Student Life

Become an Cornish Orientation Leader

The Orientation Leader (OL) is an integral part of Cornish Connection.  The OLs primary function is to foster a successful first year for new students. The OL is responsible for providing leadership, building community, and promoting new student learning during Orientation and throughout the academic year.

 OLs play an integral role in introducing new students to Cornish College of the Arts by serving as mentors and sharing their experiences as successful students and artists.


Application Process

Orientation Leader applications will become available in the spring semester.  If you would like to personally contacted when applications become available, please contact the Student Life office at studentlife@cornish.edu.

Meet the 2016 Orientation Leaders


Kit Bernal

Kit Bernal

Hi! I’m a sophomore art major from Colorado. I like plants and pasta and am excited about getting to know all of you and welcoming you to the great environment of Cornish!

Courtney Butterfield

Courtney Butterfield

Hello! I am a Junior in the theatre department (I am auditioning for the Original Works program at the beginning of the year) as well as the Executive Secretary for the Cornish Student Leadership Council. You can usually find me around campus with a book in my hands but I am always willing to set it down if you want to chat! I can't wait to meet all of you and start the year off great!

Melody  Carlisle

Melody Carlisle

Hello everyone! I'm from a small city in southeastern Washington. I'm 23 and had a five year excursion into life between high school and college. I have a wide variety of interests and have a wealth of information and resources about Cornish. You'll probably see me running around campus a lot, but feel free to stop and ask me any questions you may have! I'm always up for helping out.

Haley Criswell

Haley Criswell

Hello! I am a junior in the art department, I transferred into Cornish as a sophomore last year! I am originally from Puyallup, Washington. I love drawing and painting, so Cornish is the perfect fit for me! I enjoy cats, puns, and good conversation, I can't wait to meet and talk to all of you!

Victor DeMarco

Victor DeMarco

Aloha! I’m a senior in the Theatre Department with emphasis in Musical Theatre. As the student ambassador here at Cornish College of the Arts, I love to help students find their way. This island boy loves making new friends and creating an ohana that will never be forgotten. You can usually catch me around campus dancing and singing to my favorite Disney tunes! I am drag queen royalty here at Cornish and can't wait to meet some more fierce and fabulous students. Let's have a fantastic year!

Cody French

Cody French

Hello there! I am a senior art student primary studying drawing and painting. I was a transfer junior in 2015. In addition to enjoying time with friends, exploring Seattle, eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and maintaining personal fitness, I am active in multiple clubs and take part in many of the Campus activities. Cornish has so much to offer so let's make art, friends, and amazing memories together! Feel free to seek me out for advice, help, or just a fun person to talk to!

Alexander Hawker

Alexander Hawker

Hello! I’m a sophomore in the music department where I play classical violin. I’m originally from Springville, Utah. When I’m not in class up at Kerry Hall, I’m usually practicing, going to concerts, or taking long walks through Seattle.

AnnaClaire Laush

AnnaClaire Laush

AnnaClaire Laush has long been involved in arts leadership. Now in her senior year studying Musical Theatre with an independent study of Arts Administration, she has been blessed to be a part of the Residence Hall Council, an Orientation Leader, a Resident Assistant, and Chair of the Student Leadership Council. Bright and cheerful, she is happy to grab coffee or ice cream with you whenever she has the time.

Tyler (Ty) Lewis

Tyler (Ty) Lewis

Hey guys, I am a sophomore musical theatre major, and also a transfer student! I am originally from Phoenix, AZ and am a musician at heart! I also direct Cornish's only a cappella group, Puget Sound A Cappella! I can't wait to meet all of you! Welcome to the family!

Jeanne Mallorey

Jeanne Mallorey

Hi everyone! I’m a junior in the Dance Department. I transferred from the University of Utah last semester but am originally from Pennsylvania. I love cats, road trips, and exploring Seattle! I also love coffee way too much and am more than happy to grab some if you ever have any questions or need some advice! I love helping people out! Welcome to Cornish and I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Nicholas Martin

Nicholas Martin

Welcome to Cornish! Film and Theater have been my passion since I was a kid which makes coming to Cornish a dream come true. I am constantly searching for ways to collaborate and draw inspiration from other mediums and I love figuring out what makes people tick. This place is crawling with interesting people, feel free to tell me your story.

Katie McNally

Katie McNally

Hi everyone and welcome to Cornish! My name is Katie and I am a junior in the musical theater department. Two years ago I transferred into Cornish in the theater department from a college where I studied music. I am originally from Vermont and have a deep love for corgis as well as cheese. I'm so excited to get to know you all and hope you love Cornish as much as we all do here!

Seattle Sims

Seattle Sims

Sims, Seattle Sims. I'm a sophomore in the design program at Cornish! I enjoy long walks in Seattle at sunset, holding cats, and deep conversations about movies and art.

Mariah Squires

Mariah Squires

Hi all, I am a sophomore in the theatre department. My loves are Shakespeare, John Hughes movies, ASL and all the incredible art going on in Seattle. I cannot wait to meet all the new artists of the 2020 class!

Hannah Tamkin

Hannah Tamkin

Hello, I am a Senior Musical Theatre student originally from Southern California. You can usually find me around campus singing by myself or with Cornish's only A Cappella group, Puget Sound, which I am co-director of. I can also be found doing my many different character voices. I love making new friends and connections to hopefully last a lifetime!

Wilysha Walton

Wilysha Walton

Hey guys! I'm a musical theatre sophomore. I was manufactured and produced in Sacramento, California. I love popcorn and watching movies. If you live in the dorms this year you will most likely hear me singing, loudly, in the elevators. I'm so excited to meet you guys!

Sarah White

Sarah White

Hello everyone! I'm a sophomore in the Performance Production department, originally from Southern California! I love pigs, pink, and taking pictures of my food! I am an active member of the Cornish Student Leadership Council serving as their Community Outreach Director for the 2016/2017 year. I love making new friends and being apart of the Cornish Community. I'm excited to meet you all and work with you! Welcome to Cornish!