Welcome from the New Student Programs Staff!

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Megan Green Simonds, Director | Email: greenmega@umsl.edu

Megan Green Simonds is the Director of New Student Programs and has been at UMSL since February 2013.  Before coming to UMSL, she worked as an Assistant Director of Student Life, at Rockhurst University, where her primary responsibilities were in orientation, welcome week, family weekend, advising student organizations, and leadership development. Megan received her B.A. in Communication, Science and Disorder from Rockhurst University and M.Ed. in Higher Education and Administration from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Her work with student affairs began as an undergraduate student leader in the Office of Student Activities. She continued her education and working as the Program Assistant at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and then advanced as the Coordinator of New Student Programs at Southern Methodist University, where at both institutions excelled in implementing their extended orientation, welcome week, and parent programming. These opportunities have cultivated her passion for diversity education and leadership development, and given her experience in program expansion and implementation.

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Erin Sullivan, Coordinator | Email: sullivanem@umsl.edu 

Erin Sullivan is the Coordinator of New Student Programs and has been at UMSL since January 2017.  Before coming to UMSL, she worked as an Assistant Director for New Student Programs, at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Her primary responsibilities were in student leadership development for Orientation Student Coordinators and Orientation Leaders, growing the extended orientation experience, and various events in New Student Programs.  Erin received both her Bachelor of Sciences in Marketing and Master of Sciences in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Missouri State University.  Her excitement for student affairs began as a highly involved student on campus, through her Orientation Leader and Team Leader role in the New Student and Family Programs office. The drive to my work is to have a welcoming, diverse, helpful, and engaging environment for all of our new students and our Orientation Leader team.  Feel free to contact me about any questions you may have about Orientation! #GoTritons #UMSL

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Caraline (Cara) Duprey, NODA Intern Graduate Student |

Cara Duprey will be serving as an intern for New Student Programs during the summer of 2017. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Educational Leadership Studies with an emphasis on College Student Development at Oklahoma State University. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training with a Clinical concentration and a focus area in American Sign Language. She is looking forward to learning about the University of Missouri-St. Louis and meeting all of the awesome students that attend UMSL.

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Torrence Sorrell, NODA Intern Graduate Student |

Torrence Sorrell is new to the UMSL family, starting this May as a NODA Intern. He’s from Chicago (the city with the BEST food) and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in broadcast journalism; and specialization in psychology and sports management. He is now a graduate student at Indiana State University. At ISU, Torrence mentors at-risk and probation students in addition to working at the Charles E. Brown African-American Cultural Center. Fun-fact he also read all of the Harry Potter books, seen the movies and is a part of the Quidditch club at ISU. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree he decided to take a year off school, where he developed a love for higher education. The love came from growing up in Chicago and sharing his story to students at low-performing public high schools about “being more than a statistic;” as an African-American male graduating from a four-year institution. What he most looks forward to as a NODA intern is working with the amazing staff and students, as well as continuing to grow as a person and future student affairs professional