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Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are American University students who assist the Orientation, Transition & Retention professional staff with the implementation of orientation programs for all new students at American University. There are two AU Orientation Leader roles.

First-Year Orientation Leaders (FYOLs) serve as a resource for first-year students, and get the opportunity to learn more about American University while developing skills to help them personally and professionally. FYOLs serve as leaders for all first-year students attending Eagle Summit, AU's two-day orientation program held in June, July, and August.

Guest & Transfer Orientation Leaders (GTOLs) serve as a resource for guests and transfer students, and will get the opportunity to learn more about AU while developing skills to help them personally and professionally. GTOLs will serve as leaders for all parents, families, guests, and transfer students attending orientation. Guest Eagle Summit is American University's two-day orientation program held in June, July, and August for guests of incoming students and is run concurrently with the student orientation program. Transfer Transitions is AU's one-day orientation program for transfer students and their guests, held in June and August.

Meet the 2018 OLs

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Alyssa Bradley (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Junior
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Political Science
Campus Involvement: NAACP, AU Ambassadors
Favorite Thing About AU: Campus in the spring is so beautiful!

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Alyssa Kurke (she/her/hers)

Position: Guest/Transfer OL
Year: Rising Junior
Hometown: Glassboro, NJ
Majors: Law + Society, Political Science
Minor: Communications
Campus Involvement: Community-Based Research Scholars, Mock Trial, DC Reads
Favorite Thing About AU: The Fight Song (ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY AU EAGLES)

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Amrutha Chatty (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ
Major: CLEG
Campus Involvement: Kennedy Political Union, Panhellenic Community, AU Ambassadors
Favorite Thing About AU: The people!

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Anna Donohue (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Junior
Hometown: Portsmouth, NH
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Political Science
Campus Involvement: AU Ambassadors, The Eagle, Panhellenic Community
Favorite Thing About AU: Having a beautiful campus, while also having access to everything DC has to offer!

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Ariana Strunk (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Major: International Relations
Favorite Thing About DC: All the free events across the city! From Embassy parties, to art exhibitions, and oral arguments at the Supreme Court, you can do anything!


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Colin Colchamiro (he/him/his)

Position: Guest/Transfer OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Tenafly, NJ
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: ATV, Club Council
Best Thing About AU: I love going to school here because it's right in the center of politics for our country. 

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David Kalwicz (he/him/his)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Junior
Hometown: Green Brook, NJ
Majors: Psychology + Applied Statistics
Campus Involvement: AU Players, Music Fraternity
Favorite Thing About AU: Being a WONK!

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Emma Kienzle (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Majors: Political Science + Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Campus Involvement: A Capella, HerCampus
Favorite Thing About DC: There's something new to do every weekend!

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Erica Worrell (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Boonsboro, MD
Major: Foreign Language, Communications, and Media
Campus Involvement: A Capella
Favorite Thing About AU/DC: Free Metro Pass!

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Griffin Diven (he/him/his)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Major: International Studies
Campus Involvement: Men's Rugby
Favorite Thing About AU: Breakfast Potatoes from TDR
Favorite Thing About DC: Concerts on U Street or the Hirshhorn Museum

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Josh Gabriel (he/him/his)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Abingdon, MD
Major: International Studies
Minor: Philosophy
Campus Involvement: AU PRIDE, Au Ambassadors, Club Tennis
Favorite Thing About AU: I can spend the day in downtown DC, but then come back and chill on campus and watch Gossip Girl. 

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Kirsten Langlois (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
Major: International Studies
Campus Involvement: AU Ambassadors, AmeriMUNC, Scholars
Favorite Thing About AU: The close-knit community!

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Lucas Jemison (he/him/his)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Junior
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Majors: American Studies + Secondary Education
Campus Involvement: AUx Instructor
Favorite Thing About DC: Biking and visiting different cafes with my girlfriend!

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Peter Beebe (he/him/his)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Johnston, IA
Major: International Studies
Minor: French
Campus Involvement: AU Ambassadors, Kennedy Political Union, International Relations Society
Favorite Thing About AU: All of the amazing people!

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Rebecca Bailey (she/her/hers)

Position: Guest/Transfer OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
Majors: Musical Theatre + Public Relations/Strategic Communication
Campus Involvement: AU Players
Favorite Thing About DC: The view of the monuments from the roof of the Kennedy Center!

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Rianna Cranberg (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Junior
Hometown: Boston, MA
Major: Political Science
Minor: Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies/International Studies
Campus Involvement: Mission Improv-able
Favorite Thing About AU: Hanging out and doing work in the Davenport Coffee Lounge!

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Roman Habibzai (he/him/his)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Windham, ME
Major: Journalism
Minor: International Studies
Campus Involvement: The Blackprint
Favorite Thing About DC: Cava!

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Sarah McKellar (she/her/hers)

Position: Guest/Transfer OL
Year: Rising Senior
Hometown: Ridley Park, PA
Major: International Studies
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant, Music Fraternity, AU Choir, AU Democrats, TSAU, International Affairs Honor Society
Favorite Thing About DC: Off the beaten path book stores and concert venues!

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Sydney Kuntz (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Junior
Hometown: Farmington, NY
Major: Journalism
Minor: International Studies
Campus Involvement: AU Pride, ATV, AmLit
Favorite Thing About AU: Days in February and March that I can sit on the quad or skateboard around campus in short sleeves and enjoy the sun!

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Victoria Kaplun (she/her/hers)

Position: First-Year OL
Year: Rising Sophomore
Hometown: Coventry, RI
Major: Business Administration, Specialization in Finance
Campus Involvement: Center for Advocacy and Student Equity
Favorite Thing About DC: The Art Museums!