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.

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Felicia Adkins

Physical Education

Hometown | Kingston, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, MTSU Dance Team, Greek Week Committee

Hobbies & Interests | Dance, golf, intramurals

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

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Kenneth Anthony

Healthcare Administration

Hometown | Jacksonville, FL

Campus Involvement | Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Collegiate 100 Black Men, Student Ambassadors, Student Government Association (Senator, chair of Academic Affairs committee)

Hobbies & Interests | Hanging out with family and friends, going to church, singing, shopping, sleeping and eating

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “It is better to be prepared and not have an opportunity, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” – Sir Coop

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Megan Berry

Public Relations

Hometown | Clarksville, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Ambassadors, Blue Elite campus visit leader, Scholars Academy peer mentor, IAMME inc., Big Brothers / Big Sisters on campus

Hobbies & Interests | I binge watch Netlfix.

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big or smart to lose. It happens, and it happens when it needs to happen. You have to embrace those things.” – Beyoncé
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Misty Brewer

Organizational Communication

Hometown | Collinwood, TN

Campus Involvement | VSA Ambassador

Hobbies & Interests | Meeting new people, visiting with family, and being outdoors

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

Speech Language Pathology

Hometown | Smyrna, TN

Campus Involvement | MTSU Dance Team, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Children’s Miracle Network “Raiderthon”, STU front desk worker

Hobbies & Interests | Dancing, running, hiking, going to coffee shops, crafting, watching Netflix, traveling

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “A diva is a female version of a hustler.” – Beyoncé
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Landon Clark

Business Administration

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Sports, outdoors, community service

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “My attitude is that if you push me towards a weakness, I will turn that weakness into a strength.” – Michael Jordan
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Eric "Mercuis" Counts

Physical Education

Hometown | Flint, MI

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, practice player with the MTSU women’s basketball team

Hobbies & Interests | Playing/watching sports and reading/watching Japanese anime

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “We live life forward, but understand it backwards.”
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Evan Dunne

Multimedia Journalism

Hometown | Smyrna, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, former WMTS student DJ, contributing writer for Sidelines, lab assistant for College of Media & Entertainment

Hobbies & Interests | Music and film, mooching off of friends’ Netflix accounts, thinking I’m funny, being mediocre at sports, whipping and nae nae-ing my way through life, and spoiling Star Wars 7 for other people because come on y’all, it’s been out since December

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “I am your OG and I will be respected as such.” – Kanye West
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Taylor ElGouhary

Interdisciplinary Studies (k-6)

Hometown | McMinnville, TN

Campus Involvement | Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Campus Outreach

Hobbies & Interests | Dancing, flag football, teaching, campus activities for MTSU students, spending time with family back home. I enjoy naps, Netflix, and long walks to the fridge

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.” – Henry David Thoreau
 
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Marty Fernandes

Visual Communications

Hometown | Memphis, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Photography, graphic design, Netflix

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “I am Beyoncé always.” – Michael Scott
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Eli Fowler

History

Hometown | Benton, KY

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, MTSU Housing, Interfraternity Council

Hobbies & Interests | Vinyl records, reading, listening to music, watching historical documentaries

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Yeah, well, that’s just like your opinion, man.” – The Dude Lebowski
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Payge Grigsby

Electronic Media Management

Hometown | Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement | The Point, Fraternity & Sorority Life, previously MT Cheer

Hobbies & Interests | Cheer, Netflix, cooking, school, meeting new people, coffee, my boyfriend 

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “I’ll cry at the end of the day… Not with fresh makeup.” – Kim Kardashian
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Aranda Hanks

Public Relations

Hometown | Adamsville, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, Panhellenic Council, PRSSA, Blue Elite, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Campus Outreach, FSL Intern

Hobbies & Interests | Photography, any and all concerts, my dog, coffee, traveling, and writing in my planner

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “He took the child by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha Koum,’ which means ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise!’” – Mark 5:41
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Jacob Harrell

New Media Communication

Hometown | Smyrna, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, Library Employee

Hobbies & Interests | Avid bass player, film enthusiast, vinyl record collector, lover of music (particularly Rock ’n Roll), playing music, and hanging out with Fraternity brothers

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films” – Paul Newman
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Emilie Hendren

Public Relations

Hometown | Ripley, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Government Association, Intramurals

Hobbies & Interests | Netflix, coffee, nap, and sports enthusiast

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up” – Vince Lombardi
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Tyler Hilliard

Animation

Hometown | Greenbrier, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, ACM Siggraph

Hobbies & Interests | Drawing, reading, gaming, cooking, and writing

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose” – Sylvia Plath
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Emily Hollingsworth

Public Relations

Hometown | Hendersonville, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, Relay for Life, MTSU Dance Team, Student Government Association

Hobbies & Interests | Being involved, volunteering, reading Buzzfeed articles, and watching Facebook cooking videos

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “it’s kind of fun to do the impossible” – Walt Disney
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Jillian King

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6

Hometown | Chesapeake Bay, MD

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement

Hobbies & Interests | Coaching, playing music, sports, learning fun facts, and teaching new things

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “We’ll burn that bridge when we get there”
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Brandon Lewis

Psychology

Hometown | Nashville, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Government Association, Fraternity & Sorority Life, GAMMA, Interfraternity Council, Blue Elite

Hobbies & Interests | Football, programming, woodwork, astronomy, New England Patriots, despising the New York Jets, and other generic dude stuff

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be” – Albert Einstein
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Hannah Leyhew

Organizational Communication

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | New Orleans Saints, watching Netflix, traveling, and Girl Scouts

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Life is one big kumbaya with me” – Fixer Upper
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Joshua Loomis

Biochemistry, Pre-Dental

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Delta Delta Sigma

Hobbies & Interests | Hanging out, Netflix, soccer, golfing, cornhole, and listening to “SRZ Flow” by Sidney Rajvong with Daniel

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – Walt Disney
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Maddie Lovell

Organizational Communication, Marketing

Hometown | Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, The Point

Hobbies & Interests | Crafting

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Live in grace, walk in love” – Bob Goff
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Rachel Mathis

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Hometown | McMinnville, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, Panhellenic, MTSU Dance Team, Raiderthon

Hobbies & Interests | Going on adventures, mission work, being outside, being with friends and family, and listening to TED talks

Favorite Quote or Phrase | Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do”
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Hallea McClendon

Pre-Nursing

Hometown | Chattanooga, TN

Campus Involvement | Generation of Praise, Younglife

Hobbies & Interests | Singing, shopping, hanging out with friends, Netflix, and playing basketball

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Be the change you want to see in the world”
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Tiffany Miller

International Relations and Spanish

Hometown | Bell Buckle, TN

Campus Involvement | Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Honors Society

Hobbies & Interests | Traveling, hiking, and reading

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” – Helen Keller
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Macie Mussleman

Industrial Organizational Psychology

Hometown | Collinwood, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Government Association, Signature Events, Traffic Court, Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor, Campus Outreach

Hobbies & Interests | Reading, watching movies, One Tree Hill, Netflix, searching for new artists and songs, quality time with friends, being a perfectionist, live music, and chocolate

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “I fall in love just a little ol’ little bit every day with someone new” -- Hozier
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Grant Patterson

Physical Education

Hometown | Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement | Society for Leadership and Achievement

Hobbies & Interests | Basketball, Intramurals, studying football, and attending sporting events

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “I bet you like sitting at red lights” – Jon Gruden
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Paige Phillips

Organizational Communications

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | YoungLife Leader, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Photography, cheerleading, painting, and hiking

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “I just like to smile, smiling is my favorite.” –Buddy the Elf
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Storm Prescott

Nursing

Hometown | Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Nurses Association

Hobbies & Interests | Spending time with my dog and studying

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Think of all the beauty you still have around you and be happy.” –Anne Frank
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Sidney Rajvong

Leisure Sports and Tourism Studies

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Intramural sports

Hobbies & Interests | League of Legends, working out

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Rahsaan Robinson

Music Business

Hometown | Peachtree City, GA

Campus Involvement | Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Government Association, and Interfraternal Council

Hobbies & Interests | Listening to music, going to MTSU athletic events, and hanging out with all of my friends

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Reach for the stars so if you fall, you land on a cloud.” –Kanye West
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Renee Shelton

Nursing

Hometown | Lewisburg, TN

Campus Involvement | National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Student Nurses Association

Hobbies & Interests | Hockey, hiking, watching House M.D. and Bob’s Burgers, dancing, singing to boy band music videos, drinking iced coffee, looking at pictures of puppies, and making lists

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “Only grow thoughts in your mind that you wouldn’t mind putting in a vase.”
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Chelsey Simerly

Nursing

Hometown | McMinnville, TN

Campus Involvement |
 SNA, Recruitment Counselor, and Fraternity & Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests |
Baking, going to the lake, wake boarding, wake surfing, playing with puppies, kayaking, and hiking

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
“Train your mind to see the good in everything.”

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Daniel Stiles

Marketing

Hometown | Eagleville, TN

Campus Involvement |
Fraternity & Sorority Life, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement

Hobbies & Interests |
Playing golf, watching baseball and hockey, cooking, and listening to “SRZ Flow” by Sidney Rajvong with Josh

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
“If you’re not first, you are last.” –Ricky Bobby

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Brianna Walker

Aerospace Dispatch

Hometown | Maryville, TN

Campus Involvement |
Student-Athlete mentor, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Air Traffic Control Organization

Hobbies & Interests |
Genealogy research, playing with my three puppies, spending time with friends and family

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
“Be humble for you are made of Earth, be noble for you are made of stars.”

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Kima Whitfield

Nursing

Hometown | Lewisburg, TN

Campus Involvement |
Global Brigades, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Nurses Association

Hobbies & Interests |
Reading, practicing yoga and meditation

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
Let all that you do be done in love. 1Corinthians 16:14


 

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Sara Beth Young

Chemistry

Hometown | Lascassas, TN

Campus Involvement |
Blue Elite Tour Guide and Panhellenic Council President

Hobbies & Interests |
I enjoy basketball, volleyball, soccer, intramural sports, giving my dog high-fives, snap-chatting my life and my dog, doing cool chemistry experiments, learning and chillin-out-maxin-relaxin all cool with my friends and family, and color coding my planner.

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
“Quote me, I’ve never said anything funny.” – Aranda Hanks

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