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    CUSTOMS - New Student Orientation
    A Division of Student Affairs
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    A Division of Student Affairs
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    CUSTOMS - New Student Orientation
    A Division of Student Affairs
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    A Division of Student Affairs
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    CUSTOMS - New Student Orientation
    A Division of Student Affairs

Student Orientation Assistants (SOAs)

A staff of highly-trained students (SOAs), along with faculty advisors and personnel from a variety of offices lead and assist with CUSTOMS sessions. Clerical staff assist the office during the summer CUSTOMS sessions.

Becca Baker

Becca Baker

Organizational Communications

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Intramurals, Young Life

Hobbies & Interests | Singing, dancing, and hanging with my friends and family. My dog is my best friend. She can sneeze on command.

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Life is too short to be anything but happy!”

Brandon Baker

Brandon Baker

Undeclared

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Interfraternity Council

Hobbies & Interests | Hiking, riding bikes, rock climbing, camping, eno, playing pickup sports, yard games, going to concerts, spending time with friends and family.

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Cast all your anxieties on Him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7; “In the cage with Nick Cage” – Nicolas Cage

Megan Berry

Megan Berry

Public Relations

Hometown | Clarksville, TN

Campus Involvement | Scholars Academy, Peer Mentor, Blue Elite, I AM ME

Hobbies & Interests | Shopping, hanging out with friends, music fanatic

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Be you! That’s when it’s beautiful.”
Emily Bleuze

Emily Bleuze

Psychology

Hometown | Maryville, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, SGA Senator

Hobbies & Interests | watching cat videos, watching Ellen, snowboarding, spending time with friends, and working out

Favorite Quote or Phrase | 
Misty Brewer

Misty Brewer

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6

Hometown | Collinwood, TN

Campus Involvement | Office worker in Admissions/Campus Tours

Hobbies & Interests | Meeting new people, hanging with friends, laughing, and social media

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
Amber Bush

Amber Bush

Interior Design

Hometown | Nashville, TN

Campus Involvement | Campus Outreach, Fraternity and Sorority Life, ASID

Hobbies & Interests | Anything interior design or crafts; playing basketball, softball, or volleyball

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Katy Calahan

Katy Calahan

Speech-Language Pathology

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Blue Elite, The Point

Hobbies & Interests | Watching the Nashville Predators, being crafty, and being outside

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.”
Kyla Cox

Kyla Cox

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6

Hometown | Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement | Head lifeguard at the MTSU Rec Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Netflix is my life.

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
Jacob Crume

Jacob Crume

Business Finance

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Playing guitar, pool, cooking

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “I don’t get tired.”
Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn

Finance - Insurance

Hometown | Jackson, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, SGA, Gamma Iota Sigma Insurance Fraternity

Hobbies & Interests | Soccer, dancing, business professional attire, Call of Duty

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Do you smell what the Rock is cookin’?”
 
Marty Fernandes

Marty Fernandes

Visual Communications

Hometown | Memphis, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Graphic design, photography

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Keep smiling because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
Briley Fulghum

Briley Fulghum

Fashion Merchandising

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Being outdoors, spending time with my family and friends, drinking coffee, watching HGTV, shopping, and traveling 

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy."
Kyle Gehringer

Kyle Gehringer

Mathematics Education

Hometown | Memphis, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Interfraternity Council, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, MTSU Rugby

Hobbies & Interests | Reading, coaching and playing rugby

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “To do what ought to be done but would not have been done unless I did it, I thought to be my duty.” – Robert Morrison
Elena Glaeser

Elena Glaeser

Special Education

Hometown | Vacaville, CA

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Dancing, singing (poorly), puppies, coffee, going on adventures

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Fall in love with as many things as possible.” – Country Strong
Morgan Hancher

Morgan Hancher

Organizational Communications

Hometown | Smyrna, TN

Campus Involvement | ORCO mentoring program, BCM, Peer Career Advisor

Hobbies & Interests | Crafting, traveling, and adventuring (biking, rock climbing, skiing, zip lining, etc.)

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Remember, you have one life. That’s all. You were made for God. Don’t waste it.” – John Piper
Aranda Hanks

Aranda Hanks

Public Relations

Hometown | Adamsville, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society

Hobbies & Interests | Being with friends and family, going to concerts, being outside

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.”
Morgan Harmon

Morgan Harmon

Speech-Language Pathology

Hometown | Dunlap, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, campus rec, Raiders for Christ, NSSLHA

Hobbies & Interests | Fitness, traveling

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “When you do not risk anything, you risk everything.”
Shalayna Hoekstra

Shalayna Hoekstra

Organizational Communications

Hometown | Gillette, WY

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, University Awards committee

Hobbies & Interests | Netflix, Fraternity and Sorority Life, intramurals, Panhellenic, volunteering (Race for the Cure, Relay for Life, etc.), blogging

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “It feels good to be lost in the right directions.”
“Embrace the things you can’t control.”
Eric Holdbrooks

Eric Holdbrooks

Marketing

Hometown | Marietta, GA

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, GAMMA

Hobbies & Interests | Golf, cooking, soccer, hiking, balling, Fraternity and Sorority Life, music

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Kenneth Honeycutt

Kenneth Honeycutt

Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | MTSU Mascot, Fraternity and Sorority Life, IFC

Hobbies & Interests | I enjoy long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, and my dog captain.

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Haters gonna hate, ain’ters gonna ain’t.” – James Franco
Madison Lovell

Madison Lovell

Organizational Communications

Hometown | Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, The Point

Hobbies & Interests | Seeing beautiful places, painting, reading

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Great things never come from comfort zones.”
Madison Malone

Madison Malone

Biology

Hometown | Mt. Juliet, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Hobbies & Interests | I love all things monogrammed, sewing, and crafting. I also love being outdoors including kayaking, hiking, being on the water and beach, and going to events on campus.

Favorite Quote or Phrase |“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
Austin Nelson

Austin Nelson

Electronic Media Journalism

Hometown | Smyrna, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, MT10 sports reporter

Hobbies & Interests | Talking/watching sports, being active with sports, spending time with friends and family

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Always persevere, always have a great perspective, and always have a great purpose in your life.” – Russell Wilson
Kaitlynn Noffsinger

Kaitlynn Noffsinger

Organizational Communications

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, The Point

Hobbies & Interests | Fraternity and Sorority Life, running, playing guitar, spending time with family and friends

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Love God, Love People”
Reese Osborne

Reese Osborne

Criminal Justice Administration

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Interfraternity Council Executive Board

Hobbies & Interests | Hanging out, Netflix, brushing the “flow”, bowling, spikeball

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “C’est La Vie”
Claire Owens

Claire Owens

Nursing

Hometown | Johnson City, TN

Campus Involvement | The Point College Ministry, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Nurses Association

Hobbies & Interests | Hiking, reading, Spending time with friends

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Walk tall. All you can do is be brave enough to get out there. You fought, you loved and you lost. All you can do is walk tall.”
Kelsey Parker

Kelsey Parker

Mathematics Education

Hometown | Bell Buckle, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Lambda Sigma Honor Society

Hobbies & Interests | I enjoy being surrounded by the people I love, playing sports, watching football, fangirling over Scotty McCreery, reading and watching sappy love stories, baking (and eating) apple pie, and checking cows with my dad.

Favorite Quote or Phrase | Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Tyler Patrick

Tyler Patrick

Concrete Industry Management

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | MTOP trips, Scholars Week, CRU

Hobbies & Interests | Backpacking, camping, whitewater rafting, Netflix, community service

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” 
Cody Pratt

Cody Pratt

Construction Management

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Running, soccer, trap shooting, golfing, beating Daniel Stiles in billiards

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine
Hannah Raulston

Hannah Raulston

Exercise Science / Pre-Physical Therapy

Hometown | South Pittsburg, TN

Campus Involvement | BCM, Intramurals, Campus Rec Staff

Hobbies & Interests | Basketball, rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan
Olivia Schultz

Olivia Schultz

Pre-Pharmacy

Hometown | Lewisburg, TN

Campus Involvement | MTSU Women’s Club Soccer, co-rec intramurals, Lambda Sigma Honors Society, Pre-Scripts, Chemistry Club, Global Brigades, Rec lifeguard

Hobbies & Interests | Soccer, swimming, kayaking, hiking, painting/crafts, traveling

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
Renee Shelton

Renee Shelton

Nursing / Psychology

Hometown | Lewisburg, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Panhellenic Council Executive Board, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Hobbies & Interests | Watching hockey (go Preds!), going to concerts, chronic list-maker, playing intramurals

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one.” – Tom Hiddleston
Daniel Stiles

Daniel Stiles

Marketing

Hometown | Rockvale, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Government Association Senator  for the College of Business, Fraternity and Sorority Life, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Hobbies & Interests | Beating Cody Pratt at golf, playing baseball, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”
Denarius Stinson

Denarius Stinson

Political Science: Public Administration

Hometown | Memphis, TN

Campus Involvement | Omicron Delta Kappa, NAACP, MTSU Democrats, Residential Assistant

Hobbies & Interests | Watching TV: Scandal, Supernatural and How to Get Away With Murder

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Take shots. Live life!”
Oshe Smith

Oshe Smith

Organization Communication

Hometown | McMinnville, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, VSA, University Rules Committee, intern for The Point

Hobbies & Interests | Watching movies, crafting, shopping

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “If you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all.” – John Green
Raven Volner

Raven Volner

Nursing

Hometown | Milan, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Running, dogs, reading, painting

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first”
Kima Whitfield

Kima Whitfield

Nursing

Hometown | Lewisburg, TN

Campus Involvement |
 

Hobbies & Interests |
Reading, scrapbooking

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
“From all your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

Brandon Wiles

Brandon Wiles

Public Relations

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement |
 Fraternity and Sorority Life, Greek Week committee, Study Abroad Ambassador

Hobbies & Interests |
Traveling, hiking, canoeing, keeping up with news and media trends

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
“Not all who wander are lost.”

Briana Williams

Briana Williams

Entrepreneurship

Hometown | Chattanooga, TN

Campus Involvement |
 NSLS, MPAC Dance Club

Hobbies & Interests |
Singing, dancing, poetry, working out

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
“Do or do not; there is no try.”

Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams

Business Administration

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement |
 Fraternity and Sorority Life, Women’s Club Soccer

Hobbies & Interests |
Trying to craft, sports (I love intramurals), Pinterest, lake life is the best life

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
“Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others.”