Welcoming Faces

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Fuel your fire by building connections with student leaders and professional staff who will support you on your path to success.

Hayley is a junior at FGCU majoring in Special Education with the goal of becoming a special education teacher or a student counselor. She is from Pembroke Pines, Florida and joined FGCU as part of the Step Ahead Program (now Eagle Advantage) during her first year. Hayley is very involved at FGCU serving as the Vice President of the FGCU chapter of Best Buddies. She also worked as a student leader and mentor for the Eagle Advance Program from Spring 2021–Fall 2021 where she helped first time in college students adjust to college life, learn campus resources, and set goals. Hayley currently serves as the Student Coordinator for Eagle Advantage Program and is always happy to answer questions and help students with whatever they might need. Outside of school, Hayley enjoys baking, reading, and watching her favorite movie, Pride and Prejudice!  

"My Experience working with the eagle advantage students has been amazing! These students come in as timid students; then, within six weeks, they have completely transformed into confident students who know their way. The benefits of this program are endless. You gain so much insight and build connections with professors, and you build resources with professional staff as well. I can’t wait to meet all of the new Eagle Advantage students and grow with them in their new journey!"

HaleyHaley Meade

Eagle Advantage Student Coordinator in the Office of First Year Experience & Retention Programs 


Key Connections Resource Guide

Listed below are campus resources and specific staff at FGCU who are more than happy to answer any of your questions about their programs, so don’t hesitate to contact them directly.

Tabitha Dawes
Director,  Eagle View Orientation and Family Programs
Office: McTarnaghan Hall 0223A 
Phone: 239-590-7744
Allison Bacigalupi
Director, Exploratory Advising
Office: Center for Career and Exploratory Advising 0128 
Phone: 239-590-1096
Michelle Gonzalez 
Director, Enrollment Services Center
Office: McTarnaghan Hall 0105
Phone: 239-590-7699
Natalie Reckard 
Assoc Director, Residence Education
Office: Ackert Community Center ACK 0218 North Lake 
Phone: 239-590-1701
E-mail:  nreckard@fgcu.edu 
Student Health Services 
Appointments: 239-590-7966 Immunization: 239-590-1254 
Office: Adjacent Parking Garage 2 and Parking Lot 7
Niesha Radovanic
Coordinator, Retention & Engagement
Office: Eagle Hall 4001D
E-mail:  nradovanic@fgcu.edu 
Haley Meade
Student Coordinator, Eagle Advantage
Office: Eagle Hall 4001C
Phone: 239-745-4406
E-mail:  hmeade@fgcu.edu  
Lindsay Rushworth
 Coordinator, Mentoring Programs 
Office: Eagle Hall 4001B
Phone: 239-745-4518
E-mail:  lrushworth@fgcu.edu 
Ney Arias
Senior Director, First Year Exp/Ret Pgm 
Office: Eagle Hall 4001E
Phone: 239-590-7111
E-mail:  narias@fgcu.edu 
Christina Kreiger
Director, Retention & Engagement
Office: Eagle Hall 4001F
Phone: 239-590-7110
E-mail:  ckreiger@fgcu.edu