Orientation 2018 Team Selection

This page is intended for current Hendrix students hoping to join the 2018 Orientation Team. 


Coordinators will work directly with the Director and Assistant Director of Student Activities to administer all aspects of the Orientation Program. Candidates will be expected to believe in and support the Hendrix College Student Affairs philosophy. Candidates must possess a positive attitude and service philosophy geared toward helping new students and parents become acclimated to Hendrix College.

Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders serve as the peer-to-peer leadership team during Orientation. One Peer Leader is selected per Orientation Trip. These volunteers help throughout the Spring Semester in selecting Orientation Leaders, developing the Orientation theme, and planning Orientation Trips. Peer Leaders arrive on campus one week prior to Orientation for continued training and preparation. Note: previous experience as an Orientation (OR) Leader is preferred.  It is not required.

OR Leaders

"OR" (Orientation) LEADERS, together with Peer Leaders, serve as the interactive powerhouse during Orientation. Three OR Leaders are selected per Orientation Trip. These volunteers participate in a Spring Retreat in April, and they also arrive on campus several days before Orientation for continued training and preparation.

The Process

Both Peer and OR Leaders are selected through application processes which consist of an application form, several short essays, a resume, two references (including one current Hendrix Faculty or Staff member), and an interview process. These processes are explained more clearly in the application packets.

Selection Timeline

New Student Orientation Coordinator

  • October 2: Orientation Coordinator applications available (e-mail Tonya Hale for application)
  • October 20: Coordinator applications due by 4 PM in the StuAct office
  • October 23-27: Coordinator interviews
  • October 31: Coordinator selection notification

Orientation Peer Leader

  • November 8: Peer Leader applications available
  • January 19: Peer Leader application due by 4 PM in the StuAct office
  • January 22 - January 26: Peer Leader interviews
  • January 31: Peer Leader selection notification

Orientation Leader (OR Leader)

  • February 1: OR Leader applications available
  • March 9: OR Leader applications due by 4 PM in the StuAct office
  • March 26 - March 31: OR Leader applicant interviews
  • April 2: OR Leader selection notification

Mandatory Orientation Retreat

  • April 20 - 21: Orientation Team retreat (*Retreat begins around 5 PM on Friday evening and ends by lunch on Saturday)

Mandatory Fall Training and OR Week Dates

  • Fall training for peer leaders begins Wednesday, August 8th and for OR leaders, Saturday, August 11th.  All leaders must be present when training begins and through the end of the OR week, which is Monday, August 20th. 

Additional dates relative to training and other expectations are detailed in the application packets.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may reach Tonya Hale via orientation@hendrix.edu or by calling 501-450-1291.

Application Packets

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2018 ORIENTATION LEADER APPLICATION - fill this out if you have never served on the Orientation team in the past!