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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

Johnathan Luster
Assistant Director of Admissions: Orientation Programs Manager

Johnathan has been at Portland State University since May 2009. He transitioned to PSU from a similar role in orientation at the University of Utah. Johnathan has earned a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Although he is a native Tennessean, he is equally proud to call Portland home because of the unique and quirky neighborhoods; incredible coffee; beautiful Pacific Northwest outdoors; and overall quality of life. Johnathan's advice for new PSU students is: "There are many people at PSU who are eager to help you experience a smooth transition to campus. Take advantage of the many great resources, ask for help if needed, and welcome to the Portland State community!" 

Marcella Flores
Coordinator for 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.”

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." 

Nico Bartulski
Student Coordinator of Leadership Development 

Nico came to Portland State University in Fall of 2009 as a first-generation American and college student in their family. Nico took on a huge change of scenery moving to Portland from Minneapolis, MN and does not get why everyone gets so worked up about the "snow" here. Nico is completing a degree in Women, Gender, Sexualities, and Queer Studies this coming Spring and has been thoughtful in utilizing their degree in all facets of the Student Coordinator of Leadership Development position and time with the Orientation Team, a full four years! Nico's advice for new PSU students is: "Take a step out of your comfy zone, even if it's just a little one and get a taste of all of the amazing opportunities and experiences that await for you at PSU. Also, get a bike."