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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 good for the position. After our office receives a nomination, we will contact the student to encourage them to apply. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, October 7 at 12:00pm and can be submitted here: 2023 OL Nomination Form

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. OLs in this role also have the opportunity to be selected as a primary staff member working with the younger siblings of our incoming students through our sibling orientation program. All 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, meals, and late-night activities. 

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 through the link below by Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

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

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

Apply to Be an OL

Step 2 - Individual Interview

All applicants participate in an individual interview as part of the hiring process. Individual interviews will begin in mid-September and must be completed before group interviews. 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. Group interviews will take place in late October. 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 early 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. 

Have questions or want to learn more?

Our staff will be tabling and hosting info sessions for prospective applicants on the days and times listed below. Join us to learn more!

  • Info Sessions
    • September 19 at 7 - 8pm in Baker 231
    • September 20 at 7 - 8pm in Baker 239
    • September 21 at 7 - 8pm in Baker 239
  • Tabling (Baker, 4th Floor Exterior) 
    • October 3 at 9:30am - 1pm
    • October 5 at 9:30am - 1pm
    • October 7 at 9:30am - 1pm

If you can't connect with us during those times, please feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns at any time before applications are due.

Current Orientation Leaders

photo of Taylor Curson

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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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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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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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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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.

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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!

photo of Precious Rogers

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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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.

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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.

photo of Breanna Wallace

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.