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Meet the 2008 Orientation Leaders

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Two dozen Southeastern Louisiana University students have been selected as 2008 Orientation Leaders, peer leaders of university orientation programs designed to give new students a jump start on their transition to college.

     The 24 Orientation Leaders will be mentors and guides for the approximately 3,000 new students who are expected to participate in orientation programs throughout 2008. Southeastern hosts five two-day orientation programs in June and July, as well as a special spring orientation program for highly qualified students and orientation programs in conjunction with the fall and spring semesters.

     A new group of Orientation Leaders is selected each fall and spends the spring semester training for their leadership roles.

     “The Orientation Leaders are trained on all the aspects of student life that freshmen need to know and they pass that information on first hand to new students,” said Anthony Ranatza, assistant director of admissions. He said the students are selected through group and individual interviews to represent a cross section of Southeastern’s approximately 15,000-member student body.

     “Our goal is to have an Orientation Leader that every incoming freshman can relate to,” Ranatza said. “The Orientation Leaders represent backgrounds, cultures, creeds; they have different majors, personalities, some are from small towns and some from big cities. They are students who want to work hard, have a passion and love for Southeastern and truly want to help our university.”

     Southeastern’s two-day summer orientation programs include informative and fun activities for students and their families designed to give incoming freshmen and transfer students a crash course on campus life and what it takes to be successful at Southeastern. 

     New students meet with faculty advisors, learn about policies and procedures, and registers for classes.  Students also have an opportunity to connect with the university and other students though social activities.  

     Selected as 2008 Orientation Leaders were senior criminal justice major Brad Cascio of Hammond and junior communication major Jason Sheridan of Franklinton. Sophomores are Whitney Briggs of Baton Rouge, fashion merchandising; Shane Firmin of Baton Rouge, business management; Theron Geralds of Baton Rouge, psychology; Ashley Lemoine of Greenwell Springs, communication; Trey Scott of Hammond, communication; Kristin Smith of Baker, biological sciences; and Matt Taylor of Terrytown, accounting.

     Freshmen Orientation Leaders are Breanna Bienemy of Meraux, nursing; Kayla Bonura of Harahan, elementary education; Kandice Boudreaux of Houma, kinesiology; Thaddeaus Drummer of Moreauville, general business; Jessica Gagliano of Metairie, communication sciences and disorders; Luke Holloway of Covington, nursing; Katie Hopper of Addis, communication sciences and disorders.

     Also, Maria Howell of Covington, art; Rob Jackson of Gloster, Miss., nursing; Jarvis Johnson of Denham Springs, psychology; Francisco Juarez of Kenner, communication; Dana Martin of Evansville, Indiana, elementary education; Chadwick Moore of Pass Christian, Miss., psychology; Jessica Singleton of Denham Springs, communication; and Ryan Wagemann of Slidell, political sciences.

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