By Juan Madrigal
Cal Poly Pomona’s Orientation Services program hosted a skate night at Chino’s Skate Express on Jan. 22 at to recruit new orientation leaders.
Jeni Watanabe, program coordinator for the Orientation Services, said the program is for anyone who wants to be involved in a leadership program at CPP.
“This program helps students in many ways, but one of the most important one is that it ensures a successful transition for new students and their families into Cal Poly [Pomona],” said Watanabe.
Students who work for the orientation program can be divided into three sections: lead team orientation captains, returning orientation leaders and new orientation leaders.
The skate night was intended for interested students to understand the duties of an orientation leader and to further pursue the job process.
Third-year Accounting student Danny Magallanes is one out of four orientation captains. He takes his job seriously and knows what it takes to be successful.
His responsibilities as a captain are to organize events, plan orientation programs and make sure other leaders are up to date with the program. He mentors other leaders, and along with Watanabe, he ensures the program runs as smoothly as possible.
“I think the program really does help students become leaders and take pride in coming to Cal Poly [Pomona],” said Magallanes.
Second-year Civil Engineering student Dominic Stone is thankful for the experiences.
Stone is a returning orientation leader and if there is one thing he really enjoys, it is the summer program which allows members to bond on deeper levels.
“All of us enjoy our jobs and we are truly a family,” said Stone.
According to Stone, for someone to be a successful orientation leader, he or she must be open-minded, flexible and outgoing.
Second-year Business Marketing student Liza Chavez attended the event and was excited to meet the orientation leaders.
“I have to be very honest, I was convinced by some of my friends to apply to be a leader because they say that I am intelligent, resourceful and a leader,” said Chavez. “I don’t know if all that is true, but I do like working with other students and I am excited to meet different people.”
Both Magallanes and Stone take pride in knowing the program is very diverse and they hope the new leaders can provide even more diversity.
“New leaders need to be flexible with their ideas and with the schedules,” said Stone.
Stone said being an orientation leader is a big commitment because they are asked to take part in as many events possible.
Stone said coming back as an orientation leader is not easy, but it definitely is not impossible. He said if leaders show they care about the program and the students, then there should be no reason to be rejected from the program.
“Once you have shown your involvement throughout the year, reapplying is simple,” said Stone. “You just go through the process again.”
Watanabe said a skate night is the first step for students to know what the orientation program is all about.
The night was successful and students took advantage of the opportunity to join a leadership program whose main goal is to promote campus life without sacrificing academic achievement.
“It is not something I have ever done, but it sounds fun, so I will apply,” said Orozco.
The Orientation Services office encourages students to apply for an orientation leader position as the office looks to hire about 30 more leaders.
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