Become an OL


General Information

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Each year, the Orientation staff selects a group of dedicated undergraduate leaders to assist with implementing Orientation programs during the spring, summer and fall.  Orientation Leaders serve as guides for new students who are making the transition from their previous environment to the diverse academic, intellectual and social culture of SWOSU.

Orientation Leader Selection

Orientation Leaders are expected to possess a specific body of knowledge about SWOSU acquired through experience and training, and they sincerely must be interested and skillful in sharing this information with Orientation participants.  Selection to the team of Orientation Leaders is a unique honor and rewarding opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Orientation Leader Staff

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SWOSU Orientation Leaders are students who are well respected, academically successful and leaders in their community.  Students are selected for this premier program because of their interpersonal skills, academic achievements and leadership abilities.

Orientation Leader Advisory Board

In addition to fulfilling the duties of an orientation leader, members of the advisory board will play a greater role in planning orientation and training sessions. The members will serve as liaisons between the OLs and Orientation staff.

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  • Exhibit leadership potential and be willing to take initiative
  • Exhibit commitment to the mission of New Student Orientation
  • Possess the following personal qualities: maturity, responsibility, initiative, punctuality, self-confidence, motivation, problem solving skills, enthusiasm, creativity and resourcefulness, and positive attitude
  • Exhibit good interpersonal and group presentation skills
  • Exhibit the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of team members
  • Dedication to the Orientation Leader program…looking for leaders who are not overly involved. A student cannot serve as a Resident Advisor (RA) at the same time as serving as an OL due to the time commitments required of both positions.
  • Completed at least 12 semester hours at SWOSU (Students who apply before completing 12 hours may be hired on a conditional basis.) Students must remain in good standing (GPA 2.0) with the university throughout employment. No student may hold an Orientation Leader position while on academic or disciplinary probation.
  • Each applicant must be a full-time student (enrolled in at least 12 hours each semester.)

Orientation Leader Selection Process

NSO ActivitiesStudents interested in applying to serve as Orientation Leaders may begin the process by completing an application.  (Applications are typically due in mid-September).  Applicants then complete a group interview.  New Student Orientation makes final selections after individual interviews.

Responsibilities – Make a Difference!

The following is a summary of the significant expectations for which Orientation Leaders are responsible:

Assistance to Students and Parents

  • Welcome new students and families to SWOSU and assist them during orientation sessions
  • Develop a rapport with new students and their families
  • Be constantly accessible and willing to assist with any information needs of families and students throughout each orientation session
  • Assist students with enrollment process and academic advising as necessary
  • Serve as an academic and social role model
  • Go “above and beyond” to anticipate and meet both expressed and unexpressed needs

Educational Duties

  • Complete all class requirements for the 3000/3012 Student Leadership Education course (The course must be completed with a grade of “B” in order to serve on the orientation staff)
  • Communicate information to students about academic resources and student activities/services
  • Assist students in understanding academic language and requirements and development of class schedules
  • Educate students about their responsibilities at the University by explaining university policy and procedures
  • Communicate logistical information to students to assist in their adjustment to university life at SWOSU

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Attend all staff training sessions and meetings and complete all assignments
  • Assist with the assimilation of materials for orientation sessions
  • Efficiently complete all logistical tasks as requested by the Orientation staff and their assistants to ensure the orientation program proceeds smoothly and effectively
  • With a positive attitude, participate in all assigned duties of orientation fully and take initiative with unanticipated tasks or problems
  • Be supportive of all team members and Orientation staff members
  • Remain flexible at all times because changes may occur at any time.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Orientation Leaders will be responsible for the following commitments:

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  • Orientation Leaders must enroll in 3000/3012 Student Leadership Education during the spring semester. The course must be completed with a grade of “B” in order to serve on the orientation staff.
  • Orientation Leaders are required to attend a leadership retreat during the spring semester (January 15-16,2015)
  • Orientation Leaders will participate in six enrollment sessions held April - August.
  • Orientation Leaders will return to campus a week before classes begin for Fall Training.
  • Orientation Leaders will plan and attend programs and activities for Dawg Days 2016.
  • Orientation Leaders will assist with Move-In Day 2016.
  • Orientation Leaders will assist with SWOSU Saturday 2016.

Required Dates

Enrollment/Orientation Sessions - each session begins at 9 a.m.

Friday, April 1, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Thursday, August 17, 2016

Other Important Dates

Fall Training 2016
Tues/Wed, August 15-16, 2016
Move-In Day 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Project Blue
Friday, August 19, 2016
Campus Tours Saturday August 20, 2016
Mass Orientation
Saturday, August 20, 2016


All Orientation Leaders will be paid $7.50/hour for events they participate in that are not considered community service requirements for Student Leadership Class. OL’s will submit signed time cards during the last class period of each month. Payment will be made to the Orientation Leader the 12th of the following month in whatever manner the Orientation Leader and Human Resources have arranged. Orientation Leaders will not receive payment for events they do not participate in. Events or meetings that are not organized by NSO staff must be approved by NSO staff prior to meeting time. All OL’s must use the time clock to record time. If an Orientation Leader has an error on their time card or fails to clock in or out, they must contact a New Student Orientation staff member to alter their time card, this staff member must initial any revisions on the time card. Orientation Leaders are not eligible for sick or vacation leave.  All pay is subject to state and federal taxes. Orientation Leaders must adhere to all state and federal laws and the SWOSU Student Code of Conduct.

Employment Termination

An OL’s employment may be terminated at any point in the year, if it is determined that he/she is not maintaining ethics befitting a paraprofessional, not performing satisfactorily, not able to work productively with others, or jeopardizing the success of the program. If termination occurs, the OL will forfeit his/her scholarship.

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