Open House Committee and Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs
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Rebecca Villalobos

Fourth Year

Civil Engineering

Hometown: Elk Grove, California

 

Why did you join Open House?

Open House is the reason I chose Cal Poly so I thought it would be a great way to give back and get involved!

 

Favorite spot in SLO: Avila Beach

 

Favorite Quote: “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” –Roald Dahl

 

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Empathy, Responsibility, Harmony, Developer

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Brian Moore

Fourth Year

Computer Engineering

Hometown: Brecksville, Ohio

 

Why did you join Open House?

In order to show prospective students how great a school Cal Poly is.

 

Favorite spot in SLO: Sylvester’s Burgers

 

Favorite Quote: “It’s supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button.”

 

Top 5 Strengths: Competition, Analytical, Futuristic, Strategic, Individualization​

Advisor

Nate Alcorn

Professional Staff

Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado

 

Why did you join Open House?

Because I love meeting prospective students and their families, and guiding them through the college selection process

 

Favorite spot in SLO: Big Sky Café

 

Favorite Quote: “So much of life is what you roll and where you land.” –Mark Hamill

 

Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic, Restorative, Responsibility, Arranger, Context​

Campus & Community Engagement Leads
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Gabby Pajo

Third Year

Art & Design

Hometown: Fair Oaks, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Whalebird Kombucha's booth at Farmer's and the Rec Center.

 

Favorite Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy lifting heavy objects then putting them down and picking them up again at the Rec Center, being outside and watching sunrises and sunsets!​

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, WOO, Individualization, Futuristic, Arranger

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Junior Vasquez

Second Year

Biological Sciences

Hometown: Escondido, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Montaña de Oro

 

Favorite Song: Give a Little Love - Peasants King

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love being at the zoo.​

 

Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic, Maximizer, Intellection, Discipline, Harmony

Campus & Community Engagement Sub-committee

Chris Leary

Third Year 

Biological Sciences, Industrial Technology Minor 

Hometown: Coronado, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Serenity Swing 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pasta. I love pasta. 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

I wanted to learn through doing.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Strategic, Learner, Ideation, Individualization, Achiever

Jaime Bowker

Third Year 

Political Science 

Hometown: Salinas, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Perfumo Canyon 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Croissants  

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

Open House! Cal Poly has so much to offer the limits never seem to exist! 

 

Top 5 Strengths: WOO, Significance, Communication, Includer, Activator

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Joelle Saute

Second Year 

Mathematics 

Hometown: Newbury Park, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Top of Avila Ridge 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Burritos- no question 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

Cal Poly is not only located in one of the most beautiful areas on the planet, but it also has an environment of people who lift you up no matter what. Learn By Doing is also a motto I had tried to follow throughout my entire life so it only made sense to commit to a school that already had similar beliefs to mine. I knew from the first second I stepped on campus during my first (of many) visits to Cal Poly that I belonged here. 

 

Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Input, Analytical, Focus

Lauren Hamilton 

Second Year 

Microbiology 

Hometown: Tustin, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: My aerial silks studio 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pasta 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

The people

 

Top 5 Strengths: WOO, Learner, Positivity, Achiever, Ideation

Sarah Haluschak 

First Year 

Landscape Architecture 

Hometown:Dayton, Ohio 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: I enjoy walking to Poly Canyon 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Caesar salad 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

I wanted the independence of being all the way across the country from everyone I know. It is the perfect place to study landscape architecture.  

 

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Deliberative, Relator, Discipline, Focus

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Skelly Aggett-Carosella 

First Year 

Kinesiology 

Hometown: Boulder, CO 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: The ridge above the "P" 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pad Thai 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

I chose Cal Poly because of the beautiful campus, the endless adventures around SLO, and the strong sense of community everywhere you go! 

 

Top 5 Strengths: Positivity, Relator, Developer, Learner, Empathy

Events & Operations LEADS
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Becs Phan 

Third Year

Biological Sciences

Hometown: South Pasadena, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: SLO Donut Company

 

Favorite Song: 1998 - Chet Faker

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Eating donuts and watching sunsets, preferably at the same time.​

 

Top 5 Strengths: Individualization, Activator, Communication, Positivity, WOO

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Emily Duncan

Fourth Year

Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration

Hometown: Santa Barbara, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Higuera St. on a Thursday Night for Farmers’

 

Favorite Song: I love country music

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Hang out with friends, or bake, or craft!​

 

Top 5 Strengths: WOO, Includer, Positivity, Harmony, Developer

Events & Operations Sub-Committee
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Jasmine Najm-Henry

Second Year

Industrial Engineering 

Hometown: Canton, MI 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Spooner's Cove in Montaña De Oro 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Honey Nut Cheerios 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

Because Open House was amazing! 

 

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Maximizer, WOO, Communication, Positivity

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Jena Van Gerwen 

Second Year 

Environmental Management and Protection 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Downtown during the Farmers Market 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Artichoke 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

It was love at first step (onto campus) 

 

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Harmony, Connectedness, Individualization, Context

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John Giacinto 

First Year 

Business Administration 

Hometown: San Jose, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Downtown during the farmer's market 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sushi 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

It had everything I was looking for - well-rounded academics, beautiful campus, coastal, great downtown, active/close community, etc. 

 

Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Intellection, Deliberative, Connectedness 

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Michelle Reed 

Fourth Year 

Civil Engineering 

Hometown: Fresno, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Perfumo Canyon 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Kit Kats 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

It felt like home from the minute I stepped onto campus.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Responsibility, Achiever, Analytical, Belief, Discipline

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Monica Lee 

Second Year 

Business Administration 

Hometown:Sacramento, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Serenity Swing 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Bananas 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

The community atmosphere it offered and the excellent business program

 

Top 5 Strengths: Deliberative, Restorative, Analytical, Individualization, Discipline

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Taryn Veldusea 

First Year 

Graphic Communication  

Hometown: Yucaipa, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Batch 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza! 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

I fell in love when I came to visit :) 

 

Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Strategic, Positivity, WOO, Includer

Logistics, Outreach, & Communication LEADS
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Allison Wilkinson
Fourth Year
History

Hometown: Temecula, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Beverly’s Craft Store

 

Favorite Song: Keep Your Head Up - Ben Howard

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Watching baseball, knitting, reading, hiking, or hanging out with my fish, Tim. ​

 

Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Individualization, Context, Learner, Restorative

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Jennie Diaz

Second Year

Theatre Arts

Hometown: Upland, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Serenity Swing

 

Favorite Song: American Girl - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to go to the beach and hang out with my friends!​

 

Top 5 Strengths: Input, Futuristic, Adaptability, Ideation, Empathy

Logistics, Outreach & Communication  Sub-Committee
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Alisha Solis 

First Year 

Business Administration 

Hometown: San Jose, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: SLO Donut Company 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Burritos 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

I chose Cal Poly because of the amazing location right along the central coast, the atmosphere of the campus, and because of the highly ranked business program!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Discipline, Harmony, Responsibility, Maximizer, Individualization

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Brittany Pain 

Second Year 

History 

Hometown: Encinitas, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Montaña de Oro  

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Burritos 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

At first I really wanted to go out of state, but Cal Poly was by far the best school that I got into. I am extremely glad that I made the decision to come here!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Discipline, Responsibilty, Context, Arranger, WOO

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Elena DeAngelis 

Third Year 

Business Administration, Marketing Concentration 

Hometown: Los Altos, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Pirate's Cove 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fruit Smoothies 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

I chose Cal Poly because of how positive and happy and wonderful of a community it felt like. Cal Poly felt like home before it even was my home, and the people in SLO are all wonderful. I also love the fact that SLO has everything to offer; from the mountains to the beach to line dancing to downtown.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Arranger, Includer, Developer, Adaptability, Positivity 

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Halie Swanson 

Second Year 

History 

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Serenity Swing 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

French fries 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

I chose Cal Poly because of New Student & Transition Programs. I looked up to the WOW leaders so much as a prospective student that I made it my goal once I decided to come to Cal Poly to become part of such an amazing program. Now here I am, a WOW leader and an Open House Committee member, coming full circle. 

 

Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Relator, Arranger, Developer

Hayden Baker 

First Year 

Computer Science 

Hometown: Fresno, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: High Street Deli 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Thai food

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

The learn-by-doing philosophy, and it felt right as soon as I stepped on the campus 

 

Top 5 Strengths: Context, Strategic, Learner, Restorative, Intellection

Jen Galasso 

Third Year 

Biological Sciences 

Hometown: Saint Helena, CA 

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Front Porch 

 

If you had to eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ice cream 

 

Why did you choose Cal Poly?

From the first visit I made to Cal Poly I admired the strong sense of pride and community that the campus embodies. I knew immediately that this would be my home. 

 

Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Individualization, Restorative, Futuristic, Harmony

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