Connections Orientation Staff
Orientation Facilitators are student role models and mentors who serve a vital role in the transition of first-year students from high school to college as well as help new transfer students adjust to Kutztown University. Several also assist with the development and implementation of the Parent/Family Orientation for both freshmen and transfer students. Many hold additional leadership positions on campus. These students are dedicated individuals who possess strong leadership and communication skills, a desire to be part of a team, and pride in Kutztown University.
Recruitment for Orientation Facilitators occurs in September of each academic year. Recruitment notices will be sent out with specific information via KUnited and throughout campus. The application process is highly competitive and includes submission of an application and campus references. If selected for further consideration, candidates will be contacted for a personal interview with members of the leadership team and Department of College Readiness staff.
Qualifications and Duties of an Orientation Leader
The position of an Orientation Leader is one that allows a student to make a substantial contribution to Kutztown University and potential KU students and families. Orientation Leaders help new students and their families make a positive transition to Kutztown University. In addition to improving self-confidence, communication skills, and leadership abilities, Orientation Leaders are some of the best-informed students at KU. Orientation Leaders must understand and support the goals and objectives of New Student Orientation.
Qualifications desired of an Orientation Leader are:
- Responsibility, stamina, reliability, creativity, flexibility, dependability, leadership ability, and punctuality
- Ability to motivate self and others
- Ability to relate to a variety of personality types and diverse groups of people
- Confidence in addressing groups of people (students, faculty, parents)
- Ability to work closely with others and be a team player
- Good interpersonal communication skills
- Sense of humor
- Familiarity with KU programs and services
- Ability to work under limited supervision
The duties of Orientation Leaders are:
- To serve as a positive role model for new students and their families.
- To act as a resource person to incoming students and families.
- To initiate and develop open communication with faculty, advisors, staff, students, and family members attending New Student Orientation.
- To work with faculty and staff members, other Orientation Leaders, and members of KU administration to facilitate the success of all aspects of New Student Orientation programs.
- To lead tours and discussion groups for incoming students and/or parents.
- To assist in the registration progress.
- To serve as a representative of KU.
- To assist in preparation, implementation, evaluation, and follow-up of New Student Orientation.
- To perform other duties as deemed necessary by the Coordinator of New Student Orientation and/or Director of College Readiness.
- To become knowledgeable through training on various aspects of the University