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Bobcat Student Orientation

Bobcat Student Orientation

As a unit of the Office of First-Year & Student Transitions (FYrST), Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) is responsible for the successful orientation of all new undergraduate students at Ohio University, Athens campus. Our programs are designed to ensure all students and their families/guests are welcomed, comfortable in their transitions, connected to campus resources, and confident in their academic schedules before beginning their first semester on the Athens campus of Ohio University.

We strive to create a welcoming environment where students have a sense of belonging and can easily connect to peers, faculty, and staff to establish a network of support. We accomplish this through intentional program design and assessment focused primarily on the student experience, by eliminating stress in the transition process and maintaining a service-oriented mindset.

 

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What Our Orientation Leaders Say

Meet Our Student Orientation Leaders

Avery Ausher

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Avery Ausher

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Health Sciences and Professions

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Washington, PA

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology Minor

3rd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, CHAARG

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

It's important to step outside of your comfort zone. Talk to your peers because you are all going through orientation together and you never know what kind of friendships you could create before even being on campus.

Courtney Batten

Courtney Batten

Courtney Batten

Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Versailles, OH

Major: Biology Pre-Med

2nd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Club Swim Team, Phi Delta Epsilon (pre-med fraternity), Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity), College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassadors, AMSA, Learning Community Leader

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?I wish I knew just how comfortable I would be at school and that stepping out of my comfort zone is much easier than I thought.  Before orientation, I was extremely nervous but looking back now, I couldn't imagine going to college anywhere else. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone has helped me to make some of my best friends and get involved around campus

Connor Beeman

Connor Beeman

Connor Beeman

Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio

Major: English: Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

4th Year Student

3rd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Art, Poetry, and Performance scenes around campus, President of F-Word Performers, Intern with New Ohio Review

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Don't let your nerves get the better of you. Do things you wouldn't do before and put yourself out there. You have nothing to lose by trying new things at college.

Ethan Brown

Ethan Brown

Ethan Brown

Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Science

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Bowling Green, OH

Major: Sociology Major, Economics Major, Philosophy Minor, Wealth and Poverty Certificate

1st Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Economics Society, Cru, Ohio Honors Program

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love the sense of community I felt with every other Bobcat from my very first day.

Max Burke

Max Burke

Max Burke

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Wellston, OH

Major: Social Work

1st Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

The sense of home and family, no matter where you are or who you are.

Ellie Burke

Ellie Burke

Ellie Burke

College Representative, Scripps College of Communication

Pronouns: She/They

Hometown: Milton Mills, NH

Major: Visual Communication: Interactive Multimedia, Marketing Minor

5th Year Student 

3rd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Orientation Leader, Learning Community Leader, OMSAR Peer Mentor, Vice President of Project C

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

It's okay to be intimidated! There's a lot going on during BSO programs, so it's okay to feel a little lost. Don't be afraid to ask questions! There's no such thing as a stupid question!

Mia Caine

Mia Caine

Mia Caine

College Representative, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: Psychology

3rd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Sorority and Fraternity Life, Psi Chi/psychology club, American Sign Language (ASL) club, and CIRS research lab.

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

That it is okay to be nervous and to ask for help. It is also a really good way to make friends before you arrive on campus!

Jordan Castelli

Jordan Castelli

Jordan Castelli

Orientation Leader, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Worthington, OH

Major: Chemical Engineering

1st Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio Honors Program, Bobcat Tabletop

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

I wish I could tell myself to reach out more to people. These people will be your best friends for the next couple of years of your life and making these connections early will help ease you into college life.

Ana Colón

Ana Colón

Ana Colón

Orientation Leader, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Lorain, OH

Major: Vocal Performance

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio University Opera Theatre, New Chords on the Block (a cappella), Learning Community Leader

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

You should feel more comfortable by the end of orientation, but it is not wrong to feel like you are behind or unprepared, and if you do feel that way so does everyone else.

Braeden Dang

Braeden Dang

Braeden Dang

Orientation Leader, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Belton, TX

Major: Aviation Flight | Aviation Management

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: President of Flying Bobcats Precision Flight Team, Learning Community Leader, Member of Women in Aviation

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

Try to have fun and make friends, most people don't know anyone else too.

Molly Davis

Molly Davis

Molly Davis

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Health Sciences and Professions

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Sandusky, OH

Major: Community and Public Health, Biology & Business Administration Minors, Global Health Certificate

3rd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Alpha Omicron Pi, AIESEC, PowerGamma, Better Bystanders, Student Senate, AHEC Scholars, OMSAR, WPA

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love being a Bobcat because I truly believe in Bobcat Family 24/7. It was one of the first things I heard when coming to campus and really made me feel at home!

Ryan Evans

Ryan Evans

Ryan Evans

Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Major: Early Childhood and Elementary Education major, Diversity Studies certificate

2nd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Learning Community Leader, Choices Facilitator, Alpha Lambda Delta (Honor Society), Students for Peace

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

It's important to ask the questions that are on your mind. Your orientation is a valuable chance to settle some nerves about what your college transition will look like, and everyone on the orientation team wants to help you feel more confident about coming to OU!

Cristina Formichelli

Cristina Formichelli

Cristina Formichelli

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Russel, OH

Major: Journalism News & Information, Communication Studies Minor, Social Media & Diversity Studies Certificate

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: BobcaThon Dance Marathon, Thread Magazine, Odyssey at OU, Learning Community Leader

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

The Ohio University community is so vast, wonderful, and supportive. Everywhere you go there's always a bobcat, and we're always so friendly and eager to help everyone. There's nowhere else in the world that's as amazing as Athens, Ohio, and I'm so proud to be a bobcat.

Grace Fowler

Grace Fowler

Grace Fowler

Orientation Coordinator for Family and Guest Programs

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Delaware, OH

Major: Integrated Media, Marketing Minor, Social Media // Festivals, Events, and Event Planning Certificates

3rd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Alpha Gamma Delta, Live Positive, and BOSD

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love the family you become a part of when you become a bobcat.

Haley Hautzinger

Haley Hautzinger

Haley Hautzinger

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Lebanon, OH

Major: Psychology and Sociology-Criminology, Certificate in law, justice, and culture, Certificate in forensic studies

3rd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Vice President of Psychology Club/Psi-Chi, Learning Community Leader, Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, College of Arts & Sciences Student Ambassador

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love being a bobcat because of the incredible community and environment we are surrounded by at Ohio University. There are students, staff, and faculty who are always looking out for you and pushing towards success.

 

Haven Horton-Kunce

Haven Horton-Kunce

Haven Horton-Kunce

Family and Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Bexley, OH

Major: Environmental Studies in HTC, Certificate in Law, Justice, and Culture, Certificate in Global Leadership

1st Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Climate and Sustainability Ambassadors, Ohio University Sierra Student Coalition, ACLU, Pepsi Scholars, Templeton Scholars

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

Your staff and faculty really do care about your education, health, and wellness, never be afraid to reach out.

Rhianna Hunt

Rhianna Hunt

Rhianna Hunt

College Representative, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Newark, OH

Major: Biological Sciences

4th Year Student

4th Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Service Chair for Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Tour Guide, Mentee in the Women's Mentorship Program through the Women's Center, PACE student at the Ohio University Genomics Facility

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

To get involved in something, literally anything. Once you get involved you really start to feel connected to campus, which makes college so much easier.

Haley Janoski

Haley Janoski

Haley Janoski

Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Major: Communication Studies, Spanish Minor, Political Communication, Diversity Studies Certificates

2nd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio University Student Senate, Ohio University College Democrats

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

It will take time to get settled and figure everything out, even after orientation. Be patient and accept the exciting, nerve-racking process that the beginning of college is!

Amy Kimura

Amy Kimura

Amy Kimura

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, Patton College of Education

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Toledo, OH

Major: Integrated Social Studies

2nd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement:

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

I wish I knew more about the campus before orientation. The greens were quite confusing at first.

Naila Latham

Naila Latham

Naila Latham

Orientation Leader, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Ellenwood, GA

Major: Graphic Design, Photography, and Integrated Media

3rd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity; Variant Magazine

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

There are genuine people who are ready to help you create your schedule, get you acclimated to school, and make you feel welcome.

Maddi Lind

Maddi Lind

Maddi Lind

College Representative, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Canton, OH

Major: Family and Consumer Science - Community Leadership, Social Services Minor

3rd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Treasurer of AAFCS

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

I wish I knew how easy it is to actually make friends. You will find your people and orientation is the extra step where it can happen.

Jake Lundgren

Jake Lundgren

Jake Lundgren

College Representative, Patton College of Education

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Pickerington, OH

Major: Integrated Social Studies Education, History & Political Science Minor, Diversity Studies Certificate

3rd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: NRHH, OU Acronauts, Patton College Ambassadors, Hall Council

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

The people and community here at OU is truly incredible! It is so friendly and welcoming! really makes it feel like hOUme.

Ryan Maxin

Ryan Maxin

Ryan Maxin

Orientation Leader, Scripps College of Communication

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Massillon, Ohio

Major: Publication Design and Journalism

1st Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio Honors Program; Page Designer and Journalist for The Post, OU's independently run student newspaper

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love the sense of community that being a Bobcat offers. No matter our obvious differences, my fellow students at OU and I will forever be connected by our love of this university and Athens in general.

Liv Michota

Liv Michota

Liv Michota

Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Independence, Ohio

Major: Management and Strategic Leadership

1st Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love the sense of community and inclusivity. I also enjoy how helpful the faculty is.

Hailey Mullin

Hailey Mullin

Hailey Mullin

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

2nd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: CHAARG, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Society of Women Engineers

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love our beautiful campus and the sense of community at Ohio University because there is so many kind and down to earth people here.

Hannah Protsik

Hannah Protsik

Hannah Protsik

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Major: Marketing and Business Analytics

3rd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: OHIO Women in Business, Emerging Leaders

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love so much about being a Bobcat. But above all, I love the community that Bobcats cultivate with one another. Being a Bobcat goes beyond the years spent at OU and will be something you carry with you forever.

Zach Robbins

Zach Robbins

Zach Robbins

College Representative, University College

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Loveland, OH

Major: AYA Integrated Mathematics, Coaching and Mathematics Minor

4th Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Greek Life

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love the community that Ohio University offers. I really enjoyed living in the Residence Halls and meeting new people. Everyone is nice on campus and will not hesitate to lend a helping hand.

Stephanie Robbins

Stephanie Robbins

Stephanie Robbins

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Loveland, OH

Major: Classical Civilizations

2nd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio Honors Program

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love the people: from students and friends to professors and mentors. Everyone I’ve met is so kind and welcoming that OU really has become my home.

Jane Roche

Jane Roche

Jane Roche

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: Political Science Pre-Law, Law, Justice, and Culture Certificate

2nd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: New Member Coordinator for the Oho University Mock trial team, Phi Alpha Delta the pre-law fraternity, Political Organization, Margaret Boyd Scholar

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love the sense of community here at Ohio University. Everyone has a home here at OHIO and you can just feel it. Fellow students and professors really succeed in fostering a strong sense of community here in Athens.

Gabie Soto

Gabie Soto

Gabie Soto

Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Westerville, OH

Major: Biology Pre-Professional

3rd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Pre-Physical Therapy Club & Learning Community Leader

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

I wish I knew that everyone is nervous/uncomfortable, but orientation is the first step in an amazing experience and to embrace it.

Ethan Spanja

Ethan Spanja

Ethan Spanja

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Batavia, OH

Major: Film Production

1st Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio Honors Program

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

Icebreakers are only as fun as you make them!

Leah Spendley

Leah Spendley

Leah Spendley

Orientation Leader, College of Health Sciences and Professions

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

Major: Pre-Nursing, Psychology Minor, Global Health Certificate

2nd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: President of Relay For Life, member of Delta Zeta Sorority, and member of Club Ultimate Frisbee

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

The community.  The relationships that are built here are truly for life. Whether you meet at orientation, in learning communities, or in a random study group you can walk away knowing this is family.

Meg Tobin

Meg Tobin

Meg Tobin

College Representative, College of Health Sciences and Professions

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Communications, Marketing and Psychology Minor

4th Year Student 

3rd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Phi Chi Theta, Learning Community Leader, and Copeland Services

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

Do not be afraid to be yourself and fully embrace the experience. Everyone is in the same boat as you and looking to make friends!

Beau Uqdah

Beau Uqdah

Beau Uqdah

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Major: Integrated Language Arts and WGSS

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Social Fraternity, Academic Fraternity, Transfer Student Organization

What is some advice that you would give to students coming to Ohio University?

Be open to what can happen or it’s a time for reinvention, you can try whatever you want to find a place for you.

Emme Vair

Emme Vair

Emme Vair

Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Westerville, OH

Major: Integrated Language Arts, Psychology Minor

3rd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Sigma Kappa Sorority, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Women's Panhellenic Association

What is one thing you wish you knew before attending orientation?

Don't be scared to step out of your comfort zone! Try to meet new people and get to know them over the summer so you can have a group when you come onto campus in August!

Mia Walsh

Mia Walsh

Mia Walsh

Family and Guest Orientation, Scripps College of Communication

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Tallmadge, OH

Major: Journalism - News and Information

1st Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Freshman Class Representative on Cutler Council, Speech Team, Backdrop Magazine, Thread Magazine, and ALAANA+ Women's Leadership Cohort (AWLC)

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

I love how welcoming the campus community is. I was able to find clubs and student organizations that piqued my interest straight away. Everyone is so kind and the advisors have been so incredibly helpful.

Michaela Williams

Michaela Williams

Michaela Williams

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Major: Chemistry and Psychology

3rd Year Student 

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Resident Assistant, a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, a Research Assistant in three different research labs on campus, Learning Community Leader, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Peer-Tutor for PSY 2110.

What do you love most about being a Bobcat?

Being a Bobcat has given me so many opportunities for professional and personal growth, and I am so thankful for all of my experiences and everyone I have met along the way.