Orientation Week Leaders

Student Staff 2022

OWLs are students who are dedicated to making the First-Year Orientation Week warm, welcoming and fun! With support from the Office of Campus Life, we are dedicated to providing an environment that is informative, fosters social connection, and supports physical and emotional well-being for new students on campus.

Our team hosts a vast array of events to engage first-year students and help get them acquainted to campus. We also organize several experiences to give students a little taste of what the local Lewiston/Auburn community has in store for them!

OWLs are passionate about our school and are committed to helping each incoming student find confidence and excitement in their new Maine home.

We can’t wait to meet you! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstyearstudents@bates.edu! We’d be more than happy to help!

Meet the Team:

Olivia Whittaker ’23 – Student Director

Hometown: Biddeford, ME

Hello everyone! My name is Liv and I will be a senior this upcoming fall! I am majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry on a Pre-Med track. On campus, I love taking part in club volleyball and putting together playlists for practice. I also work for the Athletic Department as an Athletic Trainer’s assistant, so you will probably be seeing me around athletic practices and games!

Katia Ryan ’23 – Assistant Student Director

Hometown: Amsterdam, NY


Hi my name is Katia Ryan (she/her). I can be found most days doing laps around the puddle or going for my 4758 cup of lemon tea at commons. I’m a French Major with a Public Health GEC. I’m also Pre-med so feel free to ask me any questions about that! When I’m not drinking tea I’m teaching yoga for Yoga Kula, planning the weekly concerts for Village Club Series (VCS), EMT-ing, and guiding campus tours! Feel free to reach out with any questions! We’re all super excited to meet you. Tootles.


Catie Sanchez ’23 – Assistant Student Director

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Hi!!! My name is Catie, and I am a rising senior from Los Angeles. I am an Economics major and a French minor. If I’m not studying or working for my job with Bates CAT (Campus Activities & Traditions), I like to hang out with friends, get coffee at Dunkin, and spend time at Range Pond. I am so excited to meet the Class of 2026! :))

Orientation Week Leader Staff:

Hannah Braslau ’23
Mason Bunker ’23
Luke Dai ’25
Emily Diaz ’23
Emma Gay ’25
Aydan Gedeon-Hope ’25
Sam Jean-Francois ’23
Julia Jeong ’24
Mariana Kaluba ’25
Alaina Rauf ’25
Jeremy Schrieber ’24
Linnea Selendy ’23
Sierra Stark ’25
Eva Wu ’25