Office of First Year Experience
2017 Freshman Connector Application

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Application
 
Reference Form

The First Year Experience Office provides a variety of opportunities for current students to serve Northwestern State University through assisting first-year students and their families in their transition to campus.   Freshman Connectors facilitate orientation programs, manage events, and leave lasting impressions on new students and their families.

Freshman Connectors are expected to possess a specific body of knowledge about Northwestern State acquired through training and experience, and they must be sincerely interested in and skillful at sharing this information with orientation participants.  They must also have a passion for serving others, a positive attitude, and have the desire to be a positive role model.  Selection to the team is a unique honor and a rewarding opportunity for personal and professional growth.  Successful candidates must have a genuine desire to represent NSU and to grow as student leaders.

Terms & Conditions of Employment | To be eligible to serve as a Freshman Connector, you must:

  • be a full-time student in the spring 2017 and fall 2017 semesters
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • enroll in and successfully complete OR 1100:  Orientation Leader Skills Training
  • actively participate in all Freshman Connection retreats, training sessions, and reflection activities
  • be available for all sessions of Freshman Connection
  • reside in university housing during Freshman Connection programs
  • uphold the NSU Student Code of Conduct
  • be willing to handle high levels of responsibility

Expectations | As a Freshman Connector, you will be expected to:

  • demonstrate enthusiasm and passion for Northwestern State University
  • be knowledgeable of Northwestern State services, resources, policies and procedures
  • work effectively with a diverse group of team members, students, parents, faculty, and staff
  • perform all responsibilities in a punctual, reliable and conscientious manner
  • exercise mature judgement, flexibility, and patience
  • act with integrity, behave ethically, and display appropriate behavior and decision making
 

Responsibilities | As a Freshman Connector, you will be responsible for:

  • creating an open and welcoming campus environment for new students and their families
  • serve as a positive representative of the University to new students and their guests
  • promote interaction among groups of new students during small group discussions, get acquainted activities, meals, and events
  • explain academic advising and course registration procedures
  • facilitate small group interactions on various topics, including course enrollment and campus life issues
  • facilitate social activities for new students through direct involvement and participation
  • participate in the creation and production of various orientation performances, presentations, and evening activities such as Opening Session and the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) events
  • provide administrative support for the Freshman Connection and Parent Connection programs, including preparation of orientation materials

Important Orientation Dates

  • OR 1100 – 01N for spring 2017 semester (MWF 12:00 – 1:00 PM)
  • Spring Retreat, January 12 – 13, 2017
  • Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, March 9 – 12, 2017
  • Leadership Retreat at Dry Creek, LA, May 8 – 11, 2017
  • Freshman Connection Work Week, May 22 – 24, 2017
  • Freshman Connection Sessions: May 25-26, June1-2, June 22-23, and July 11, 2017

Compensation & Benefits

  • $500 Scholarship – applied for the fall 2017 semester
  • Meals and housing during each Freshman Connection session
  • Conference related expenses (SROW and Connector Retreats)
  • Orientation Uniforms
  • Summer 2017 WRAC Membership

Selection Process Overview | The selection process for Freshman Connectors will take place in three phases:

  • Phase I – The Application. The application is designed to better inform us about an applicant’s strengths, academic pursuits, and motivation for becoming a Freshman Connector.  Please be concise in your written responses.  Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2016.  Applicants meeting the outlined “Conditions of Employment” will be invited to participate in the Phase II – Experiential Interview.
Reference: List the name and contact information for one campus reference (name, position, phone number, and email).  The reference must be associated with the University (faculty, staff, administrator, advisor, residence life director, etc.).   Your application is not complete until we receive a completed Reference Form.  Reference forms must be received by Tuesday, November 1, 2016, no later than 4:30 p.m.

  • Phase II – Experiential Interview – Campus Super Heroes. Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:00 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom.  The Phase II – Experiential Interview will last up to three (3) hours and is our opportunity to get to know you better through a variety of individual and group activities.  The experiential interview is designed to assess each applicant’s communication and listening skills, creativity, flexibility, maturity, cooperation, and leadership style in a diverse environment.  

In preparation for the experiential interview, applicants are to identify and create a “Campus Super Hero.”  Think back to your first day, your first week, your first semester on campus.  Knowing what you know now, what could have made your experience better?   Create a Campus Super Hero, dress the part, and know WHY this imagined super hero would be beneficial to first-year students.

  • Phase III – Small Group Interview. Candidates who are selected to continue in the process will be invited to schedule a Phase III small group interview.  Interviews will be held Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10, 2016.  Dress is business casual.

Application
 
Reference Form

What more information?  Attend an information session.

While not required, applicants are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions to learn about the Freshman Connector experience and selection process. Please come prepared with questions.  All sessions will be held in Room 147 in the Student Services Center.

  • Monday, October 24 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 25 – 3:30 p.m.

Application
 
Reference Form