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Staff, Student Assistants & Small Group Leaders - We are here to help YOU!

"Welcome to The Honors College and HC 100! My name is Karen and I am a member of The Honors College staff. I am your second "go to" person for HC 100. Your cell group leader will be your primary contact, but if there is anything you need extra help with, I am available.

Just so you know a little bit about me; I love reading, gardening, hanging out with friends and family and working with all of the students in the Honors College. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you this year!" - Karen Conn

Student Assistants

Amanda Breitner
Hello Honors College Freshmen! My name is Amanda and I am one of your friendly Student Assistants for the fall semester. My major is English with Secondary Education and my minor is Spanish. I am a fifth year senior. I was a CGL for two years, am spending 6 weeks studying abroad in Spain this summer, and am applying for the secondary education program in the fall, so if I can’t answer your questions, I can certainly find someone who can. If you don't have any questions and still want to talk with me, I enjoy Harry Potter, legos, and Harry Potter legos. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!

Candice Novinski
Hello! My name is Candice Novinski, and this will be my first year as a Student Assistant for HC 100. Last year I was the Cell Group Leader for Light Green and loved it, so I'm pumped to be working with HC 100 again. I am currently a Junior majoring in business. Beyond being involved with the Honors College, I am also a Resident Assistant on 4 West Vandy, which is an Honors College floor. So really, I guess that kind of swings back to HC as well :D I’m really into young adult fiction and basically all tv shows, but especially How I Met Your Mother and Once Upon a Time. So if you ever want to gush about books, tv, Oakland, or anything really, then I’m your gal. Feel free to ask me anything anytime. I am really looking forward to helping with your first semester here at OU and getting to know everyone.

Cell Group Leaders (CGL's)

Cullen Callaghan
Hi, I'm Cullen and I'm double majoring in Creative Writing and Communication. I love to write stories, song lyrics and plays. I enjoy theater and acting and my favorite musical is Into the Woods. My favorite Disney movie is Sleeping Beauty. I like being active and going running but I'm pretty bad at most sports. I love it here on campus, it has become my home away from home. I am part of the OU Fencing Club, Intervarsity Christian, Students for Life, the Honors College Echo and the Ballroom Dance Club. I worked with Orientation this past summer and I love meeting new people. I am so excited to meet you all and see you in the fall. It's going to be a great semester and an awesome year. Stay Golden Grizzlies!

Shannon Cooley
Hey guys! My name is Shannon Cooley, and I’m a third year senior this year at Oakland. I’m double majoring in English and History with a concentration in American Studies, which basically means that I read all the time. When I’m not reading, I love being outside, going on adventures, and hanging out with my friends and family. I’m really excited to work with the Honors College as a cell group leader for the second time this year, and I can’t wait to meet all of you! This class is an opportunity to get to know your classmates and peers in the Honors College, make friends, and learn what it means to be a part of an intellectual community. We’re going to have a great time this year, and I can’t wait to get started!

Derrik Germain

Hey there Honors College freshman! I'm Derrik Germain, I'm a Biochemistry Major with a minor in German Language. Pretty weird combination of studies there right? To be honest, I'm still not quite sure what I'll do with those degrees, but I'll figure it out. In addition to being one of the Cell Group Leaders for HC 100, I am also one of Oakland University's Academic Peer Mentors, so if any of you have questions on some of your classes, or need some study tips feel free to ask! Outside of my busy school schedule I enjoy activities such as playing tennis, swimming, biking, playing video games, making music with my guitar or bass, and working on a webcomic I have started with some friends. I like to think that my interests are spread out pretty well, plus I'm a pretty laid back and open guy, so chances are we will get along great! I look forward to meeting you and I will do everything I can to make your first semester here at OU as amazing as possible!

Heba Elghoroury
Hello everyone! My name is Heba Elghoroury, and I am a junior here at Oakland University. I am majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in pre-professional. I hope to one day go to medical school. I have enjoyed being in the Honor's College program throughout my years at Oakland University, so I am excited to be a Cell Group Leader this year. The HC 100 course played a major role in easing my transition from high school to college. I met new people, learned new information, and discussed ideas in such an open and innovative way. The Honor's College program has allowed to me to gain knowledge in a variety of topics in such a stimulating manner. I hope to help you in the way the Honor's College has helped me. I want to make your entrance into Oakland University as smooth and fun as possible. I am looking forward to having you all in my Cell Group and getting to know you better. I know our group will work together to have a productive semester.

Noha Elghoroury

Hi everyone! I'm Noha Elghoroury, and I'm a senior here at Oakland University majoring in Health Science. This is my second year being a CGL, and I can't wait to start the year with you guys! Oakland is a great university, and there are so many opportunities here for any and every major. And I love the Honors College experience! The classes I've taken through Honors College, including HC 100, have taught me different ways of learning and have opened my eyes to a variety of things. I'm here to make your transition from high school to college as smooth as possible. I like to surround myself around good people with positive energy, so I'm hoping that we have a great group of people so we can enjoy this semester. I'm really excited to be a cell group leader, and I'm looking forward to meeting you all! And I'm going to try my best to help you all gain a positive and memorable Honors College experience like I did.

Nicole Ensink

Hey guys! My Name is Nicole and I'm currently a Junior at Oakland. I just changed my major to business, and I'm still unsure what exactly I'll be doing with the degree. After being a Cell Group Leader last year I knew that I wanted to be one again this year! I'm looking forward to meeting all of you. I hope that I can make the transition to Oakland an easy and fun one for you all! Outside of school I love reading, writing, singing, and hanging out with friends. I hope everyone is excited for next year and I'll see you all in the fall! 

Nicole Freeman
Hi Honors College Freshmen! I’m Nicole Freeman and I am so excited to be a CGL this year. I am majoring in Studio Art K-12 with a concentration in Photography and minoring in Art History. So one day I hope to be an art teacher. I love working with people and helping people as much as I can. Currently, I work for Oakland University Housing as a Nightwatch Desk worker, and as a CGL. I am also the Historian for ALD and the photography intern for Oakland’s SAE. I love photography, obviously, spending time with friends, and working out, particularly running. Some random facts for you: I was born in Canada, I love olives and chocolate, and I strongly dislike rollercoasters. I also love learning new things about people, so when I meet you, please share some random facts with me! Also, if you have any questions about the Honors College, campus involvement, art related questions, or anything at all, please ask and I’ll try to help! I am so pumped for HC 100 and I hope you are too! I am going to try my best and help all of you have the wonderful first year experience that I had with the Honors College. I hope you had a great summer and I can’t wait to meet you all!

Joe Grzywacz
Hey everybody, I’m Joe! Currently I am a junior here at OU and I am majoring in Secondary Education in Mathematics. I know math doesn't sound like the most exciting subject to teach but I like it and I am really looking forward to becoming a teacher. So pretty much if you have any math questions you can send them my way and I’ll do the best I can to help you out. I’m the type of person who is always glad to help out with anything at all. My door is always open and you guys can feel free to stop by and see me anytime you want. I live in the student apartments on campus. I love music and am constantly listening to it. Some of my favorite bands are Rise Against and Billy Talent. But besides music, sports are at the top of my list. I played football and ice hockey in high school and I am always up for learning a new game or just throwing a Frisbee around. I hope you all had a wonderful summer and look forward to meeting each and every one of you. 

Mike Kernen
Hello everyone! My name is Mike. I’m currently studying International Relations and German. Oakland is a great place to be right now with so many opportunities and new things to be a part of. The Honors College is one of the many great things about OU, and HC 100 is the best way to start. Like I’m sure some of you are, I was initially hesitant about this class last year but it turned out to be one of my favorite experiences over the course of my freshman year. It’s so much fun and it’s a wonderful place to meet new people and make new friends. Aside from school, I’m a huge baseball fan, love the Detroit Tigers, and also root for the Red Wings and Lions. I love TV as well with some of my favorite shows being Game of Thrones and the Office. I’m excited to meet you all this semester and look forward to being a CGL. See you this fall and look out for me on fifth floor, West Vandenberg!

Rosella LaDouca
My name is Rosella LoDuca. I am studying pre-business with a minor in dance education. This is my second year here at Oakland and the Honors College. Although I commute, being connected through the Honors College has really allowed me to feel like a part of the student body. I’m excited to be a student leader this year by being a CGL. On a personal level, I am an avid academic as well as a social butterfly. I also am an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle: working out, eating right, taking supplements, and meditating are all a part of my daily life. lastly, I am extremely passionate about performing: I have sung and danced professionally since I was 16. While attending Oakland, I plan on studying abroad in Spain, getting an awesome internship in my field of work, becoming a student athlete through the dance team, and making a difference everyday on campus. I look forward to being with you this year; let’s make this semester one to remember! Welcome to the Honors College! 

Liz Lawer
Hello! My name is Liz Lawer and I am a Junior studying Communications and Philosophy here at Oakland University. This is my second year as a cell group leader for the Honors College. I love silly puns, Sudoku puzzles, and reading (particularly Harry Potter!). I am currently the President of the Honors College Student Association, Treasurer of the Oakland University Ballroom Dance Club, and am an executive member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; since I am so involved on campus it is my goal this year to see you all become a member of a club/organization and to see you flourish as an individual here on Oakland's campus. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all this year!

Marissa Matthews
Hey guys! My name is Marissa and next year I will be starting my senior year at Oakland. I am a Biology major with a pre-med concentration. After graduation, I hope to continue onto medical school and become a doctor in endocrinology or oncology. This is my second year as an CGL and I'm looking forward to the opportunity. I'm currently a waitress at Applebee's and I volunteer whenever I can. In my spare time, I love to go camping, spend time with friends, watch movies, read and travel. I'm also a huge sports fan, love the Red Wings and Oakland! I love all types of music, but right now I'm really into country. I'm so excited to meet you all in the fall and learning all about each and every one of you. Have a great summer and see you in the fall!

Ross Militz
Hey there! My name is Ross Militz, and I’m majoring in International Relations with a minor in Economics. After my undergrad career, I’m looking at either getting a job in government or going on to grad school or law school. I’ve had amazing experiences in my one year here at Oakland, and I hope to help you all have the opportunity to make some of your own great memories in your freshman year, too. HC100 is here to help make your transition to university life easier, and I’m here to answer any questions you might have in that process. I’m looking forward to being a CGL next year and getting to know you all. This class is a ton of fun, and you make so many great friends in addition to learning a TON about all of the amazing opportunities afforded to you at OU by being in the Honors College. It was one of the highlights of my freshman year, and I hope it will be for you, too. I can’t wait to get to know you all in the fall!

Miranda pelkey
Hello new Honors College Freshmen! I am Miranda Pelkey and I'm a Biology major here at Oakland. I plan on going to medical school and hope to be a doctor of Sports Medicine! I live on campus on the 3rd floor of West Vandenberg and my door is always open if you need anything. Outside of school I am a dance teacher and I also work for the Detroit Tigers. I'm passionate for all types of sports, especially hockey, baseball, and dance. As a Cell Group Leader I hope to make your transition to college as easy as possible and help you meet some great new people, my current roommate and best friend I met in my cell group last year! I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this class, see you in the fall!

Meghan Schultz
Welcome! My name is Meghan Schultz and I am so very excited to be a CGL this year! I am a junior going into art history with a minor in physics. I enjoy reading, sketching and volunteering at Meadow Brook Hall. I am a part of the anthropology club here at Oakland and I enjoy rock climbing and fencing. I hope that I can assist you in any way I can as you start your journey at Oakland university and with your adventures with the honors college!

Whitney Smith

Hi. My name is Whitney Smith and I am a senior at Oakland University. I am a linguistics major wih a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. I am a second year Resident Assistant this year in Hamlin Hall and an Admissions Programming Assistant. I also had the great opportunity to do an internship with Disney with the Disney College Program where I worked as a Fairy Godmother in Training. I love American Sign Language and hope to earn a masters in speech pathology. If you are looking for me, you can usually find me in the Bumpers Game Room or at Juggling Club here on campus. I love to do the Diabolo (a type of juggling) and I am learning how to unicycle this Fall if I don’t run my instructor over with it first. I am really excited to be a second year Cell Group Leader this fall and look forward to meeting all of you in a great and exciting term.  

Jackie Spezia
Hey everyone! I´m Jackie Spezia and I´m a senior majoring in Spanish and International Relations. I love anything that has to do with Spain or the Spanish Language. While on campus I volunteer in the International Education Office as a study abroad advisor so if you have any questions about studying abroad I´m your girl. In my free time I like to read, watch the Golden Girls, and waste countless hours on Pinterest. This is my second year as a CGL and I´m really looking forward to this year. HC 100 is a great way to meet new people and to feel connected to OU right from the start. I took HC 100 as a freshmen so I always try to remember how I felt when it comes to choosing activities and what not… so I promise no human knot ice breaker (unless you all really want to). Enjoy the rest of your summer!! I can't wait to meet you! 

Rachel Voight
Hello! My name is Rachel Voight, and this is my second year as a Cell Group Leader for HC 100. I am a Junior majoring in Biology with a focus in ecology. I love all things science and nature. This summer, I am doing research at Oakland studying the differences of shorelines on fish diversity at Lake St. Clair through the Undergraduate Research Program under Dr. Scott Tiegs. I want to pursue graduate school and continue doing research. I also work for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an Admissions Ambassador and Housing as a Nightwatch Supervisor. Although I am from Troy, I currently live on campus because I love being involved and integrated into the Oakland Community. When I'm not bird watching or identifying trees and bugs, I love to indulge myself by watching TV on Netflix and reading Non-fiction books. I'm so excited for this year's HC 100. If anyone has any questions about getting involved on campus, research, or housing, contact me!

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HC students are automatically members of The Honors College Student Association (HCSA). HCSA hosts a variety of fun events each year for all Honors College students.

To keep up to date on HCSA events, go to Grizz Orgs and join the HCSA Student Organization. To learn more, contact your current President, Liz Lawer.

Trip to the Cider Mill
Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Making and Selling Valentines
 Relay for Life Wedding Booth

Halloween Party

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