Student Coordinator & Graduate Assistants

Chase TorrenceChase Torrence
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Hospitality and tourism management
Career Aspirations: Vice president of a record label
StrengthsQuest Themes: WOO, communication, positivity, consistency and arranger

My name is Chase Torrence, and I am a graduating senior majoring in recreation and tourism management with an emphasis in event management. I am from Tulare Calif., a small conservative town located in central California. Since my time here at CSUN, I have accomplished so much more than I had expected, and then some. CSUN has offered me so many different opportunities to grow as a leader, scholar and person. I have held numerous leadership roles within campus organizations, such as Associated Students, the University Student Union, Fraternity, Honor Societies, New Student Orientation, and lastly but most importantly as a Student Coordinator serving the role as TAKE XXV and XXVI Director. This campus has created meaningful connections with fellow students, faculty and staff that I intend to foster and keep for the rest of my life. This campus will and can change your life for the better, so long as you allow it.


Dustin L. BeechDustin Lee Beech
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Liberal Studies
Career Aspirations: Student Affairs Professional
StrengthsQuest Themes: Communication | Learner | Woo | Input | Arranger

During my time here at California State University, Northridge, I have gained a better understanding of the campus, my purpose and most of all myself. Following my baccalaureate degree here, I plan to pursue a master's degree in higher educational administration, followed by a career in student affairs. After moving across the country, from the Midwest, I realized my true calling as a leader and a volunteer. I plan to continue with these strengths as I hurdle the rest of life's obstacles. Someone once said, "Our fingerprints don't fade from the lives we touch," a thought I keep in mind when reflecting upon my time here at CSUN and all those who have shaped my positive, life-changing experience and have left their mark. Enjoy each moment of your collegiate career, as it will pass by in the blink of an eye. Take advantage of the resources offered here, as they are here for you. And smile, because it's contagious.


Gabby Danis

Gabby Danis
Class Standing: Graduating Senior
Major: Journalism w/ minor in business management
Career Aspirations: Personal Publicist
StrengthsQuest ThemesInput, Empathy, Achiever, Maximizer, and Relator

I am a graduating senior in the college of Arts, Media, and Communication. I grew up in northern California and decided to move to southern California to pursue my career in public relations.  CSUN has expanded my ability to get involved and to develop my leadership skills. I have held leadership positions within Associated Students, the Greek community, and within the NSO program- as an Orientation Leader and a TAKE XXV cast member. I am grateful for all of the relationships with students, faculty, staff and administration that I have fostered during my time here. CSUN has changed my life for the better; I would not be the leader I am today without all the opportunities offered on campus.  


Jamie ValleJamie Valle
Class Standing: Graduate
Major: Social work
Career Aspirations: Work with the mentally ill population at a men's correctional facility.
StrengthsQuest Themes: Winning others over, harmony, maximizer, positivity and discipline

I'm a 23-year-old graduate student born and raised in LA (Mid-City to be exact). CSUN was my first and only choice. I graduated from CSUN spring 2012 and received my bachelor's degree in child and adolescent development. In fall of 2012, I started my master's in social work program. I fell in love with the idea of being able to help people in a wide range of settings. Being from LA, I have a passion for working with inmates and being the person that can somehow help them turn their lives around once released. Being an intern at Twin Towers Correctional facility for men, has helped me understand the value of helping others in need and in understanding that a simple kind gesture can go a long way. CSUN has helped me grow as a person in so many ways. It has provided me opportunities, experiences and support. Support that I'm not sure I would have found on any other campus. Being a part of the New Student Orientation program for five years and taking on different roles, helped give my life meaning, purpose and direction. It helped me develop different skills I didn't know I had. But most importantly helped build relationships and created experiences no one will ever be able to take away. So please smile as often as possible and make the most out of your college experience. And remember "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."


Plutarco 'Paco' PinedaPlutarco 'Paco' Pineda

Class Standing: Senior

Major: Hospitality and tourism management
Career Aspirations: Director of sports events and operations
StrengthsQuest Themes: Harmony, analytical, maximizer, deliberative and consistency

Going into my fifth year in the New Student Orientation program, I could not be any more proud of the path I have paved. I owe an immense amount of gratitude to this program for all the networking, insight, and opportunities it has offered me throughout my time at CSUN. I entered the university as a civil engineering major and have just switched over to hospitality and tourism management. Now that I have completed the traditional four years of college, I have been shaped by the experiences I have gone through and in less than a year, I will be the first university graduate in my family. We all have our story that is filled with different chapters, dealing with distinct obstacles, and enduring the ups and downs of our respective lives. Although there continues to be change throughout each day that passes by, I always keep my core values at the helm of my journey. Laughter, harmony, love, charity and Esteem. And with these values, I continue to look for improvement in whatever I do, while always looking to have the respect of everyone that I am fortunate enough to meet. And yes, "I will make things awkward."


Peter MoraPeter Mora
Class Standing: Graduate
Major: Counseling
Career Aspirations: Licensed marriage and family therapist
StrengthsQuest Themes: Achiever, competition, connectedness, learner and restorative

I'm a 23-year-old graduate student here at CSUN. I graduated with my bachelor's in psychology from CSUN, and I am now earning my Master's of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Growing up near this campus, I always knew about this university and the opportunities that it offered its prospective students. I am a first-generation college student and with campus programs such as the Educational Opportunity Program and the New Student Orientation (NSO) program, I was able to make this campus a second home for myself. Now, entering my fifth year with NSO, I am the lead Student Coordinator for the 2014 New Student Orientation. My inspiration to successfully complete my schooling career is derived from my family. Completing my scholastic career is also setting an example for younger nieces and nephew. Lastly, I strongly believe that my education path is an example of how first-generation minorities can succeed in the United States. 


Stacey BelloStacey Bello
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Family and consumer science
Career Aspirations: Interior Designer
StrengthsQuest Themes: restorative, empathy, intellection, adaptability and input

I am a senior at CSUN studying interior design. My hope is to become a professional interior designer. Alongside interior design, another one of my passions is dancing and I am currently minoring in dance performance. I take delight in visual and performing arts and my aspirations within these fields are fueled by my values. My faith shapes every aspect of my life and has molded me to become the woman I am today. In addition to my faith, the love from my family encourages me to thrive personally, academically and professionally. I enjoy the company of my parents and our bond grows stronger with each passing day. Furthermore, my mother is my rock and my absolute best friend. I also have an older brother, Steven, who graduated from CSUN in 2006. I often look to Steven for guidance and trust his opinion. My interests and the people in my life have helped me throughout my collegiate career and throughout my journey of self-discovery. The ultimate goal of my life is to be a living example of God's love. It is my hope, that in fulfilling my purpose, I am able to positively impact the lives of others and share my sincere joy for life.  


Catherine JermanyCatherine Jermany
Class Standing: Graduate
Major: College counseling and student services
Career Aspirations: Student affairs professional
StrengthsQuest Themes: achiever, competition, focus, communication and discipline

I'm a 23-year-old graduate student here at CSUN, earning my master's degree in counseling with an emphasis in college counseling and student services. Originally from the Bay Area, I moved to the San Fernando Valley in 2011 in order to complete my bachelor's degree in child and adolescent development. As a transfer student, I felt very disconnected with the campus community in the beginning, but during my last year as an undergraduate, I became very involved on campus: working on campus, joining a sorority and becoming a peer educator. By becoming involved on campus, I realized my passion for working with and around college students and decided that one day I will help students understand their potential, just like the faculty and staff here at CSUN helped me. I strongly believe that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world, and I am excited to continue my educational journey here at CSUN.


Samir M. HamaweSamir M. Hamawe
Class Standing: Graduate
Major: College counseling and student services
Career Aspirations: Student affairs professional
StrengthsQuest Themes: Ideation, input, restorative, strategic and includer

I am a 22-year-old graduate student that was born in and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Attending CSUN for both my undergraduate studies in psychology and graduate work in college counseling and student services, I've developed a strong passion for connecting with students. Helping people has always been my strong suit, and finding balance within myself during the process is something I strive for everyday. I am a strong advocate for personal and professional development and am always looking to learn new things. Being a part of New Student Orientation has put me at the core of campus involvement, where I can direct and inform students through their academic and personal journeys. CSUN has really become my escape where I feel most comfortable interacting and meeting both staff and students and building strong skills as a paraprofessional. Looking at the future, my interests are still not set in stone because, as a part of New Student Orientation, I am being exposed to new and exciting things everyday. Overall, I try to relate to people on a holistic level and my general nature has definitely aided in me soon completing my master's degree as a first-generation student.