Meet the Staff

The Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs team helps new students successfully begin their college journey. Through the "New to UB" programs students prepare for academic and personal success as new UB Bulls. 

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Full Time Professional Staff

Matt Ardila-Weigand

Outdoor headshot of Matt Ardila-Weigand.


Hometown: Horseheads, NY
Years at UB: 22

UB students are smart, motivated, and passionate about making a difference in the world. It’s a privilege for me to work with and learn from them every day, as they prepare for life in and beyond college.

Chrissy Daniel

Outdoor headshot of Chrissy Daniel.


Hometown: Willard, OH
Years at UB: 9

There’s something special about UB and the students who choose to study here. Our “New to UB” programs allow us to prepare students for a meaningful college experience from the start of their journey. 

Val Luutran

Outdoor headshot of Val Luutran.


Hometown: Holtsville, NY
Years at UB: 2

I love being part of the experience as new students begin their journey at UB, and that I get to work with a phenomenal team of student leaders who help make that transition smoother. The genuine love for UB that our students bring to Summer Orientation, Welcome Weekend, and Year One programs makes me feel lucky to come to work every day. 

Ann Marie Lester

Outdoor headshot of Ann Marie Sperrazza.


Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Years at UB: 3

Spending time away from my hometown caused my “BuffaLOVE” to grow exponentially. In my position, I love sharing my hometown love with all of UB’s newest Bulls, while also helping to create memorable programs that support their transition to UB!

Mar Price

Photo of Mar Price outside the Student Union on North Campus.


Hometown: Horseheads, NY
Years at UB: 1

Transitioning to college is such a unique period of excitement, triumph, and growth. Seeing UB students become the authors of their journey is a fulfilling and rewarding process.

Orientation Team Leader Student Staff

Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs) are returning Orientation Leaders (OLs) who loved working with new students and families so much, they came back for a second year! OTLs work closely with OTPP professional staff to provide mentorship to both new students and Orientation Leaders, and support orientation program planning and implementation.

Orientation Leader Student Staff

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are undergraduate students who play an integral role in assisting new students and their families as they transition to life at UB. From orientation through your first semester, OLs are available to serve as mentors and share their expert insight as UB students.

Welcome Weekend Leader Student Staff

Welcome Weekend Leaders (WWLs) are undergraduate student staff who implement Welcome Weekend, the official kick-off to the fall semester for new students. 

WWL helps to form the UB photo at the New Student Welcome.

Welcome Weekend Leaders help form the human interlocking UB during the New Student Welcome.

Contact us

Helping new students transition to life at UB:

University at Buffalo
112 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6125