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Orientation welcomes new student leaders

February 26, 2018

Orientation and Family Connections is excited to announce the selection of 19 orientation leaders and 10 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 our programs.

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

Please join us in congratulating the 2018 orientation student staff:

Orientation Leaders:

Name Major Hometown
Adam Rivas Accountancy Sugar Grove, IL
Aleapa Ballard Design and Technology Rockford, IL
Ann Hodal Mathematics Education Sycamore, IL
Cassandra Pilcher Psychology Waterloo, IA
Gabriel Sonntag History Chicago, IL
Gariecia Rose Sociology Evanston, IL
Jahleel Shepherd Sociology Waukegan, IL
Katherine Quattrocchi Nursing Aurora, IL
Kaydra Sutherland Health Sciences Lake Villa, IL
“Maddie” Madalynn Derro Biomedical Engineering Midlothian, IL
Margaret Hitchcock English Glenwood, IL
Michael Rhode Accountancy McHenry, IL
Noah Mackjust Communication Studies Streator, IL
“Penny” Penelope McKeehan Special Education McHenry, IL
Rashaad Pierre Mathematical Sciences Rockford, IL
Ronan Kaiser History Gurnee, IL
Skyler Imhoff Communication Studies Marion, IL
Tyquell Brimfield Computer Science DeKalb, IL
Vijaysinh Rana Electrical and Computer Engineering Schaumburg, IL
Orientation Program Interns:
“Abby” Abigail Burke Operations Management and Information Systems Bloomington, IL
Angelica Grigg Psychology Bolingbrook, IL
Brianna Governale Human Development and Family Sciences Lake in the Hills, IL
Grace Piotrowski Accountancy Arlington Heights, IL
Isabel Stone Mathematics Education Naperville, IL
Kamren Davis Business Administration Aurora, IL
Kayla Jones Business Administration Richton Park, IL
Quasha Graves Elementary Education DeKalb, IL
Sariah Monk Communication Studies Zion, IL
Sylwia Miniewicz Elementary Education Schaumburg, IL