Meet Your Orientation Leaders



Almae Regala (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-010 - Hamilton

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Nursing

Favorite Viterbo Class: Pathophysiology or Theology of Social Justice and Peace
Favorite La Crosse Activity: Coffee shop jump - specifically Grounded, The Root Note, and J's Cafe.

Advice: Don't be afraid to place yourself out there!  College is a time for growth, so take this time to learn and grow.  Don't be afraid to make the first move, say hi to someone new.  Who knows, you might have just found some of your closest friends by doing so!




Amanda Tranberg (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: No VUSM, International Students, & On-campus Transfer students

Hometown: Holmen, WI
Major: Neuroscience, Minors: Biology & Ethics

Favorite Viterbo Tradition: Late night breakfast before finals
Favorite Einstein's menu item: Blueberry bagel + cream cheese

Advice: If you have a question on material, talk to your professor.  It is a great opporutnity to get help one on one.  They want to help, and they want people to come to their office hours.  





Ashlyn Cox (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-015 - King

Hometown: Lakeville, MN
Major: BFA Music Theatre, Minors: Dance & Arts Admin

Favorite meal in The Caf: Those McDonalds-style fries and tacos
Favorite Viterbo Class: MUTH Lab :)

Advice: Do not be afraid of being yourself.  Be as outgoing (or introverted) and wild as you want! 




Austin Calmes (he/him/his)
O-Group: VUSM100-004 - Lichty

Hometown: Sussex, WI
Major: Accounting

Favorite Viterbo Tradition: Late night finals breakfast 
Favorite Meal in the Caf: Chicken Pot Pie or Chicken Nuggets, both very good

Advice: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new, maybe join a club or a rec sport team!



Chloe Gardner (she/they)
Orientation Group: Orientation Officer - Floating and support for all!

Hometown: West Union, IA
Major: Nursing

Favorite Viterbo Class: Ethics in Medicine with Matthew Bersagel Braley
Favorite Viterbo Tradition: Courtyard Carni

Advice: Try new things and put yourself out there! The transition to college is the perfect time to try new things out of your comfort zone. 


Cortney Piepenburg (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-001H - Bersagel Braley

Hometown: Chilton, WI
Major: Theatre; Minor: Arts Mgmt

Favorite Meal in the Caf: Taco Tuesdays! 
Favorite Viterbo Activity: Weekends at VU. 

Advice: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things! College can seem scary at first, but the more involved you are around campus the better your experience becomes. 




Daxton Marschall (he/him/his)
O-Group: VUSM100-101H -Bersagle Braley

Hometown: Mustang, OK
Major: Engineering

Favorite Viterbo Tradition: Inauguration Kickball tournament
Favorite La Crosse Activity: Walk around downtown or go explore the bluffs!

Advice: Talk to your peers!  Everyone is looking for friends, especially over the first couple of weeks. Attending events can help connect you with your people. 



Ella Sans Crainte (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: Orientation Officer - Floating and support for all!

Hometown: La Crosse, WI
Major: Nursing; Minor: Spanish

Favorite La Crosse Activity: Hiking the bluffs or spending time in local coffee shops. 
Favorite Viterbo Activity: Late Night Breakfast before finals

Advice: You are not meant to know everything, so take it as it comes!



Emily Glodowski (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-006 - Herbers

Hometown: Stevens Point, WI
Major: Marketing

Favorite La Crosse restaurant: Pickerman's soup and sandwich shop
Favorite Viterbo Class: Assisi Franciscan leadership (Study Abroad) OR Professional personal branding

Advice: Make sure to get out of your dorm room!  There are so many activities and events to go to throughout the school year (even weekends).  Try new things and meet some new friends through events!



Emma Schoen (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-014 - Alvarez

Hometown: Bear Valley, WI
Major: Biochemistry, Minor: Spanish

Favorite meal at The Caf: Blueberry pancakes
Favorite Viterbo tradition: Welcome Back Bash

Advice: Spend time recharing on Saturdays or Sundays by going to the bluffs, walking by the river, visiting The Pearl, or watching a movie with friends in your dorm!  Time spent having fun or relaxing is just as important as the time spent attending class and studying.



Garran Wilming (he/him/his)
Orientation Group: No VUSMs, International Students, & On-campus Transfer students

Hometown: Rockford, IL
Major: Originally Computer Sciecne, but now Engineering

Favorite Viterbo tradition: Destress Week
Favorite Viterbo class: Sean Martin's Theology

Advice: It gets easier.  Trust the process and keep working hard.



Grace Zinda ( she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-007 - Moreno

Hometown: Watertown, WI
Major: Marketing, Minors: Theology & Arts Admin

Favorite Einstein's menu item: Heavenly Chocolate Chip Cookies
Favorite Viterbo tradition: Courtyard Carni

Advice: Be yourself!  Get outside of your comfort zone, try new things, make new friends, and have fun!!!


Haley Bogdan (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-010 - Hamilton

Hometown: Cook, MN
Major: Sports Business and Leadership

Favorite Einstein's menu item: All Nighter w/ Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Favorite La Crosse activity: Walking around the city and exploring

Advice: Go to ALL of the events, go with friends or alone, just get out and meet people!



Halle Utterback (she/her/hers)
O-Group: VUSM100-101H - Bersagel Braley

Hometown: Austin, TX
Major: Musical Theatre; Minor: Dance

Favorite Meal in the Caf: BREAKFAST PIZZA
Favorite La Crosse Activity: Getting ice cream at the Pearl and walking down to the river!

Advice: Get involved, talk to people, and be a positive force on campus :)


Jaime Kelly (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-005 - Mihm

Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
Major: Biology

Favorite La Crosse Activity: Walking through and eating at the Friendship Gardens 
Favorite Viterbo Activity: Late Night Breakfast Before Finals 

Advice: Get involved!  There are so many things to do on campus like joining a club, intramural sports, group fitness, and Weekends at VU to name a few.  Being active in your Viterbo community is a great way to meet new friends, learn something new you may love, and create lots of memories. 



Katie Schafer (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-004 - Lichty

Hometown: Macomb, MI
Major: Music Theatre, Minor: Music

Favorite La Crosse Activity: Free bowling on Sundays
Favorite meal in The Caf: Pasta bar

Advice: Take advantage of all your resources! 


Kennedy Carlson (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-011 - Dykman

Hometown: Red Wing, MN
Major: Nursing

Favorite Einstein's menu item: Ice Carmel Mocha and a blueberry bagel with peanut butter!
Favorite meal in The Caf: Thanksgiving lunch

Advice: Don't be afraid to reach out for help!  Viterbo offers many services to support students and their education. 



Kieran Sween (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-003 - Giefer

Hometown: Grand Meadow, MN
Major: Vocal Performance and Business Admin

Favorite Meal in the Caf: Eggplant Parmesan  
Favorite Viterbo Tradition: Courtyard Carni!  

Advice: It's ok if you don't immediately feel comfortable and have a ton of friends; give yourself time to adjsut to this new experience.



Lauren Larson (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-002 - Mathwig Ramseier

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
Major: Nursing

Favorite Meal in the Caf:  Cheese Curds 
Favorite Viterbo Tradition: The Christmas dinner that the employees and professors serve us.  

Advice: Get involved in things that you are interested in.   


Linsdey Krachey (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-015 - King

Hometown: Prairie du Chien, WI
Major: Nursing; Minor: Family Studies

Favorite Meal in the Caf:  Taco Tuesday
Favorite Viterbo class: Living in a Diverse World Away 

Advice: Do not be shy!  Get to know the individuals around you and find your people, because they are going to be a part of your support system.  You will help one another through the highs and lows of your college experience and your connection will continue to grow from there!



Luis Jimenez (he/him/his)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-007 - Moreno

Hometown: Fridley, MN
Major: Music and English Education

Favorite Meal in the Caf:  Popcorn shrimp
Favorite Viterbo tradition: Franny Fest

Advice: Be open to new experiences and meeting new people!




Madee Benda (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-006 - Herbers

Hometown: Goodhue, MN
Major: Nursing, Minor: American Sign Language

Favorite Meal in the Caf:  Wraps from Wanda!
Favorite Viterbo tradition: Christmas lights in the trees

Advice: It's a new place with new people.  Go adventure and you decide who you get to be here.  Be yourself because you will find your people and place here!  Classes can be hard, but every teacher is here to watch you succeed. 


Madelyn Schwartz (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-014 - Alvarez

Hometown: Oshkosh, WI
Major: Elementary Education, Minor: Special Education

Favorite La Crosse activity:  Going to the bluffs at night
Favorite Viterbo tradition: Safe Trick-or-Treat

Advice: Have FUN!  I know college can be intimidating, but go to events, put yourself out there to make the most of the college expeience, because it flies by!



Mason Barsness (he/him/his)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-003 - Giefer

Hometown: Mazomanie, WI
Major: Psychology

Favorite meal from The Caf:  Quesadilla from Wanda or butter chicken and rice
Favorite Viterbo class: Chemical Dependency

Advice: Try and go to every event you can on campus or even off campus.  You will not only have a great time but the number of friends and professors you will be with and get to know better is an amazing opportunity.  Also, never forget to take time for yourself.  When we get into the middle rush of the semester, things can get busy and stressful.  Always remember that mental health is more improtant so please, if you ever find yourself flustered - take a break.  Treat yourself and relax. 



Savannah DeShazo (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-005 - Mihm

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Major: Music Theatre; Minor: Arts Admin

Favorite meal from The Caf:  Wanda sandwich
Favorite Viterbo tradition: President's Holiday Dinner

Advice: Instead of going home on the weekends, go to as many events as you can because you will have so much fun and meet so many people. 



Skyla Geller (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-011 - Dykman

Hometown: Huntley, IL
Major: Biology

Favorite La Crosse activity: Watch the sunset from the bluffs 
Favorite Einstein's menu item: Farmhouse sandwich & Cold Brew Shake

Advice: Go to as many events as you can.  You will have so much fun and meet so many people!




Sophia Niblock (she/they)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-002 - Mathwig Ramseier

Hometown: Lee's Summit, MO
Major: Vocal Performance; Minor: Dance

Pettibone beach or the bluffs?:  I don't care for either, I'm not an outdoors person. 
Favorite Viterbo tradition: Courtyard Carni

Advice: Don't be afraid to get yourself out there, meet new people, try new things, and have fun!



Tomi Daly (she/her/hers)
Orientation Group: VUSM100-001H - Bersagel Braley

Hometown: Darlington, WI
Major: Nursing

Favorite La Crosse activity:  Walking by the water
Favorite Viterbo tradition: Courtyard Carni on the last day of class

Advice: Participate in events on campus.  They are normally free, and they are always so much fun!  Make sure to bring a few friends and try to make new memories while participating in the events.  You also get to meet new people when you are at these events.