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First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Wed: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thur: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fall 2018 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 9 a.m. - noon
Tues: noon - 3 p.m.
Thur: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

First Year Advising Center

North Foundation Hall, Room 121
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3227
FYAC@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Wed: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thur: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fall 2018 Open Drop-In Hours:
Mon: 9 a.m. - noon
Tues: noon - 3 p.m.
Thur: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Orientation & New Student Programs

North Foundation Hall, Room 105
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-GOLD
gold@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Picture of Matismala Miller smiling from the CMI office.

Student Leader Recruitment

Student Leader Recruitment is the joint effort of  Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP) and the  Center of Multicultural Initiatives  (CMI). The goal of Student Leader Recruitment is to streamline two recruiting and hiring processes into one simple process for students interested in attaining leadership positions within ONSP and CMI. If you are interested in becoming an Orientation Group Leader, Parent and Family Ambassador, CMI Peer Mentor or CORE Ambassador you'll only have to go through one recruitment process.
Position descriptions
CMI Peer Mentor
CMI Peer Mentors provide guidance and model academic and social success to their mentees and to the campus community. They meet weekly on a one-on-one basis with CMI scholarship recipients to assess and monitor academic and social progress.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full time
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2019
  • Must have the ability to perform responsibly in a leadership role
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
  • Must be a positive role model
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2019
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2019
  • Represent CMI office at orientations and other university events
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2019-20 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $9.25/hour
  • Attend paraprofessional training sessions throughout the academic year
  • CMI Peer mentors can only take Summer I courses
Orientation Group Leader
Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs) guide groups of students through the orientation experience. OGLs assist with student advising and registration, facilitate small group discussions, and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for new students and parents.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2019
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Four month contract beginning in late April through the first week of classes in fall 2019
  • Limited hours during month of July
  • Room in residence halls from May-August
  • Compensation is $9.25/hour; at least $2,500 in compensation
  • Meals at all New Student Orientation programs
  • Four week leadership training in May from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Orientation Group Leaders can only take Summer II courses
Parent and Family Ambassador
Parent and Family Ambassadors (PFAs) support the parent and family orientation experience. PFAs assist with the overall administrative execution of the parent orientation program by providing information on student success, facilitating campus tours, and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for parents and family members of new students.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2019
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • Four month contract beginning in late April through the first week of classes in fall 2019
  • Limited hours during month of July
  • Room in residence halls from May-August
  • Compensation is $9.25/hour; at least $2,500 in compensation
  • Meals at all Parent Orientation programs
  • Four week leadership training in May from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Parent and Family Ambassadors can only take Summer II courses
CMI CORE Ambassador
CMI CORE Ambassadors meet weekly in one-on-one sessions with program participants to assess and monitor academic and social progress. Ambassadors provide program participants with information about classes, support services, academic programs and counseling.

Position Qualifications:
  • Must be enrolled at OU full-time
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
  • Must be in good disciplinary standing with the university and residence halls
  • Must be in sophomore standing by fall 2019
  • Must be involved in the campus community
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills
Compensation and Contract Commitments:
  • One full week of training during summer 2019
  • CMI Early Experience sessions end of August/beginning of September 2019
  • One week of work during summer 2019 supporting Summer Bridge
  • Work up to 8 hours bi-weekly during the 2019-20 academic school year
  • Compensation starts at $9.25/hour
  • Represent CMI office at university events
  • CMI CORE Ambassadors can only take Summer I courses
Recruitment Process

The recruitment process begins each November. There are four general steps for students:

  1. The Recruitment Fair kicks off November 8 from 11:30 am - 1pm in North Foundation Hall. This fair highlights important student leadership positions in offices around campus. Attendance is optional, but recommended.
  2. Info Shares for each type of position take place so students can learn more specifically what they'll be doing in each job and openly ask questions to the leadership for each position. Attending an info session is required. Info Shares take place in the Oakland Center at the following times and locations:
    • November 20, 3-4 pm | Location: Lake Huron room
    • November 29, noon - 1 pm | Location: Lake Huron room
    • January 9, 5-6 pm | Location: Oakland Center Gold Room A
    • January 24, noon - 1 pm | Location: Oakland Center Gold Room A
  3. Submissions of applications, cover letters, and resumes are accepted until January 31 at 5 pm
  4. If you are selected to move forward in the application process, the next step is to attend the Group Process. Details for the Group Process will be outlined upon selection for this stage.*

* After Group Process, CMI and ONSP will move forward in their interview and selection processes separately.

FAQ
Can I work in more than one position?
Yes. Students can hold multiple positions, but only one position in each department.

For example, students can be an OGL or PFA, and CMI Peer Mentor. Students cannot be both a CMI Peer Mentor and CMI CORE Ambassador.
What positions run during the summer months and which are during the school year?
  • The Orientation Group Leader and Parent and Family Ambassador positions are summer positions running between May and August.
  • CMI Peer Mentor and CMI CORE Ambassador positions run during the fall and winter semesters.
How many position openings are available for each?
There are approximately 10 CMI Peer Mentor, 10 CORE Ambassador,  16 Orientation Group Leader and 4 Parent and Family Ambassador positions available.  

*Note: the number of positions available is an estimation. A more accurate count of position openings will be available later in the application process.
What are the position GPA requirements?
  • CMI Peer Mentor - requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Orientation Group Leader and Parent and Family Ambassador - require a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA as of the end of fall semester 2018
  • CMI CORE Ambassador - requires a minimum of a 2.65 cumulative GPA
What is the interview process?
Interested students must first attend an Info Share to learn about the various positions, pay rates and the application process. Students may then fill out the online application. One application will be used to apply for multiple positions.

Once the applications have been reviewed, a limited number of students will be called back for a large group interview. From there, the applicants will participate in individual interviews and further group sessions with either the Center for Multicultural Initiatives and Orientation and New Student Programs.
Can I take classes and work at the same time? (How many credits do I need to take to be eligible?)
Since the Orientation Group Leader and Parent and Family Ambassador positions are full-time positions between May and August, students cannot take classes during Summer Session I, but are allowed to take one class during Summer Session II. CMI requires students to be a full-time OU student while employed.
What if I cannot attend an Info Share?
If you cannot attend an Info Share, please contact the appropriate office that presides over the position you wish to apply to. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
What should I wear to the Group Process?
Showcase your OU Spirit by wearing OU gear! Please dress comfortably and in casual attire. You will be moving around.
What should I wear to the interview?
Please remember that this is a formal interview, therefore business casual attire is appropriate. Although we appreciate and value school spirit, OU attire is not required or necessary.
I have a question about one of the positions, who should I contact?
For questions about the Peer Mentor or CORE ambassador positions, visit the Center for Multicultural Initiatives in North Foundation Hall, Room 104 or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4404 or email, cmi@oakland.edu.

For questions about the Orientation Group Leader or Parent and Family Ambassador position, visit Orientation & New Student Programs in North Foundation Hall, Room 105 or contact them by phone at (248) 370-4653 or email, gold@oakland.edu.

How can I prepare for the interview?
Career Services offers a variety of resources to help you stand out amongst other candidates, such as assistance with your resume and tips for your interview.
Apply Now

Make sure that you have attended a required Info Share before applying. To start the application process click on the link to the application below. Please follow all instructions. Your application must be complete in order to be considered. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019 at 5 pm. 

Student Leader Recruitment Application 

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