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Jamie Gutierrez

Assistant Director
Residence Life and First Year Experience

Office: Davis Community Center, 214
Phone: (714) 997-6961
Email: jgutierr@chapman.edu

Hometown: Lomita, CA

My Chapman Story:
In August 2008, I was ready to begin my undergraduate college experience. I remember driving onto Chapman’s campus with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, excitement, and optimism. I parked my car in the Jim Miller parking structure and wandered into Glass Residence Hall. There, I found friendly faces sporting blue t-shirts donning the word “Puzzles.” “Hi, my name is Danny and I’m an Orientation Leader. How can I help you?” Throughout my orientation experience, the Orientation Leaders were so helpful and offered me the one thing I was most nervous to find, friendship. I was fortunate as an undergraduate to serve as an Orientation Leader and Orientation Coordinator. I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Educational Studies and in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Leadership Development. I am so excited to be a member of the orientation team and I hope to make a positive impact on incoming students.

Advice to Chapman students:
Stick to your values, have fun, and reach for your dreams! College is a time to try new things, inquire, and develop. Don’t be afraid to push outside your comfort zone. One of my most valuable learning experiences as a college student was that in order to personally develop there needs to be a willingness to be uncomfortable. Always remember to stick to your values. They make you who you are and provide foundation for decision making. The time I spent as an undergraduate was unforgettable. I had the time of my life and made lifelong friends. I love Chapman University and I can’t wait to share that with incoming students.

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Jordan Vaughn

Graduate Assistant
Residence Life and First Year Experience

Major: Marriage and Family Therapy
Phone: (714) 628-7379
Email: resstu102@chapman.edu

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

My Chapman Story:
I recently relocated to Orange County to pursue a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy here at Chapman University. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego in May of 2016, and officially decided that I did not want to leave Southern California any time soon! I have always loved how special and unique a college community feels. This has fueled my passion for leadership and creating campus connections. I hope to assist the department in creating a welcoming and open environment for every incoming and current student here at Chapman University!

Advice to Chapman students: 
If I were to give advice to a new student, I would tell them to carpe diem! This may be the fastest next four years of your life, and it is vital to live every moment and not let the little things pass you by. I look forward to working closely with the Orientation Team and creating a welcoming and memorable experience for the incoming Class of 2021!