During Orientation you'll meet a team of specially trained student Orientation leaders; we call them OLs.
Applications for our 2014-2015 Orientation Team are now open! If you are interested in applying and can take part in the group interview on Saturday, April 19th from 11 am - 1 pm, please click here.
Become an OL
The purpose of the UAF New Student Orientation (NSO) program is to provide services and assistance that will:
- Assist new students and their families in their transitions to life at UAF.
- Introduce students to the wealth of UAF resources.
- Create an atmosphere that minimizes anxiety and maximizes positive attitudes.
Expectations and responsibilities for Orientation Leaders (OL’s) include:
- Attend and actively participate in all OL training programs.
- Assist with the organization, planning, and implementation of NSO programs and activities.
- Acquaint new students with campus services, activities, facilities, and encourage them to actively participate in the UAF environment through a positive and professional manner.
- Lead, manage and facilitate a group of 10-25 new students and their development through the NSO process.
- Give informative, friendly and engaging campus tours.
- Continue to interact with the incoming students through their first year at UAF; be approachable and respectful.
- Participate in the evaluation process of the UAF NSO program.
- Additional duties as assigned.
The minimum qualifications for OL's include:
- Good academic standing (i.e. GPA of 2.0 or higher) and good disciplinary standing for at least one semester at UAF.
- Relate well with students, parents, faculty and administrators.
- Be reliable, responsible, confident, flexible, willing to help and have demonstrated communication skills.
- Express a desire to learn more about UAF.
- Be available for all training and NSO sessions (Fall dates: Aug. 28 - Sep. 3).
There are numerous benefits to becoming an OL at UAF! These include:
- Personal, professional and leadership development.
- Enhance interpersonal skills, knowledge, confidence and service to others.
- Serve as a role model while assisting in the transition and retention of new students.
- Receive a stipend of up to $200 in Bear Bucks: $150 after completion of Fall Orientation, and an additional $50 for Spring Orientation volunteers.
- Early move-in to the residence halls for those living on campus.
- Exclusive clothing: t-shirt, polo, and jacket.
- Make new friends and be recognized for being a great leader.
- IT'S FUN!!
Orientation Leaders must be free for training from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 - Saturday, Aug. 30, and for Orientation all day Sunday, Aug. 31 – Wednesday, Sept. 3. Orientation Leaders are also able, but not required, to participate in Spring Orientation on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.