank Engine

Memorable College Experience:

Color Dance last spring!


Brandon Morine

 

Senior

Major(s)

Biology - Pre-Medicine

I became an OL because...

I became an OL because I love my school, and I want to give back to the first-years to share some of the reasons that I have to call CSB/SJU home for the past few years.

Involvement on campus:

Joint Events Council, St. John's Boys Choir, Pre-Med Club

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Spongebob Squarepants

Memorable College Experience:

Study abroad changed my life. I spent Fall 2013 in Greece and Italy, and it was an experience I will never forget.


Andrew Nagel

 

Junior

Major(s)

Biology

I became an OL because...

I decided to apply to be an OL because I love CSB/SJU, and I want to proudly introduce incoming first-years to these two distinct institutions.

Involvement on campus:

SJU Tennis Team

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Arthur and Thomas the Tank Engine

Memorable College Experience:

My most memorable moment(s) at college are the people I have been lucky enough to meet.


Benj Nault-Maurer

 

Junior

Major(s)

Applied Physics - Pre-Engineering

I became an OL because...

I remember how fun and exciting everything was when I was going through orientation my first year, and I want to be able to provide that same experience to others because it was a positive and affirming experience for me.

Involvement on campus:

SJU Swim Team, Fine Arts Programming

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Zoboomafoo, it was so great when they opened the closet!!

Memorable College Experience:

Out of all the experiences I have had at CSB/SJU, rushing the field at St. Thomas when we beat the Tommies last year in football was an amazingly fun experience.


Jack Retica

 

Senior

Major(s)

Communication

I became an OL because...

I wanted the opportunity to be the first to introduce incoming students to our CSB/SJU community. 

Involvement on campus:

Intramural Sports, SJU Grounds Crew Employee, SJU Weight Room Employee

What was your favorite childhood television show?

My favorite childhood television show was SpongeBob SquarePants. 

Memorable College Experience:

One of my favorite college experiences was rushing the field after beating St. Thomas in football. 


Ryan Richardson

 

Senior

Major(s)

Accounting

I became an OL because...

In the fall of 2011, my first semester at CSB-SJU, I was as nervous as any other first-year student. However, my experience in orientation immediately erased any doubts or fears I had concerning my choice to attend our amazing school. All of the OLs made it their priority to make Collegeville feel like home, and I want to do the same for the class of 2018!    

Involvement on campus:

Accounting and Finance Club, Treasurer of Amnesty International, Avid Johnnie Football Enthusiast

What was your favorite childhood television show?

SpongeBob, obviously.   

Memorable College Experience:

The Johnnie-Tommie football game last year was incredible! WIDE LEFT.


Maxfield Rotert

 

Senior

Major(s)

Economics

I became an OL because...

I had a really great time at my orientation; I still am friends with my orientation leader today. I hope that I can have the same impact that my OLs had and set a group of first-years up for a great 4 years. Everyone I have ever talked to who has been an OL has loved it and said it was a great experience.

Involvement on campus:

Captain of Ultimate Frisbee Team, Economics Club, Intramurals, Campus Life Office Employee

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rocket Power

Memorable College Experience:

My first year there was a huge rain storm, bad enough that there was a tornado warning. After the sirens stopped, some friends and I went out and played Frisbee and practiced diving catches in the puddles. I have never gotten more dirty in my life, but it was one of the most fun days of college.


Zach Shivers

 

Junior

Major(s)

Nutrition - Dietetics

I became an OL because...

Starting college was a very stressful time for me, but right away my orientation group made me feel right at home.  I remember how close we all ended up being by the last day of orientation and I still have those friendships today.  Because my experience at orientation was so amazing, I want to bring that same feeling of being welcomed to the incoming Johnnies and Bennies.  This place is truly special and I want to help the incoming first-years have a great start to their next four years at their new home, these amazing schools.

Involvement on campus:

Intramural Dodge Ball, Intramural Bad Mitten

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rugrats

Memorable College Experience:

This year at the Tommie/Johnnie game at St.Thomas, after they missed the field goal to win the game all of the Johnnies and Bennies rushed the field in celebration of our win.  It was pretty amazing and I'll never forget it. 


Michael Sowada

 

Junior

Major(s)

Global Business Leadership

I became an OL because...

I want to help new students learn how great CSB/SJU is.

Involvement on campus:

Students Fostering Conservative Thought Vice President, Trapshooting Club Vice President, College Republicans

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rocket Power

Memorable College Experience:

Attending CPAC with Students Fostering Conservative Thought and College Republicans


Shawn Tangen

 

Senior

Major(s)

Economics

I became an OL because...

The beginning of college can be a very stressful and awkward time and I want to help first-year students transition into college life. It's important for first years to feel comfortable in their new community right away.

Involvement on campus:

Intramural Soccer and Volleyball, Men's Spirituality Group, Alternative Break Experience Participant, Saint John's Senate, Study Abroad Ambassador, Economics Club Member, OIKOS Economics Honor Society Member

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rocket Power. It really made me wish I grew up on the beach and could surf.

Memorable College Experience:

Studying abroad in Galway, Ireland. It was probably the best experience of my life. I met so many wonderful people and I loved interacting with a new culture.


Bobby Thomas

 

Senior

Major(s)

Biology - Pre-Medicine

I became an OL because...

I want show incoming first-years a glimpse into CSB/SJU. I want them to love it as soon as they step on campus just like I did!

Involvement on campus:

Rugby Club Match Secretary, Biology Undergraduate Researcher, Pre-Med Club, Spanish Club

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rocket Power

Memorable College Experience:

Studying abroad in Chile or winning Nationals in Rugby. They were both equally awesome!


Jon Vogel

 

Junior

Major(s)

Communication

I became an OL because...

I became an OL because I really enjoyed my experience as a first-year, and I figured it would be a great opportunity to help the new, incoming first-years to have an experience that was similar to my own, knowing that it was a great introduction into my new life as a college student.

Involvement on campus:

Graphic Designer for Student Activities and Leadership Development, Intramural Sports, Communication Club, Marketing Club, Men's Development Institute

What was your favorite childhood television show?

To be completely honest, I would have to say that my favorite childhood show was probably Pokémon.  It was the classic kids show of our time! I really don't need much of an explanation for this.  It's simply one of the greatest franchises of all time.  There, I said it!

Memorable College Experience:

I would have to go with a pretty generic response, and say rushing the field after beating St. Thomas at the Johnnie - Tommie football game earlier this year at UST.  The fact that we were an unranked team, going on to their turf, and beating the second ranked team in the country.  It was an absolute rush, and I really felt like a Johnnie that day.


Alex Wald

 

Junior

Major(s)

Economics and Mathematics

I became an OL because...

There is no greater action than to lead young minds into prosperity.

Involvement on campus:

2014 Orientation Leader

What was your favorite childhood television show?

The King of Queens

Memorable College Experience:

 One memorable experience I've had at St. John's was the early-morning custodian, Nancy, who worked in my first-year hall. As organized as I was as a first-year, I would occasionally be caught still studying or doing laundry at 4am when she would arrive for work. Nancy would share her life with me, and I would share my not-nearly-as-interesting life with her. We rarely talked for very long, but it was a cool experience for me to be able to connect with a faculty member and from whom to extract expert life advice. 


Danny Welle

 

Senior

Major(s)

Social Sciences

I became an OL because...

I love getting to know new people, and I want to show first years how to enjoy the great school of CSB/SJU.

Involvement on campus:

SJU Student Ambassador, Intramural Sports

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Arthur was my favorite television show as a child. In fact, it is still one of my favorite shows.

Memorable College Experience:

My most memorable college experience was studying abroad in Spiddal, Ireland for the fall 2013 semester. This experience changed my life. I grew so much as a person, and I believe that every student should get the chance to study abroad, whether it is just for a May term or the entire semester.


Justin Wollin

 

Sophomore

Major(s)

Global Business Leadership

I became an OL because...

I had a great time during orientation and I want to make it fun for next year's first-years.

Involvement on campus:

SJU Swim/Dive Team, Ultimate Frisbee Team, Water Polo Team, Choir, Ballroom and Swing Dance Clubs, Intramural Sports, Praise in the Pub

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Drake and Josh

Memorable College Experience:

Getting woken up at 4 in the morning by the swim team to swim out to the chapel.


Garrett Zeltinger

 

Senior

Major(s)

Accounting

I became an OL because...

When I first came to St. John's I didn't know anyone and had a pretty stressful transition from high school to college life. I had no idea what to really expect. My orientation experience really made the change to college much easier for me. I got to meet some truly great people right off the bat and met some of my best friends through my orientation. I want to make sure that these first years get the same welcoming experience I had my first year. I want to show them what makes St. John's such an amazing place to be and help them in their move to college.

Involvement on campus:

Cycling Club, Intramural Basketball, Intramural Soccer, Intramural Dodgeball, Men of Benedict, FYRE

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Rocket Power

Memorable College Experience:

One of my most memorable college experiences was when I studied abroad with the Greco-Roman program through CSB/SJU. I was able to travel and see what the world had to offer.


 Nick Zurn

 

Junior

Major(s)

Biology

I became an OL because...

With the end of the summer coming unbelievably fast, first-years typically stress over leaving their families, making new friends at college, and most of all, living independently. However, transitioning into this new life can be made less nerve-racking and even fun if someone is there to help them along the way. One of the main reasons I became an OL was because I wanted to help first-years make a smooth transition into what most people say are the best years of their lives. While making this transition a main goal of mine is to show the first-years why coming to CSB/SJU was the right decision where everyone is a part of a exciting, loving, and caring community.

Involvement on Campus:

Committee Member for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Band, SJU Track and Field, Intramural Dodgeball and Badminton

What was your favorite childhood television show?

Growing up as a child one of my favorite childhood television shows was Ed, Edd n Eddy because it always on after school and could make anyone laugh.

Memorable College Experience:

One of my most memorable college experiences thus far in my journey here at CSB/SJU was in my first year when St. Thomas was hosting the MIAC Track and Field Championships. Although I was not competing, hanging out with my fellow teammates and cheering them on made me feel like I was a part of something bigger than myself. Moreover, through the course of that weekend I bonded with many special people and made some great friends that continue to support me today.