Student Activities and Campus Engagement


Phone Number

Email Address



Hamilton Classroom 4

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


SAuCE Office

Students who participate in campus life opportunities discover a learning laboratory for gaining an essential personal foundation. Engaging through student activities is personally rewarding and provides opportunities to meet other students, develop relationships, promote change on campus and explore new interests! We like to say you can experiment with different ingredients, and create your sauce!

The Office of Student Activities and Campus Engagement (SAuCE) strives to create a vibrant, purposeful, and supportive college community where students make a positive difference, develop healthy and meaningful relationships with others, are empowered to take action, learn about themselves, and develop leadership and lifelong skills.

Office Focus Areas: 

SAuCE Staff

Syria Purdom

Director of Leadership and Community Engagement


Syria joined the Student Affairs team in March 2023. She has worked in the education industry for over 16 years, serving students in various administrative and instructional roles. Syria is passionate about community engagement, leadership, and learning. She hopes to contribute to student success by fostering meaningful opportunities and experiences in the local community. Syria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Multicultural Literature and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of California, Berkeley. A book worm and aspiring novelist, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Syria is currently a doctoral student in the University of Southern California Organizational Change and Leadership Ed.D. Program. In her time she enjoys beach days, dancing, gardening, and experimenting in the kitchen

Gabriela Ott

Coordinator of Student Activities & Campus Engagement


Gabriela works as the Coordinator of Student Activities & Campus Engagement. A NCF alum turned staff member, Novo pride runs through Gabriela’s veins! She graduated undergrad with a concentration in Psychology & Spanish and a minor in Latin American / Caribbean studies. Gabriela takes pride in assisting with students’ programming and aiding in the building of campus connections.

Student Event Team

Maggie, Set Weekend & Special Events Coordinator
Hannah, Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator
Celeste, Coordinator of Belonging Events
Olivia, Coordinator of Traditions Events II