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About Us

Vision Statement

We strive to be a one stop shop at Portland State University that provides innovative programs and services that are accessible to all incoming students and their families.

Mission Statement

Orientation Programs is a department within the Enrollment Management alignment area at Portland State University. Our mission is to coordinate programs and services that support the transition of incoming students and their families into the campus community. We accomplish this mission by:

  • providing academic and non-academic connections; 
  • synthesizing and communicating campus information; and
  • establishing and maintaining partnerships across campus and in the Portland area. 

We are committed to utilizing sustainable practices which adapt to our diverse community needs and promote student success.

Learning Outcomes

Through participating in Orientation, students will:

  • Confirm their decision to attend PSU.
  • Learn how to navigate resources and support services.
  • Learn about graduation requirements.
  • Learn how to access advising services after Orientation.
  • Register for first term courses.

Through participating in Viking Days, students will:

  • Feel welcomed by the Portland State campus community.
  • Feel a strong connection with the Portland State community.
  • Plan to get involved with at least one student group during this academic year.
  • Plan to utilize the services of at least one campus department during this academic year.

Orientation Staff



Marcella Flores
Assistant Director of Orientation Programs

Marcella started at Portland State University in March 2013. Marcella has her Master of Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University and her Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from Western Oregon University. Through traveling to China, Africa, UAE, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, and numerous states, Marcella has fallen in love with traveling. And although she was born and raised in Seattle, and remained in the Pacific Northwest for higher education, you’ll often hear her complain about the rainy cold weather (she secretly loves it: the boots, scarves, warm jackets, etc.). As a chocolate lover, Portland has quickly become her second home with Salt & Straw Ice Cream and Moonstruck Chocolates. Marcella’s advice for new students is: “Take advantage of the endless opportunities on-campus, feel uncomfortable, and take a chance. You’ll meet people who will become your lifelong friends and you’ll learn things you’d never imagined you would.” 




Brett McKinney
Coordinator for Orientation Programs 

Brett graduated from Portland State University in 2009. Upon graduation, he was accepted into Teach For America and taught middle school special education in Brooklyn, NY while also working toward his Master’s Degree in Special Education at Hunter College. Brett later joined the team at Nickelodeon, assisting in the daily production and development of the pre-school program Team Umizoomi. Brett is thrilled to return to PSU and contribute to the successful transition into campus life for the school’s next generation of students. Brett enjoys diving into creative projects, and hopes to one day be a published writer. Brett’s advice for new students is: “Get involved on campus! There are over 250 student groups at PSU. You’ll definitely find a group or cause you’re passionate about.” 

Chante' Hillen
Office Manager for Orientation Programs

Chante' started at Portland State University in 2010 as an undergraduate, first-generation Pacific Islander student, working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management and Leadership & Management in Business. Originally from the island of Oahu, Chante' came to Portland on a whim, unaware of the drastic weather changes. Although very different from home, she enjoys watching the seasons change as well as wearing winter clothes that can't be purchased in Hawaii! She also has a deep passion for dogs and will someday start a non-profit organization that makes owning a dog more affordable. Chante's advice for new students is: "Be open to new experiences; there are many doors at Portland State. If one closes, open the next one and discover opportunities you never knew existed."