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2019 NSO​ Orientation Leader Application

General Position Description

Virginia Union University Orientation Leaders (OLs) serve as a representative of the New Student Orientation (NSO) program.  Briefly, OLs assist new students in their transition into the VUU community, as well as the overall implementation of the NSO program.  Potential OLs should exhibit general knowledge about the University and a level of comfort engaging with a variety of students, faculty and staff.  

Application Requirements:

Students interested in serving as a 2019 NSO Orientation Leader must submit the following:

  1. Complete the Online Application by April 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM.
  2. Submit a one minute “What Would a Panther Do?” video (instructions below)
  3. VUU 2022: For those who participated in the inaugural August 2018 NSO class, please provide a reflection statement on their experience. The students should specifically discuss the Personalized Education Plan (PEP) assignment and the subsequent poster presentation, as well as the impact of the community service projects.

Selection Timeline (Tentative):

  • April 5, 2019: Application Available
  • April 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM: Application Deadline
  • May 3, 2019: Selection Announcement
  • May 10, 2019: Acceptance Deadline

2019 New Student Orientation Dates:

  • TBD: Orientation Leaders Arrive for Training
  • August 3rd: New Students Arrive to Campus
  • August 3rd – August 23rd: 2019 New Student Orientation
  • September 8, 2019: Convocatum Est.

Video Instructions

“What would a Panther do?” moments are one minute videos designed to help orient new students to the Virginia Union University community and culture.  These videos can describe how a VUU Panther should conduct his/herself on or off campus, and/or expose students to on-campus resources.

Orientation Leader applicants should select a topic and submit a one minute video (max) in which they creatively discuss their “What would a Panther do?” moment.  Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Exposing students to an on-campus resource(s):
    • University College (First Year student advising)
    • Learning Center (Testing/Tutoring)
    • Inclusive Learning (Disability Services)
    • L.Douglas Wilder Library and Learning Resource Center
    • Office of the Registrar
    • Various Academic Majors
    • Financial Aid
    • Information Technology (IT)
    • Counseling Services
    • Student Health Services
  • Classroom etiquette
  • Peer to Peer Conflict
  • Attendance policy
  • On-campus housing
  • On-campus dining options
  • Student organizations

Please submit all questions/concerns to the University College email UC@vuu.edu.  If you experience difficulty uploading the video via the online form, please send the file (or a link to the file) to the aforementioned email address.

Will you require on-campus housing during the 2019 Orientation Session?*

Orientation Leader Roles

  • Academic Support: To assist with academic assignments and providing support for students who have questions about assignment expectations; Provide feedback on students assignments
  • Student Performer Support: To coordinate daily communication with student performers to inform them of the requirements for NSO, to include any changes or updates in the NSO agenda as well as coordinate sessions with Peer Tutors for additional support.
  • Analyst Support: To assist with the collection of attendance data for all events/sessions; To assist with the daily data entry and weekly data analysis; To assist with creating, distributing, and analyzing survey data for NSO sessions
  • VUU 2023 Support: To assist with academic programs by serving as hosts, set up, clean up, audience members; To ensure new students are able to navigate campus successfully (i.e. building/classroom locations, on campus resources); To answer any questions/concerns regarding the daily schedule; Attend to UC Front desk on a rotating basis
  • Other: Have you identified a need to fill that we have not considered? Use the space below to provide a brief description.
If you are selected as a 2019 New Student Orientation Leader, may the VUU University College post your name and picture via social media? *