New Student Orientation
About the New Student Orientation Leadership Program
The Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE is dedicated to assisting new students in their first-year of college. Orientation is one of the valuable first-steps a student takes when entering CSI. It prepares students for delving into a new environment as they learn where classes are located, what to expect from professors, and how to tap into college resources and support services. The Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE oversees the New Student Orientation Leadership Program, in which the office recruits current CSI students to serve as New Student Orientation Leaders.
The Role of a New Student Orientation Leader
New Student Orientation Leaders (OLs) are role models as well as sources of support and information for new students. OLs play a major role in facilitating the transition of new students to the College of Staten Island. They work collaboratively with other OLs, CSI faculty and professional staff from all areas of the campus. OLs are expected to make each two-day New Student Orientation program a success. An OL’s top priority is student service and should act as a source of accurate information about academic, personal, and social resources on campus. OLs serve as contributing members of the New Student Orientation Leader Team, and engage with new students, parents and CSI constituents in a professional and positive manner. OLs are recruited once a year, and are accepted into the program for one full-year. After the completion of the program, interested OLs may reapply to the program. This is a seasonal leadership program which takes place during the month of January and the summer months (June – August).
Responsibilities of an Orientation Leader and Terms of Employment
OLs help facilitate discussion groups with incoming students and participate in and co-facilitate team building activities, diversity workshops, civility segments and IT/Advising sessions. OLs must exhibit a sense of pride, enthusiasm and connectedness about the college and communicate this with students. In addition, OLs assist in the preparation of orientation activities and materials and acquaint new students with campus services and facilitate campus tours. OLs are expected to understand and explain academic and student service opportunities and procedures as well. In order to participate in the program, OLs must have the ability to attend training and participate in all the mandatory two-day New Student Orientation sessions, and abide by all university student conduct codes at all times. Students must be a full-time student and also have the ability to legally work at the College of Staten Island.
Applying to the New Student Orientation Leadership Program
All students who are interested in applying to the New Student Orientation Leadership Program should be in good academic and disciplinary standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5), and demonstrate leadership or leadership potential. Recruitment occurs once a year during the spring semester, and applications for the program are posted and can be accessed through Career and Scholarship’s Symplicity when open recruitment begins. Students should register for an account with Symplicity, and after doing so, can locate openings for the program by typing in the Office of New Student Orientation/CLUE in the employer’s tab. For any questions regarding the New Student Orientation Leadership Program, please contact Michael Maslankowski, New Student Orientation and Residential Life Specialist by phone at 718.982.2597 or by email at Michael.Maslankowski@csi.cuny.edu.