Laughlin Potvin, a sophomore dental hygiene major and a resident of Payson, was selected as one of only 28 orientation leaders for Northern Arizona University for the fall 2011 semester.
Orientation leaders are ambassadors for the university and play a key role during the orientation session that takes place throughout June.
“We begin recruiting for orientation leaders more than a year in advance,” says Undergraduate Senior Admissions and Orientation Associate Director Anika Olsen.
“Orientation leaders play a critical role in welcoming new students to campus. Some orientation leaders return for a second tour and all of them consider the time spent as an orientation leader one of the highlights of their university experience. Many orientation leaders maintain friendships they make with incoming freshmen throughout the year.”
This year, more than 260 students applied to be orientation leaders.
The 28 selected student leaders were subsequently enrolled in a three credit-hour course this spring entitled “Counseling Skills for Orientation Leaders” and second-year leaders enrolled in “Leadership Skills for Orientation Leaders” as part of their regular course work.