OWLs selected for fall semester

by Dora Galván
Staff Writer

It is February and the last thing on any student’s mind is the start of the next school year. But the new Orientation Week Leader coordinators Stacey Corso and Sarah Negrete are already planning next year’s schedule.

To prepare for the incoming freshmen, Negrete, Corso and Deborah Gordon, campus activities and commuter programs director, are developing an intense Spring training schedule for the newly-elected OWLs.

“This year’s spring training is going to be different, and we are going to focus on different issues, like understanding the community, cohesion and collaboration,” Negrete said.

She also emphasized that this year will differ from other years because she wants to focus on helping incoming freshmen with the transition from high school to a university setting.

Spring training will include “everything from diversity training to an ethics seminar,” Gordon said.

Negrete comes in the coordinator position with two years of OWL experience and understands the resources students can use at ULV.

“We try to encourage students to use the resources at school,” Negrete said.

Although time is scarce for Negrete, she finds time for her extra-curricular work, which includes membership in both the Sigma Kappa Sorority and the LEAD program. She is also a part-time cashier at Ralph’s.

Negrete will also spend 30-35 hours in the OWL coordinator position. Most of all she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Gordon remains optimistic that the new leaders will be successful.

“I’m very enthusiastic about Sarah and Stacey. They’re very intelligent women and have their fingers on the pulse of the ULV community,” Gordon said.

With one year of OWL experience, Corso feels confident in her coordinator position, hoping to achieve the best orientation ULV has ever had.

“I feel that orientation is a transition for freshmen and helping them become adjusted to the school and making ULV a part of their home, and not just a place to go to classes. I want to introduce freshmen to the world we are accustomed too,” Corso said.

As a biology major, Corso finds herself very busy with classes and labs which take the majority of her time. She is also a member of the Iota Delta Sorority.

Gordon, Corso and Negrete agree this year will differ from last, but the OWLs’ goal will remain the same. “Our goal is the same as last year, which is to acclimate the new students in the new community,” Gordon said.

Not only is orientation going to be shorter this year, but Negrete and Corso have planned a smaller OWL to student ratio.

“We’re going to have 15-18 students per OWL, making it more like an OWL to student relationship, so students feel more accustomed with ULV before they start classes.

Orientation is going to be more intense than last year’s, there’s not going to be as much lag time in between everything. There’s going to be a stronger focus on the students and not the programs,” Corso said.

By having a smaller OWL to student ratio, Corso feels that incoming students will interact better with their assigned OWL.

Gordon, Negrete and Corso will be attending the National Orientation Directors Association at Arizona State University this weekend.

Negrete explained NODA is an association which recruits universities nationwide for a weekend of sharing new ideas for campus activities.

“This is a great opportunity because we get to come back with new ideas from different schools,” Gordon said.

Last year’s OWL program was headed by Michael Houdyshell, former campus activities director and OWL leaders Jen Newman and Greg Hemenover.

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