New Student Orientation’s baby boom, boom, boom

(Photograph courtesy Edith Wu-Nguyen)

New Student Orientation (NSO) is pregnant with possibility – and that goes beyond the stellar talents of the Class of 2013.  Just after EDITH WU-NGUYEN, ’99, the director of new student programs, delivered a daughter last week, she sent a photo of little Eleanor, who was sporting an “I’m an NSO Baby” button. The Labor Day delivery took place in the throes of preparations for the arrival of the freshman class.  And to add to the baby-and-mama drama, two other key members of the NSO team are with child. KOREN BAKKEGARD, associate dean in the office of Undergraduate Advising and Research, is expecting a baby next month.  AMANDA WILSON BERGADO, who runs “Approaching Stanford” and adviser recruitment, is due in November. But the staff hasn’t missed a beat. “I think it’s going to make us stronger,” Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS, ’89, wrote in an email after delivering Edith’s news. “We’re all donning our rowing trou, grabbing an oar, so we can pull together.”

– Elaine Ray