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Meet some of our student leaders

The students that comprise the mentor program have diverse fields of study, backgrounds, interests and are involved in many different leadership activities across campus. One thing they have in common is a commitment to helping each and every first-year student make a successful transition to DePauw. They recognize that this transition can be challenging at times, and they want to play a part in connecting the newest members of our community to resources that can be supportive during that transition process.

First-Year Peer Mentors

The First-Year Peer Mentors help support the programmatic efforts, guide the first-year co-curricular programs, oversee training and support each Mentor Group.

Ian S. Brundige
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Ian S. Brundige ‘22

MAJOR: critical media literacy

HOMETOWN: Northwest, Indiana

Ian S. Brundige ‘22 (he/they) is an artist and writer from Northwest Indiana who has been involved in the first-year mentor program since their sophomore year. They are completing an interdisciplinary Critical Media Literacy major that combines history, English, and film studies. This has allowed Ian to take full advantage of DePauw's liberal arts nature and complete courses across a number of departments. Ian enjoys travelling and has gone on extended study trips with DePauw to Italy and Egypt. They hope to add a third continent to their passport this upcoming Winter Term by visiting Japan. Outside of academics Ian has also a wide array of experience on campus, from giving Admissions tours and working in the costume shop to being a Women’s Center intern and the editor-in-chief of The DePauw. Ian is excited about the final year of his DePauw experience and welcoming another class into the tiger family.

Katie Swenson '22
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Katie Swenson '22

MAJOR: EDUCATION STUDIES

HOMETOWN: ST. CHARLES, IL

Katie Swenson is a rising senior majoring in Education Studies with a minor in English Writing. She is involved in the Honors Scholar Program, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and DePauw Admissions! Most of Katie's free time is spent with friends, watching the Chicago Cubs, drinking too much coffee, and reading every book under the sun. You can always find her outside on East College lawn or the DePauw Nature Park. This is her third year as a mentor and is so excited to finish her last year as a Peer Mentor to work with this amazing staff to bring a warm Tiger-welcome the Class of 2025!

MICHAEL AIKIN '22
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MICHAEL AIKIN '22

MAJOR: BIOLOGY

HOMETOWN: MUNCIE, INDIANA

Michael Aikin is a rising senior majoring in Environmental Biology. Michael enjoys spending his time out in the nature park or volunteering on the campus farm. He also enjoys spending time with friends playing board games or video games. He is involved on campus as an active member of his fraternity, the president of DePauw's Improv club, and of course, a member of the mentor staff. Michael is very excited to work with the entire 2021-2022 mentor staff!

Natalie Michaels ‘22
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Natalie Michaels ‘22

MAJOR: Cellular & Molecular Biology and Global Health

HOMETOWN: Valparaiso, INDIANA

Natalie Michaels is a rising senior from Valparaiso, Indiana, and is thrilled she gets to be a part of the First-Year Experience program for her third year! She is a double majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Global Health and is a part of Science Research Fellows, Greek life, and the radio station on campus, WGRE! Most of Natalie's free time is spent studying at the campus farm, dressing up in ridiculous costumes with her friends, or binging New Girl. Natalie is so excited to get to work with a fantastic Mentor Staff to welcome the Class of 2025 to DePauw! 

 
THOMAS CURDT '22
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THOMAS CURDT '22

MAJOR: MUSIC & ENGLISH LITERATURE

HOMETOWN: SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI

Thomas Curdt is a rising senior from Saint Louis, Missouri majoring in Music and English Literature. In addition to working with the FYE program, Thomas is heavily involved as an editor on the newspaper, the Admissions office, and the volleyball club. This summer, he will be in Arizona working with fellow Peer Mentor, Ian Brundige on the News21 program reporting on COVID-19 and poverty across the US. Thomas is an active member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, where he makes the best coffee on campus every morning.

JCL
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JC Lopez

Dean of Student Success

HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh, PA

JC Lopez (Jean Carlos) serves as the inaugural Dean of Student Success in the Division of Student Affairs starting July 2021. Over 14 years he has worked in capacities including; Chicago Posse Mentor 16, Class Dean, Director of Campus Living & Community Development (Housing & Residence Life and Fraternity & Sorority Life), Director of Campus Activities and Summer Programs, and Advisor to NPHC & MGC, to name a few functional areas. JC currently works directly with the First-Year Experience, Mentor Program, and Summer Gold Visit Days.

First-Year Mentors

First-Year Mentors will be with your First-Year Seminar Group throughout the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year. The Mentors will support you through your transition to DePauw starting with New Student Orientation and beyond. 

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Aaron Trinidad '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Aaron Sandel '23

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Ana Salcedo '22

 

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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America Banuelos '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Amreha Huq '22

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Annika Garwood '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Andrew Conarty '24

Mentor 2021 -  2022
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Ashely Parham '23

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Beck Wakefield '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Callaway Bird '22

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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CJ Martin '23

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Charlotte Borland '23

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Christian Bradford '22

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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DeCaria (Caria) Monroe '23

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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DeVonia (Vonia) Monroe

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Edgar Garcia Cuatlatl '22

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Ellie Harris '23

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Emily Gost '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Gervhona (Gege) Lemon '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Grace Kinsey '22

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Grace Gliva '23

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Hai Phan '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Hieu Le '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Hillary Diaz Mosquea '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Hugh Lee '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Io Hernandez '22

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Isabel Miller '22

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Ja'el Thomas '22

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Jacquelene Matos '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Jack Wysong '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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JR Brandhoefer '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Jude Hunter '24

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Katie Cottingham '23

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Kelli Rice '23

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Lily Rutledge '23

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Luke Blackley '24

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Macy Brown '22

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Madalyn Sailors '24

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Maddie Dixon '22

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Maggie Perry '24

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Mentors 2021
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Matigan Williams '24

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Matt Devens '23

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Natalie Husby '22

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Nuna Bamatraf '22

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Nina Thompson '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Olivia Lockette '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Sara Hammerle '23

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Tessa Freeman '24

Mentor 2021 - 2022
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Thomas Brelage '23

Mentors 2021 - 2022
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Veronica Meredith '24