After the leaving of Coordinator of Orientation and Service Sola Ogundele and upcoming graduation of over 30 seniors who were 2012 Orientation Leaders, the Office of Student Activities has begun its work on the 2013 Orientation process.
That work includes hiring new Orientation Co-chairs sophomores Teresa Padgett and Bryan Pelkey, filling Ogundele’s vacancy, and accepting new and returning Orientation Leaders (OLs).
Being co-chairs of Orientation involves choosing OLs and staying at St. Mary’s from June 3 through the start of Orientation to plan OL training and other events surrounding the welcoming of the new students to campus.
Pelkey, a biochemistry major and economics minor from Mt. Airy, MD, mentioned that he applied for the job after his own OL, among others, suggested it to him. “It’s the third Orientation experience you can have as a student. First, you’re an orientee, then you can be an OL, then a co-chair.”
“It’s like seeing the process from a different perspective,” noted Padgett. “I love Orientation and I just want to make it an awesome experience for everyone.” Padgett is a public policy major and an environmental studies minor from Bedford, VA.
The new Coordinator of Orientation and Service will be Lisa Cote, a 2009 graduate of St. Mary’s. Cote was also an OL and a co-chair as a student, and is set to begin her new position on Mar. 11.
While returning OLs have already been chosen to lead next year’s incoming class, applications for new OLs are due to the Office of Student Activities on Mar. 7. New OLs will be selected by Padgett, Pelkey, and Cote after an interview process in late March.
“We’re really looking for students who embody the St. Mary’s spirit and who wants to make a difference for the first years,” said Padgett. Pelkey also noted that they are looking for students who are up for the challenge of being an OL.
Eligible students for the OL position are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants are also encouraged to be involved on campus and be enthusiastic about welcoming new students to campus.