Orientation Leaders

What is an Orientation Leader?

Muhlenberg’s Orientation Leaders (OL) facilitate the orientation process during Orientation Weekend by providing new students, their families, and guests with an introduction to the campus and its resources.  OLs are an integral part of the college transition process. The Orientation Leader position is an outstanding opportunity to improve self-confidence, communication skills, and leadership abilities.‌

An Orientation Leader helps the First-Year Class in their academic, personal, and social transition from high school to college. An OL is good role model who values learning and the “life of the mind” and successfully balances academics and extracurricular activities. The College values the role of Orientation Leaders, considers it a professional position, and is committed to the training and professional development of successful candidates.

What does an Orientation Leader do?

  • ‌Greets students and families as they arrive at Muhlenberg and assists with moving them into residences

  • Acquaints first year students with campus services and building locations

  • Facilitates Orientation Weekend activities that assist new students’ transitions to Muhlenberg

  • Conducts small group icebreakers and activities for First Year Students

  • Prepares Orientation activities, folders, signs and other materials

  • Participates in training prior to Orientation Weekend

  • Serves as a positive role model for new students, committed to a balance of academics and social life, and committed to becoming a lifelong learner

Developmental Goals of the Position

By serving as an orientation leader and participating in training, an OL will be able to:

  • Display confidence and comfortability in working with a variety of personalities

  • Express themselves with clarity when interacting with other team members, faculty, staff members, and new students and their families

  • Employ good customer service skills while working with new students and their families

  • Lead a group of peers in teambuilding exercises

  • Synthesize information about campus resources to share with first year students and their families

  • Lead thoughtful discussions and activities regarding the academic experience

  • Encourage an appreciation of the diverse cultures and backgrounds new students bring to campus

  • Recognize each of the Orientation Leaders by name and recall something about them

  • Discuss the First Year Orientation Philosophy with new students and parents

  • Demonstrate objectivity and responsible decision‐making.

Meet your 2017 Orientation Leaders!