Born or made, the new leaders of Tech are just starting
their role as school representatives.
The new Orientation Student Leaders for 2007, elected
Jan. 11, are Michelle Bell, a sophomore family and child studies major; Blaine Calahan, a junior biology major; T.J. Chandler, a sophomore
forestry major; Katie Cooper, a sophomore psychology major.
John Dean, a
sophomore mechanical engineering major; Lauren Eaton, a sophomore biology
major; Adam Grisz, a senior speech communications
major; Mallory Guin, a sophomore general stuies major; Cynthia Halwick, a
junior biology major; Hillary Miller, a junior biology major.
Cole Napper, a sophomore
psychology major; Richard Nolen, a sophomore communications design major; Sara
Sullivan, a junior speech communications major; Claudia Thomas, a senior family
and child studies major; Arinthea Tillman, a junior
medical technology major, and Scott Whitford, a
sophomore biology major.
Travis Napper, director of
orientation and special programs, said students were elected based on
interpersonal and leadership skills, a GPA of at least 2.5 and campus
Napper said the new staff had a
great start at the Orientation Student Leaders retreat Saturday and Sunday at
Whitford said the retreat
brought them together as a team and it was a chance to learn about other
“The retreat helped emphasize strengths and hone teamwork
and communication skills,” Whitford said.
Napper said this is his first
year as director and plans to bring some new ideas and new activities.
“We don’t have
anything specific yet, but there will definitely be some new skits. The
schedule will be tweaked, hopefully for better efficiency.”
Napper said the orientation
student leaders will spend the next month and a half preparing for the Southern
Regional Orientation Workshop.
“They will compete in the skit competition we do every
year so they will be preparing for that,” Napper
Erica Timmons, student assistant director of orientation
and a senior mathematics education major, is looking forward to participating
in new contests.
“We’ll be competing in other competitions like T-shirt,
banner and spirit competitions,” Timmons said.
Calahan is not only looking
forward to participating in the shows and presentations, but he is also eager
to be working with the other new student leaders.
“It’s exciting to be able to have 15 of your peers to be
working with along with Travis and Erica,” Calahan
said. He also said he has wanted to be an orientation leader since his freshman
“It was something I felt I could bring a lot to the table
and do a good job,” Calahan said. “On my freshman
[orientation], I saw the skills in my orientation leader and felt I could do
Miller said what made her try out was to take one more
step in getting involved in campus and encourage other students to try out.
She said, “Even if you don’t make it, in the try-out
process you meet so many other people that [the process] itself
is a good experience.”