By MANDY THOMAS
After a long audition process and many candidates, four
judges announced 16 new Orientation
Student Leaders for the summer of 2006.
The leaders are Rachelle Anderson, a
sophomore biology major; Matt Cotton, a sophomore business major; Sarah
Descant, a senior education major; Marguerite Frentz,
a junior art education major; Katie Garrett, a junior elementary education
major; and Beth Hebert, a sophomore elementary education major.
Others named were Alicia Jamroz,
a sophomore merchandising and consumer studies major; Brian Lang, a junior
medical technology major; Marshall Loeffler, a
sophomore business management and entrepreneurship major; Kayse
Lowery, a junior elementary education major; Riley Mabry, a sophomore marketing
major; and Courtney McGuffee, a sophomore speech
Also named were Haley Nardini,
a junior health information management major; Heather Pixley,
a junior kinesiology major; Jartara Triplett, a
junior elementary education major; and McKenzie Williams, a
sophomore biology major.
she found the audition process exciting and nerve-racking at the same
“It was a good learning experience, and even if I hadn’t
made it, I’m glad to have gained the experience from auditioning,” Anderson
She said candidates first had to turn in an application
and were then tested on their improvisation and quick thinking skills in the
Those surviving the group interview then moved on to the
formal interview. Anderson said the
formal interview was a panel of four people asking questions about each
candidate’s talents, qualities and why they wanted to be an orientation leader.
“I’ve wanted to be an orientation leader ever since I was
a freshman at orientation,” Anderson
said. “I want to be a part of it just to share how great Tech is.”
Beth Hebert auditioned for orientation leader because she
wanted to make a difference around campus and help freshmen feel more
comfortable with their college experience.
“I really just want to give something back to Tech, and
I’m looking forward to meeting new people and meeting new freshmen,” Hebert
In preparation for the summer, Hebert said the new
orientation leaders are required to enroll in a counseling class in the spring
and will begin practicing once a week to get ready for skits.
Brian Lang said during the summer the orientation staff
is the direct connection between Tech and the incoming freshmen. “I wanted to
be an orientation leader because it looks like
something fun to do, and that’s how I roll,” Lang said. “I like to have a good
time, meet new people.”