Open House Committee

Group portrait of Open House Committee 2019

Open House Committee

Open House Committee is the group of students that are responsible for planning and implementing the entirety of Cal Poly's annual Open House weekend. They work with campus and community partners to put on an event-filled weekend that showcases all that Cal Poly has done and is currently doing and celebrates current students, families, and alumni.

 

Interested in getting involved with Open House?

Open House Committee is open to students of all years, majors, and backgrounds! If you'd like to learn more or apply, feel free to review the Open House Committee Application page here, or reach out to us at orientation@calpoly.edu for more information.

As Open House draws closer, we will also be looking for volunteers for events throughout the weekend. Check back in winter and spring for more information on these volunteering opportunities!

 

Co-Chairs
Halie
Halie Swanson

Fourth Year

History

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Watching the sunset on Avila Beach

 

Favorite Song: Super Far by LANY

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to spend my free time surrounded by the people I love the most.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Put yourself out there and try something that scares you. Pushing myself outside of my comfort zone in joining this program was one of the best decisions I ever made.

 

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

Lauren
Lauren Hamilton 

Fourth Year

Microbiology

Hometown: Tustin, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Terrace Hill

 

Favorite Song: Glitter in the Air by P!NK

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to perform and Teach aerial silks and Lyra. I also love to try new things while exploring new areas of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding area.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Reach out to people you admire whether as friends or mentors. Everyone is happy to get to know you and share their passions and stories with you. 

 

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

Leads
Ali
Ali Alvarez

Community Outreach & Engagement

Fifth Year

City & Regional Planning

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Terrace Hill

 

Favorite Song: 9 in the Afternoon by Panic at the Disco

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

When I have free time I like to spend it either hiking or going to the beach. I try to head outdoors as much as possible since all my busy time is usually spend inside.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

One piece of advice I have for Cal Poly students and supporters is to be open to new opportunities and experiences. College has so much to offer and figuring out what you like and where you feel at home is something that is going to take some trial and error. Its important to keep an open mind and keep trying.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Restorative, Achiever, Communication, Ideation

Alisha
Alisha Solis

Campus & Club Relations

Third Year

Business Administration Major, Psychology Minor

Hometown: San Jose, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Slodoco <3 

 

Favorite Song: Bet on It by Troy Bolton

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

My favorite thing to do in my free time is watch the sunset with friends on the beach while eating Blaze Pizza!

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

"The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone." College is truly the time to step out of your comfort zone and try things you never thought you would. I found my home at Cal Poly by taking a leap of faith and stepping out of my comfort zone, and I encourage all incoming students to do the same! For supporters, check up on your student every once in a while, but also remember to take a step back and trust that your student is in a wonderful place filled with the most amazing individuals and they will grow more than ever during their time here.

 

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

Amber
Amber Sylvester

Campus & Club Relations

Second Year

English

Hometown: Torrance, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Lucy's Coffee 

 

Favorite Song: Most People Are Good by Luke Bryan

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Anywhere with a coffee and some good friends makes my heart happy

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

To the Students: This is the time that you get to decide who you want to be, what you want to pursue, and where you want to go. Step out of your comfort zone and really get to know your deeper self!
To the Supporters: Know that you have done the best that you could to support your child up to this point, and they will be thinking of you every step of the way on their new journey!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Strategic, Restorative, Adaptability, Communication

Maura
Maura Carrick

Event Operations

Third Year

Anthropology and Geography

Hometown: Pleasanton, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Perfumo Canyon

 

Favorite Song: Drops of Jupiter by Train

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Hanging out with friends at Slodoco then running the donuts off around our stunning campus, the views never get old!

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Change is the only contestant life can promise. We don't have any control over it, so the most you can do is take a deep breath, smile, put yourself out there, and enjoy the ride :)

 

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

Nikki
Nikki Watson

Community Outreach & Engagement

Third Year

Kinesiology

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Terrace Hill

 

Favorite Song: Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to spend my free time hanging out with friends, going on hikes, or going to the beach.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

If I could give any advice it's to value and enjoy all of the experiences and moments you will have at Cal Poly because you only do it once and it will go by faster than you can imagine.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Maximizer, Consistency, Harmony, Arranger, Discipline

Randie
Randie Billesbach

Marketing & Logistics

Third Year

Liberal Studies

Hometown: Castaic, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: West Cuesta Ridge

 

Favorite Song: Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to spend my free time with people that I care about. It doesn't matter where we are, just that I am surrounded by those special people in my life.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

"Right here, right now, with all of your flaws, with all of your genius, you are exactly who, and what, and where you are supposed to be."

 

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Responsibility, Discipline, Relator, Learner

Samana
Samana Shah

Event Operations

Second Year

Biomedical Engineering

Hometown: Saratoga, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Montaña de Oro

 

Favorite Song: Say My Name by Odesza

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Some of my favorite things to do in my spare time include reading, skiing and traveling.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Reach out and connect with as many people as possible. College goes by fast so do not miss out on the opportunity to build a family here. There are so many resources that are eager to help but it is ultimately up to you to take the first step of engaging with them.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Achiever, Responsibility, Discipline, Competition

Committee
Abigail
Abigail Barton

Marketing & Logistics

First Year

Political Science

Hometown: Redlands, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Mission San Luis Obispo

 

Favorite Song: Bye Bye Bye by *NSYNC

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to read books, study foreign languages, take walks and chat with friends.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Every single student has a limited amount of time here at Cal Poly, so take advantage of the numerous resources and opportunities that Cal Poly provides. It will take time to adjust, and to find your new place on campus, but I promise you will. Be open to the new friendships and connections you might make. Everyone, including yourself has a different story and path, that led you to Cal Poly, so embrace that and get excited for all the new adventures coming your way. Supporters, this is most likely a very new environment for your student, so take time to explore the campus, and the beautiful San Luis Obispo area. There are countless resources waiting for you and your student.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Belief, Individualization, Arranger, Intellection

Aine
Aine Javier

Event Operations

First Year

Environmental Management and Protection

Hometown: Irvine, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Avila Dog Beach

 

Favorite Song: Moonage Daydream by David Bowie

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Hanging out with friends and going to the beach!

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Learn as much about all the opportunities Cal Poly has to offer as you can! Find out what you or your student can get involved in and the many ways that you can expand your interests.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Context, Learner, Intellection, Achiever, and Input

Alina
Alina Spitz

Marketing & Logistics

Second Year

Liberal Studies

Hometown: Riverside, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Pirates Cove

 

Favorite Song: Full Circle by Quinn XCII

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Hanging out with friends, playing with my dogs, or sleeping.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Fully embrace the new aspect of possibly being at Cal Poly and don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for support from friends when you need it. Cal Poly is an amazing place to come and find where you belong.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Harmony, Consistency, Responsibility, Arranged

Aneli
Aneli Castillo

Community Outreach & Engagement

Third Year

Landscape Architecture

Hometown: Anaheim, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Montaña de Oro

 

Favorite Song: The Greatest Showman Album

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

For my free time, I like to hang out with my friends in SLO and from my hometown. From food adventures, traveling to destination spots, to binge-watching shows on Netflix with friends.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

For potential Cal Poly students, don't be afraid to try new things and putting yourself out there. For supporters, it's that time to let go. It's normal to worry, but there will be opportunities to visit and they're always a phone call away.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Ideation, Intellection, Input, Positivity, Includer

Angelique
Angelique Roeloffs

Marketing & Logistics

First Year

Business Administration

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Goodwill Outlet

 

Favorite Song: The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I am an avid thrifter, coffee shop seeker, and wedding photographer.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

My best advice would be to ask yourself what kind of people do you want to be surrounded with. Who is going to help you grow? For me, Cal Poly has diverse students that have opened my heart and mind to new mindsets and joys that will shape me as a person.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Individualization, Competition, Activator, Woo, Communication

Christina
Christina Silva

Campus & Club Relations

Second Year

Business Administration

Hometown: Placerville, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Terrace Hill

 

Favorite Song: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to line dance and spend time outside exploring San Luis Obispo with my friends.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Meet as many people as you can and try to truly live in the moment.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic, Focus, Achiever, Competition, Learner

Emily
Emily Taketa

Community Outreach & Engagement

First Year

History

Hometown: Roseville, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: The P

 

Favorite Song: Don't Stop Me Now by Queen

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love spending any free time I have with my friends - from hiking, to failed baking attempts, to binging Friends!

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Only control what you can control. Let everything else go. Spending time worrying and fretting over matters beyond your grasp is a waste of time, and it doesn't do you any good. Focus on yourself and what you can do, and you'll find much more peace of mind.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Learner, Input, Context, Achiever

Eve
Eve Sumpster

Campus & Club Relations

First Year

Business Administration

Hometown: Pleasanton, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Scout Coffee

 

Favorite Song: Pineapple Skies by Miguel

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

In my free time, I love to hike, read books, and hang out with my friends.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Be open to new possibilities! Cal Poly has so many activities around campus and students should try everything they can. There is always potential to make new friends, find a new hobby, or learn something different.

 

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

Jack
Jack Bilello

Event Operations

Second Year

History

Hometown: Tustin, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Slo Do Co

 

Favorite Song: New Born by Muse

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy playing bass guitar and practicing ultimate frisbee in my free time.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Be open to new experiences! College is all about exploring and it is so important that you are willing to put yourself out there and see what Cal Poly has to offer. There is something here for everyone.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Belief, Competition, Individualization, Woo

Jessy
Jessica Bouchard

Community Outreach & Engagement

Third Year

Kinesiology

Hometown: Dublin, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Avila Beach

 

Favorite Song: High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, running and watching sporting events.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Embrace your new journey and listen to your heart. Change isn't always easy but it's also exciting and full of new opportunities. Take a minute to appreciate the hard work you've put in so far and be fully present to enjoy the adventure ahead.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Responsibility, Positivity, Achiever, Discipline

Joe
Joe Araj

Campus & Club Relations

Fourth Year

Biological Sciences

Hometown: Pleasanton, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: The Top of High School Hill

 

Favorite Song: Let It Go by James Bay

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love exploring SLO with friends, especially the amazing open space we have available to us here. I also greatly enjoy spending time at the central coast's amazing beaches, particularly hammocking at Avila Beach while watching the Sunset!

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

It's okay to be nervous about starting college and all that comes with it. Rest assured however, college is an amazing time to discover who you are, and Cal Poly is a great place to do that! Getting involved with what interests you and pursuing your passions will help you grow as person and greatly enriches your college experience. Doing this not only allows you to discover yourself, but often also leads to finding and making lasting friendships!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Input, Ideation, Competition, Intellection, Learner

Kaycee
Kaycee Greene

Campus & Club Relations

Second Year

Psychology

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Morro Bay

 

Favorite Song: You've Got The Love by Florence + The Machine

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love spending time outside, riding horses, and going on new adventures!

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Cal Poly offers so many different opportunities that students should take them while they can to make the most of their college experience!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Communication, Empathy, Activator, Harmony

Kevin
Kevin Brennan

Event Operations

Second Year

Business Administration

Hometown: Cameron Park, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Serenity Swing

 

Favorite Song: Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) by Andy Grammer

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Line dancing and hanging out with my friends.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Try to experience everything.

 

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

Komal
Komal Mittal

Campus & Club Relations

Second Year

Chemistry

Hometown: San Jose, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Scout Coffee 2

 

Favorite Song: Cold Coffee by Ed Sheeran

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

In my free time, I like to take pictures, journal, and spend time with the people I love most.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

The best piece of advice I can give is to make as many mistakes as you possibly can by trying new things, meeting new people, and gaining new experiences. Learn everything you can from all of these things, you'll be a better person for it.

 

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

Marissa
Marissa Velez

Event Operations

Second Year

Communication Studies

Hometown: Redwood City, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Pirate’s Cove or Avila Valley Barn

 

Favorite Song: Love on Top. by Beyoncé

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to dance, bake cookies, hang out with my friends, and explore SLO!

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

My advice is to be to confident in your choices and actions. Be confident in your decision to attend Cal Poly. Be confident in yourself. Cal Poly is a place where supporters can see their students thrive and succeed! Don’t be afraid to make new friends, interview for jobs, or join a new club! Have confidence to take action!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Achiever, Responsibility, Learner, Arranger

Matthew
Matthew Lawler

Marketing & Logistics

Second Year

Computer Science

Hometown: Modesto, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Firestone Grill

 

Favorite Song: Amsterdam by Nothing But Thieves

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Usually playing/designing video games or taking photos.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

I would highly recommend getting involved with something on campus. For me, I found my home in both New Student and Transition Programs and many of the clubs on campus just by reaching out to them and joining. It has made me feel so much more comfortable with not only myself but also with my presence on campus and what I want out of my education.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Harmony, Input, Learner, Responsibility

Melitta
Melitta Kauppinen

Marketing & Logistics

Third Year

Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Sacramento, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Terrace Hill

 

Favorite Song: Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Sleeping, hanging out with friends, crafting, listening to music, being outdoors

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Do not put yourself into the box you think you have to be in - try new things.

 

Top 5 Strengths: WOO, Communication, Command, Strategic, Activator

Michael
Michael Sassano

Marketing & Logistics

Third Year

Graphic Communications

Hometown: Madera, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: The Graduate

 

Favorite Song: Our Song by Taylor Swift

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to spend my free time playing intramural sports. It doesn’t really matter the sport, I’ve been on volleyball, softball, and soccer intramural teams. I just like going out and being active with a group of friends.

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

You get as much out of college as you put in. Do as much as you can; get involved, focus in class, and make lifelong friends.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, WOO, Positivity, Achiever, Belief

Shea
Shea Brennan

Marketing & Logistics

Second Year

Business Administration

Hometown: Ukiah, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Scout Coffee Company

 

Favorite Song: New Light by John Mayer

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Anything as long as it is with friends! Typically this means cooking (and eating), listening to new music and taking day trips all around the Central Coast!

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Cal Poly can seem overwhelming at first, but know that everyone is so excited that there will be new Mustangs! From campus to Downtown SLO, we are trying to impress you with our community and all of its opportunity. Take a deep breath and absorb everything that you can!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Adaptability, Empathy, Individualization, Achiever

Sonia
Sonia Koss

Event Operations

Second Year

History

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Pirates Cove

 

Favorite Song: Counting Sheep by Shakey Graves

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Surrounded by the people I love!

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Even though things may seem unfamiliar and intimidating now, it does get better!! College is the perfect time to explore the unknown and to truly get to know yourself and those you surround yourself with. Embrace the new experiences, and never be afraid to fail!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Context, Harmony, Achiever, Responsibility, Adaptability

Sujata
Sujata Chowdhury

Community Outreach & Engagement

Second Year

Economics

Hometown: Orange, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Downtown coffee shops

 

Favorite Song: treat me like fire by lionbabe

 

How do you like to spend your free time?

Adventuring outside, hanging out with friends, listening to music, eating, sleeping, reading, learning new things, swimming in the ocean

 

What advice do you have for potential Cal Poly students and supporters?

Do not live your life in fear.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Positivity, Developer, Empathy, Harmony

 

 

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