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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

Assistant Director for the Mustang Success Center


 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

Carly HeadCarly Head

Assistant Director for the Mustang Success Center

 cehead@calpoly.edu
805-756-7036

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

Favorite Quote: “To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears." - Jim Valvano

Alicia Cruz

Alicia Cruz


acruzavi@calpoly.edu
805-756-6211

 

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

Austin Joseph Ferguson

Austin Joseph Ferguson


aufergus@calpoly.edu
805-756-5779

 

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

Alondra Catalon Vargas

Alondra Catalan Vargas


 catalanv@calpoly.edu
805-756-5779

Favorite Quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” - Mahatma Gandhi

Jaclyn Banaga

Jaclyn Banaga


jbanaga@calpoly.edu
805-756-7012

 

Favorite Quote: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never made a mistake has never tried anything new" - Albert Einstein

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

Annie Amos

Annie Amos


 success@calpoly.edu
52-D37

Favorite Quote:"“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Lisa Rizzo

Lisa Rizzo


 athleticadvising@calpoly.edu
 42-205

Favorite Quote: The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln

 

Catherine Castro

Catherine Castro


 athleticadvising@calpoly.edu
 42-205

 

Mustang Success Center Peer Advisors

Amrit Pradhan

Amrit


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

Favorite Quote:“Never tell me the odds.” – Han Solo.

Lilla Vigh

Lilla


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

Favorite Quote: “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” — Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)

Estefania Reed

Estefania


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

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

Sydney Choi

Sydney


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

Favorite Quote: "I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them." - Andy Bernard, The Office 

Cassy

Cassy


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

Favorite Quote: “If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door" - Milton Berle

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