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Orientation leaders named

February 24, 2017

Orientation & Family Connections is excited to announce the selection of 20 orientation leaders and nine orientation program interns who will be an important part of welcoming and transitioning new students and their families to NIU during this year’s summer orientation programs.

The recruitment and selection process occurred throughout the fall and early spring semesters. We had an outstanding group of candidates—which allowed us to select a highly diverse, involved and talented group of student leaders. Both positions train throughout the spring semester, including an additional 12 days leading up to the start of orientation programs.

Training includes problem-solving, communication, small group facilitation, managing group dynamics, diversity and inclusion, customer service and everything NIU. The overarching theme of the training experience is the role orientation plays in student transition, success and retention.

Please congratulate the 2017 orientation student staff.

Orientation leaders are Alexandra Barraza (senior, nursing), Robert Bishop (sophomore, accountancy), Zachery Brinner (junior, computer science), Kylie Cousins (sophomore, special education), Millie Derro (sophomore, health sciences), Olivia Elliot (sophomore, business administration), Michelle Garde (freshman, nursing), Arissa Harrison (senior, family and child studies), Shane Hudson (sophomore, athletic training), Nate James (sophomore, sociology), Yeon Woo Kim (sophomore, accountancy), Alexia Kingzette (freshman, psychology), Shannon Koegel (freshman, communicative disorders), Rodrigo Maldonado (freshman, accountancy), Juan Navarro (freshman, kinesiology), Tylor O’Leary (sophomore, finance), Kyran Reives (freshman, accountancy), Tyler Rogman (junior, biochemistry), Madison Smith (junior, English) and Ashlyn Thurman (freshman, psychology).

Orientation program interns are Mia Carter (freshman, biomedical engineering), Holly Hansen (freshman, communicative disorders), Isis Hernandez (sophomore, psychology), Rio Hershey (freshman, political science), Katherine Kaskie (junior, nursing), Jasmine Mark (junior, communication studies), Gloria Purnell (freshman, communicative disorders), Alexandra Renko (junior, elementary education) and Racquel Vonch (freshman, chemistry).