Student Activities: The Ohana Team
A Note from the Ohana 2015 Team!
The Ohana 2015 Team
We encourage you to join us for an exciting three days at a beautiful cabin setting above the
We can’t wait to meet you in August and welcome you to our family!
--Bethany Sills, Multicultural & Diversity Programs Coordinator, and the Ohana leaders
Please click on a 2015 Ohana leader's name to find out more about their adventures during Ohana!
What’s up? I’m Edward, a junior Nursing major, and I look forward meeting and getting to know you!
It is an honor for the University of Portland’s Ohana to welcome you to our very own family of students. I hope that you have enjoyable memories throughout your years in college; this is a great a time of discovery, as you learn more about yourself, and your community.
You truly get what you put in, from your college experience. With that being said, Ohana is just one of many ways to get involved. The memories you’ll make, the friendships you’ll form, and the things you’ll learn, will be rewarding and worthwhile!
Hafa Adai! My name is Emmanuel Ochavillo. I am an up coming
senior majoring in Nursing and minoring in Biology and Neuroscience on Pre-Med.
Being from the island of Guam, I had the fear that I wouldn't fit in with the
college community because of my background. Surprisingly, I had a pretty decent
transition into the University of Portland. I would not have had this
transition if it weren’t for the Ohana program. The relationships that I have
developed from this program has given the opportunity to expand my social
circle and helped give an insight to the overall college experience. Ohana is family, and this Ohana will stick together. E-mail me if you have any questions, and I hope to see your at soon.
Aloha! My name is Marisa Tottori, and I am a Junior Business major, majoring in Global Business with a focus in Entrepreneurship. I grew up in Hawaii and making the transition from a tiny island in the middle of the ocean to the bustling city of Portland was surprisingly easier than I anticipated, and it was in part because of Ohana. At Ohana I was able to meet a lot of other people with whom I was able to easily connect with, so that by the time school started, I already had familiar faces in my classes and friends to say "Hi!" to around campus. At Ohana I was able to create many new friendships and I want to help you guys do the same!
Please feel free to ask me anything or even if you just want to talk, I'm more than happy to be there for you! :) I'm looking forward to meeting everybody and I hope that you will come to love UP as I have!
Hello friends! My name is Estefania Morales. I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Spanish. I was born in Hillsboro, Oregon, which is about 45 minutes from Portland but both of my parents are from Mexico. As a hispanic, first-generation college student I was nervous about going to college. The Ohana program, however, helped me learn more about the college life at UP and it was through Ohana that I met some of my closest friends! Ohana definitely helped me get involved around campus. I'm part of two choirs, I participate in many campus ministry activities, I went on Border Immersion during the spring of 2014, and I studied abroad in Granada, Spain during the spring semester of 2015. I love UP and I hope Ohana helps you with the transition to college so that you too can make the most of your college years on the bluff! If you have any questions please feel free to call me or email me! I look forward to meeting you!
Hi everyone, My name is Kevin Truong and I am a Junior Biology Major from Portland, Oregon. Portland is my hometown and I am excited to welcome you to this amazing city.
I too went through the Ohana and I must say, it was worth every single second that I was in the program. One thing Ohana gave me was an early head start to college because it helped me learn new possibilities in campus such as the clubs offered and I made new friends even before getting to campus. Now how sweet is that? Besides being involved with the Ohana program and the rigorous classes, I enjoy traveling around the city and enjoying the many types of cuisines Portland has to offer or traveling around the area and doing fun activities with friends. While on campus, I also enjoy the food that the school offers and staying late in the comfortable Clark library to study. If you have any questions or want to hang out with me for like a coffee break or just to talk about life, please feel to email me and I hope to see you soon on the Bluff.
Hello, my name is Kevin Nguyen. I am a sophomore majoring in bio with a chem minor. Although I am an Oregonian, I had joined Ohana for the same reason as most, which was to meet new people. Being accepted in the Ohana 2013 program, I had a wonderful experience that helped me blend more easily into the college life. I am entirely grateful for all Ohana had come to offer me, and by becoming a leader, I hope to do the same for the incoming freshman of this year. For this upcoming Ohana, I hope to be working well beside all of you!
Hi! I’m Nicole Blanco-Mills and I am a sophomore nursing student. I was born in Costa Rica, but grew up in Salem, Oregon. I love soccer! I played through high school and love cheering the Portland Timbers in the Timber’s Army. My first two years at UP have been amazing: I’ve met lots of great people, attended numerous campus activities, played on an intramural indoor soccer teams, and cheered on the Women’s soccer team. All of this started with my wonderful experience at Ohana. It allowed me to meet great people, now some of my closet friends, in a welcoming and comfortable community. I hope Ohana is a wonderful experience as it was for me. If you have any questions feel free to contact to me, email me! Looking forward in meeting you!
What's up, my name is Jarren Takaki. I am a sophomore mechanical engineering and chemistry double major. I have a deep love for ultimate frisbee and an even deeper love for the color orange. After an awesome experience in the 2014 Ohana program, I'm super excited to return for 2015 as a leader. Feel free to email me with any questions about whatever!
Aloha, my name is Brittney Wong! I am a Sophomore Business major. I am from Honolulu, Hawaii! Since UP is so far from home I knew I wanted to join the Ohana program to help my transition to college and to get to know people before classes started. I was blessed to be accepted into the Ohana Program of 2014, which is where I met some of my best friends! The Ohana program made an enormous impact on my freshman year. If you have any questions feel free to email me! :)
My name is Maverick Sacdalan Tolentino. I am majoring in Accounting and a sophomore at the University of Portland, our school. :) Coming into college from the small island of American Samoa, I did not know what to expect from Portland, or even the mainland US, in addition to the daunting experience known as college. Thankfully, I was eased into the transition by the Ohana program, and that made a huge difference, meeting friends and people you will network with, not only during your college career, but your whole life. It's okay to be scared, at first; everyone is. The difference is being able to step up to the challenge and the make the most of your opportunities! Looking forward to meeting you! Email me if you have any questions!
Hey there! My name is Miranda Whitters and I am a Sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and History. In the summer of 2014 I was accepted into the Ohana program, and the decision to go had a huge impact on my first year of college in more ways than I could imagine. Through this pre-orientation program, I met some of my closest friends, became a member of both Hawai'i Club and Circle K International, and am now working with the Ohana program as a leader for the class of 2019. I am extremely excited for this opportunity and look forward to meeting each and every one of you! If you have questions, please feel free to email me and I would be more than happy to help!
Hey! I'm Samantha Del Rosario, and I'm a sophomore majoring in Business and minoring in Communications. I'm from the Seattle suburbs, and although I wasn't far from Portland, I was still nervous about going to college somewhere else. Ohana definitely helped me overcome that, and I know that I've made life long friends from the program. I'm incredibly thankful for how much I've gotten from Ohana. If you need to talk about anything, don't be afraid to email me!
Aloha everyone! My name is Kapua Jinbo and I come from the island of Oahu. I am also a soon to be sophomore who is majoring in Nursing. Given the chance to partake in the Ohana program was such an honor. I never knew that the strangers I met at this camp would turn out to be some of my best friends. College can be a scary place, especially for freshman. So I thank the Ohana program for providing me with familiar faces around campus, tips for academic success, and a sense of comfort. I can't wait to give upcoming fellow Pilots the same awesome experience I had! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me!
Hello! My name is Tori Ward and I am a Junior majoring in Spanish and working on a minor in English and Fine Arts. I'm a native Portlander, but I love warm weather more. I love learning different languages. I'm currently working on two right now (Spanish and Mandarin Chinese), but there are still so many that I want to learn. I love cartoons (Sailor Moon and Steven Universe being my favorites) and I hope to someday use my love of animation along with all the language skills I learn.
I am this year’s Student Coordinator and I can’t wait to meet you all. This will be my third year being involved with the Ohana program. As an incoming Freshman, I was afraid that I would have trouble making friends while also trying to be a good student. My experience of Ohana definitely changed my mind of how I thought college was going to be and was a nice start to making friends. I loved that it was a super relaxed environment and that everyone was just as nervous and excited about college life as I was. It is definitely a wonderful experience and I hope that our participants will join us as new additions to our growing Ohana. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please don’t hesitate to contact me.