U-Team Orientation Leaders

U-Team Leaders gain leadership skills and help new students connect with the Urbana University community.

U-Team Leaders convey information to new students and their families about the various resources on campus that are available to students. They also play a vital role in helping new students become accustomed to life at Urbana University through the UNI101 program.

Meet the Orientation Staff

U-Team Leaders

Kayla Aldo

Kayla's bio is coming soon!


Brittany Baker

Brittany is a Senior from Troy, Ohio double majoring in Adolescent/Young Adult Education and English. She has been a member of the Student Activities Committee, Kappa Delta Pi, and Relay for Life.  Her advice to new students is to "get involved as much and possible and make sure you communicate with your professors."


Heather Berry

Heather is a sophomore Sociology major from Springfield, Ohio. She has been a member of The Royal Blues Marching Band, the History Club, University Singers, and the Chamber Singers.  Her advice to new students is "if you need help ask for it. Don't be afraid to seek the help you need to success!"


Cody Byrd

Cody is a junior majoring in psychology from Newark, Ohio. He am on the varsity swim team, an RA, in the Student Activities Committee, and Secretary in Student Government. My advice for new students is be open to change, be yourself, and don't sweat the small stuff.



Ryan Castle

Ryan's bio is coming soon


Bethaine Caldwell

Bethaine is a Senior athletic training major from Piqua, Ohio. She is a Student Smbassador, U-Team Teader,  a Resident Assistant and a member of SATA (Student Athletic Training Association). Her advice to incoming students is to do something you would never do in high school.

Jennifer Donnersbach

Jenny is an early childhood education major going into her Junior year at UU. She has been a member of Colleges Against Cancer, Lambda Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Ki, and this is her second year as a U-team leader. Her advice to incoming students is to not sweat the small things and remember to have fun.


Ryan Gresse

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Patrick Malloy

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Ashleigh Monnin

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Kathleen Ollhoff

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Cody Schultz

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James Tucker

James (JT) is a senior accounting major from Cincinnati, Ohio. JT serves as the Student Body President and is involved with the Student Business Association, bowling team, serves as President of the Student Activities Committee, and is a Resident Assistant. He looks forward to getting more involved at Urbana and hopes that being an orientation leader will help him accomplish that goal. JT would encourage new students to be presentable, be respectful, and get involved.

Taylor Tussing

Taylor is a junior Adolescent/Young Adult History major from Chillicothe. He is a student leader in the Student Activities Committee and Senator in the Student Government Association. Taylor also is a Resident Assistant in Sycamore Hall and a  member of the bowling team. His advice to new students would be "don't stress over the small things about college but focus on the bigger opportunities."

Megan Verhoff

Megan's bio is coming soon


Mercedes Watkins

Mercedes is junior Athletic Training major from West Liberty, Ohio. She has been a member of Student Athletic Training Association, Bowling Team, Student Ambassadors and Lambda Sigma. Her advice to new students is to "Don't be afraid to ask for help if you're struggling, professors are willing to help you and upper classmen as well."


Casey White

Casey is a 5th year Senior majoring in Middle Childhood Education-Mathematics and Science from Bellefontaine Ohio. She has been a member of the Environmental Club, Spectrum, UU College Democrats, and Kappa Delta Pi.  Her advice to new students is to stay connected with the people you meet and utilize all of the resources made available to you because you are in charge of your own college success.



Mitch Joseph, Orientation Coordinator

Mitch serves as the Director of Campus Life at Urbana University. He is a 2008 graduate of Urbana University with a Bachelors' Degree in Political Science and a 2010 graduate of Bowling Green State University with Masters' Degree in College Student Personnel. Mitch looks forward to welcoming new students to Urbana University. His advice to students is to "Get out and enjoy the new experience, your college experience is only what you make of it. Urbana University is an exciting place where students can make friendships that can last a lifetime!" Mitch can be contacted at mjoseph@urbana.edu.

From Our Alumni

"My college experience was such a great one, and I want to develop a new connection with the University for other alumni, the current students, as well as myself.  I want to continue to be connected to Urbana University and build on my experiences."

-Kiya Star Hunt
Class of ‘00