Peer Mentoring Program
Do you want helpful hints on how to do well in class, manage your time, avoid gaining the freshmen 15, and not get lost on the Boulder bus system? Then the ENVD Peer Mentoring program is for you! Use this opportunity to get paired with an ENVD student who will be your guide and resource to the university, the ENVD program, and your design classes.
The ENVD Peer Mentor Program is a two-semester program for freshmen and transfer students where mentors develop a one-on-one relationship with their mentee to help guide them through the challenges and obstacles of transitioning to college, tackling the ENVD curriculum, and learning how to navigate university life.
Coordinator, Student Engagement and Community-Building Programs
Peer Mentor Program Student Coordinator
Adam is a bright young lad who has studied at CU Boulder for three years now. He began his studies in majors that were not Environmental Design and realized that they were not awesome, and thus left them fairly immediately. He enjoys listening to chillwave among other musical genres, but just listed chillwave in particular since he is a great fan of the name. He likes to cook, and considers himself a master at it even though he probably isn’t. He likes to think of himself as pretty active and fit, but actually also probably isn’t. He enjoys biking and can even ride a bike without using the handlebars, but only if he is doing something else with them like eating a burrito; otherwise he just looks ridiculous. He has recently made his life goal finishingOne Hundred Years of Solitude, and thinks that he will finish because it is a great book. He likes vintage cameras because they are fantastic. He likes sewing just because he woke up one day and decided that sewing would be a good idea. After many injuries including stabbing himself with a needle many, many times, crushing multiple fingers, and sewing one finger down just to name them all he realized that maybe it was not such a good idea. He also really enjoys making what in all honesty is a very broad definition of “art” and re-doing old vintage furniture.
Hi my name is Anna Reynoso and I am a senior in the ENVD Design Program. CU Boulder has been the perfect place for me these past years. I love adventure, being involved, and of course finding a challenge. I love doing all outdoor activities involving hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, and skiing/snowboarding... and many more. I always enjoy hanging out and meeting new people. This past semester I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel abroad in Barcelona, Spain. The semester was amazing. I was able to experience and learn about a whole new culture and of course see all of Gaudi work in person, like the Sagrada Familia. After my semester ended I traveled around Europe for a month. In that time I visited ten different countries. Through my life I have learned to live life to the fullest and try to enjoy the moment. I also enjoy babysitting and creating arts and crafts which brings me to my perfect job in the summer, Arts and Crafts director at a summer day camp. Anything you need I’ll be there to help! Let’s go on a hike!
My name is Bill Shrum and I am a Junior transfer student from Denver, CO emphasizing in Planning with interests in Transportation systems and Town-Gown Relations. I’ve also started a few businesses while at CU so I am very interested in start-ups and the energy and creativity that comes from seeing new things grow, including a current project to bring a student co-working space to University Hill as a non-profit. I am also a certified yoga instructor and feel that yoga has helped keep me sane through crazy studio projects. I love football and tennis, art, photography, travelling, and really eclectic music. I do my best to keep an open mind about how the world around us can influence how we use cities, buildings, and streets, and I find design inspiration in some of the craziest things. I stay busy and very active on campus, but I would love to help incoming ENVD students learn how to get the most out of ENVD and out of college. I look forward to working with you this year!
Hey there! My name is Bodie, I’m a Junior in the Program in Environmental Design this year focusing in either Landscape Architecture or Architecture! I’m from Fort Collins, Colorado, and a transfer student from the University of Oregon. I love all of the aspects of the ENVD program, especially model building and digital graphics. Aside from school, I enjoy rock climbing, slack lining, soccer, frisbee, hiking, music, photography, biking, swimming, snowboarding, camping etc. basically the typical Colorado activities! I look forward to meeting you and helping you immerse yourself in the ENVD!
My name is BrandonByrdand I’m a non-traditional student at CU Boulder’s ENVD Program. If you’re wondering why my last name is underlined, it’s because I mostly go by that as my normal name. You will come to find most people don’t know my first name. So, I am from Jacksonville, FL (Go Noles!), and chose to get far away from home in choosing CU. I am currently 27 and have three grey hairs. Man I’m getting there. I originally started CU in 2005 after one amazing trip to Disney World came to an end and stayed for one year until deciding to join the Navy. I did four years active on a submarine and worked as a cook and diver (yes I can cook and yes I CAN SWIM!) and am currently an active reservist. While in the service, I passed the equator twice, been through the Panama Canal, visited Japan, Singapore, Portugal, Spain, France, Malaysia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Guam, etc., and lived in Hawaii for two years. It was fun! It worked out really well for me once I returned to CU in 2011 to pursue finishing my degree. I wanted to become an architect since the age of five (shockingly) and I’m still proud about it. I may not be the most knowledgeable but I do my best to mentor and also learn in the process.
Howdy amigos. My name is Charles Newmyer and I am heading into my fourth year in the Environmental Design program at CU. I grew up here in Colorado, in the most amazing city, probably in the world, Durango. I came into CU with building construction, art, and music experience, so when challenges were presented, I was well prepared. I am pursuing an emphasis in architecture, though, with our present degree, our degrees surpass the knowledge that our declared emphasis presents. I have had a great deal of interest in both architecture and landscape architecture during my years within the school, though my focus has also included industrial design, graphic design, and typography design. Basically, put any subject prior to the word “design”, and I’ve most likely been interested in it. Outside of school, my main interests have been in fine art and music, with a great emphasis on music. When time allows, one can usually find me at a show, whether it be a local or national act. I love nothing more than discussing and listening to music, so if you ever need suggestions or new bands to listen to, I’m your guy, especially if you want to share and listen to vinyl, my absolute addiction. I am part of Peer Mentors (obviously), Designers Without Boundaries (DWB), and ByDesign, as well as working for ENVD doing graphic and web design. I am very involved with the school and know many of the faculty on a personal level, so if you ever want to become more involved with the school, I can help you get there. I feel I am very well versed in both analog and digital capabilities. I love sharing my knowledge with people who are willing to accept it, for I believe that everyone has something to learn from everyone else. I think that I can teach you new things, and I’m excited to learn new things from you as well. Finally, if you can finish this Wayne’s World quote, then you are the peer mentee I have always been meant to have: “Hey Phil. If you’re gonna spew… answer here".
Hi! My name is Dallas, and I’ll be a junior this year in ENVD. I’ve been a cheerleader for most of my life, and although I’m not on the squad at CU, I still love to go to games and cheer on my Buffs. I’m pretty much down for whatever, but some of the things I like to do include going to concerts, snowboarding, hiking, playing frisbee, and just going out and having fun. My focus in the Environmental Design degree will be on architecture. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in “flipping houses” – so basically I’ll take worn down homes and redo them so they’re awesome again. I’m so glad I chose this school and program; Boulder is such an amazing place. I’ve had two really great years so far and I’m stoked to continue my journey, while also getting the opportunity to help incoming students start theirs!
Hey everyone! My name is David Franklin and I’m going into my third year in ENVD with an emphasis in architecture. I’ve grown up living in Colorado my whole life and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. Besides my interest in design, I also like snowboarding, soccer, football, Frisbee, hiking, camping and doing pretty much anything outdoors. I look forward to meeting you and helping make your experience at CU as great as possible!
Buon giorno, friends and future ENVD students! My name is David Miller, and I am a transfer student going into my third year of the program. This isn’t my first rodeo, but I have found that I truly love what I do and where I am, and want to help you fall in love with it just as I have. I grew up in Seal Beach, CA, and spent most of my time playing sports or in the surf. I ventured to Colorado for the same reason most do, the great outdoors, but stuck around for the music scene! I spend as much time as I can afford going to shows. From small local bands to sold out at Red Rocks, I love it all. Other than that, I’m usually off riding my bike somewhere when it's warm, or searching for a powder stash when it's not, and somehow maintaining my 3.6 GPA. College can be tough, exciting, frustrating, rewarding, life-changing, mind-blowing, and just a wonderful experience. I want to help you navigate the peaks and pitfalls of life as an ENVD student at University of Colorado Boulder. Go Buffs!!
Hello, I’m Dennis! I am starting my senior year in the Environmental Design Program here at CU. I am emphasizing in architecture and am planning on attending graduate school for my Master’s at the Denver campus. I am a Colorado native from the northern part of the state where my family owns a plumbing and electrical business. Working for my family in a variety of buildings inspired me to be an architect and design better than what has been built in the past. I started college late due to joining the Marines right out of high school. I did two tours in Iraq where we helped the locals by building hospitals and housing for them, this gave me valuable experience as an architect because I got to see how exactly buildings are constructed. I am really looking forward to sharing this great experience with you!
Hello! My name is Emily and I am going to be a senior this year in the ENVD program with an emphasis in architecture. Originally, I am from the little town of Evergreen, CO, just an hour or so away but I love big cities! I just returned from a semester abroad in Rome and I am participating in an architecture program at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC this summer! Besides architecture I love to draw and paint, play the piano and ukulele, and read as much as possible. When I am not in studio, I am involved in volunteer opportunities on campus and work at a flower shop in town. I can’t wait to meet you all in the fall!
Hey Everybody! My name is Frederick Brady Borra. I go by Frederick, Fred, Freddie, Freddy, Brady, and I sometimes even respond to Fredward; feel free to take your pick. I am a sophomore here at CU in Environmental Design and I wouldn’t want to be majoring in anything else. I love the ENVD Program and you should bask in the glory of picking such an awesome school to be involved in as well. So, I suppose I should tell you a bit about myself. Well, I was born and raised here in Colorado, so you could say I’m locally grown, a true Colorado Native. I’ve lived in and around Boulder my whole life; I’ve never lived more than 30 miles from the wonderful Flatirons and I can’t imagine living any place else. As for random facts about myself; I love playing Tennis, if I could, I would play 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I enjoy spending as much time as possible just hanging out with friends. I also enjoy spending a lot of time outside, whether it be hiking or biking or running or just vegging in the sun. I also find myself reading as often as possible. I love a good story. People also tell me I’m very friendly and kind of weird, but you could be the judge of that. I look forward to meeting all of you, and believe me when I tell you that you are going to LOVE this program. GO BUFFS!!!!!!!
Hello there! My name is Graham Bowman and I am a senior in the ENVD program focusing on architecture. Architecture and design is my passion. I always find myself working on personal projects even after a long day of designing in studio. During my time in Boulder, I have been lucky enough to participate in a wide range of programs and groups such as study abroad, student government, and architecture internships. I am also the current president of CU’s chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students. Chances are, if you’re interested in something, I’ll probably be able to give you some advice on it. I am very much looking forward to next semester and hope that I can make your first year at college both an exciting and fruitful one.
Hey, my name is Hladini Mensah. I am a senior emphasizing in Design Studies and I’m from PA. In terms of design, I love interior design and biophilic design (aka designing as a partner with nature to increase the wellbeing of humans and the environment alike). I like Feng Shui, Vatsu and other Eastern design theories because I think it is important as designers to be aware of not only who we’re designing for, but how we are designing. My other interests are reading (Neil Gaiman anyone?), almost all kinds of music (though I lean towards Indie, Alt Rock, Folk and Hip Hop), and traveling! I also really like Hayao Miyazaki films! Please feel free to come and talk with me anytime!
Hey future designers! I’m Jacqui, a Junior here at Environmental Design. I’m a native from big and fabulous New York City (Manhattan & Brooklyn to be exact); so coming to Boulder was a huge change for me. I wanted to experience something completely different in culture and landscape. I first got interested in Architecture and Design through the whole “green movement”. My first love is drawing, and my second is our environment (I’m an Olympic-level recycler) and would love to someday to create eco-friendly products, furniture, or breathtaking buildings with a low to zero carbon footprint. I am extremely involved within our ENVD school being the Peer Mentor Student Coordinator, a member of AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students), and President of our student government (EDSG). I absolutely love the close-knit Environmental Design community and working in Student Gov to making everyone’s college experience the best it could be. Last summer I completed my first internship this summer at an architecture firm in NYC- a stressful but fun learning experience, and this summer I’m staying in Boulder working for our school. I’m a very fun and outgoing person who always loves to make and create anything, and am always coming up with crazy ideas. I look forward to helping you love our Program as much as I do.
Hola! My name is Julie Robinson and I am a senior in the Environmental Design program with an emphasis in Architecture as well as a minor in Education. I was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and lived there for half of my life. I spent the rest of my life in Chicago and my immediate family currently lives in Skokie (15 minutes from Chicago, technically an edge city). I love spending my time doing anything artsy, outdoorsy, active and travel related. I work for the City of Boulder as a lifeguard and swim instructor; also, I have an internship with CYE (Children, Youth and Environment Center) this summer on the IDEC project. I played for the CU Women’s Rugby team when I was a freshman and loved it; I am involved with a group on campus called Alpha Phi Omega (APO) which is a co-ed community service fraternity. One of my favorite places that I have traveled to is London and would love to go back! I hope to be able to become a familiar face and provide any help or advice that you may need, even if it is asking me where to grab food at 2am when you are still in studio pulling an all-nighter! I look forward to meeting you this coming year as well as being a great mentor!
Hello, my name is Katy Caballero I am a Senior at ENVD and my emphasis is architecture. I am from Denver, CO, and I enjoy video gaming, playing soccer and drawing in my free time. Legos and living room forts inspired me to be an architect at a young age and I like to bring my creativity and artistic sense of wonder into anything I design.
Hey! My name is Kenzie Naylor. I am currently a sophomore in the ENVD program and the treasurer of the Environmental Design Student Government. I was born and grew up in Greenwood Village, CO. When I am not in studio working on projects (which is a lot of the time, but don’t be scared, it's manageable), I spend my time hanging out with friends, shopping, running, drawing, listening to music, and being active outdoors. I enjoy playing sports; from soccer to broomball to tennis, I’m your gal! Coming to Boulder was one of the best decisions of my life. My freshmen year was amazing and unforgettable, and I hope I can help make yours the same! I look forward to meeting you! Welcome to Boulder and ENVD!
Hi! My name is Lauren Tatusko. I will be a sophomore in the ENVD program. I grew up right outside of Boulder, which I believe plays a part in my love for adventure. I enjoy hiking, skiing, and running. I love to play sports. I still enjoy playing intramural’s on the weekends with my friends at CU. From soccer to dodgeball to flag football, you name it and I’m there! Though the work load in ENVD is difficult, it is manageable. I spend most of my free time with my friends. I can’t count the endless nights I would come back from a long day in studio and my friends and I would stay up having the longest conversations. I am very a very sociable and energetic girl. I enjoy going out on the weekends and meeting all sorts of people. The best thing about college is there are so many people that you are able to interact with. I could not be happier with my decision to attend CU this past year. I absolutely love it! My decision to enroll in ENVD was also one of the best things I could have done. I hope to help you enjoy your experience at CU and ENVD as much as I have! Welcome to Boulder! I can’t wait to meet you!
Hi, I’m so excited for you to be joining the ENVD family. My name is Marco and I will be a senior in the program this coming Fall. I am weird, energetic, serious, and caring of all things. I was born in New Jersey, but have lived all my life in Colorado. I love the weather, the people, and the adventures. I love to snowboard, hike, take long drives on a road while singing every song I know. I love feeling the moments, and creating them with my friends and acquaintances. I have recently traveled abroad to Rome and Mexico and learned to love the art of photography. I am involved with ByDesign, a student group within ENVD that does anything from events to handing out ice cream. I love meeting people and find all kinds of ways to learn about the kinds of people that work, volunteer, and make the CU Boulder.
‘Sup. I’m Mike. This year I will be a sophomore and plan to go into design studies. I have lived in Boulder since the first grade, but I originally hail from Maui. In no particular order I spend my free time cooking, biking, being sarcastic, napping, playing videogames, hiking, and drawing. I am constantly looking for new music, art, fashions, designs, you name it, to blow my mind. I look forward to being able to make Boulder feel like home to my new partner in crime.
Hi! I’m Molly and I am starting my second year in the Program in Environmental Design. Although I would like focus in Architecture, I am still open to the other options. Over the course of this year, I have really enjoyed creating graphics in Adobe programs and building models, which were mostly just bridges. I have grown up around Boulder my entire life and enjoy tennis, hiking, camping, photography, music, and traveling. While I have visited many places, my favorite places are Argentina and Salamanca, Spain. I can’t wait to meet you and to help you transition into the program and life at CU!
I'm from Denver, and I'll be a senior in the fall. I'm quiet and reserved, but friendly all the same. I'm pretty laid back, and I love engaging in an assortment of activities. I like reading, cooking, biking, and a bunch of creative hobbies like graphic design and making music. I'm fairly knowledgeable about architecture and the ENVD program, so I can help you get acquainted with our school.
Hey, I’m Sara and I’m a junior. I transferred to ENVD from Math after my freshman year and I love it! I think we’re getting a great design degree. It’s high stress but we’re like a family and we get each other through it. It’s also worth it. I want to take the design studies track and explore museum exhibit design. I’m also getting minors in Math and Technology, Arts and Media. I prefer analog techniques to digital in studio, but I’m trying to be more tech-y and I’d love to help with any assignments, including in your lecture classes. I love TV, probably too much. I also love advertising (thanks to Mad Men). My favorite time is craft time and I love musical theater. I also love movies, tennis, radio, art, art history, corduroy pants and coffee. I can’t wait to help you be successful here, but also have fun!
Hi my name is Serena McClintick and I am a senior in the ENVD Program at CU. I am originally from San Diego, California, but really wanted to spend my college years in beautiful Colorado. I found that Boulder was a perfect fit for me because of my love for adventure, ski lodges, coffee drinks and sports. In the last few weeks, I just returned home from studying abroad in Rome. It was such an awesome opportunity because it completely reinforced my need to see the buildings I am most passionate about, in person. Plus as a design student, I am very interested in learning about adaptive reuse and ways we can take old buildings or warehouses and make them into awesome places to live and work. Now that I am home, I am really looking forward to having a peer mentor that I can share with about my three years in ENVD, as well as provide tips or answers about absolutely anything. Truthfully, I am most excited to share my knowledge about the best places to eat, get coffee or go to sporting events in Boulder.
Hi! My name is Spencer, I am going to be a Junior this fall in the ENVD program and I'm planning to focus on architecture. I grew up spending countless hours playing with Legos and building models and have wanted to be an architect for as long as I can remember. One of my favorite aspects of architecture is designing the way light and sound move through a space. I am one of your ENVD Senators in CUSG (CU Student Government) and EDSG (Environmental Design Student Government), Politics are fun but my biggest passion outside of design is music, I've been playing guitar for about 7 years now and spend most of free time composing, producing and performing music. I co-founded and currently work at Figure Grounds, which is ENVD's very own coffee and supply shop, so when I'm in the building you can often find me there. I have a sarcastic dry sense of humor, I love going to movies and concerts. I'm an avid watcher of Doctor Who and Sherlock, and Iron Man is hands down the best superhero ever.
Hello, my name is Tim Saro, I am from Grand Junction (on the western side of Colorado). I am a senior emphasizing in architecture and a member of the Environmental Design Student Government. I spend my free time hanging out with friends, playing beach volleyball, mountain biking, and skiing. I enjoy going to CU football games and I have not missed a home game yet, and yes I know we are not that good but I have high hopes for this season. I love going to school at CU and I look forward to showing all of you why.