The role of the Orientation Leaders is one of the most important in the Orientation process; the 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.


2020 Orientation Leader (OL) Team

**Please note all years in school of our OL Team below, reflects class standing for Fall 2020 semester.**

Divine Akinjiyan 

Divine Akinjiyan

Major: Computer Science

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Kelsey Ginger

Kelsey Ginger

Major: Elementary Education--Special Education

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory

Major: History

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Wildwood, MO

 Chris Johnson-Mobley

Chris Johnson-Mobley

Major: Entrepreneurship

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Jai Jones

Jairo (Jai) Jones

Major: Computer Science 

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Ripley, TN


Becky Lin

Becky Lin

Major: Information System

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Taiwan

Mallory Mason

Mallory Mason

Major: Social Work & Psychology

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Ballwin, MO

 Mia Milazzo

Mia Milazzo

Major: Elementary Education--Special Education

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Orland Park, IL 

Malik Taylor-Allen

Malik Lendell Taylor-Allen

Major: Media Studies

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO

 Jasmin Watson

Jasmin Watson

Major: Communication & Business Administration

Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Jacksonville, IL

Elizabeth Younger

Elizabeth Younger

Major: Elementary Education--Middle School

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Saint Peters, MO

Apply to Become an Orientation Leader (OL)!


2021 Orientation Leader (OL) Team application will open Monday, September 28, 2020 

Please take a look below to learn more about the Orientation Leader (OL) role. If you are interested for our OL role or you have any questions, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at or at 314-516-5089.

New Student Programs Office each year selects a group of undergraduate student leaders who have the opportunity to welcome our new incoming students, new transfer students, and family members to the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Orientation Leader (OL) team is a group of students who are trained to share about UMSL's campus resources, to share about their UMSL experience, and to build connections to their peers, faculty, and staff. 

The OLs selected are considered some of UMSL's top student leaders on campus by students, faculty, and staff.  Individuals interested in this position need to want to grow your own personal and professional development skills, want to learn/grow knowledge about UMSL's campus, want to share positive experiences of being a student, and to provide our incoming students and families the best experience at Orientation. 

Orientation Leader Job Description & Important Dates PDF

Orientation Leader Job Description

Department Mission:

The Office of New Student Programs (NSP) provides ongoing programs and services that support new students and families in transition to University of Missouri – St. Louis

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a positive role model, set an example, & be excited to promote the UMSL community to students.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, to provide assistance, and to promote accurate information to students regarding UMSL, campus, and welcome programming.
  • Initiate and develop open communication & interaction with your new students, fellow leaders and professional staff.
  • Work closely and effectively with Orientation Leaders and staff to make a memorable and welcoming environment for new students.
  • Lead other students in programmatic components & sessions during family or student Orientation programs.


  • Reliable, responsible, confident, creative, sincere, flexible, willing to help, and good communication skills.
  • An energetic and fun personality, positive attitude, and dedication to the role.
  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA for the OL role.
  • Eligible to register as an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) from now (Fall 2019-Fall 2020).
  • Basic knowledge of UMSL campus and desire to further knowledge.
  • Able to attend all training and Orientation dates.
  • You are not allowed to enroll in summer courses or study abroad in the summer, as they would conflict with required dates below page. You need to be present to work all dates below.


  • The opportunity to impact the lives, experiences, and academic success of first-year students at UMSL.
  • To build deep bonds and friendships with other students and increase your professional network with staff/faculty on campus.
  • Experience as a Para-professional to gain personal and professional skills for your future with the trainings.
  • Hourly wage: $9.00 per hour
  • Additional Perks: OL apparel items, meals during programs, and much more!
  • Potential Option for On-Campus Living in Residential Life and Housing facility during May-August. (Must complete Residential Life and Housing volunteer hours for compensation of living on campus listed on next pages volunteer dates. This does not include a meal plan.)

Required Dates: Please view important dates in the next section called OL Time Commitment & Important Dates. 

Required Dates:

ORIENTATION DATES MUST BE AVAILABLE TO WORK ALL DATES.Will be notified upon hired or as soon as NSP staff knows if any dates have changed to the dates listed on the following pages. Please note the hour’s estimation is an estimate and is subject to change.

NODA Regional Conference (if selected & availability), and ResLife Volunteer Hours (compensate for Housing if interested) are included in dates, but are NOT PAID EVENTS. 

Orientation Leader Job Description & Important Dates PDF


December (19 hours)

Saturday, December 7 (9am-5pm)                                   OL Retreat

Friday, December 13    (2pm-5pm)                                  NSP: OL Prep

Monday, December 16 (7am-3pm)                                   Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

January (35 hours)

Wednesday, January 15 (2pm-5pm)                                  NSP: OL Prep

Thursday, January 16     (7am-6pm)                                  New Student Orientation (NSO)/Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) 

Saturday, January 18      (8am-4pm)                                 Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Tuesday, Jan. 21 & Wednesday, Jan. 22 (5 hours, 2 shifts)  Help-A-Triton Table Shifts **volunteer

OL Spring Trainings (January-April--15 hours)

OL Spring Training begins, week of January 27 first meeting to last meeting mid-April week, (1.5 hours, once a week, for 10 weeks, total of 15 hr). Week of the following dates:

  • Week of Jan. 27
  • Week of Feb. 3
  • Week of Feb. 10
  • Week of Feb. 17
  • Week of Feb. 24
    • 28 homecoming week use OL Training for Dance Practice + Practice before Lipsync on Friday, Feb. 28 of  performance day
  • Week of March 2
  • Week of March 9
  • Week of March 16
  • Week of March 30
  • Week of April 8

OL Dance/Song Practices (January-February 7 hours)

Week of the following for 1 hour sessions:

  • Week of Jan. 27--finalize song in MSC 388 (1 hr)
  • Week of Feb. 3--record song in radio station (1 hr)
  • Week of Feb. 10 -record song in radio station (1hr)
  • Week of Feb. 17—practice dance (1 hr)
  • Week of Feb. 24—practice dance (1 hr)
    • Practice before TBD time Day of Lipsync at Homecoming: Feb. 28 evening performance at 6pm-8pm (2 hours)

February/March (7.5 hours or more, optional 15 more hours)

Thursday, Feb. 27 (5:30pm-8:00pm)                            Admitted Student Reception & Pack the Stands

Saturday, March 14 (10:00am-3:00pm)                        UMSL Day

Thursday, March 19 to Sunday, March 22                       NODA Regional Conference at Baylor University**NSP pays for hotel, travel, & meals NOT PAID—professional development conference opportunity—will have OLs apply to attend.

Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27 (2pm-5pm, 15 hours)  OL Phone Calling optional

Monday, March 30-April 3 (1pm-5pm)                        OL Video Taping, sign-up for shifts--timeslot as it gets sooner

April (paid varies hours)

Monday, April 6-Friday, April 10 (1pm-5pm)                 OL Video Taping, sign-up for shifts--timeslot as it gets sooner

May (paid NSP 87 hours)             

Sunday, May 3 (11am-4pm)                                        Welcome Leader Spring Training (meal included)

Wednesday, May 13 (2pm-5pm)                                    NSP OL Prep Work

Thursday, May 14 (7am - 3pm)                                     Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Monday, May 18 (2pm-5pm)                                         NSP OL Prep Work: Phone Calling/tasks

Tuesday, May 19 (8am-4pm)                                        OL Camp-low ropes course

Wednesday, May 20 (9am-5pm)                                    OL Training

Thursday, May 21 (9am-5pm)                                       OL Training

Friday, May 22 (9am-1pm)                                            OL Training + Fun social

Tuesday, May 26 (9am-5pm)                                         OL Training

Wednesday, May 27 (9am-5pm)                                     OL Training

Thursday, May 28 (9am-5pm)                                        OL Training

Friday, May 29 (8am-4pm)                       Orientation Transition Retention Showcase/NSP OL Prep Work

Sunday, May 31 (2pm-10pm)                    NSP OL Prep time/Triton Overnight Experience Session 1

June (volunteer-Reslife/socials & paid NSP 105 hours)

Monday, June 1 (7am-6pm)                        New Student Orientation (NSO)

Tuesday, June 2

     (10:30am-12pm)                                   Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

     (3pm-10pm)                                          Triton Overnight Experience Session 2

Wednesday, June 3 (7am-6pm)                     New Student Orientation (NSO)

Thursday, June 4

    (10:30am-12pm)                                     Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (3pm-10pm)                                            Triton Overnight Experience Session 3 **Transfer session

Friday, June 5 (7am-3pm)                             Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Monday, June 8

   (2pm-5pm)                                                NSP OL Prep: OL Admitted Student Phone Calling 

   (5pm-7pm)                                                OL Social (not paid for fun)

Tuesday, June 9

    (9am-12pm)                                               Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (2pm-5pm)                                                 NSP OL Prep: OL Admitted Student Phone Calling 

Wednesday, June 10 (2pm-5pm)                      NSP OL Prep: OL Admitted Student Phone Calling 

Thursday, June 11

    (9am-12pm)                                             Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (2pm-5pm)                                               NSP OL Prep: OL Admitted Student Phone Calling 

Friday, June 12 (2pm-5pm)                             NSP OL Prep: OL Admitted Student Phone Calling 

Tuesday, June 16

   (10:30am-12pm)                                          Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

   (2pm-5pm)                                                   NSP OL Prep Work

Wednesday, June 17 (3pm-10pm)                      Triton Overnight Experience Session 4

Thursday, June 18 (7am-6pm)                            New Student Orientation (NSO)

Friday, June 19

    (10:30am-12pm)                                           Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (3pm-10pm)                                                  Triton Overnight Experience Session 5

Saturday, June 20 (7am-6pm)                              New Student Orientation (NSO)

****OL BREAK from role: Great time to take vacations/trips from June 21 to July 5 if interested****

JULY (volunteer-Reslife/socials & paid NSP 46 hours)

Tuesday, July 7

    (9am-12pm)                                                   Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (2pm-5pm)                                                     OL Mid-Summer Social TBD, fun time not paid

Wednesday, July 8

    (9am-12pm)                                                    Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

    (2pm-5pm)                                                      NSP OL Prep Work 

Thursday, July 9 (7am-3pm)                                  Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Friday, July 10 (2pm-5pm)                                     NSP OL Prep

Monday, July 13

    (9am-12pm)                                               Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

   (2pm-5pm)                                                  NSP OL Prep: Prep & OL Admitted Student Phone Calling

Tuesday, July 14

   (9am-12pm)                                                Reslife Volunteer Hours to compensate OL housing

   (2pm-5pm)                                                  NSP OL Prep: Prep & OL Admitted Student Phone Calling

Wednesday, July 15 (3pm-10pm)                      Triton Overnight Experience Session 6   

Thursday, July 16 (7am-6pm)                           New Student Orientation (NSO)

Friday, July 17 (7am-3pm)                                Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

****OL BREAK from role: Great time to take vacations/trips from July 19-July 31 if interested****

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER (volunteer-reslife/socials & paid NSP 55)

Monday, August 3     (9am-5pm)                         NSP OL Prep Work —bring own lunch will have break

Tuesday, August 4     (7am-3pm)                         Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Friday, August 14       (9am-5pm)                        NSP OL Prep Work —bring own lunch will have break

Saturday, August 15   (8am-4pm)                        Transfer Student Orientation (TSO)

Tuesday, August 18    (9am-5pm)                         NSP OL Prep Work —bring own lunch will have break

Wednesday, August 19

    (7am-6pm)                                                         New Student Orientation (NSO)

    (6pm-10pm)                                                       Welcome Leader Training (meal included)

Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23                      Triton Take-Off Weekend **schedule as it gets sooner, keep all day open

Monday, August 24-Tuesday, August 25                     Help-A-Triton Table, volunteer for two shift

September 14-18 (1 hour)                                   OL Exit Interviews, will sign-up for timeslot paid NSP

September 21-25 (5pm-7pm)    OL End of Year Celebration, team will vote on date to meet not paid fun

Optional: OL Informational Sessions & NSP Informational Tables

We encourage you to attend one of the Orientation Leader (OL) Informational Sessions. This will be a time you will have professional staff and past OLs talk about the position and answering any questions from application to interviewing process. Each of these sessions are optional to attend, but are extremely valuable to get your questions answered about this role.

OL Informational Sessions: 

Date Time Location
Thursday, October 3 4:00pm-6:00pm Millennium Student Center room 366
Monday, October 7 2:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday, October 9 2:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday, October 15 3:00pm-6:00pm

NSP  Informational Table Locations:

*Some locations could change--if you have questions, please email 

Date Time Location
Mondays-Thursdays (Sept. 30-Oct. 25 timeframe) 10:30am-2:00pm Nosh 
Monday, Sept. 30 10:00am-2:00pm Shuttle Stop (Alumni Circle)
Tues., Oct. 1 & Wed., Oct. 2 7:30pm-8:30pm Provincial House Dining Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 2 9:00am-2:00pm North Academic Quad
Thursday, Oct. 3 11:00am-3:00pm MSC 2nd floor, by Info Desk
Friday, Oct. 4 9:00am-Noon North Academic Quad
Mon., Oct. 7 & Tues, Oct. 8 5:00pm-7:00pm Oak Hall Lobby
Tuesday, Oct. 8 11:00am-2:00pm MSC 2nd floor, by Info Desk
Thursday, Oct. 10  11:00am-3:00pm Benton & Stadler Lobby
Friday, Oct. 11 10:00am-Noon MSC 2nd floor, by Info Desk
Monday, Oct. 14 11:00am-2:00pm MSC 2nd floor, by room 218
5:00pm-8:00pm MSC 2nd floor, by Info Desk
Tuesday, Oct. 15 10:00am-2:00pm Benton & Stadler Lobby
Tues., Oct. 15 & Wed., Oct. 16  7:30pm-8:30pm Provincial House Dining Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 16 10:30am-2:00pm Nosh
Thursday, Oct. 17 10:30am-2:00pm Nosh


How to Apply Steps

Step 1 

Go to the above red button and fill out the online application by Friday, October 25 before Noon.  The application should take 30 to 60 minutes to complete (general information about you, upload a recent resume, include a list of current involvement on campus and jobs, list of any awards, answer the essay question why are you interested in becoming an Orientation Leader?, and cumulative GPA.) If you are a first-year student, please provide your expected end of semester GPA---we will check grades upon end of semester. 

You will select your OL Group Interview session and OL Individual Interview on the application confirmation email. If you need assistance on writing a resume, please stop by the Career Services Office where they can assist you with resume assistance or check their online tools HERE


Step 2

Attend your OL Group Interview session. You selected a date/time from your OL Application confirmation email. If you forgot your interview session, you can email to answer any questions. We will send you an email reminder by end of day Monday, October 28. 

Attendance to your OL Group Interview is required to be considered for the OL position.  The OL Group Interview will be in a small group of other students interviewing for the OL role. You will be evaluated based on your performance in various activities throughout the interview. 

Tips for your Group Interview:

  • Business casual attire is recommended.
  • Be Yourself! We encourage you to showcase YOU with your personality, skills, knowledge of campus, and why you want to be an OL.  
  • Keep in mind, the OL role does not require you to know everything about UMSL, but the ability to learn. 
  • We want OLs to positively represent UMSL, the desire to help, and to provide our incoming students (new/transfer) and family members a great first UMSL experience. 


Step 3

Attend your OL Individual Interview.  You selected a date/time from your OL Application confirmation email. If you forgot your interview session, you can email to answer any questions. We will send you an email reminder by end of day Friday, November 1. 

Attendance to your OL Individual Interview is required to be considered for the OL position. The individual Interview will be with the professional staff members within the Office of New Student Programs to get to know you even more on a one-on-one basis.  Interviews typically last about 30 minutes.

Tips for your interview:

  • Check out UMSL Career Services Office to learn best practices for interviews. Plan ahead and make an appointment. 
  • Business casual attire is recommended.
  • If you are a first semester first-year student, you need to bring a copy of your midterm grades and submit them during this interview to verify your GPA. 
  • Arrive early to your interview. If you have an emergency and need to reschedule, please contact the New Student Programs Office at 314-516-5089 or as soon as possible. 
  • If at any time you need to withdraw your OL application, please contact the New Student Programs Office at 314-516-5089 or as soon as possible. 

Notification of the OL Position

After you completed the OL application, you attended your OL Group Interview, and your OL Individual Interview---you will be notified by email if selected or not by Thursday, November 7 by end of the day. 

Not Selected for the OL Role

You are encouraged to apply again next year! Now you went through this process, you have learned more items to prepare for the future, and you can utilize the UMSL Careeer Services Office to gain more insight on how to prepare as well.  If you would like to learn how you can grow from the OL interviewing experience, you can email to make an appointment to talk about areas of growth in your interviewing skills. 

Keep in mind New Student Programs has a Welcome Leader position for Triton Take-Off Weekend during the beginning of the fall semester.  This is a great way to help incoming new and transfer students on UMSL's campus to make a positive impact too! Recruitment for this position is in the Spring semester. Or we encourage you to volunteer at our Help-A-Triton tables during fall/spring welcome programs, more information on our page. 

Nomination Form

Yes, a fellow student, an UMSL staff member, and/or an UMSL faculty member are eligible to nominate an individual you think would be a great Orientation Leader. If you have somone in mind, please complete the nomination form (your name as nominator, your email, and your list of students first, last name with email, and with any reasons why.) After you submit your nomination form, the Office of New Student Programs will send them a follow-up email about the role that they have been nominated. Please note, the students must still complete the OL Application before it closes. If you have any questions, you can email or call us at 314-516-5089 to answer any questions.

Nominate a student here

All quotes from past Orientation Leaders of how they would describe their OL experience:

Learned how to be a better leader--on stage and off stage with work and life. Enhanced communication skills and to be more a empathetic listener. 

Mentorship to other students on the team and incoming students. 

Beneficial position that gives you great exposure to resources on-campus, people on-campus, and knowledge of UMSL. Transferable skills (communication, diversity/inclusion, public speaking, empathetic listening, Disney Customer Service, conflict management, working on a team, dancing/stage presence, gratitue/appreciation, Resume, LinkedIn account, job/graduate school search, ettiquette dinner, and Being the best you).

Mix of professional Development and growing my UMSL Family. :)

Great group of friends to hangout with now and the OL role didn't feel like work! 

Confidence in myself, enhance school pride, knowledge of campus, and considering myself a leader now.

Helped me grow as a person.

Growth in my confidence, meaningful relationships, and inspiring new students.

Valuable experience that was enjoyable and enhanced my leadership skills. 

Built quick connections on the team with realtionships, a group I can trust, and a team I was able to learn/grow!

Great networking opportunity! 

Really great experience that enhanced my public speaking skills. 

Learned how to be a better me, personally and professionally--by working with others, learning more about the university, building connections, and confidence to do my OL role.

Built valuable connections of faculty, staff, and new students (first-years & transfers) that will all assist in your college experience. 

OL experience was really awesome that it provided me with ways to learn (critical thinking, trouble shooting, communication skills, self-confidence, how to build rapport with others, etc.) about myself and help others find their passion. 

A great experience to learn more about my own leadership style, how to work in a team, where my strengths are best used in a team, and how I like to help others transition into a new life/career. 

Enjoyed reconnecting with students after Orientation season during the school year to know I was able to help impact them to be here at UMSL. :) 

The OL experience made me self-reflective on all the incoming student's passions in the excitement of Orientaiton, to realize what I want to do in my own life. 

Eye opening experience that builds you up as an individual.  I built close friendships with my teammates who help me through my ups and downs.  It is fun, sometimes long days, but it is a good experience to build you personally and professional with a network on campus from staff, faculty, and students.