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Mustang Success Center

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

Meet the Staff

The Mustang Success Center provides an inclusive environment that supports undergraduate students with their transition and integration into Cal Poly. The center’s staff provides accessible academic advising that guides students to clear pathways of success and 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

 

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

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

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

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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

Danny Zavala

Danny Zavala


djzavala@calpoly.edu
805-756-7079
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&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


Mustang Success Center Graduate Students

Alicia Cruz

Alicia Cruz

Mustang Success Center

 acruzavi@calpoly.edu
805-756-0839
 52-D28

Favorite Quote: "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it." - Lion King

Zach Reed

Alysa Velasquez

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 

 
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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