The role of the Orientation Leaders is one of the most important in the Orientation process; the 13 students below are dedicating their summer to offer guidance and support to our incoming first-year and transfer students! Please look for these students and join the Office of New Student Programs in providing encouragement as they represent UMSL! 

We encourage all new students and families to use these leaders during your time at Orientation. They are here to assist with any questions.


Dee Dee Effinger

Major: Mathematics with a certification in Secondary Education


Hometown: Spanish Lake, MO

Advice to New Students: Become active on campus! Make friends with the people around you in class.


Brandi Fields

Major: Nursing


Hometown: Lee Summit, MO

Advice to New Students: Keep an open mind. You never know what opportunities are waiting for you if you remain closed in.

Briana Robertson

Briana Robertson

(WOW Coordinator)

Major: French


Hometown: Cassville, MO


Kenny Kolesa

Major: Biology (Pre-Optometry)


Hometown:St. Charles, MO

Advice to New Students: Check your email everyday.


Chris Mathes

Major: Education


Hometown: Collinsville, IL

Advice to New Students: Join an organization.

Eboni Valentine

Zach Nichols

Major: Criminology  Minor: Psychology


Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Advice for New Students: Participate in events.

Kelsi Schlundt

Thomas Poon

Major: Mechanical Engineering Minor: Computer Science


Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Advice for New Students: Learn how much time you need to get your homework done so you can schedule your day around that.


Katherine Sipe

Major: Nursing


Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Advice to New Students: Don't be afraid to smile and introduce yourself; you'll have lots of friends instantly.

Kristin Wyninegar

Madisyn Weiss

Major: Political Science Minor Criminology and Criminal Justice


Hometown: Farmington, MO

Advice to New Students: Go to Class!


Aleathea Williams

Major: Nursing


Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Advice to New Students: Come into college with an open mind and ready to learn.

Rachel Romano

Emily White

Major: Psychology


Hometown: St. Charles, MO

Advice to New Students: Everyone is friendly, so don't be afraid to say hi! Use the resources available to you and things will work out just fine.