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Mustang Success Center

Building 52, Room D37 success@calpoly.edu (805) 756-6211

Meet the Staff

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The Mustang Success Center provides an inclusive environment that proactively supports first time freshmen with their successful transition and integration into Cal Poly. The center’s staff provides accessible academic advising that guides students to clear pathways of success and builds a foundation for timely graduation.

Director for the Mustang Success Center

Shannon Stephens

Shannon Stephens

Director for the Mustang Success Center

sgstephe@calpoly.edu
805-756-2762
52-D31

Favorite Quote: "The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli." - George Louis Constanza, Seinfeld

Advisors for the Mustang Success Center

Kara Hitchcock

Kara Hitchcock

First Year Programs

khitch01@calpoly.edu
805-756-5779
52-D46

Favorite Quote: "Work hard at work worth doing." - Leslie Knope

VetNet Ally
Experience working with student-athletes, first gen students, and low income students

Lara Jimenez

Lara Jimenez

First Year Programs

ljimen15@calpoly.edu
805-756-7012
52-D44

Favorite Quote:"If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.” - Aaliyah

Lindsey Lacey

Lindsay Lacey

Change of major coordinator
Student Assistant supervisor

lilacey@calpoly.edu
805-756-7037
52-D48

Favorite Quote: "We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down." - Kurt Vonnegut

Identifies as a non-traditional, first generation transfer student who was Pell Eligible. Participated in EOP and worked full time.

UndocuAlly, VetNet Ally, gender & sexuality allyship

Rebecca Richards

Rebecca Richards

First Year Programs

rricha15@calpoly.edu
805-756-7091
52-D45

Favorite Quote: "I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer

LGBTQ+ Advisor; identified a first generation, low income college student.
Experience working with students who are on academic probation or having academic struggles.
UndocuAlly

Christina Wolfe-Chandler

Christina Wolfe-Chandler

Advisor training programs

  crwolfe@calpoly.edu
805-756-5735
52-D42

Favorite Quote: "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." - Maya Angelou

Identified a first generation, low income, military dependent, transfer college student.

Karina Zimmerman

Karina Zimmerman

First Year Programs

kzimme04@calpoly.edu
805-756-7079
52-D40

Favorite Quote: "We're almost there and nowhere near it. All that matters is that we're going." - Lorelai Gilmore

Cal Poly Scholars Advisors

Gina Smiley

Gina Smiley


glsalaza@calpoly.edu
805-756-5778
52-D47

Favorite Quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Dawin Whiten

Dawin Whiten

Cal poly scholars lead advisor

dwhiten@calpoly.edu
805-756-5979
52-D43

Favorite Quote: "Do not fear going forward; fear only to stand still." - Chinese Proverb

Works with first generation/historically underserved populations, including students with disabilities.

Cal Poly Basketball athlete '04-'08

Danny Zavala

Danny Zavala


djzavala@calpoly.edu
805-756-5791
52-D41

Favorite Quote: "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West

Student Athlete Advisors

Zach Reed

Zach Reed


zreed01@calpoly.edu
805-756-6495
42-205

Teams:M/W Track & Field, M/W Cross Country, W Soccer, M/W Swimming and Diving

Favorite Quote: "You can only see the stars when it is dark." - Dr. Eric Thomas

Kyle Ross

Kyle Ross


kyross@calpoly.edu
805-756-7043
42-205

Teams: Football, M Basketball, Baseball, M/W Tennis, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

Favorite Quote: "There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do and I believe that." - Derek Jeter

Louise Torgerson

Louise Torgerson


ltorgers@calpoly.edu<
805-756-7041
 42-205

Teams: W Basketball, Football, M Soccer, Wrestling, Softball, M/W Golf

Favorite Quote: "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." - Maya Angelou

UndocuAlly

Mustang Success Center Graduate Students

Alysa Velasquez

Alysa Velasquez

MSC and Student Athlete Advisor


 avelas16@calpoly.edu
42-205

Favorite Quote: "Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten."- Lilo and Stitch

Mustang Success Center Peer Advisors

Rosa Lopez

Aspyn Bessler


success@calpoly.edu
805-756-6211
52-D37

Favorite Quote:“Failure is success in progress.” - Albert Einstein

 

Louise Torgerson

Rosa López


success@calpoly.edu
805-756-6211
52-D37

Favorite Quote:"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou

Identifies as a first gen students who is fluent in Spanish.
Works actively with historically underserved students and campus organizations.

Student Assistants

Mustang Success Center Student Assistants

From left to right:

Lauren (BUS '20) · Aspyn (EE '20) · Abhishu (CSC '21) · Rosa (POLS '20) · Moriah (KINE '22) · Juan (MATH '22) · Lauren (POLS '20) 

805-756-6211
52-D37

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