Habitat for Humanity chapter founder Tess Orrino sharpens skills for service of others

Ask senior Tess Orrino what makes Regis unique and she is quick to answer – leadership opportunities. She cites her three years of organizing and leading spring break service trips as an example.

“At a bigger school there is no chance I would be trusted with that level of responsibility. It is priceless experience that has helped me grow as a person and as a leader.”

Inspired by her experience planning, but also participating in these spring break experiences, Tess started a Habitat for Humanity chapter on Regis’ campus, the first college chapter in the Denver metro area. “I wanted to share the experience of service with a wider audience,” she said. “Now students can volunteer to build houses almost any weekend of the semester.” 

Wanting to further sharpen her leadership skills, Tess got involved with RegisCorps, the leadership development certificate program. She recently traveled with her classmates to Nicaragua, where they learned about leadership in international development. She describes the experience as “amazing, powerful and difficult” and continues to reflect on how to bring that experience back to Regis.   

As a member of the student government’s executive cabinet, Tess thinks a lot about how to benefit all Regis students. She currently serves as the director of health awareness, which ties in well with her nursing major. Her committee’s role is to create programming that educates students on health and nutrition.

Tess will graduate this May and is weighing the direction she wants to take her nursing career, perhaps working with children. But one thing is certain – no matter where she ends up, she will use the leadership skills she gained at Regis to make an impact on the world.

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