Orientation Team

New Student Orientation selects dynamic groups of students each year to assist with SOAR, Opening Weekend, and Fall Welcome. Over the course of their 10 month experience, the Orientation Team will connect with over 3,600 first-year students and 5,000 parents, family members, and guests.



The Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs) are returning staff who served as Orientation Leaders during 2017 SOAR. OTLs help with the recruitment of Orientation Leaders and play a critical role in the training of the selected Team. Serving as mentors throughout SOAR and Opening Weekend, the OTLs aid greatly in the success of our programs.

Eric Minus

Detroit, Michigan


Matthew Nolan

Sylvania, Ohio



The Orientation Leaders (OLs) are a select group of dynamic students with a variety of skill sets. Throughout SOAR, OLs dedicate themselves to first-year and transfer students in their transition to BGSU. During Opening Weekend, OLs serve as a mentor to a group of Opening Weekend Group Leaders (OWGLs). Through the rigorous training and effective execution of their duties, Orientation Leaders leave their experience more confident and capable leaders.  Our 2018 Orientation Leaders are expected to be hired in December of 2017.