Navigators are your guide for the first year experience! They represent FYE at various marketing functions, host weekly walk-in hours for students, and support the office with communication efforts and monthly events. Navigators  use their college experience to help navigate you through the first year!

What is a Navigator?

Navigators are current students on campus who want to help students in their first year at UA navigate campus life and the transition to college. These students are available to answer questions, provide connections to campus resources, and serve as a peer mentor. You can schedule a virtual appointment using the Compass Talks Form for Spring 2020!

Meet the Navigators

Navigators are available Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 4 PM at the FYE Lounge – Russell Hall 305. Stop by to Meet the Navigators, enjoy a snack, study with friends, or for whatever you may need!

Victoria Colon - 2019 Navigators

Victoria Colon, Junior

Hometown: Clyde, NC
Major: Marine Science and Biology
Office Hours:
Tuesdays from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Lauren Eisenschenk - 2019 Navigator

Lauren Eisenschenk, Junior

Hometown: Gainesville, FL
Major: Political Science
Office Hours: 
Mondays from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Eric Hepp - 2019 Navigator

Eric Hepp, Sophomore

Hometown: Homewood, AL
Major: Finance and Economics
Office Hours:
Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fridays from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Madeline Puente - 2019 Navigator

Madeline Puente, Junior

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Major: Psychology
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Leecora Rodgers - 2019 Navigator

Leecora Rodgers, Sophomore

Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Major: Public Health
Office Hours:
Mondays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Tommy Spankroy - 2019 Navigator

Tommy Spankroy, Junior

Hometown: Lake in the Hills, IL
Major: Mathematics
Office Hours: 
Mondays from 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays from 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Fridays from 2 – 4 p.m.

Kersten Taylor - 2019 Navigator

Kersten Taylor, Sophomore

Hometown: Wichita, KS
Major: Social Work
Office Hours: 
Mondays from 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Fridays from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Lauren Williams - 2019 Navigator

Lauren Williams, Sophomore

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: Operations Management
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays from 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Thursdays from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Dyelon Wilson - 2019 Navigator

Dyelon Wilson, Junior

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Major: Public Relations with Music Production
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m.

How do I become a Navigator?

Be the Navigator of the first year experience by serving as an ambassador for the First Year Experience office! Navigators will represent FYE at various marketing functions, host weekly walk-in hours for first-year students, and support the office with communication efforts and monthly events. Use your college experience to help navigate students through their first year!

Expectations and Position Responsibilities

  • Navigators should be willing to share their experience and be passionate about supporting new students.
  • Navigators need to have completed at least one semester at UA.
  • Navigators must be enrolled at UA for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.
  • Navigators will host 5 office hours per week at a set schedule as walk-in Compass Talk times for a student to visit the office without an appointment.
  • Navigators will support and attend a minimum of 3 FYERI associated events per semester such as Get On Board Day, Class Presentations, Monthly Seminar Series, and other promotional opportunities.
  • Navigators will serve as student leader support for Welcome Home Block Party on August 16, 2020 from 4 – 10 p.m.
  • Navigators will host Welcome Week Information Stations in the first week for fall and spring classes.
  • Navigators will attend a monthly team meeting for professional development, discussion of experiences, and support brainstorming of new initiatives for the office.
  • Navigators will remain in constant communication with the office of First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives.

Timeline and Commitment

Application Opens: April 1, 2020
Application Due: April 13, 2020
Interviews: April 14 – 20, 2020
Notification of Selection: April 22, 2020
Mandatory Virtual Welcome Event: April 24, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Mandatory Navigator Retreat: August 18, 2020 from 3 – 5 p.m.
Monthly Meetings: Schedule determined when Navigators are selected
Weekly Office Hours: 5 hours per week on a set schedule for fall 2020 and spring 2021 in the FYE Lounge


Applications for Navigators are currently closed for the 2020-2021 academic year. Check back in March 2021!