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, please click here. Applications close on Saturday, March 29th, and we will begin interviews on Sunday, April 13th. If you would like more information, please attend one of the following two Info Sessions:
Thursday, March 13th from 1-2 pm in the Wood Center.
Thursday, March 27th from 1-2 pm in the Wood Center.
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.