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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:

Adam RivasAccountancySugar Grove, IL
Aleapa BallardDesign and TechnologyRockford, IL
Ann HodalMathematics EducationSycamore, IL
Cassandra PilcherPsychologyWaterloo, IA
Gabriel SonntagHistoryChicago, IL
Gariecia RoseSociologyEvanston, IL
Jahleel ShepherdSociologyWaukegan, IL
Katherine QuattrocchiNursingAurora, IL
Kaydra SutherlandHealth SciencesLake Villa, IL
“Maddie” Madalynn DerroBiomedical EngineeringMidlothian, IL
Margaret HitchcockEnglishGlenwood, IL
Michael RhodeAccountancyMcHenry, IL
Noah MackjustCommunication StudiesStreator, IL
“Penny” Penelope McKeehanSpecial EducationMcHenry, IL
Rashaad PierreMathematical SciencesRockford, IL
Ronan KaiserHistoryGurnee, IL
Skyler ImhoffCommunication StudiesMarion, IL
Tyquell BrimfieldComputer ScienceDeKalb, IL
Vijaysinh RanaElectrical and Computer EngineeringSchaumburg, IL
Orientation Program Interns:
“Abby” Abigail BurkeOperations Management and Information SystemsBloomington, IL
Angelica GriggPsychologyBolingbrook, IL
Brianna GovernaleHuman Development and Family SciencesLake in the Hills, IL
Grace PiotrowskiAccountancyArlington Heights, IL
Isabel StoneMathematics EducationNaperville, IL
Kamren DavisBusiness AdministrationAurora, IL
Kayla JonesBusiness AdministrationRichton Park, IL
Quasha GravesElementary EducationDeKalb, IL
Sariah MonkCommunication StudiesZion, IL
Sylwia MiniewiczElementary EducationSchaumburg, IL