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 are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Russell Hall Suite 302! You can walk-in to meet with them or schedule an appointment using the Compass Talks Form.

Meet the Navigators

Navigators are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Russell Hall Suite 302! Stop by to see a Navigator for anything you need during your first year!

Victoria Colon - 2019 Navigators

Victoria Colon, Junior

Hometown: Clyde, NC
Major: Marine Science and Biology
Office Hours:
Tuesdays from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fridays from 2:30 – 4 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.
Fridays from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 


Eric Hepp - 2019 Navigator

Eric Hepp, Sophomore

Hometown: Homewood, AL
Major: Finance and Economics
Office Hours:
Tuesdays from 1 – 4 p.m.
Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m.


Iriana Molusky - 2019 Navigator

Iriana Molusky, Junior

Hometown: Lexington, SC
Major: Civil Engineering
Office Hours:
Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursdays from 1 – 4 p.m.

Madeline Puente - 2019 Navigator

Madeline Puente, Junior

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Major: Psychology
Office Hours: 
Mondays from 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Fridays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Leecora Rodgers - 2019 Navigator

Leecora Rodgers, Sophomore

Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Major: Nursing
Office Hours:
Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fridays from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Tommy Spankroy - 2019 Navigator

Tommy Spankroy, Junior

Hometown: Lake in the Hills, IL
Major: Mathematics
Office Hours: 
Mondays from 2 – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Kersten Taylor - 2019 Navigator

Kersten Taylor, Sophomore

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

Lauren Williams - 2019 Navigator

Lauren Williams, Sophomore

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: Operations Management
Office Hours: 
Mondays from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 1 – 4 p.m. 


Dyelon Wilson - 2019 Navigator

Dyelon Wilson, Junior

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Major: Public Relations with Music Production
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays from 1 – 4 p.m.
Thursdays from 12 – 2 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 and Retention Initiatives office! Navigators will represent FYERI 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 incoming student 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 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Navigators will host 5 office hours per week at a set schedule as walk-in Transition 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 Welcome Home Block Party, Get On Board Day, Class Presentations, Monthly Seminar Series, and other promotional opportunities.
  • 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
Application Due: April 15
Interviews: April 18 – 23
Notification of Selection: April 24
Mandatory Team Welcome Event: April 26 at 4 p.m.
Mandatory Team Training: August 20 from 2 – 5 p.m.
Monthly Meetings: 2nd Friday of each month from 3 – 5 p.m. (Subject to change based on availability)
Weekly Office Hours: 5 hours per week on a set schedule for fall 2019 and spring 2020

Application

Applications are currently closed for the 2019-2020 year.