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Orientation Leaders

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The role of the Orientation Leaders is one of the most important in the Orientation process; the 13 students below are dedicating their summer to offer guidance and support to our incoming first-year and transfer students! Please look for these students and join the Office of New Student Programs in providing encouragement as they represent UMSL! 

We encourage all new students and families to use these leaders during your time at Orientation. They are here to assist with any questions.


Aleathea Williams

Orientation Leader

Major: Political Science with Urban Politics minor

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL

Advice to Students: Come to UMSL ready to challenge yourself and get involved!


Alivia Brinker

Orientation Leader

Major: Biology (pre-med) major with Business minor

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Washington, MO

Advice to Students: Get involved as much as possible on campus to make new friends/connections. Don't be afraid to explore and see all that UMSL has to offer!

Briana Robertson

Alyssa Johnson

Orientation Leader

Major: Undecided 

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Advice to Students: Embrace the college life! Get involved and get connected. Your community will bring you great support and success.


Chris Mathes

Orientation Leader

Major: Secondary Education and Mathematics

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Collinsville, IL

Advice to Students: Get involved in something! We have involvement opportunities for everyone.


Corey Smith

Orientation Leader

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: St. Peters, MO

Advice to Students: The best way to make UMSL yours is to be involved!

Eboni Valentine

DeeDee Effinger

Orientation Leader

Major: Mathematics

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Advice to Students: Don't just go to your classes then go home! Find a reason to stay on campus.

Kelsi Schlundt

Dre Williams

Orientation Leader

Major: Business Management & Theatre-Dance

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL (Chicago area)

Advice to Students: Learn all the acronyms for the buildings and places on campus AND READ your syllabi completely before school starts.   


JoAnn Schwieter

Orientation Leader

Major: Criminology Criminal Justice with Business Minor

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Macon, MO

Advice to Students: UMSL offers a vast variety of organizations on campus and I firmly believe that there is something for everybody.  Get involved and make college more fun!

Kristin Wyninegar

Joey Dordoni

Orientation Leader

Major: International Relations

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Cape Girardeau, MO

Advice to Students: My advice to new students might seem really basic but get involved in something. Getting involved helps you build a community of friends that you can work together with to achieve some goals. Also, I would say that they should look for some kind of leadership opportunities on campus because they are extremely plentiful if you just look for them.


Madisyn Weiss

Orientation Leader & Weeks of Welcome Student Coordinator

Major: Political Science, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Farmington, MO

Advice to Students: Get involved on campus whether you are a commuter or live on campus!

Rachel Romano

Tayler Leverenz

Orientation Leader

Major: Business Administration-Marketing/Digital Media Marketing

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Divernon, IL

Advice to Students: My advice is to find a group of friends and form a study group.  This helped me so much my first semester to keep a 3.5 GPA.

Thomas Poon

Thomas Poon

Orientation Leader

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Advice to Students: Learn how much time you need to get your homework done so you can schedule your day around that. 

We are excited to meet YOU soon!-UMSL OL Team #UMSLpride

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