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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

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

Christina Wolfe-Chandler

Christina Wolfe-Chandler


 crwolfe@calpoly.edu
805-756-5735

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

Lindsey Lacey

Lindsay Lacey


lilacey@calpoly.edu
805-756-7037

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

Rebecca Richards

Rebecca Richards


rricha15@calpoly.edu
805-756-7037

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

Kara Hitchcock

Kara Hitchcock


 khitch01@calpoly.edu
805-756-5735

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

Katie Escalara

Katie Escalera


kaescale@calpoly.edu
805-756-5735

Favorite Quote: "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever." - Walt Disney

Cal Poly Scholars Advisors

Carly HeadCarly Head

Assistant Director for the Mustang Success Center

 cehead@calpoly.edu
805-756-7036

Cal Poly Scholars Year 1: All College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) students

Cal Poly Scholars Year 2: A-Gonzalez

Favorite Quote: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better” Maya Agelou

Dawin Whiten

Dawin Whiten


 dwhiten@calpoly.edu
805-756-5979

Cal Poly Scholars Year 1: College of Engineering (CENG) students last name A-O

Cal Poly Scholars Year 2: Gonzalez Munoz-Martinez

Favorite Quote: "What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning." -Unknown

Alicia Cruz

Alicia Cruz


acruzavi@calpoly.edu
805-756-6211

Cal Poly Scholars Year 1: All Orfalea College of Business (OCOB) & College of Engineering (CENG) students last name P-Z

Cal Poly Scholars Year 2: Medtrano-Sullivan

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

Annie Xiong

Annie Xiong


axiong04@calpoly.edu
805-756-6221

Cal Poly Scholars Year 1: College of Liberal Arts (CLA)  & College of Science and Mathematic (CSM) students

Cal Poly Scholars Year 2: Sumaya-Zuniga

Favorite Quote: "Life is about choices."

Austin Ferguson

Austin Joseph Ferguson


aufergus@calpoly.edu
805-756-5779

Cal Poly Scholars Year 1: All College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES)

Favorite Quote: “Take your work seriously, but never yourself” - Margot Fonteyn

Student Athlete Advisors

Carly HeadCarly Head

Assistant Director for the Mustang Success Center

 cehead@calpoly.edu
805-756-7036

Teams: M Basketball & Wrestling 

Favorite Quote: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better” Maya Agelou

Zach Reed

Zach Reed


zreed01@calpoly.edu
805-756-6495

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

Teams: Football, 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, Softball, M/W Golf

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

Mustang Success Center Graduate Students

Austin Ferguson

Austin Ferguson


 aufergus@calpoly.edu
 52-D46

Favorite Quote: “Take your work seriously, but never yourself” - Margot Fonteyn

Louise Torgerson

Kellina Tran


ktran261@calpoly.edu
 52-D46

Favorite Quote: What matters isn’t if people are good or bad. What matters is, if they’re trying to be better today than they were yesterday. You asked me where my hope comes from? That’s my answer.” – Michael, The Good Place

Mustang Success Center Peer Advisors

Moriah Clarke

Moriah Clarke


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

Favorite Quote:"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -AA Milne

Angela Chen

Angela Chen


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

Favorite Quote: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” - Kathryn Stockett

Estefania Reed

Estefania Reed


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

Favorite Quote: “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” -James Keller

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