Open House Committee and Co-Chairs

Group portrait of Open House Committee 2018

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
Portrait of Gabby
Gabby Pajo

Fourth 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

Portrait of Becs
Becs Phan 

Fourth 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

Alumni & Anniversary Celebration Committee Lead & Vice Chair
Portrait of Junior

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

Committee Members
Alisha Solis

Second Year

Business Administration

Hometown: San Jose, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Slodoco <3

 

Favorite Song: Crazy in Love by Beyonce

 

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

My advice for potential Cal Poly students is to get involved as quickly as you can and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. My advice for potential Cal Poly supporters is that if your student ends up at Cal Poly, remember they are at a wonderful place with some of the kindest people on earth and they will grow more than ever during their time here.

 

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

Amber Sylvester

First Year

English

Hometown: Torrance, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Hiking the Cal Poly P

 

Favorite Song: Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

 

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

You get out what you put in so get involved and put your full effort into everything that you do.

 

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

Bridget Parry

Second Year

Anthropology & Geography Major, Spanish Minor

Hometown: Lafayette, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Perfumo Canyon or Olde Port dog beach

 

Favorite Song: Tightrope by Walk the Moon

 

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

Get involved! Joining different clubs and organizations on campus gave me an amazing support system and helped me find my home here at Cal Poly.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Futuristic, Restorative, Focus, Analytical

Charlotte Miranda

First Year

Environmental Earth and Soil Science

Hometown: Livermore, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: The Arboretum on campus!

 

Favorite Song: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift :)

 

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

Don't be afraid to try something new!

 

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

Chris Leary

Fourth Year

Biochemistry Major, Industrial Technology & Packaging Minor

Hometown: Coronado, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: West Cuesta Ridge

 

Favorite Song: Money Trees by Kendrick Lamar

 

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

Reach out and connect with as many people as you can! There are a lot of fantastic people at Cal Poly, but you won't be able to meet them unless you reach out and make the connections.

 

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

Christopher Almacen

Second Year

Economics Major, Mathematics Minor

Hometown: San Ramon, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Rec Center

 

Favorite Song: Because of You by Ne-Yo

 

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

My advice is to get out of your comfort zone and have an open mind to try new things.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Competition, Analytical, Achiever, Context, Focus

Connie Hsieh

Fourth Year

Agricultural Business Major, Dance Minor

Hometown: San Ramon, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Slodoco

 

Favorite Song: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

 

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

Step outside your comfort zone. Join clubs, get involved, and enjoy what Cal Poly has to offer. Take advantage of all there is and you will be so surprised at how much you can grow as a person and student in a few short years!

 

Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Responsibility, Restorative, Futuristic, Positivity

Halie Swanson

Third Year

History Major, Psychology and Spanish Minor

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: On Avila Beach eating Blaze pizza

 

Favorite Song: Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis

 

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

Try something that scares you - it may end up being something you love.

 

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

Hayden Baker

Second Year

Computer Science

Hometown: Fresno, California

 

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

 

Favorite Song: DyE by Fantasy

 

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

On your path, there will be many times when you may slip, but it’s just a slip, not a fall. Don't let fear of failure stop you from trying.

 

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

Jack Giosso

Third Year

Agricultural Business Major, Italian Minor

Hometown: Alamo, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: The Rec Center Pool

 

Favorite Song: Somebody to Thank by Logan Mize

 

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

Be ready to throw yourself into the mix. College is a time of new experiences and new opportunities, so don’t shy away from taking that risk, joining that club, or making that new connection with someone that could end up being your lifelong friend.

 

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

Jen Galasso

Fourth Year

Biology Major, Psychology Minor

Hometown: Napa, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Front Porch

 

Favorite Song: Oops! I Did it Again by Britney Spears

 

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

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and be a little uncomfortable. You never know, if you do that you may find your new home :)

 

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

Jena Van Gerwen

Third Year

Environmental Management and Protection Major with a minor in Sustainable Environments

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Front Porch

 

Favorite Song: Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

 

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

Don't wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of each step you take toward reaching that goal.

 

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

Joanna Birns

Third Year

History Major, Chinese Minor

Hometown: Oxnard, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: My favorite spot in SLO is Terrace Hill! It's a perfect spot to watch the sunset.

 

Favorite Song: Wildflowers by Tom Petty

 

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

Get involved in college! Whether that be through joining clubs, groups, or sports teams, getting involved is a great way to meet people, find a community, and do something you're passionate about.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Input, Restorative, Individualization, Includer, Ideation

Justin Spitzer

Second Year

Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Orange, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Rec Center!

 

Favorite Song: Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt

 

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

I understand you may be nervous about this new change in your life but everyone who is at Cal Poly and who is on this committee has been in your place. I personally was in that place about a year and a half ago when I attended Open House. Currently, I am working to plan a part of Open House for all prospective students and supporters only a year and a half later. Just know that Cal Poly is a beautiful place full of amazing people and is the perfect place to embrace change in your life.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Consistency, Restorative, Includer, Developer, Communication

Lauren Hamilton

Third Year

Microbiology

Hometown: Tustin, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Suspended Motion

 

Favorite Song: What About Us by P!NK

 

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

Don't hesitate to get involved! Be present and don't be afraid to ask questions.

 

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

Maura Carrick

Second Year

Political Science with a Concentration in Global Politics and Spanish and Ethnic Studies Minors

Hometown: Pleasanton, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Perfumo Canyon

 

Favorite Song: Drops of Jupiter by Train

 

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 just take a deep breath, smile, and remember that everything is going to work out :)

 

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

Michael Carvajal

Second Year

Business Administration

Hometown: Valley Center, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: SloDoCo

 

Favorite Song: Daylight by Maroon 5

 

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

Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic, Relator, Restorative, Analytical, Belief

Michael Sassano

Second Year

Graphic Communication

Hometown: Fresno, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Bishop Peak

 

Favorite Song: Wonders by The Script

 

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

Don't be afraid to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone.

 

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

Mikaela Reed

Third Year

Industrial Engineering

Hometown: Merced, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Prefumo Canyon

 

Favorite Song: Oh! Darling by The Beatles

 

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

In everything you pursue, do it early and do it often! From getting involved on campus to studying for tests, being prepared will leave you ready to take on any obstacle thrown your way.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Analytical, Restorative, Futuristic, Input, Strategic

Nicholas Tolas

First Year

Computer Engineering

Hometown: Tacoma, Washington

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Architecture Graveyard

 

Favorite Song: Moving to New York by The Wombats

 

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

Don't be afraid to fail! You never grow without experiencing new things.

 

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

Paris Vastagh

Third Year

Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing

Hometown: Napa, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Avila Beach - On Campus the Arboretum

 

Favorite Song: Drew Barrymore by SZA

 

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

College goes by very fast, so make the most of it! Try new things, and explore the opportunities that are presented to you. Remember to relax and enjoy the moment; not everyone gets to experience college in the happiest and one of the most beautiful places in the country, so take advantage of that.

 

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

Randie Billesbach

Second Year

Liberal Studies Major, Spanish Minor

Hometown: Valencia, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: The sand dunes at Montaña de Oro

 

Favorite Song: Multiplied by NEEDTOBREATHE

 

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

Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! I have gotten the chance to experience amazing things and make incredible memories by getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

 

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

Samana Shah

First Year

Mathematics

Hometown: Saratoga, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Montaña de Oro

 

Favorite Song: Aloha by Mome

 

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

Do not be afraid to ask for help - there are so many resources on campus.

 

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

Shelby Dewberry

Fourth Year

Journalism, PR Concentration; Integrated Marketing Communications Minor; Law and Society Minor

Hometown: Laguna Hills, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Montaña de Oro

 

Favorite Song: Coming Over by Dillion Francis

 

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

Cal Poly is so much more than just the physical campus! Make sure to take advantage of all of San Luis Obispo (and see how widespread Cal Poly's influence is in our little community)

 

Top 5 Strengths: Intellection, Input, Futuristic, Belief, Learner

Sheri Dear

First Year

Business Administration

Hometown: Alameda, California

 

Favorite Spot in SLO: Rec Center

 

Favorite Song: Changes every day, but right now Find You by Nick Jonas

 

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

Cal Poly SLO is school that challenges students with rigorous academics, while still giving them a balance to find new friends, join new clubs and make everlasting memories.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Relator, Responsibility, Includer, Arranger

Skelly Carosella

Second Year

Kinesiology

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

 

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

 

Favorite Song: Mr. Redundant by RKS

 

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

Keep an open mind. I never imagined I would attend college so far away from my family and friends, but I couldn't be happier in my new SLOme!

 

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

 

 

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