WMU News

Orientation coordinators named

June 8, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Three undergraduate students have been named as a student orientation coordinator during this summer's orientation program at Western Michigan University.

The three are Nicole N. Blodgett, a junior majoring in geography; Carrie J. Crawford, a junior majoring in elementary education; and Emily M. Stabile, a senior majoring in computer information systems.

More than 4,000 freshmen and more than 3,000 parents are expected to attend one of the 13 two-day orientation sessions taking place between June 7 and July 27.

The coordinators act as supervisors of 33 orientation student leaders who help freshmen and their parents get acquainted with the campus and WMU services. They live in Ackley/Shilling residence hall and operate an office there to assure that orientation sessions run smoothly.

Selection for the coordinator position is based on previous orientation experience, leadership skills, a personal interview, references, academic standing, curriculum, work experience and campus involvement in student organizations.

This year's coordinators were hired last October and have since been examining the orientation program in order to make improvements. They played a major role in developing 1999's theme, "Focusing on Your Future," which centers on providing the freshmen with a clear image of WMU and helping them zoom in on the opportunities that the University offers.

"Student coordinators are an important link between the administration and our student leaders," says Christopher W. Tremblay, orientation coordinator. "Their creativity and skills in communication and organization enable them to successfully manage the orientation sessions."

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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