Professional Staff

Cal Poly New Student & Transition Programs' Professional Staff are the professionals that oversee and manage the entirety of New Student & Transition Programs' different components. Together, they plan Cal Poly's Open House, SLO Days and Week of Welcome orientation programs and work with several different teams of students to create programs that foster connections between Cal Poly, the community, current students and families, and Cal Poly alumni and celebrate all that the Cal Poly community has to offer.

Professional Staff

Dale
Dale Stoker, Interim Director
dstoker@calpoly.edu

Dale Stoker, Director

Positivity, Woo, Maximizer, Arranger, Adaptability 

 

Director of New Student & Transition Programs, Dale is a graduate of St. John Fisher University in Rochester, NY with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s of Business Administration degree. While he was a student, Dale was an orientation team member and leader for three years. He met the love of his life, Mary, on her first day of orientation thanks to an icebreaker intended to build community...it worked! After college he worked at his alma mater in Alumni Relations and then Stanford Law School in a similar role. In 2015 he came to Cal Poly as an Employer Development Specialist in Career Services, and then transitioned to Associate Director of Employer Services. Today, he serves as the Director of New Student & Transition Programs for new students and their family members.   

 

Dale values community service as demonstrated in college by volunteering over 800 hours at a elementary school and community health clinic. After Hurricane Katrina, he made two service trips to New Orleans to help with the cleanup efforts, and he was a leader on three trips to Jamaica as part of a youth sports and personal development program. In the SLO community, he was on the U40 founding board and docent for an environmental nonprofit. 

 

When not immersed in his exciting work to support students, Dale can be found playing with his two pet tortoises — Kuri and Lola, exploring the central coast with Mary or catching a sporting event. He enjoys cooking, cruising on his e-bike and hiking in this beautiful area.  

Dale
Amy Saldaña, Program Coordinator
asalda09@calpoly.edu

Amy Saldaña, Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator for New Student & Transition Programs, Amy comes from California State University, Sacramento, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Arts degree in Higher Education and Leadership. During her time as a student, Amy realized her passion for higher education and was a part of various departments that serve to support undergraduate students reach graduation. As an undergraduate student, Amy worked with New Student Orientation, Academic Advising, First Year Experience, and Admissions & Outreach at CSU, Sacramento!

 

After graduation, Amy wanted to continue her work in higher education and worked as an Admissions & Outreach Counselor, an Academic Advisor, and the First Year Experience Advisor. Most recently, Amy has served as an Academic Advisor at University of California, Davis before making the big leap to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo!

 

In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats and exploring her new town!

Olivia
Olivia Hayes, Program Coordinator
okhayes@calpoly.edu

Olivia Hayes, Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator for New Student and Transition Programs, Olivia comes from Cal State University, Fresno where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communications and Journalism and is currently completing a Master of Science in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs at Cal Polytechnic State University. Olivia got her start in Higher Education when she attended Cal State University, Fresno, and ran the University Tour program. She is passionate about the event planning aspects of Orientation and is committed to easing the transition in and out of higher education.

 

Olivia has been involved in the arts since she as young and in her free time enjoys singing, playing piano, and musical theatre. She also enjoys playing pickleball with friends and spending time with her new cat, just like Kelly!

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Kelly Koch, 
Administrative Support Coordinator
kkoch01@calpoly.edu

Kelly Koch, Administrative Support Coordinator

Administrative Support Coordinator for New Student and Transition Programs, Kelly grew up on the Central Coast. She has worked within customer service for the past 10 years and has been with New Student and Transition Programs since July 2023. In her free time Kelly enjoys spending time with her cat, just like Amy.

 

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