By Casey Thompson
Orientation Services is already beginning to make a name for
itself by starting to recruit as early as fall quarter, and
planning to hold information seminars in the near future.
These students take great pride in their work, and they will be
the first to correct anyone who thinks it is just another paid
OS works closely with the entire university to ensure incoming
freshmen and transfer students have a smooth transition to life on
The program has had to adapt to changes around campus throughout
the years. This last summer incoming students had the option to
register as a part of the program. This was very successful, and
most students walked away from orientation with full schedules.
This year’s programs are faced with the challenge of adapting to
the fact that incoming students will now be the last to
Each year OS looks for reliable and responsible students who
also crave leadership experience to make their 28 member team. A
student with some extra “Cal Poly pride” is also welcomed and
teamwork is a definite necessity.
Program director, Jeni Watanabe, joined OS last year and has
worked closely with Traci Lew, the program’s Senior Coordinator, to
make this year’s set of orientation seminars as effective as
Students employed by the program teach new students to get
around campus, to register, and what resources are available.
“Student leaders are trained on nearly every aspect of the
campus,” said Watanabe.
This training starts in spring quarter and two weeks during the
summer before the programs start.
The Cal Poly orientation programs have also been recognized for
their practice of having peer presenters. This is one of the
reasons Cal Poly’s orientation programs have been deemed the best
in the CSU system.
According to its Web site, OS “promotes academic achievement and
personal development through academic advising, selection of
classes … and introduction to student services and
Those already employed by Orientation Services have found that a
lot can be gained from it.
“The thing I love about this job is that it ties into my major,”
said Randy Villanueva, a fourth-year management and human resources
student. “I learn how to effectively recruit and interview.”
For others, the rewards of the job are more interpersonal.
“It’s a great way to meet people and get involved [on campus],”
said Andrew Salera, a fourth-year finance student.
He also said having the opportunity to get to know people in all
the university’s various departments can be great for
Employees of the program agreed the relaxed atmosphere and their
coworkers were added perks to the job. But knowing they are helping
to improve the college experiences of others might be the most
rewarding part of the job.
For Jessi Gardner, a fourth-year animal health science student
who came to Cal Poly as a transfer student, helping orient others
to the university helped improve her own understanding of the
campus and the people who comprise it.
An information seminar will be held in the Bronco Student Center
Andromeda suite during University Hour Jan. 15.
Orientation Services gears up by making new summer hires
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