Meet the O-Team

The BVU Orientation Team is full of students who are excited to introduce you to Beaver Nation!

Julio Aguliar / code name: “Anakin Skywalker”

Senior/ Human Performance and Spanish
Hometown: Council Bluffs
Where I would like to live someday: A galaxy far, far away.
Activities: Residence Life
Where you can find me: The Library after 5 p.m.
Known on campus for: Playing Soccer and being an RA
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Scoring my first varsity goal for the Beaver soccer team.
Promise to new students: You will have a wonderful time if you get involved on campus.

Julio  Aguliar

Katelyn Baltes / code name: “KBalt”

Sophomore/ Art Education
Hometown: Hampton
Where I would like to live someday: Iowa
Activities: Teachers Inc., Residence Life, Golf
Where you can find me: Everywhere!
Known on campus for: Being on the golf team
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Playing lawn golf for the first time, beating everyone and shooting under par.
Promise to new students: Become involved with different organizations and you will have a great time!

Katelyn  Baltes

Lindsay Blackford / code name: “Mashed”

Junior/ Psychology and Spanish
Hometown: Council Bluffs
Where I would like to live someday: On a deserted Island with a monkey named Kiko.
Activities: BV Buddies, MELT, Sigma, Dean’s Fellows, Honors, Psi Chi, Americorps, SAVE, AWOL
Where you can find me: Social Sciences & Art Hall or the Spanish offices in Dixon-Eilers (but really sleeping in my bed)
Known on campus for: Being Linda.
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Traveling to Peru and Nicaragua
Promise to new students: If you get involved you will feel at home, and you will make new and unexpected friends.

Lindsay  Blackford

Natalie Brewer / code name: “Cat woman”

Sophomore/ Biology/Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Cherokee
Where I would like to live someday: South Dakota
Activities: Student Activities Board, Choir, Alpha Psi Omega, Humans vs. Zombies
Where you can find me: Dorm Lounges, my room, outside the library, nurses station, science center, and outside by the lake.
Known on campus for: A crazy obsession with cats, always smiling, always helpful, always cheery, and easy person to talk to, Biology major, and working for the nurses station.
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Going on the choir trip my freshman year to Boston and New York to sing at Carnegie Hall!
Promise to new students: Professors are always willing to communicate with you to figure things out and just talk about life. Classes are fun and there are always people that can help you, including myself! The experience will be one to remember. Welcome to the BVU Family!

Natalie  Brewer

Dylan Coffin / code name: “Coffee Black”

Sophomore/ Special Education
Hometown: Des Moines
Where I would like to live someday: Oklahoma or Colorado
Activities: Track, Wrestling, Student Activities Board, The Bridge, Campus Security, Partners in Excellence
Where you can find me: In my room, Siebens Fieldhouse or the Center for Academic Excellence
Known on campus for: Being on the track team and having all the food supplies and tools
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Running at the Drake Relays with my teammates
Promise to new students: You will get whatever it is you are looking for, academics, clubs and sports but you have to get involved otherwise your college experience isn’t going to be that great.

Dylan  Coffin

Hailey Dollen / code name: “Hail Storm”

Senior/ Biology
Hometown: Persia
Where I would like to live someday: Somewhere that doesn't have bad winters and somewhere that is next to a lake, golf course, and Olive Garden.
Activities: Team Wellness, Pre-Health club, UBMEO
Where you can find me: Science Center, Library, Rec Center
Known on campus for: Academic Assistant, Science Geek, "That O-team Girl"
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Going to the Mayo Clinic my sophomore year and learning about the research and medical parts of the facility
Promise to new students: You will make new friends… like me!

Hailey  Dollen

Skylar Finch / code name: “Drama”

Sophomore/ Arts Management - Theatre
Hometown: Polk City
Where I would like to live someday: Minneapolis, Minn.
Activities: Anderson Auditorium, Edson Hall, Library
Where you can find me: Student Activites Board, Honors, Dean’s Fellows, Theatre, Choir
Known on campus for: Plays
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Getting to perform at Carnegie Hall with the choir
Promise to new students: You will make great friends and have opportunities that no one else could have!

Skylar  Finch

Gage Grutz / code name: “Ya Boy”

Senior/ Psychology and Biology
Hometown: Grinnell
Where I would like to live someday: Somewhere in Europe, Canada, or Australia
Activities: Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Psychology Research Club
Where you can find me: Library, Science Center or SSA, but basically you will find me in the weight room or Fieldhouse
Known on campus for: Being friendly, organized and hardworking
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Finally figuring out what I may possibly want to do with my life.
Promise to new students: You will discover your role in the world, while making lifelong friends.

Gage  Grutz

Hayley Haines / code name: “Hufflepuff”

Sophomore/ History (K-12)
Hometown: Oakland
Where I would like to live someday: Southern Germany
Activities: Student Activities Board
Where you can find me: Smith Hall, Dixon-Eilers, and the library
Known on campus for: Being the grandma
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Holding fun events for the students as a Student Activities Board member
Promise to new students: No matter where you are on campus, there will always be a kind smile to help out.

Hayley  Haines

Allie Hartman / code name: “Crouching Tiger”

Junior/ Strategic Public Relations
Hometown: Storm Lake
Where I would like to live someday: A bigger city like Des Moines or Kansas City or stay around Storm Lake
Activities: Esprit De Corps, Football Manager, Capture It, constant supporter of my athlete friends
Where you can find me: Dixon-Eilers (Admissions), the football field, or Pierce/White
Known on campus for: Giving tours, and being involved in just about everything I can
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Meeting my first BVU best friend at PlayFair
Promise to new students: You will find some of your best friends in college, unexpectedly!

Allie  Hartman

Tiffany Hull / code name: “The Blonde Bomb”

Senior/ Criminology and Psychology
Hometown: Perry
Where I would like to live someday: Either in the country near a big city, west coast or a southern state.
Activities: Student Affairs office, SSA, or relaxing in my room with my ESA Binx (a cat).
Where you can find me: Student Affairs office, SSA, or relaxing in my room
Known on campus for: Being the transfer student, and the person with the cat.
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Traveling to Nicaragua for A.W.O.L and going to multiple Psychology Conferences.
Promise to new students: If you get involved you will make the best college experience and friendships. Don’t be afraid of a new start and to get out of your comfort-zone.

Tiffany  Hull

Nyajuok Lam / code name: “OG”

Junior/ Psychology and Communications
Hometown: Storm Lake
Where I would like to live someday: Florida or St. Louis
Activities: Softball, MELT, Esprit De Corps, BV Buddies
Where you can find me: In my room, library, softball field or in Siebens Fieldhouse
Known on campus for: Being a part of the softball team or for my loudness
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Being down by two runs with bases loaded and Marissa hits a grand slam at the bottom of the seventh to win the game.
Promise to new students: I can promise that if you are an athletic team on campus, you will meet people who will become your family forever.

Nyajuok  Lam

Taylor Loy / code name: “Taytor”

Junior/ Political Science
Hometown: Indianola
Where I would like to live someday: I’d like to stay in Iowa, but if I didn't live in Iowa I would probably live in Colorado or Wyoming
Activities: AAUW, SAB, Mock Trial, AA, Sigma Delta Pi, Dean’s Fellows, honors, Student MOVE, Alpha Chi, AWOL
Where you can find me: GSLC, Second Floor SSA, the Serve
Known on campus for: Student MOVE, Academic Assistant, A.W.O.L
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Being awarded the 2016 Neil Ball Service Award.
Promise to new students: There is something for everyone here! You will feel like this is your home away from home because of the amazing atmosphere and great people.

Taylor  Loy

Cooper Mahs / code name: “C-0007”

Junior/ Digital Media
Hometown: Johnston
Where I would like to live someday: Mars
Activities: University Cable Network, KBVU, Society for Collegiate Journalists, and Alliance
Known on campus for: Triviathon
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Being Cooper. You'll understand…
Promise to new students: You will make friends, trust me.

Cooper  Mahs

Kylie Roe / code name: “Princess Sparkle”

Junior/ Criminal Justice
Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Where I would like to live someday: Somewhere warm, like Florida or the Caribbean
Activities: Volleyball and Beaver Animal Rescue and Care (BARC)
Where you can find me: The gym and the weight room
Known on campus for: Playing volleyball
Promise to new students: That this will be the best four years of your life, even with all the homework HAHA!

Kylie  Roe

Abby Ross / code name: “Cha-ko-late”

Junior/ Psychology and Social Work
Hometown: Council Bluffs
Where I would like to live someday: Everywhere!
Activities: MELT, Student Move, InterVarsity, Americorps, BV Buddies, Psychology Research Club, A.W.O.L, and Cheerleading
Where you can find me: GSLC
Known on campus for: My unexplainable joy and energy.
Greatest BVU moment (so far): My first international service trip to Puerto Rico. It was my first time leaving the country and ever since then, I've grown in my passion for service.
Promise to new students: If you take advantage of all the great opportunities on campus, college will be the best moment of your life!

Abby  Ross

Holly Schneider / code name: “D”

Junior/ Elementary Education
Hometown: Le Mars
Where I would like to live someday: Duluth, Minn.
Activities: Basketball, and Teachers Inc.
Where you can find me: The gym/rec, the library, or my bed if I actually have time to nap
Known on campus for: Being on the Women's Basketball Team or looking scared/panicked because of my big eyes.
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Being accepted into the Teachers Education Program, and having the opportunity to go to Seattle over Christmas break with my basketball team.
Promise to new students: College is great, especially at BVU, but college is what you put into it. If you put yourself out there and try new things your experience here will be one of a lifetime!

Holly  Schneider

Beth Sibenaller / code name: “War Eagle”

Junior/ Criminal Justice
Hometown: Hornick
Where I would like to live someday: Somewhere warm in the south
Activities: Women's Basketball, Esprit De Cops, O-Team Director
Where you can find me: Normally in the Library, or Science Center
Known on campus for: Being Greg’s sister… two years after he graduated.
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Traveling to Seattle and spending time with my best friends/teammates.
Promise to new students: What you put into BVU is what you’ll get out of it. Can’t sit around waiting for things to happen.

Beth  Sibenaller

Colby Snyder / code name: “Unicorn 23”

Sophomore/ Computer Science
Hometown: Storm Lake
Where I would like to live someday: I would like to live in a small town or on a farm in Iowa
Where you can find me: You can usually find me in the Bit Pit or wandering around the halls of Pierce White.
Known on campus for: I am known for being a unique person that will always try to cheer you up… oh, and my love for La Juas.
Greatest BVU moment (so far): So far is meeting all nine of my great friends.
Promise to new students: You will meet a lot of great people here and make lots of friends.

Colby  Snyder

Court Studer / code name: “Croco Blanco”

Sophomore/ Biomedical Science
Hometown: Clarion
Where I would like to live someday: Seattle, Washington or some other rainy place
Activities: Esprit De Corps, Science Club, Pre-Health Club, Student MOVE
Where you can find me: The Science Center, in my room or the weight room
Known on campus for: Being incredibly weird and awkward
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Conducting my own group research project in Biology163.
Promise to new students: You will have a one-of-a-kind experience with some truly amazing people.

Court  Studer

Kit Tykkila / code name: “Miss Candy”

Sophomore/ Elementary Education- Preschool and Kindergarten
Hometown: Canby, Minn.
Where I would like to live someday: Minnesota
Activities: AWOL, Teachers Inc, OAC
Where you can find me: Dorm Lounge, Student Affairs, My room, or Smith Hall
Known on campus for: Always being bubbly and happy
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Getting my workstudy position at the elementary school
Promise to new students: You will succeed as long as you know to ask for help and take all the opportunities that you can.

Kit  Tykkila

Emily Van Donselaar / code name: “Gingerbell”

Sophomore/ Social Work and Art Therapy
Hometown: New Sharon
Where I would like to live someday: North Carolina
Activities: Cheerleading, AWOL, LYM, Social Work Club
Where you can find me: My room, Common Grounds, and on the track Friday nights
Known on campus for: Being an incredibly enthusiastic redhead
Greatest BVU moment (so far): Being crowned MORP in Liberty Hall for our monthly resident hall activity.
Promise to new students: BVU will offer you amazing opportunities, don’t be afraid to take them!

Emily  Van Donselaar