The Orientation Team makes Orientation tick! The Orientation Team, or OTeam, work beginning in January to recruit Orientation Corps, Leaders, and OStaff, to lead campus through our Orientation programs. From recruiting Orientation Leaders, to scheduling Seahawk Service Day throughout the county, to organizing professional training with our campus partners, the Orientation Chairs and their OTeam make things happen!
Our Orientation Team is comprised of three layers, and four positions:
- Orientation Chairs (OChairs): These students apply for the Chair position in October prior to the year of Orientation. They work as Peer Advisors during Welcome Weekend- our winter Orientation. In January, the OChairs work with the Coordinator of Student Engagement to recruit and select the other 70 team members. Once selected, the OChairs work throughout the summer as a pair to help develop Orientation Team training and some Fall Orientation programming. If you call our New Student Information Line, you’ll likely speak to an OChair!
- Orientation Corps (OCorps): These students are third-time returners. They are well versed in the history of Orientation Programs at St. Mary’s, and act as a great resource not only for new students, but for other OTeamers. OCorps will mentor new and returning OTeamers including OStaffers and OLs in small groups throughout Fall training prior to Fall Orientation.
- Orientation Staff (OStaff/OStaffers): OStaff is responsible for making Fall Orientation tick! In addition to running our Social Media during the program, they also help with set up, tear down, crowd control, and program success from event to event. Without our OStaffers, Orientation would be nothing! Along with Orientation Leaders, they enter Fall Orientation after a Crash Course in campus leadership, self discovery, risk management, and much more. Through their professional training, they learn not only about themselves as leaders, but how incoming students develop through Student Development Theory, and how to best support their students not only during Orientation, but throughout each new students entire college career.
- Orientation Leaders (OLs): OLs work in Co-pairs, and are responsible for a small group of incoming students throughout Orientation. They become the Starfish-Savers of our program, and are our “boots on the ground” force that helps the program tick! Along with OStaff, they enter Fall Orientation after a Crash Course in campus leadership, self discovery, risk management, and much more. Through their professional training, they learn not only about themselves as leaders, but how incoming students develop through Student Development Theory, and how to best support their students not only during Orientation, but throughout each new students entire college career.
If you have any questions about any of our OTeamers, or specific positions within our OTeam, please contact Charlotte Cashell-Varga (Coordinator of Student Engagement in the Office of Student Activities) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 240.895.4209.