In October 2012, SGA Freshmen Senators, Daniel A. Wright and Aaron B. Roberson, showed interest in creating a camp experience “to enthusiastically introduce and initiate incoming freshmen to the KSU family.” Daniel and Aaron shared their purpose of wanting to provide “teambuilding exercises, networking, and encouragement” for new students to “successfully navigate the challenges of the collegiate experience."
The idea was proposed to Dr. Michael Sanseviro, Dean of Student Success and a meeting was then called together with representatives from Orientation and Transition Programs, Residence Life, Student Life, Athletics, Student Success Services, Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of the Dean. It was decided that the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs would coordinate this first-time program under the professional staff direction of Jean So, Assistant Director for Transition Programs. Owl Expedition will take flight on July 28th-30th, 2014.
Flight Crew Leaders
Owl Expedition, an inaugural three-day, two-night camp will give first-time, first-year KSU students an opportunity to learn further about their university and its resources; meet and interact with their new classmates and fellow peers, as well as faculty and staff; and promote student involvement with hopes of retention beyond their first year of school.
Flight Crew Leaders will be instrumental in the planning and successful implementation of the program. Chosen students will have the special opportunity to be involved in an exciting approach to sharing and promoting school spirit and what it means to be an Owl. The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs is looking for enthusiastic, diverse, and involved students who have a true passion for Kennesaw State, and who are wishing to add additional leadership skills to their repertoire. Crew Leaders will serve as small group facilitators and peer mentors to a group of approximately 10 incoming first-year students before, during, and after the camp.
A select group of 10-12 students will be chosen to serve for the inaugural 2014 camp year. To be eligible, students must:
- Be presently enrolled full time (12+ hours) at Kennesaw State and in good academic standing with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- Be enrolled full-time (with the exception of summer 2014) and in good standing through 2014.
- Possess genuine school spirit and enthusiasm for KSU and have a desire to share their student experience with incoming students.
- Have completed or will complete one full semester at KSU at the time of submitting application.
- Own a sense of excitement in creating new traditions and honoring those already existing.
- Be in good disciplinary standing and show involvement on campus.
- Have the ability to understand and follow all university policies and procedures.
- Be willing and able to work with diverse constituencies.
The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs expects Flight Crew Leaders to appropriately and positively represent Kennesaw State University, the office, and fellow Owl Expedition staff. Responsibilities will include the following:
- Act as a peer leader, role model, and mentor for approximately 10 students through and after Owl Expedition.
- Serve on and participate in one of four staff chosen committees:
- Spirit and Traditions: Focus on creating fun and festive elements by encouraging school pride, creating cheers and chants, and coordinating a spirit competition.
- Logistics: Integral to gathering and arranging all materials and supplies, as well as coordinating behind-the-scenes work before and during the event.
- Sponsorships: Work on gathering financial and tangible donations from KSU and community entities.
- Social Media: Serve as the marketing team for Owl Expedition through media development and outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram before, during (including a slideshow) and after the event.
- Encourage students to make the most of their experience at the university by emphasizing awareness of various student activities and opportunities.
- Act as liaisons with members of the KSU community (e.g. Registered Student Organizations) and the city of Kennesaw when recruiting participants.
- Exhibit an understanding of, and a willingness to learn, all aspects of Kennesaw State.
- Able to work independently and collaboratively.
- Dispense information about the campus, various programs and activities, and provide information on university procedures and policies.
- Show enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication to Kennesaw State University.
- Exhibit strong public speaking, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Encompass strong customer-service skills; have a positive, helpful, “can-do” attitude.
- Be willing and able to establish and maintain professional working relationships with prospective students, parents, counselors, office and university staff, and external stakeholders.
- Maintain confidentiality with fellow staff and office information.
- Must be able to lift, carry or transport boxes and materials. Push carts and hand trucks are available.
Qualified students who submit completed applications and recommendation forms by February 7th at 5pm will be contacted for an in-person interview with a small committee. Please note and record the following dates:
UPDATE: Due to the unexpected winter storm and university closure, applications and recommendation forms are now due on Friday, February 7th at 5pm.
- Weeks of February 10th and 17th: In-person Interviews (Applicants will be emailed to schedule a date/time)
- Monday, February 24th: Inaugural Flight Crew Leaders Announced
Inaugural Flight Crew Leaders will gain significant, resume-building leadership experience and will have the opportunity to create new traditions for KSU. In addition, Crew Leaders will also learn what it means to be a peer mentor and have an understanding of issues and concerns facing our new students, and how to assist in their transition to college. Benefits also include meals, training materials, and KSU gear.
Late spring and summer semesters will be a busy time for Owl Expedition Staff, and the position may conflict with other obligations. Those selected are required to reserve the following mandatory dates (please note and record dates; locations TBA), including but not limited to:
- Staff Meet and Greet
- Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 6pm
- Weekly Wednesday Training Sessions (5:30pm-7:30pm)
- March 19th, 26th
- April 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
- May 14th
- Committee Work and Preparation
- June (TBA depending on Leaders' schedules)
- Staff Retreat and Camp Preparation (Keep each day open)
- Monday, July 14th through Friday, July 18th
- Inaugural Owl Expedition!
- Monday, July 28th-Wednesday, July 30th