WMU News

Three students serve as orientation coordinators

June 14, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Three undergraduate students, Rose E. Hoelzle, Kai M. Kotts and Benjamin J. Morin, are serving as orientation student coordinators during this summer's orientation program at Western Michigan University.

Nearly 4,800 freshmen and 4,000 parents are expected to attend one of the program's 13 two-day sessions taking place this year between June 5 and July 25.

The coordinators act as supervisors of 35 orientation student leaders who help transfer students and freshmen as well as their parents get acquainted with the campus and University services. They live in Ackley/Shilling and Britton/Hadley residence halls and operate an office there in order to ensure that the program runs smoothly throughout the summer.

Orientation student coordinators are selected on the basis of previous orientation experience, leadership skills, a personal interview, references, academic standing, curriculum, work experience and campus involvement.

Since being hired this past October, they have been examining WMU's orientation program to enhance the experience for incoming students. They played a major role in the development of this year's theme, "A Brand New Beat," which centers on helping new students strike a chord with the resources and services available on campus.

"The orientation student coordinators are an important link between the orientation student leaders and the administration," says Christopher W. Tremblay, WMU coordinator of orientation. "They display professionalism in communication, organization and creativity, which enables them to successfully manage the orientation sessions."

Rose E. Hoelzle of Cass City, Mich., is a senior majoring in secondary education- English and a member of the Lee Honors College. She is the daughter of Judy and Larry Hoelzle of Cass City.

Kai M. Kotts of Dearborn, Mich., is a senior majoring in secondary special education and a member of the Lee Honors College. She is the daughter of Rebecca and Michael Kotts of Dearborn.

Benjamin J. Morin of Howell, Mich., is a junior majoring in aviation flight science and a member of the Lee Honors College, he is the son of Cynthia Morin of Howell and the late James Morin.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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