Professional Staff

Lauren M. Garrett

Director, First Year Experience
Hometown: Culpeper, VA
College:  College of William and Mary

Lauren Garrett, Director of First Year Experience

In my role as the Director of First Year Experience, I have the privilege of working with faculty, staff, and student leaders in the development and implementation of a comprehensive first-year program for both first-time in college and transfer undergraduate students.  Prior to returning to my alma mater as a professional staff member, I most recently served as the Director of Residential Life and Student Services at Maine Maritime Academy 

with responsibilities in residential life, student conduct, new student orientation, and student engagement and involvement.  I hold a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and am currently working on my Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from the University of New Hampshire with a research interest in first-year student transition experiences and resources. 

Zara Sibtain

Graduate Assistant, New Student Orientation
Hometown:  Lahore, Pakistan
High School:  International School Manila, Philippines
College:  Randolph College

Zara Sibtain, Graduate Assistant for First Year Experience

As the Graduate Assistant in the Office of First Year Experience, I primarily work with our student leaders and assist in the coordination of the overall orientation program.  I am a Master’s student in the Higher Education Administration Program with a focus in Student Affairs.  A recent graduate of Randolph College, I majored in Psychology and served as Student Government President, Orientation Leader for Welcome Week and the Coordinator for International Student Orientation.