Regions: Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions - Admissions Systems, Northeast, Missionary Kids and International Students
Josh Cincotta was already two years into his college career when he decided that he wanted to combine a background in biblical studies with his computer degree. He found that Evangel University offered exactly what he was looking for and transferred in 2010, coming all the way from South Orange, New Jersey.
In 2012, Josh graduated with a double major in Computer Information Systems and Computer Science and a minor in Biblical Studies. He loved his Evangel experience so much that upon graduation, he joined the staff as an admissions counselor. Today Josh serves students from the Northeast Region of the United States as well as International Students and Missionary Kids.
As a student, Josh was involved in Floor Council, serving as president of Scott First South, and could often be found on the intramural field, playing basketball, football, volleyball and soccer. “The relationships I formed with the guys from my floor are incredible,” he says. “They are more like brothers to me now rather than just friends.” Josh believes Evangel offers the perfect balance of spiritual and social life, with a specific emphasis on integrating the two.
But Evangel wouldn’t be Evangel without the faculty. “The professors rocked my world,” he says. “I couldn’t believe the interest they took in my life, not just as a student, but as a person. Their passion for teaching and caring was evident in everything they do.”
Regions: Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions - Project Management, Texas, Illinois
Originally from Laredo, Texas, Ana Solano transferred to Evangel in January 2010 and graduated in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She started work as an admissions counselor for Evangel just a week following graduation. Her best memory as a student was serving as a resident assistant for Burgess First South. “Spending time with the girls on my floor was by far my favorite experience,” she says. “I built lifelong friendship with awesome gals.”
Ana says the qualities that drew her to Evangel were the kindness and friendliness of the people she met on campus when she visited for a Transfer Student Day as well as the spirit of excellence that everyone had. “I absolutely fell in love with Evangel.”
She loves to help new students through the admissions process. “Evangel was a phenomenal experience for me. It changed my life. My admissions counselor played a vital role in that. I am so excited to be able to walk with students through this huge life-changing experience and be a small part of such a defining time in life.”
Sarah Ostapko serves prospective students from Missouri. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native earned her bachelor’s degree from Evangel in Human Services in 2012.
Sarah says her Evangel journey began when former admissions counselor and current student activities director Christy Rowden visited her high school. “When Christy saw me working here she teared up. It was so awesome to see how her efforts had led to me coming here as a student and all that has resulted.”
As an Evangel student, Sarah was active in campus worship and loved her time living in Lewis Hall. She was drawn to Evangel because of the distinct atmosphere she experienced while visiting campus as a high school sophomore and junior.
“I absolutely loved the aspect of coming to school pretty far from home and immediately plugging in somewhere I could grow spiritually,” Sarah says. “Not just on campus, but the community and local church. It was a wonderful experience.”
Sarah met her husband Peter at Evangel, and the couple lives in the Springfield area with their shih tzu Charlie.
“I want students out there to know that they will be invested in at Evangel. It’s a place where your face and name will be recognized and people will care where you are headed.”
Regions: Southeast and JRLC Trasfers
Samantha Burks serves as the admissions counselor for the Southeast and students transferring from the James River Leadership Campus. A native of West Memphis, Arkansas, she graduated in May 2012 with a major in Music and minors in Psychology and Biblical Studies.
As an Evangel student, Samantha was involved in leading worship in Chapel, singing in the chorus and serving as a Spence Hall residence assistant. One of the highlights of her time at Evangel was her coronation as the 2011-2012 Homecoming Queen. She also has fond memories of Spiritual Emphasis Weeks, President Spence’s birthday buffets and late-night conversations with the girls on her floor.
Samantha says the best thing about Evangel is the people. “I’ve had the incredible opportunity to meet some amazing people throughout my years at Evangel,” she says. “The friendships I had made a huge impact on my life and will be something that I carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Along with being an admissions counselor, Samantha is also a credentialed Assemblies of God minister. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hanging out with her friends, reading, camping and spending time outdoors.
Regions: West, Northwest, Southwest, Upper Midwest
Courtney McClanahan is the admissions counselor for the Western United States. The Olympia, Washington native graduated in December 2012 with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Management.
During her time as a student at Evangel, Courtney enjoyed being involved with her floor and hall councils, SIFE, START team, intramurals and Activities Board events.
In her free time, Courtney enjoys hanging out with friends, shopping, making crafts, playing sports and traveling.
One of her most memorable moments as a student came during the fall of her freshman year. “My date to Harvest Fest won best proposal after he had campus security fake arrest me in class and bring me to the head of security’s office for ‘questioning.’”
Courtney says that the best part about Evangel was the relationships she formed with students and faculty. “Living in Burgess Hall was a blast; I met some of my very best friends there,” she says. “Being far from home, the people here definitely made me feel like family.”
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