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. Navigators can be reached daily via email!

Email FYE Navigators

Schedule a Success Consultation

Do you need assistance preparing for the semester? Do you want to improve your college experience? Do you want to become the best student you can be? Schedule a Success Consultation today! Success Consultations are your opportunity to outline semester requirements, set goals for the future, gain a peer mentor for your UA experience, and more. You can make the consultation all about what you need as you strive for excellence in all you do!

Schedule a Success Consultation!

Meet the Navigators

First Year Navigators are your guide to the campus experience at UA! We invite you to stop by weekly to Meet the Navigators and learn more about campus life, involvement opportunities, get answers to your questions, and gain a mentor guide to support you in your time at UA. Each week, there will be FREE food, opportunities for t-shirts, photobooths, guest speakers for topics relevant to your success, and more! Check out the events below and we can’t wait to see you in Russell 305 for Meet the Navigators!

Come Meet the Navigators on Thursday, November 4 from 10am-12pm in the FYE Lounge, Russell Hall Room 305 for “Thank You Next.” Join Natalie to write thank you cards to yourself, learn about self-encouragement, and look forward to what’s next for you. Come say thank you to yourself for all that you have accomplished! Snacks are available and free T-Shirts for the first 15 visitors. This is a come and go event. Hope to see you there!

Meet the Navigator Event, Kate

November 16th: Meet the Navigator: Giving Thanks  

Come Meet the Navigators on 11/16/2021 from 12:30 pm-2:30 pm in the FYE Lounge (Russell 305). Join Kate to make handmade Thanksgiving cards to give to those who have impacted you the most! Come say thank you to the professors, family members, or friends who have helped make your first semester great!  Free T-Shirts will be available to the first 15 visitors, and everyone will get free snacks! This is a come and go event, so drop in and make a card.

Meet the 2021 – 2022 Navigators

Navigators are here to be your guide and support you through your first-year at UA! Learn more about each Navigator and their available hours by visiting their profiles below.

Rachel B. - Navigator

Rachel Bedford, Sophomore

Hometown: Mobile, AL
Major: Food & Nutrition
Office Hours: Wednesdays from 12:00 – 1:30 PM & Thursdays from 1:30 – 4:00 PM
Campus Involvement: Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Honors Action Leader, Alabama Archery Club, Student Dietetic Association
Advice: Always keep your dreams at the forefront and know that every step you take is worth it!

Natalie C - Navigator

Natalie Charles, Sophomore

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Major: Psychology
Office Hours: Thursdays from 10 AM – 12 PM & Fridays from 10 AM – 12 PM
Campus Involvement: Lucy’s Legacy
Advice: Do not be afraid to try new things. College is all about experiences and the best way to get the most out of college is to get involved and plugged in! 

Johana C - Navigator

Johana Chavez, Junior

Hometown: Fayette, AL
Majors: Advertising & Communication Studies
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM & Thursdays from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Campus Involvement: A-Team, International Peer Advisor, Engagement Pod Leader
Advice: Direction is more important than speed, find your why and then live on purpose!

Brenna C - Navigator

Brenna Coulson, Sophomore

Hometown: Ocala, FL
Majors: Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 10 AM – 12 PM & Wednesdays from 2 – 4 PM
Campus Involvement: WVUA, A-Team, Blount
Advice: It’s okay to be scared or feel alone or not know what to do! We’ve all been there and there are plenty of resources accessible to you that are specifically for you – you just have to use them.

Kate D - Navigator

Kate Dansereau, Sophomore

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Major: Public Health
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 12:30 – 2:30 PM & Fridays from 2 – 4 PM
Campus Involvement: Blount, Al’s Pals, Ferg Family Event Assistant, First Year Council, Blount Ambassadors, Freshman Forum, READ Alabama
Advice: Try to get involved in as many clubs and organizations as possible. You never know what opportunities you will love until you try them.

Jordan E - Navigator

Jordan Evans, Junior

Hometown: Helena, AL
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Office Hours: Mondays from 2 – 4 PM, Tuesdays from 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, & Thursdays from 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Campus Involvement: A-Team, Al’s Pals, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, English Majors & Minors Association, Undergraduate Research, Writing Center Tutor, Blackburn Institute, Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
Advice: Get involved! It is the best way to make a large campus feel smaller and you’ll make new friends.

Quinn H - Navigator

Quinn Headen II, Sophomore

Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Majors: Economics & Marketing
Office Hours: Mondays from 11 AM – 1 PM & Fridays from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Campus Involvement: Avanti Orientation Team, Freshman Forum, BRIDGE participant, Residential Advisor
Advice: Never fell ashamed or scared to talk to anyone.

Raina H - Navigator

Raina Hooie, Senior

Hometown: Lester, AL
Major: Political Science
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 2 – 3 PM & Wednesdays from 10 AM – 1 PM
Campus Involvement: Peer Coach, Peer Leader, Freshman Forum Intern, Tide Against Trafficking, Pre-Law Association, National Wild Turkey Federation Chapter
Advice: (1) Be a friend to make a friend! (2) You can’t give from an empty cup, be passionate about what you do! (3) Be active in your education! (4) Never be scared to ask for help!

Micah H - Navigator

Micah Howell, Sophomore

Hometown: Hoover, AL
Majors: Management & Marketing
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 2 – 4 PM & Thursdays from 2 – 4 PM
Campus Involvement: Business Honors Program, Business LEAD Ambassadors
Advice: Do not wait to get involved and plugged in. Go out and meet people and join or apply for anything that sounds interesting to you!

Brandon J - Navigator

Brandon Jamar, Junior

Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Major: Accounting
Office Hours: Mondays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM & Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Campus Involvement: BRIDGE Builder, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Black Student Business Organization, SGA, Collegiate 100
Advice: It is okay to not be okay – we are all humans trying to figure life out and there are so many resources out here to help us find our place and thrive!

Allie M - Navigator

Allie McGilberry, Senior

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Major: Studio Art – Graphic Design
Office Hours: Mondays from 10 AM – 12 PM & Fridays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Campus Involvement: American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Chapter, A-Team, Honors College
Advice: A failed test or a missed assignment are not the end of the world, and your grades are not a measure of your worth. What’s most important is learning from your mistakes.

Elissa N - Navigator

Elissa Nation, Junior

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Major: Political Science
Office Hours: Mondays from 12 – 2 PM & Fridays from 12 – 2 PM
Campus Involvement: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, National Council of Negro Women, Ignite UA, Peer Leader, Women of Excellence, The Crimson White, Honor Societies, Future Black Law Student Association
Advice: Make the most of your college experience. Get to know your teachers, make friends, and stay focused!

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 2021 – 2022 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.
  • 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

Mandatory Navigator Retreat: August 17, 2021 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 2021 and spring 2022 in the FYE Lounge
2022 Application Opens: Spring 2022
2022 Application Due: Spring 2022
2022 Interviews: TBA
2022 Notification of Selection: TBA


Applications are currently closed for Navigators. Please check back in Spring 2022.