Explore UNO

Prosective students and parents pack the UC Ballroom for Explore UNO. Photo Credit: Orientation Photographer/Blake Edwards.

Prosective students and parents pack the UC Ballroom for Explore UNO.
Photo Credit: Orientation Photographer/Blake Edwards.

Explore UNO is a new program designed to give admitted students, as well as students who are still deciding on a college the opportunity to learn more about the academic programs at UNO. Held on February 27, Explore UNO is a smaller version of our open house in the Fall, Get 2 Know UNO. With all 5 colleges represented as well as Financial Aid and Student Affairs prospective students were able to get a feel of what UNO is like. After the department browse, the students and parents heard a introduction for Dave Meredith, Director of Enrollment Services and Emily Srofe and Brandan Bonds, the personalities behind the marketing campaign Follow Me 2 UNO. There were then breakout sessions in Financial Aid, diversity, what steps to do next and involvement on campus. The night ended at the Cove where a graduate music student preformed his recital in front of a packed Sandbar.

Graduate student Jamison Ross performs his graduate recital at the Sandbar during Explore UNO. Photo Credit: Orientation Photographer/Blake Edwards.

Graduate student Jamison Ross performs his graduate recital at the Sandbar during Explore UNO. Photo Credit: Orientation Photographer/Blake Edwards.

Why OLs train

OLs at winter training. January 7, 2013. Blake Edwards/ Orientation Photographer

OLs at winter training. January 7, 2013. Blake Edwards/Orientation Photographer

The orientation staff at UNO are so successful in what they do because of the time and effort they dedicate to training.  Besides monthly meetings and other orientation events, the orientation staff has 4 major training periods, Winter Mini-Training, the Winter Staycation (a collaborative training retreat with the Leadership Cabinet and Ambassadors), SROW (the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop, a convention with over 2,000 other orientation leaders where OLs attend multiple peer and professional led educational sessions), and summer training.

Training is so important because it keeps staff members aware of up to date information and refresh skills on how to present oneself in and out of an orientation setting. Topics for this training session included: body language, professionalism, how to lead a small group, technology, and campus resources.

The 2013 orientation staff is made up of 32 undergraduate students representing every college and IDS, 2 graduate students and 2 professional staff members.

The new co-chairs

Oh hay…we didn’t see you there. We were too busy being cute and editing stuff. That’s Gabby on the left! She likes wearing her blue fuzzy robe while speaking French.See that girl? That’s Kelly on the right! She really likes musicals and Barbra Streisand and wants to plan pretty pretty weddings!

Gabby spends her days working in the College of Liberal Arts, while you can find Kelly in the office of Student Involvement and Leadership! Together we are the dynamic PRR duo! We love laughing, taking pictures, and skipping. We can’t wait to bring everyone the joy of being an OL through our Newsletters and the blog!

New Staff

We have gone through two months of interviews and application process and our new staff is finally chosen!  For the 2012-2013 orientation season our staff is made up of 2 profession staff members, 2 graduate assistants, 2 office assistants, an orientation assistant, 3 orientation coordinators, 9 returning orientation leaders, and 21 new orientation leaders! For our staff list click here.

Welcome Week and Privateer Plunge

With the start of school less than 5 days away there are a lot of fun and exciting events happening on campus very soon! The first is Freshman Move-In Day on Thursday!  This may not sound exciting, but with hundreds of volunteers to help you move your things into your new space the process is quick and simple.  Later that night is a cookout followed by an improv show! Friday night is a Blackout Party for new freshman.  All you need to know is wear all black and meet in the Pontchartrain Hall courtyard at 8:30pm!  Then, on Monday, we start classes and Welcome Week, visit the Privateer Plunge Week One calendar to see all the events.  Getting involved is super easy at UNO and Welcome Week and Privateer Plunge make it that much easier.  If you have any questions about Privateer Plunge or anything listed above email nso@uno.edu or call us at (504) 280-5458.