Owl Expedition 2014 - Flight Crew Leader Application

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Owl Expedition

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.

General Responsibilities

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.

Selection Process

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.

Mandatory Dates

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

Flight Crew Leader Application

* Classification
* United States Citizen
* Have you ever been employed by KSU?
* Have you ever attended any other college/university?

Part I: Experience at a Glance


Part II: Short Answer Questions

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Part III: References

Please have your reference forms completed by a current faculty member, advisor, or staff member; or a former/current work supervisor. Your reference should not be a current student.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that forms are mailed or delivered, and arrives by Friday, February 7th at 5pm. The form can be returned to the applicant or can be mailed directly by the reference to the following address: Orientation and Transition Programs, KSU, Attn: Jean So, 1000 Chastain Road, MD 0504, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591.

Please list the names and contact information of references who can comment on your qualifications for this position.

Part IV: Acknowledgement and Signature

* By signing this Flight Crew Leader Application, I am verifying that I have read and understand the stipulations included and the necessary commitments of being a part of the inaugural Owl Expedition Staff. If chosen, I can attend all mandatory meetings, the training sessions, and the camp. Furthermore, by submitting my name as a candidate for Flight Crew Leader, I willingly accept these stated stipulations and realize that failure to complete all stated and future responsibilities, or engaging in any form of inappropriate conduct, will result in my removal. Finally, I understand that I must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from now through the end of fall semester 2014 and be enrolled full-time for spring and fall semesters 2014. I grant permission for my student records to be accessed by Orientation and Transition Programs for verification purposes.

Students who submit completed applications by February 7th at 5pm will be contacted for in-person interviews. Interviews will be held the weeks of February 10th and 17th. For information or questions, please contact Jean So in the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs in ST 156 at 770-794-7919 or email cso1@kennesaw.edu.

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