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    CUSTOMS - New Student Orientation
    A Division of Student Affairs
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    CUSTOMS - New Student Orientation
    A Division of Student Affairs
  • New Image Gallery
    CUSTOMS - New Student Orientation
    A Division of Student Affairs
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    CUSTOMS - New Student Orientation
    A Division of Student Affairs
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    CUSTOMS - New Student Orientation
    A Division of Student Affairs

Student Orientation Assistants (SOAs) for 2014

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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Kayla Butler

Special Education Modified, K-12

Hometown | Chattanooga, TN

Campus Involvement | Collegiate 100 Black Women, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Blue Elite campus visit leader, MTSU Housing and Residential Life desk assistant, National Society of Leadership and Success

Hobbies & Interests | Laughing, graphic design, photography, painting, hanging with friends, watching movies, campus events and involvement, mixing music

Favorite Quote or Phrase | “There is no need to be perfect in order to inspire others. Let others be inspired by how you deal with your imperfections” - Unknown

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Tayler Byrd

General Science / Health Education

Hometown | Nashville, TN

Campus Involvement | Middle Tennessee Performing Arts Company

Hobbies & Interests | Dance, working out, hiking, anything active and outdoors, crafts

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Do what you can with what you have and where you are, keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground."

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Katy Calahan

Communication Disorders

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Government Freshmen Council, Campus Recreation Intramural department, Raiders for Christ, The Point at New Vision Baptist

Hobbies & Interests | I like running and doing crafty things. I love to meet new people and hang out with friends and family.

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "We live, we love, we forgive and we never give up, because the days we are given are gifts from above, and today we remember to live and to love" - Superchick

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Emaly Cox

Communication Disorders

Hometown | McMinnville, TN

Campus Involvement | NSSLHA

Hobbies & Interests | Hiking, kayaking, hunting, church group, country music, family, friends, monogramming

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs: 4:23

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Kelsey Dempsey

Biology and Psychology

Hometown | Smyrna, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Global Brigades, Chemistry Society, Student Athletic Enhancement Center

Hobbies & Interests | Traveling, reading, Netflix

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Work hard in silence, let success be your noise."
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Kelsey Feltman

Recording Industry – Music Business

Hometown | Huntsville, AL

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Country Music Association EDU, Learfield Sports (formerly Nelligan Sports) Intern, Intramurals

Hobbies & Interests | singing, playing guitar, volleyball, basketball, scuba diving

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart." - Eli Young
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Haley Ferrell

Organizational Communication

Hometown | Smyrna, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Panhellenic Council Recruitment Team

Hobbies & Interests | Singing, songwriting, my sorority, napping, crafting, riding around in my jeep with the top down

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Love all, trust few, do wrong to none" – William Shakespeare
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Jeremy Fuller

Advertising

Hometown | Rockvale, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Videographer Assistant for MT Football

Hobbies & Interests | Fishing, watching sports, hanging out with friends

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "With great power, comes great responsibility." – Uncle Ben (Spiderman)
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Jonathan Gandy

Business Management

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, See Spot Run 5k, National Society of Leadership and Success

Hobbies & Interests | Guitar, Netflix, Social Media, Candy Crush

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany"
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Elena Glaeser

Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 (Spanish Minor)

Hometown | Vacaville, CA

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Dancing, karaoke, corny jokes, Spanish, puppies, doodling, running (slowly)

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Fall in love with as many things as possible" – Country Strong
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Shelby Gray

Communication Disorders

Hometown | LaVergne, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Homecoming Committee (Homecoming Parade Director), Director of St. Jude's Up 'til Dawn, National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Volunteer at Project HELP, MTSU High Five Club

Hobbies & Interests | Crafting / Pinterest projects, painting, running, yoga, pottery, organizing, speech therapy and soccer

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already" – Dave Willis
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Justin Hall

Criminal Justice Administration w/ Concentration in Homeland Security, minoring in International Relations

Hometown | Greenbrier, TN

Campus Involvement | Mock Trial, Fraternity and Sorority Life, VP of Scholarship and Judicial Board member for IFC, board member of MTSU Judicial Affairs Board, The Pint at New Vision Baptist Church

Hobbies & Interests | Going to car shows (all Ford or Mustang), playing with my dog, playing Call of Duty

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Go big or go home!"
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Ashia Hampton

Pre-Nursing

Hometown | Memphis, TN

Campus Involvement | Lambda Sigma National Honor Society, Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority, Collegiate 100 Black Women

Hobbies & Interests | Mentor at Bradley Academy, Volunteer at MTSU's Child Lab, performing on and off campus

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Remember, know WHO you are and WHOSE you are!"
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Sarah Margaret Hardison

Nursing

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

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

Hobbies & Interests | Cooking, working out, kayaking, shopping, hanging out with friends

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "She is clothed with strength and dignity; She laughs without fear of the future" – Proverbs 31:25
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Jordan Higgs

Computer Science

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | MTSU Soccer, Fraternity and Sorority Life, GAMMA

Hobbies & Interests | Recording and producing music, soccer and writing

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Surround yourself with good people and you will do great things."
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Kenneth Honeycutt

Leisure, Sports, and Tourism Services

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | President of Freshmen Council, Fraternity and Sorority Life, "Lightning" – Mascot of MTSU

Hobbies & Interests | Playing soccer, Netflixing, Eating at Cookout

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "I'm kind of a big deal." – Ron Burgundy
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Whitney Hyder

Nursing

Hometown | Johnson City, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Nurses Association

Hobbies & Interests | Crafting, reading, Netflix, running

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else" – Judy Garland
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Stephanie Johnson

Nursing

Hometown | Brentwood, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Nurses Association

Hobbies & Interests | Cooking, baking, socializing, all things America / patriotic!

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Be the change you want to see in the world."
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Hillary Keel

Accounting

Hometown | Dover, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Ambassador, Golden Key, American Institute of CPAs

Hobbies & Interests | Crafting, sports (basketball), camping, hunting, boating

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Live in such a way that if anyone was ever to speak badly of you, no one would ever believe it!"
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Leigh Ann Lamb

Early Childhood Education

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Worker for the Blue Raider Athletic Association

Hobbies & Interests | Singing, babysitting, attending Blue Raider sports events

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Laughter is the best medicine."
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Matthew Leach

Aerospace Flight Dispatch/Air Traffic Control

Hometown | White House, TN

Campus Involvement | Alpha Eta Rho fraternity, Air Traffic Control Organization

Hobbies & Interests | I like to watch movies and play with my dog!

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be" – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Brandon Loso

Organizational Communication

Hometown | Bell Buckle, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Order of Omega Honor Society VP, Up 'til Dawn, Student Government Association Homecoming Director

Hobbies & Interests | Listening to music, working on campus and event planning

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "I thank God every day for making me a Blue Raider!"
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Olivia Lovell

Nursing

Hometown | Gallatin, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Nurses Association (member of the Global Initiatives Committee)

Hobbies & Interests | Running, watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S, I have a slight shopping addiction, especially on Amazon!

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Nothing will work unless you do."
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Molly McCormack

Organizational Communication / Sports Leisure Tourism & Outdoor Recreation

Hometown | Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement | Middle Tennessee Outdoor Pursuits, Aquatics, Relay for Life, Climbing Club, Cycling Club, Triathlon Club

Hobbies & Interests | running, biking, swimming

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." — 2 Timothy
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Darius Miller

Exercise Science

Hometown | Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Ambassador, Student Government Association, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Collegiate 100 Black Men, Desk Assistant for MTSU Housing

Hobbies & Interests | Watching movies, hanging out with friends, listening to music, eating, running, driving my car, sleeping, being involved on campus

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
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Kaitlynn Noffsinger

Education

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies & Interests | Hanging with my family, friends and sorority, playing guitar and singing, working out, Pinterest

Favorite Quote or Phrase | Romans 13:10
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Claire Owens

Nursing

Hometown | Johnson City, TN

Campus Involvement | Alpha Omega at Belle Aire Baptist Church

Hobbies & Interests | Hiking, horseback riding, spending time with friends, studying, reading & spending time with family, watching movies & listening to COUNTRY MUSIC!!

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone" – George Washington
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Daniel Parker

Exercise Science

Hometown | Lawrenceburg, TN

Campus Involvement | Band of Blue

Hobbies & Interests | Working out, Military

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "The education of a man is not complete until his death" – Robert E. Lee
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Kelsey Parker

Mathematics Education

Hometown | Bell Buckle, TN

Campus Involvement |

Hobbies & Interests | Basketball, softball, reading, baking, watching movies

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight" – Proverbs 3:5-6
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Lindsey Pierce

Child Development & Family Studies

Hometown | Germantown, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Government Association, President of a Fraternity and Sorority Life organization, Blue Elite Tour Guide, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Lion's Club

Hobbies & Interests | Scrapbooking, Pinterest, Staying Busy

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." Albert Einstein
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Zoe Rall

Organizational Communications

Hometown | Brentwood, TN

Campus Involvement | National Society of Leadership and Success

Hobbies & Interests | Reading, hiking, and photography!

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Not all those who wander are lost" – J.R.R. Tolkien
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Phillip Ray

Electronic Media Journalism

Hometown | Clarksville, TN

Campus Involvement | MT CRU, Student Government Association, WMTS, MT10 News

Hobbies & Interests | Hanging with friends, watching TV, playing video games, love to dance

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "I am the one who knocks" – Walter White (Breaking Bad)
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Brittany Robertini

Public Relations

Hometown | Fort Lauderdale, FL

Campus Involvement | Assistant Director of Up 'til Dawn, Blue Crew, Homecoming Committee

Hobbies & Interests | I love reading and writing. I could watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S all day long on TV if they're showing it. I'm obsessed with giraffes. I love cake, cookies, candy and ice cream.

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "If I've made it, it's because there were an awful lot of people who cared enough to help me" – Althea Gibson
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Osheanna Smith

Early Childhood Education

Hometown | McMinnville, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, The Point at New Vision Baptist Church

Hobbies & Interests | Crafting, watching movies, playing sports

Favorite Quote or Phrase |
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Sarah Soto

Psychology

Hometown | Wartrace, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office Worker in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, University Disciplinary Committee

Hobbies & Interests | Reading, dancing, karaoke, serving for my sorority, Criminal Minds and Bruno Mars

Favorite Quote or Phrase | Just keep swimming!
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Katherine Stubblefield

Global Studies

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Presbyterian Student Fellowship, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Global Learning Community, Golden Key

Hobbies & Interests | Traveling, going to the lake, reading, rock climbing

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever" - Ghandi
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Mary Vaughn

English

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Student Government Association

Hobbies & Interests | Reading, being outside, watching movies, singing, drinking coffee and hanging out with friends!

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him" – Psalm 34:7
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Briana Williams

Entrepreneurship

Hometown | Chattanooga, TN

Campus Involvement | Housing desk assistant, Student Support Services (TRiO), Sigma Alpha Pi

Hobbies & Interests | Singing, dancing, poetry, bowling, skating and working out

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change those I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
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Libby Willis

Health Education

Hometown | Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement | Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Worker at the Campus Rec Center

Hobbies & Interests | Nutrition, outdoors, water sports, snow skiing, hiking, being around people, planning events, staying busy and organized

Favorite Quote or Phrase | "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew: 6:34