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Orientation Leaders

2016 SOAR Orientation Leaders

We can't wait to meet you.

Register for Orientation

Your orientation leaders will be some of the first current Otterbein students you will meet on campus. They’ve got all the inside information you want and need to know. They are here for you, so get to know them. They are excited to meet you!

Orientation Leaders are distinguished upper-class students who volunteer their time to prepare for and to welcome new students to campus. Individually, they represent a variety of academic majors, hometowns, extracurricular interests and cultures.

When you arrive on campus for orientation, you will join an orientation group that will consist of 15-20 students and two enthusiastic orientation leaders. Recalling their own experiences of what it was like to be a new student, your orientation leaders have chosen programs that will help you succeed both academically and personally, and they will enable you to meet other new students. 

2016 Orientation Coordinators

Polly Sellers, Orientation Leader

Polly Sellers
Art Communication Design, Photography
Dublin, OH
Maria Slovikovksi, Orientation Leaders

Maria Slovikovksi
Public Relations
Minors: Sports Communication,
Communication Studies, Leadership, and Dance
Shaker Heights, OH

2016 Orientation Leaders

Ella Blackman

Ella Blackman '18

Davis Family
Major: Global Studies
Minors: Business Administration, Spanish
Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio


Cade Coulter

Cade Coulter '17

Smith Family
Major: Athletic Training
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio


Shyla Cummings

Shyla Cummings '18

Hanby Family
Major: Allied Health
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio


John Gill

Jonathan Gill '19

Fouse Family
Major: English Literature
Minor: Creative Writing, Philosophy
Hometown: Greenfield, Ohio


Melissa Grooms

Melissa Grooms '17

Smith Family
Major: Communication Studies, Psychology
Hometown: Sunbury, Ohio


Casey Hall

Casey Hall '19

Thomas Family
Major: Creative Writing
Minor: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Jefferson, Ohio


Brian Hammel

Brian Hammel '18

Clements Family
Major: Public Relations, Communication Studies
Hometown: Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania


Seth Hazen

Seth Hazen '19

Clippinger Family
Major: Music and Business with an Arts Administration concentration 
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio


Chris Henderson

Chris Henderson '19

Day Family
Major: Athletic Training
Minors: Music & Spanish
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio


Liz Jackson

Liz Jackson '18

Hancock Family
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio


Trent Johns

Trent Johns '19

Davis Family
Major: Middle Childhood Education
Hometown: Lancaster, Ohio


Lane Johnson

Lane Johnson '18

Hanby Family
Major: Biology
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Circleville, Ohio


Olivia Knodel

Liv Knodel '17

Fouse Family
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Leadership Studies
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio


Koryn Naylor

Koryn Naylor '18

Van Sant Family
Major: Creative Writing
Minor: Film Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio


Reagan Nemec

Reagan Nemec '19

Martin Family
Major: Systems Engineering
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio


Jonathan Obenchain

Jonathan Obenchain '19

Day Family
Major: Human Resources Management
Minor: Economics, Leadership Studies
Hometown: Chelsea, Michigan


Jeremy Paul

Jeremy Paul '19

Hancock Family
Major: Psychology and Educational Studies
Minor: Leadership Studies
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio


Noah Richelsen

Noah Richelsen '18

Martin Family
Major: English Creative Writing
Minor: Music, Film Studies
Hometown: Canandaigua, New York


Chris Salyer

Christopher Salyer '19

Van Sant Family
Major: Political Science, Global Studies with a concentration in East Asia
Minors: International Business Management, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio


Steven Schroeck

Steven Schroek '19

Vance Family
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio


Amanda Sibert

Amanda Sibert '19

Clippinger Family
Major: Zoo and Conservation Science, Biology
Minor: Dance
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Lilly van Wyngaarden

Lillian van Wyngaarden '19

Vance Family
Majors: Journalism and Media Communication, Creative Writing
Hometown: Lima, Ohio


Rachel Wilson

Rachel Wilson '19

Clements Family
Major: Zoo and Conservation Science, Biology
Hometown: Zanesville, Ohio


John Michael Wright

John Michael Wright '18

Thomas Family
Major: Pre-Med Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio


Interested in becoming an Orientation Leader?

Applications for 2017 Orientation Team is available here!  Applications are due to the Campus Center Office by 5 PM on Thursday, November 10.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bechtold or stop by the main Campus Center office.

/ Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement is located in the lobby of the Campus Center

Office Hours

M-Th: 8:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

F-Sa: 8:30 a.m.-Midnight

Su: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.


p / 614.823.3202

e / orientation@otterbein.edu