Who Are Orientation Leaders?

During SOAR and Welcome Week, our orientation leaders ensure your student experience gets off to a great start. These individuals are experienced Marian students who mentor, guide, encourage, and share their love for Marian with you. Your orientation leader is an excellent resource, both before you arrive on campus and throughout your college journey.

Kylie Lehman - Student Coordinator

Kylie

Hometown: Batesville, IN (Batesville HS)
Major: Nursing
Year: Senior

Campus Involvement: Student Body President, Student Nurses Association, Marian Ambassador, and Honors Academy 

Favorite MU Tradition: The root beer kegger, kids and sibs weekend, and going to sporting events! 

Fun Fact: I have ran two half-marathons, I’m currently training for my third, and my goal is to eventually run a full marathon! 

Ryan Penry - Student Coordinator

Laura

Hometown: Zionsville, IN (Zionsville Community HS)
Major: Biology and Physiology of Exercise (Pre-Medicine) 
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Student Coordinator for New Student Orientation, Marian Ambassador, Student Communication Specialist, President of Best Buddies, Vice President of Mission and Identity for Student Government Association

Favorite MU Tradition: Accepted Students Day. I love seeing all of the prospective students on campus, plus that event was the reason I decided to attend Marian. 

Fun Fact: I enjoy taking personality quizzes!! If you are curious about my Enneagram number, True Color, Meyers Briggs letters, or what Friends character I am most like just ask I love talking about them with others.  

Leo Ibarra Ortiz - Saint Joe Indy Orientation Leader

Taylor KHometown: Columbus, IN (Columbus North HS)
Major: Business Administration
Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: Student Ambassador 

Favorite MU Tradition: Football tailgates

Fun Fact: Uncle to 5 nephews and 4 nieces!

Genesis Rodriguez - Saint Joe Indy Orientation Leader

Taylor KHometown: San Pedro Sula, Honduras (Ben Davis HS)
Major: Business Administration
Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: Speech & Debate

Favorite MU Tradition: Games and entertainment during Welcome Week (and bouncy houses)

Fun Fact: I was born in Honduras!


Bami Adeniyi - Nursing Orientation Leader

Bami

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN (Herron HS)
Major: Nursing
Year: Senior

Campus Involvement: President of Marian University’s Student Nurses Association, Student body Vice President, Presidential Ambassador, Honors Academy, Union for Black Identity, Peer Tutor, Dean's Council, member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Center for Leadership Development scholar

Favorite MU Tradition: My favorite Marian tradition is bringing my younger siblings to kids and sibs weekend on campus. 

Fun Fact: My full first name is 10 letters long 

Connor Gliva - Nursing Orientation Leader

Ara

Hometown: Brownsburg, IN (Tri-West HS)
Major: Nursing
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Marian Ambassadors, Orientation Leaders, Theatre

 Favorite MU Tradition: Marian vs. St. Francis football game

Fun Fact: I love the mountains. Looking at them and hiking in them both. I just think they’re amazing. 

Kendall Wyatt - Nursing Orientation Leader

Taylor CHometown: Fortville, IN (Mt. Vernon HS)
Major: Nursing
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: MU Student Nursing Association; National Society of Leadership and Success

Favorite MU Tradition: Tailgating before football games and Family weekend 

Fun Fact: I love to travel!

Anna Howard - Educators College Orientation Leader

Chase

Hometown: McCordsville, IN (Mt. Vernon HS)
Major: Elementary Education
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Theta Phi Alpha

Favorite MU Tradition: Thanksgiving Dinner in the Dining Commons

Fun Fact: I have been to England and Scotland 

Chelle Turner - Educators College Orientation Leader

Abby O

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN (Scecina Memorial HS)
Major: History, Sociology, and Secondary Education
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: SGA representatives for Union For Black Identity, Scholar Intern for Social Change, 21st Century Scholar, Resident Assistant, Educators College Student Ambassador  

Favorite MU Tradition: Union for Black Identity's Soul Food Dinner

Fun Fact: "My name is a combo of my parents' names!"

Jomar Seals - Educators College Orientation Leader

Taylor KHometown: Beech Grove, IN (Beech Grove HS)
Major: History and Secondary Education
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: 21st century Scholars and Resident Assistant (RA)

Favorite MU Tradition: Pre-O Week for 21st century Scholars

Fun Fact: I was a top 60 basketball player in the state my senior year

Hilda Chie - Educators College Orientation Leader

Taylor KHometown: Indianapolis, IN (Pike HS)
Major: Elementary Education
Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: Union for Black Identity, resident Assistant (RA)

Favorite MU Tradition: I love going to football games during the year because I love the atmosphere. The games are always fun. 

Fun Fact: I used to be in color guard. I love spinning flag and dancing. 

Patrick Scheidler - Educators College Orientation Leader

Taylor KHometown: Crawfordsville, IN (Southmont HS)
Major: Elementary Education
Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: Peer Minister 

Favorite MU Tradition: The Big Event during Welcome Week

Fun Fact: I am into fitness and is in the process of becoming a certified personal trainer. 

Kayla Walke - Business Orientation Leader

LinnyHometown: Waynetown, IN (North Montgomery HS)
Major: Marketing
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: CAB Formal Committee Chair, 21st Century Scholar, Library Student Worker 

Favorite MU Tradition: My favorite Marian tradition is the Thanksgiving dinner on campus. 

Fun Fact: I’ve been to 15 concerts! 

Colton Keasey - Business Orientation Leader

LexiHometown: Indianapolis, IN (Bishop Chatard HS)
Major: Business Analytics
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Marian Ambassador and A-Team

Favorite MU Tradition: Football games

Fun Fact: I love WW2 history and would win any trivia based in that period of time 

Mary Fleming - Exercise & Sports Science Orientation Leader

HannahHometown: McCordsville, IN (Mt. Vernon HS)
Major: Exercise Science
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: College Mentors, CAB Homecoming committee chair, CAB Coffee House committee, Koinonia core team member

Favorite MU Tradition: I love going to the different Coffee house events on Fridays. It’s a chance to hang out with friends and have a lot of fun!

Fun Fact: I know sign language!

Kamille Ware - Arts & Sciences Orientation Leader

LucasHometown: Indianapolis, IN (Crispus Attucks HS)
Major: Public Health and Social Work
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Vice President of Union for Black Identity, Scholar Intern for Social Change, 21st Century Scholar

Favorite MU Tradition: The food trucks at welcome week and studying in Alumni!

Fun Fact:: I will do almost anything for a steak chimichanga or queso

Megan Gawrys - Arts & Sciences Orientation Leader

Courtney

Hometown: McCordsville, IN (Mt. Vernon HS)
Major: Biology
Year: Senior

Campus Involvement: College Mentors for Kids, NSLS, Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Zeta, Campus Activities Board

Favorite MU Tradition: BIG fan of Knights football!!!

Fun Fact: I have run a marathon — the whole 26.2 miles!!! 

Grace McIntyre - Arts & Sciences Orientation Leader

Abby J

Hometown: Brownsburg, IN (North Central HS)
Major: Biology and Public Health
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Track and Field, Honors Academy, Co-President of Sigma Zeta, National Society of Leadership and Success, Marian Ambassador, Work in the Fitness Center, Research 

Favorite MU Tradition: Tailgating with my friends and family before home football games. 

Fun Fact: I'm a pole vaulter on the track team

Kerrington Shorter - Arts & Sciences Orientation Leader

NancyHometown: South Bend, IN (Scecina Memorial HS)
Major: Theatre
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Spring/Fall Theatre Productions, University Choir, Union for Black Identity (UBI)

Favorite MU Tradition: Union for Black Identity's game Night

Fun Fact: Ariana Grande’s music is my guilty pleasure.

Lexi Fohl - Arts & Sciences Orientation Leader

ClaireHometown: Union, KY (St. Henry HS)
Major: Biology
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Volleyball, San Damiano Scholar

Favorite MU Tradition: Homecoming football game and tailgating

Fun Fact: I love outdoor concerts and am a big fan of classic rock

Kathryn Frye - Arts & Sciences Orientation Leader

AutumnHometown: Indianapolis, IN (Home School)
Major: Exploratory Studies
Year: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: San Damiano scholars, University Choir and Show Choir, Sisters in Christ group.

Favorite MU Tradition: Any choir or theater event! I love seeing how everyone comes and supports the singers/actors.

Fun Fact: I love studying foreign languages and geography! So far I have learned Latin, American Sign Language, and am now working on German!

Kerrigan - Arts & Sciences Orientation Leader

SarahHometown: Fishers, IN (Fishers HS)
Major: Social Work
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: Marian Ambassador (Mentor), Theatre, San Damian Scholar 

Favorite MU Tradition: I have two- I really enjoyed the knighting ceremony my freshman year. It was a really neat way to feel like an official knight and that I had become a part of the Marian family. The other tradition I enjoy is the thanksgiving dinner. It is so neat to see so many faculty and staff members come together with students to have our own Marian family thanksgiving. Can’t forget to mention the food is AMAZING 

Fun Fact: I am a huge theatre kid and my broadway crush is Jeremy Jordan. When my parents went to New York last May they went to the stage door for the show he was in at the time and they got a video of him saying I’m his favorite. I cried lots of happy tears when I got that text

Kenzie Walke - Arts & Sciences Orientation Leader

Taylor KHometown: Waynetown, IN (North Montgomery HS)
Major: Communication
Year: Junior

Campus Involvement: CAB Formal Committee, 21st Century Scholars 

Favorite MU Tradition: My favorite tradition is Welcome Week! Having a new event every might on campus really makes the start of the year something to look forward to! 

Fun Fact: I have been and will always be addicted to pickles.  

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