Residence Education Staff 2017

Scott Azorr

Scott Azorr

What was your journey to OSU?

I graduated from OSU in 2010 and went off to into the working world for a few years.  Eventually I found my way back to student affairs and enrolled in a Student Affairs grad program at Clemson University.  After graduating with my M.Ed. I was hired as an RD here at OSU.  It’s been great to be back!

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

OSU Students live a very fast paced life.  The term system at OSU has them on their toes constantly.  Many students are highly involved with leadership and academic activities.  We also have very active students who regularly take advantage of the gym and other campus resources.

What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

There are many things I enjoy about working at Oregon State.  To name a few, I have incredibly caring and supportive colleagues, I work with very passionate students, Oregon State offers great benefits including access to various family and childcare resources, and being a part of the UHDS family.  Regarding UHDS, I I have found that they are very student centered, they value their employees, and they have developed a fun work environment.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Corvallis is a great town to raise a family.  There are a lot of outdoor activities in the area, the Farmers Market is great, and there are lots of great restaurants.  We are also not far from Portland, Eugene, the Coast and the Cascades.

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

I have enjoyed the variety of opportunities that I’ve been able to volunteer for through Res Ed and my various committees.  These opportunities have helped me build relationships with other offices on campus that have helped me work toward my professional goals.  Additionally, developed a Professional Development plan with my boss has been helpful in staying focused on my goals and in getting supportive in achieving them.

 

Tony Au

What was your journey to OSU?

Before coming to OSU, I worked in Residential Life at the University of Washington (UW) for over three years during my undergraduate career. I started out as a Resident Adviser, moved into an Assistant Resident Director role, and finally transitioned to a Community Assistant before entering my current role as a Resident Director. At UW, I studied Business Administration (with a concentration in Information Systems and Human Resources Management) and minored in Nutritional Sciences.

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

There's never a dull moment on campus, especially because all first-year students are required to live on campus. Many students with whom I interact on a daily basis are from Oregon, so they enjoy the area and like being on campus and getting involved. It's definitely a "college town" feeling, so most (if not all) of the action happens right here on campus.
What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

My favorite part about working at OSU is its commitment to diversity and social justice. In addition to my full-time RD role, I am a graduate student in the College Student Services Administration program here at OSU, which has afforded me the opportunity to learn from/with faculty and other like-minded individuals who are also dedicated to social justice and positive social change.
What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

In addition to no sales tax and feeling safe when walking around campus late at night, I like Corvallis because it's far enough away from distractions (so I can focus on school and work), but close enough to nearby cities (like Portland or the coast) to plan getaways/vacations every now and then. It's also pretty close to home (Seattle), which is important to me, and a great place for hiking and experiencing the outdoors. Corvallis, specifically, is also pretty awesome for its abundance of independent business across town.

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

I love wearing so many hats. RDs (and others who work in housing) generally get to wear a lot of hats due to the nature of our positions, but because of the size of our department, we're large enough that we get to dabble/collaborate with other units frequently, but small enough that I'm not in charge of Marketing, Diversity Initiatives and Programs, the Facilities of my particular residence hall. I get to connect with colleagues in and outside of my unit frequently, and therefore get to experience more task variety as a result, which is really fun for me and allows me to develop different skills through my position.

Tony Au

Melissa Greff

Melissa Greff

What was your journey to OSU?

I came here for the student affairs graduate program in 2014, and then got hired full-time a year into that. I graduated in 2016, and I really enjoy being a professional here, so I plan on staying a while.

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

Fast! Students are busy no matter what these days, but combined with the quarter system that OSU has, I’m constantly amazed at how much our students are able to accomplish, both personally and academically. There’s always a lot going on, and our organizations are very active in putting on events like Drag Night from the Pride Center and the Salmon Bake and Powwow from the Native American Longhouse. Campus life is hectic and demanding, but very rewarding for our students and professionals I think.

What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

My favorite part about working at OSU is the support and care I get from my students, colleagues, and supervisors. There are a lot of genuine people here and I feel like we do well with building relationships between ourselves and others. Maybe I’ve been lucky, but my experience so far has included students who tell me to go home when they see I’m in the office late, colleagues who challenge and support me in my personal and professional development, and supervisors who listen to what I have to say to help create equitable and positive environments for our students. The people here really care, and that’s what I appreciate.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

For me, Corvallis is the perfect size town with a great location. We have all the stores we need, and we’re a very drivable distance from more metropolitan areas and a lot of really neat nature like mountains and beaches. My favorite thing about Oregon is how green it is most of the time. Corvallis can be kind of removed (we’re about fifteen minutes from the interstate), but the drive everywhere is so beautiful I really don’t mind it.

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

My professional goals center around social justice and student leadership. I’ve been able to engage with those goals in a lot of different ways here. We spend a lot of time in professional and student staff training talking about identity, power and privilege, and self-care, and I also feel comfortable engaging with my students and colleagues in those topics outside of training. Another area I try to develop is student leadership, specifically advising. I’ve had the privilege to be able to co-advise RHA and NRHH on our campus and take our students to PACURH and NACURH conferences. I love advising, and we have a lot of resources I’ve been able to access to help me grow that skill.

Shelley Griffiths

What was your journey to OSU?

I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling. I worked at two private institutions before I came to OSU. I’ve always had a passion for students and helping them grow and develop in their college years. OSU is the first big university I’ve worked at and it was a good fit for me.

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

There are many opportunities for students to get involved in leadership positions around campus. There are also tons of social and educational activities constantly going on during every part of the year. There are various communities on campus that most students can find a place where they feel most comfortable.

What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

I love working with the students at OSU. It’s been rewarding and meaningful in being part of their journey here on campus. I’ve been able to build many relationships, which have lasted beyond graduation.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I love Corvallis and feel like there are so many ways to be involved in the community. There are many parks and beautiful places to see in the area. The downtown is awesome with many places to eat and shop.

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

I’ve had many opportunities since I have been here and have grown as a professional and as a person. No matter what your passion is, there is opportunities for you to be able to grow in whatever way you want. I have loved being part of students’ lives on a daily basis. One area that I wanted to grow in more is around social justice issues and there has been numerous ways for me to grow in this way.

Shelley Griffiths

Xavier Hudson

What was your journey to OSU?

 I am from Chicago, Illinois but I have lived in Iowa, Colorado, and Connecticut before moving to Oregon. I received my bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with minors in Health and Psychology from Graceland University in 2010. I am in my 6th year as a professional in Student Affairs after working 1 year in Admissions and Enrollment at my alma mater.

 

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

There are countless options for students to get involved through clubs and organizations, club and intramural sports, and cultural centers. OSU Pride is also a major facet of campus life as it is channeled through current students, alumni, staff and faculty.

What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

 I appreciate working with caring and engaging peers and supervisors. Our Student Affairs unit is full of people who are passionate about helping students succeed. It also helps that the physical location of our campus provides access to cities, the ocean, and countless nature exploration opportunities.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

The city of Corvallis provides opportunities to develop meaningful relationships in a welcoming community. I attended a festival in town the first weekend after I started working and it was a great snapshot of how calm and warm the people are.

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

My professional aspirations are to continue facilitating the growth and development of diverse individuals and groups. I am able to gain applicable experience in my daily work with students. The Oregon Public Universities Tuition Reduction program also provides an awesome opportunity that I plan to take advantage of in the near future.

Kevin Ngo

What was your journey to OSU?

As a second-year undergraduate student, I knew I wanted to work in student affairs after completing my first summer as an orientation leader. I worked to get as much student leadership experience as I could and went on to join the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Colorado State University. When it came time to start my job search, I wanted to be on the West Coast to get experience in another part of the country and be closer to family. With OSU being a land-grant institution like Colorado State, it seemed like a match!

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

I think the term system is grueling for students, but I am constantly amazed by the academic prowess of students I work with and support. There are many resources available for everyone, and students are knowledgeable about many of them, if not all, and are quick to recommend resources to each other. Students are very focused on their studies, which drives them to degree attainment, and I think the campus environment is conducive to that end.

What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

Like other campuses, I feel at home working with student leaders, and OSU’s student leaders have already taught me so much about how to be a better supervisor and professional. I also feel like I have the autonomy I want to innovate within my community and lead in a way that is fun and authentic for me. My staff energizes me to try new approaches and consider what it means to support student leaders and residents alike full-time. Getting to know and work with other professional staff in the department has also been enjoyable and helpful as I navigate being a new professional.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Corvallis is a quiet town, much like where I grew up and studied as an undergraduate student so I am used to a slower-paced energy in the community. The rain is usually constant, but what it contributes to the atmosphere in town is somehow comforting. Otherwise, I haven’t done much exploring around the state, but anecdotally, it sounds like there are many sights to see and things to do all over Oregon!

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

I am passionate about social justice education and have had the opportunity to try different ways of incorporating that into my daily operations within my community. I try to find the most interesting ways of talking about different subjects and present a variety of approaches and applications to make the learning meaningful and practical. I am excited to continue this kind of work and cannot wait to see where it will lead me!

Kevin Ngo

Michael Roehlk

Michael Roehlk

What was your journey to OSU?

I am in my second year at OSU, I’m originally from California and spend 3 years as a Residence Director at Fresno State.  After this I moved across the country and spend four years as a Hall Director at Southeast Missouri State in Cape, Girardeau, Missouri.  Then felt the urge to come back to the west Coast and found my way to OSU. 

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

Students here are challenged to focus on academics. As one of two universities to hold all four (Land, Sea, Space, Sun) grants you can just feel how intense academics are here. It’s always fun to see students of all our unique majors studying or working on projects.  Students here are also very passionate about causes and activities they believe in.  and find time to make a difference in the community. 

What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

Opportunities, as a large institution we have lots of resources to utilize to learn and grow and become as strong a professional as you can be.  You also get an opportunity to develop your community and see growth and ownership of your community

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

The community of Corvallis is very nice, just about everyone in Oregon is nice.  It may be a very small community but it doesn’t feel lacking for things to do, also one of my favorite parts about Oregon is the proximity to mountains, and the coast.  My favorite thing about Oregon, in general is the Oregon Coast. 

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

We have quite a bit of opportunity to shape our work to fit our goals.  We get a good sampling of all the aspects of the profession, and if you have an interest you can generally find someone willing to mentor you or help you gain other experiences. 

Wiliama Sanchez

What was your journey to OSU?

In the Summer of 2013, I was able to intern in the Division of Student Affairs at OSU. I fell in love with the campus and the many dedicated faculty and staff who put forth a positive and impactful energy around what they do. When I graduated with my Masters in Higher Education, the RD position was opened and I jumped at the opportunity to return to the campus that kicked off my journey through Student Affairs.

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

What I love about OSU is the pride and traditions associated with the institution. Students, faculty, staff, and community members gather together to support not only the institution, but each and every beaver that passes through this institution. The pride is infectious in Beaver Nation.

What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

Working at Oregon State, I have the opportunity to engage with students from various walks a life and support them through various situations. It is NEVER a dull moment working in housing. Each day is a new opportunity for me to enrich a students’ experience in ways beyond the classroom experience could fulfill. Being able to meet students’ where they are at in their life and finding ways to help them thrive at OSU has been a worthwhile experience.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Growing up in Hawai’i all of my life, Oregon was a major change. Minus the fact that Corvallis has this new thing for me called “seasons,” the vibe is similar to life back home in Hawai’i – laid back and open mentality. Moving from LA where I studied, Corvallis was literally a breath of fresh air. It was a cultural shift for me, but I appreciate the enormous support I have received from colleagues and the community. I’m even (slowly) getting use to the weather!

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

I have been able to take the lead in my professional journey at Oregon State. With the support of our leadership team, I have been given opportunities to engage with the greater campus in conversations that interest me professionally.

Through my current position, I am able to work with residents in the Engineering Living Learning Community. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate career, I had the opportunity to learn and engage with the concepts of Living Learning Communities (LLC). LLC’s have the potential to become an effective conduit for student success; complementing the curricular experience. Working with underrepresented students within the academic world has become a passion of mine as well. I want to continue to develop and cultivate programs and initiatives that support students’ abilities inside and outside of the classroom.

Williama Sanchez

Rebecca Schaffeld

Rebecca Schaffeld

What was your journey to OSU?

 My journey to OSU has been a long one. I am a lifetime Beaver. I started at OSU as an undergraduate student in 2007. Since then, I just can’t seem to leave. I spent two years after undergrad figuring out what I wanted to do next, and ultimately came back to OSU for graduate school and now work for UHDS. OSU has been my home for a long time and I am very fond of it.

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

Campus life at OSU is active and friendly. It is easy to get to know colleagues across the student affairs division and stay connected.

What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

My favorite part about working at OSU is the friendly, homey atmosphere. Between the people, students, beautiful campus itself, and activities, it feels like family to me.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Personally, I am from a very small town in rural Oregon, so Corvallis does not seem like that small of a town to me, but it is all about perspective. There is a good variety of restaurants. If you enjoy breweries and coffee, it is a good place to be. I love that Corvallis is an hour from the beach, Portland, and the mountains. If you like outdoors, there is plenty of hiking options as well. Oregon in general is great for nature and outdoor lovers.

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

Working for UHDS provides a huge variety of options to choose from for professional development. I have been able to attend conferences and serve on a variety of committees both within UHDS and outside of it. The variety of experience has provided me with a well-rounded resume.

Brad Young

What was your journey to OSU?

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Oregon State, then earned my Master’s degree in Higher Education at Texas Tech University. I worked in Colorado and Wyoming for three years before returning to Oregon State last July.

How would you describe the campus life for students at Oregon State?

For students, I think campus life here is one of the more comprehensive experiences that I’ve seen anywhere. The majority of our students are engaged in at least one, if not more, opportunities on campus and seem to “plug in” more fully than on other campuses I’ve worked at.

What is your favorite part of working at Oregon State?

My favorite part about working at Oregon State is the community. Crossing departmental lines to connect and collaborate is so easy and our leadership supports those relationships.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Corvallis, while small, has everything you need either in-town or within reach. I love the centralized location in the state, as everything is relatively close by, be it big cities, mountains, or the beach. I love Oregon because I’m close to home and family.

How have you been able to shape your work to fit your professional goals?

I’ve worked very intentionally with my supervisor to be specific about my interests and passions. My supervisor has been incredibly supportive of me and has advocated for my participation on committees and in the pursuit of other developmental opportunities.

Brad Young