The NSO Directors

2023 -2024 New Student Peer Mentor Student Director: Peter Smith 


Peter Smith, BA '24

Hello! My name is Peter and I will be your 2023 -2024 New Student Peer Mentor Student Director! I am a senior history major hoping to go to law school post-grad. On campus, I participate in multiple activities: I play guitar in the jazz combos, I am an editor for the history newsletter, and in the past have been a New Student Orientation leader. When I am not doing school-related activities you can often find me in the coffee shop on campus–the Dovecote, reading on the lawn, hanging with friends around Portland, listening to music, or riding my bike. I am so excited to be taking on a larger leadership role this year on the NSO team. I can’t wait to meet all of you this fall! See you soon!


2023-2024 New Student Peer Mentor Student Coordinator: Grace Marchant 

Hi! My name is Grace and I’m excited to be the 2023 New Student Peer Mentor Student Coordinator! I’m a rising junior studying philosophy and gender studies. I really enjoy the organizations I am a part of on campus, including being a Co-op coordinator, working with the Gender Studies Symposium,  and being a DJ on KPH radio. In my free time, you can find me at cute coffee shops, spending time with friends, crocheting, learning astrology, or playing guitar. I’m thrilled to work with the NSO team and meet the class of 2027 in the fall! Have a wonderful summer! 


Director of New Student Orientation: Franchesca Spann 
Franchesca wearing her favorite LC merch: a sweatshirt her mom's friend bought her freshmen y... Franchesca wearing her favorite LC merch: a sweatshirt her mom's friend bought her freshmen year!

Hello! My name is Franchesca Spann (she/hers). I graduated from Lewis & Clark with a major in psychology and a minor in art/art history. I have worked in the  New Student Orientation Office at Lewis & Clark College since 2017 and love the energy that new students bring to campus. To plan NSO, I will work alongside the NSO student director, student coordinator,  and new student peer mentor team to plan and execute an experience that provides new students the time to learn about their new home, preview college academics, and socialize with other new students!  NSO is my favorite time of the year and we can’t wait to welcome you to campus. 

My tips for new students:

  • Check your email! This is a habit that you should work into your daily routine before you come to college. Responding daily and on time is a professional skill that will benefit you in college and beyond.
  • Use Google Calendar. It is included in your L&C account, which is a Google account! Add your class schedule, club meetings, events, and more to your calendar to help you balance your schedule! Personalize and have fun with it.
  • Go for it! You are now at college; put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to make new friends, try new things, and explore! 

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