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Southeastern announces 2010 Orientation Leaders

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – More than two dozen Southeastern Louisiana University students have been selected as 2010 Orientation Leaders, peer leaders of university orientation programs designed to give new students a jump start on their transition to college.
     The 25 students will be mentors and guides for the approximately 3,000 new students who are expected to participate in orientation programs throughout 2010. 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.
     New orientation Leaders are selected each fall and spend 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 different backgrounds and cultures; they have different majors and personalities, some are from small towns, 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 2010 Orientation Leaders were Beheir Johnson, Rebekah Rovira and Courtney Yarbrough of Baton Rouge; Johnny Braud of Covington; Amy Ruth McLeod, Jacqueline Hayes, Tabetha Majesty, Ashanti Mclaurin, William Takewell and Samantha Williams of Hammond; Michael Rivas of Harvey; and Rehea Bonicard of Kenner.
     Also selected were: Shanicia Harris of Leesville; Sarah Boyett and Madelyn Roth of Metairie; Lynda Gayle Hutson of Ponchatoula; Courtney Lashouto, Jordan Leggett, and Ashley Royerre of Slidell; Jacqueline Weimer of Thibodaux; Kalyn Hall of Zachary; Dipika Timilsina of Kathmandu, Bagmati; Jacy Carpenter of O’Fallen, Ill.; Trevor Manuel of Old Saybrook, Conn.; and Grace Gilbreath of Spanish Fort, AL.

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