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Become an Orientation Leader

The mission of Undergraduate Orientation Programs is to support incoming and current students, as well as their families and guests, through seamless orientation and transition processes that include intentionally-designed programs, effective online resources, and consistent outreach. Our programs ensure all students belong to the OHIO community, succeed as a new student, and own their unique experiences.

To accomplish this mission, we engage all units and staff across the university in collaborative partnerships and develop informed student leaders who value diversity and inclusion, embody OHIO spirit, and demonstrate a genuine passion for helping their fellow Bobcats with a service-oriented mindset.  

Student staff guide program participants through orientation, facilitate small group sessions, assist faculty and staff who partner with our programs, and create an inclusive environment where learning and growth can occur.

Faculty and Staff Nominations

Nominations are accepted from faculty and staff as a way to identify students who may be a good fit for the position. After our office receives a nomination, we will contact the student to encourage them to apply. Nominations are accepted in September and October of each year.

Job Responsibilities and Expectations

Orientation Leader

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are students hired specifically to work with student participants attending our orientation programs.  Students in this role are assigned to work with at least two specific colleges (one as a primary assignment and one as a secondary assignment).  OLs will be expected to learn about the student experience in these particular colleges (such as curriculum requirements, internship expectations, and student organization opportunities).  Student staff in this position will support participants in these programs in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, presenting sessions on academic expectations, facilitating small group icebreakers and activities, and assisting students as they learn course registration processes and register for first semester courses.

Family and Guest Orientation Leader

Family and Guest Orientation Leaders are students hired specifically to work with the separate programs we facilitate for family members and guests of new students. Student staff in this position may work with multiple colleges and will support participants in these programs in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, presenting about the student experience at OU, serving on student panels, and answering general questions about academic expectations in specific majors. The staff in this role will occasionally be asked to work with specific elements of the student program, but they will primarily work with family members and guests. Staff in this position will still interact with new students during elements of the program that may be combined, such as check-in, check-out, and meals.

Expected participation

Student staff are expected to participate in the following:

  • One-Day Orientation Programs – January, May, and August
  • UC 3690 Orientation Leader Course* – Spring Semester
  • Relocate Day – March
  • OL Training* – May
  • Fall Orientation Programs* – Entire Month of June
  • College Credit Plus Orientation Programs – July/August
  • Welcome Week (Events and Responsibilities Vary) – August/September
  • Relocate Day – October

*Students must commit to working all orientation programs in the month of June and attending and participating in the UC 3690 course and OL Training. Participation in the other events and experiences listed above are dependent on course conflicts and other student leader training and responsibilities. Generally speaking, the roles and work times for all programs not starred in the list above can be discussed.

New orientation leaders are typically not permitted to enroll in courses, on campus or online, or hold other employment during training in May and throughout the month of June. Between these dates, staff members are expected to focus on their roles with orientation.

Benefits and Reasons to Apply

  • Support incoming students and give back to your OHIO community 
  • Network with faculty and staff
  • Represent your college
  • Develop your leadership and presentation skills
  • Build your resume
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Compensation and other perks
    • Paid stipend for May training and June BSO programs
    • Hourly pay for time spent working any other programs throughout the year
    • Shared residence hall room during May Training and the month of June (when conducting in-person BSO programs)
    • Meals typically provided during orientation programs and training (for in-person BSO programs)

Eligibility

Students must meet the following requirements to apply:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2
  • Good academic standing (must be maintained to continue employment)
  • Enrolled on the Athens campus at the time of application
  • Planning to enroll on the Athens campus in the spring and fall semesters of the upcoming year.
  • Positive energy and enthusiasm for being an OHIO Bobcat (strongly encouraged)

Graduate students will not be considered for these positions, but can contact our office for other opportunities.

Hiring Process and Timeline

Step 1 - Online Application 

Students must submit an online application. Applications have closed for the 2022 Orientation Leader position. The application will open in September 2022 for the 2023 team.

When submitting the application, candidates should be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in becoming an orientation leader?
  • As an orientation leader, how do you envision helping students and their family members and guests to transition successfully to Ohio University? 
  • Do you want to be considered for Family and Guest OL, Student OL, or both? (See descriptions above)
  • What motivates you to want to work with family members and guests of new students? (Family and Guest OL candidates only)
  • What knowledge, skills, or abilities will you bring to the role(s) you are applying for?
  • What motivates you to want to work with new students as a student leader in the FYrST Office?
  • What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
  • Why is understanding and appreciating diversity important in working with new students?
  • Is there anything else about you or your experience that you believe we should consider when making our hiring decisions?

Step 2 - Individual Interview

All applicants participate in an individual interview as part of the hiring process. Candidates can sign up for an individual interview by clicking on the link in the confirmation email they receive after submitting an application. 

Step 3 - Group Interview

All applicants participate in a group interview as part of the hiring process. Candidates can sign up for a group interview by clicking on the link in the confirmation email they receive after submitting an application. 

Step 4 - Notification and Acceptance

Initial offers of OL positions happen in mid-November and candidates are given a specific time frame in which to formally accept the position before it is offered to other candidates in the applicant pool. Unfortunately, we may have great candidates who we are unable to offer a position to. However, some of those candidates may be offered a slot in our alternate pool and could be asked to join the team at a later date if a position opens up. 

Contact

Contact us with your questions or concerns.

Current Orientation Leaders

Sean Angler

Sean Angler

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Akron, OH

Major: Microbiology

4th Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: The Singing Men of Ohio and the Microbiology Student Organization

Advice for incoming students: Just have fun and don’t be afraid to take risks to find out who you really are!

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Avery Ausher

College Representative, College of Health Sciences and Professions

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Washington, PA

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology Minor

4th Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, CHAARG, The Peer Body Project

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.

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Courtney Batten

Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Versailles, OH

Major: Biology Pre-Med

3rd Year Student 

2nd 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.

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Ethan Brown

College Representative, College of Arts and Science

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Bowling Green, OH

Major: Sociology, Economics

Minor: Philosophy, History

2nd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: H2O Church, Ohio University College Democrats, Interfaith Impact, African Student's Union, 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.

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Max Burke

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/They

Hometown: Wellston, OH

Major: Social Work

2nd Year Student 

2nd 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.

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Ana Colón

Orientation Coordinator for Student Programs

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Englewood, OH

Major: Vocal Performance

4th Year Student

3rd Year Orientation Leader

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

Advice for incoming students:

It's okay to feel like you don't know what you're doing! There are an endless number of resources available to you at OHIO that can help you throughout your time here. And don't be scared to reach out and ask for help! Someone will always be willing to help.

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Emmy Creasap

Orientation Leader, Patton College of Education

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Major: Recreation Management

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Hall Council

Advice for incoming students: Ignore all the movies and the college stereotypes. Your experience can be whatever you want it to be.

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Taylor Curson

Orientation Leader, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: New Lexington, OH

Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Favorite spot in Athens: Emeriti Park

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Braeden Dang

Administrative Orientation Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Belton, TX

Major: Aviation Flight | Aviation Management

4th Year Student

3rd Year Orientation Leader

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

One thing you wish you knew before attending orientation:

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

Jarret Deaton

Jarret Deaton

Orientation Leader, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Bridgeport, OH

Major: Political Science, History Minor

3rd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Advice for incoming students: Manage your time, get involved, and find a balance between school and doing what is needed for your mental health.

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Emily DeMinico

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

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Salem, NH

Major: Communication and Sciences Disorders

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Student Alumni Board, Bobcathon, Track and Field, and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association

Best food on campus: The make your own sandwich station at West 82

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Kylie Duncan

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

Pronouns: She/They

Hometown: Jackson, OH

Major: Social Work

3rd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program, Title IX a capella, Bella Voce, Student Social Work Association

Advice for incoming students: Join student organizations and get connected to the OHIO community! College is what you want it to be so do not be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone!

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Sean Eifert

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major: Journalism News and Information

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: OU Catholics and The Post

What are you most excited about for Orientation? 

I'm excited to help students' families work through their anxieties.

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Maud Epstein

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: They/Them

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Major: History

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Best food on campus: Buckeyes from Boyd Market.

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Ryan Evans

College Representative, University College

Pronouns: She/They

Hometown: Columbus, OH

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

3rd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Patton Student Ambassador and Learning Community Leader Coordinator

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

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

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.

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Margaret Fox

Orientation Leader, Scripps College of Communication

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Journalism Strategic Communications

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Club Swim

Favorite spot in Athens: Baker University Center; I love the view from the fourth floor.

Joi Foy

Joi Foy

Orientation Leader, Scripps College of Communication

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Major: Journalism News and Information

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ebony Minds, Black Student Communication Caucus, Underclassmen Connect, African Student Association Undergraduate Chapter

Favorite place to study: Multicultural Center

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Rachel Hefner

Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Perrysburg, OH

Major: Undecided

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Advice for incoming students: It is okay to not know what you want to do because now is the time to discover and explore what you're passionate about!

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Joey Hilliard

Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: They/Them

Hometown: Rushville, OH

Major: Astrophysics

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: The 3rd Amendment Club

Best food on campus: Smooth Moves. I eat there almost every day.

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Haven Horton-Kunce

College Representative, Honors Tutorial College and Center for International Studies

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Bexley, OH

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

2nd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

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

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.

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Eli Justice

Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: South Vienna, OH

Major: Sports Management and Business Analytics

3rd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: The Post

Advice for incoming students: Don’t be afraid to reach out. There’s not a more welcoming place than Athens.

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Naila Latham

College Representative, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Ellenwood, GA

Major: Graphic Design, Photography, and Integrated Media

4th Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity; Variant Magazine

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.

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Maddi Lind

Orientation Coordinator for Family and Guest Programs

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Canton, OH

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

4th Year Student 

3rd Year Orientation Leader

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.

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Jake Lundgren

Special Projects Orientation Coordinator

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Pickerington, OH

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

4th Year Student 

3rd 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.

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Liv Michota

Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: Management and Strategic Leadership, Marketing Minor | Advertising and PR

2nd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Odyssey, Ohio University Consulting Fellows

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.

Mace Miller

Mace Miller

Orientation Leader, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: They/Them

Hometown: Washington Court House, OH

Major: Instrumental Performance (Saxophone) and Music Education

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

Advice for incoming students: Enjoy the nature that surrounds the campus! It is a beautiful place to take a break from stress and to find cool things to do.

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Lydia Perry

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Journalism News and Information

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Advice for incoming students: Try and have as much fun as possible with your transition. Everyone is in the same boat as you and is just as nervous!

Jacob Portem

Jacob Portem

Orientation Leader, College of Health Sciences and Professions

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Mohegan Lake, NY

Major: Nursing

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Bachelor of Science in Nursing Organization

What are you most excited about for Orientation?

I’m excited to see how the students I gave tours to turned out.

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Logan Prater

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, Patton College of Education

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Gahanna, OH

Major: Integrated Mathematics

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Kappa Delta Pi

Advice for incoming students: Be an advocate for yourself to make sure you're getting the best experience.

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

3rd Year Student 

2nd 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.

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Ceci Rockwell

College Representative, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Waverly, OH

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

3rd Year Student

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and Aging and Gerontological Education Society (AGES)

Favorite place to study: The 4th floor Alden Library, but when it’s nice out, anywhere on campus! Ohio University is a beautiful place to be!

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Precious Rogers

Orientation Leader, University College

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Akron, OH

Major: Pre-Nursing

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Unified Sisters and Multicultural Student Nurses Association

Favorite spot in Athens: Whit's Frozen Custard

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Ethan Spanja

College Representative, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Batavia, OH

Major: Film Production

2nd Year Student 

2nd Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio Honors Program

One thing you wish you knew before attending orientation:

Icebreakers are only as fun as you make them!

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Heather Stump

Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Johnstown, OH

Major: Psychology and Sociology-Criminology

2nd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Alpha Lambda Delta, Young Life College, Bella Voce, and Title IX a capella

Advice for incoming students: Know that you are not in this journey alone, you have so many people rooting for you even if you don’t even know! You belong here.

Maleah Tucker

Maleah Tucker

Family and Guest Orientation Leader, College of Business

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Springfield, OH

Major: Accounting

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ohio University Consulting Fellows

Favorite place to study: Alden Library 6th floor

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Beau Uqdah

College Representative, Patton College of Education

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Major: Integrated Language Arts and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

4th Year Student

3rd Year Orientation Leader

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

Advice for incoming students: 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.

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Breanna Wallace

Orientation Leader, Patton College of Education

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Yellow Springs, OH

Major: Integrated Social Studies

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Ambassador for Patton College of Education

Favorite place to study: In the egg chairs on the fourth floor of Alden Library.

Mia Walsh

Mia Walsh

College Representative, Scripps College of Communication

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Tallmadge, OH

Major: Journalism News and Information

2nd Year Student 

2nd 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.

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Jau'more Wilson

Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: St. Paris, OH

Major: History Pre-Law and Environmental Studies Certificate

3rd Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: F-Word Performers

Favorite place to study: Donkey Coffee or the CoLab on the 3rd Floor of Alden Library.

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Bethany Wise

Orientation Leader, College of Fine Arts

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Findlay, OH

Major: Music Therapy

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Title IX a cappella group

Advice for incoming students: Slow down and take things one day at a time.

Stan Yerrick

Stan Yerrick

Orientation Leader, College of Arts and Sciences

Pronouns: They/Them

Hometown: Akron, OH

Major: Political Science

1st Year Student

1st Year Orientation Leader

Student Involvement: Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)

What is the best food on campus?

Bagel Street Deli