As the Classes of 2015 receive their acceptance letters, Orientation planning has already begun. Caroline Dosky ’12 and Brian Horn ’12 have been named the 2011 Orientation Coordinators. The two will soon begin to plan the events of Orientation and coordinate a team of 100 Orientation Mentors and Leaders.
Over the next few months, Dosky and Horn will have the important and exciting task of planning a weekend packed with activities designed to connect new students with the HWS and Geneva communities. With their extensive knowledge of the campus, the two will work to continue the tradition of giving incoming students a comprehensive and fun look at life at HWS. In past years, Orientation has featured “Battle of the Colleges,” pitting the men of Hobart against the William Smith women in a fierce competition for campus bragging rights, Pizza Wars, which allows students to sample all of Geneva’s finest pies, a Day of Service volunteering in Geneva, and numerous games that get students physically and mentally involved.
“I applied to be the OC after reflecting on my own Orientation,” says Horn, a political science and American studies double major, who has also served as an Orientation Mentor in 2009 and an Orientation Leader in 2010. “I had such a positive experience at Orientation, I want to be able to provide that same positive experience for our incoming first years.” Currently studying abroad in London, Horn has also worked as a tour guide for two years, and serves as a member of the Hobart Student Government, College Democrats and the HWS 2015 Strategic Planning Committee. Horn also spent last summer interning in the Rochester office of U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.
Dosky, who joined Orientation 2009 as a Mentor, is excited to work with Horn and her fellow classmates. “Everyone really steps up and brings their A-game to Orientation,” says Dosky, a psychology and dance double major, who serves as a student Trustee and organizes many events for Hope House, including the Penguin Plunge. “The classes at HWS right now are very motivated and determined; they have a lot of passion and it’s very inspiring.”
She also sees dedicating her enthusiasm as another way to contribute to the nurturing HWS community. “I applied because I saw it as a place to give back to the Colleges,” explains Dosky. “I’ve been here for three years, and I’ve gotten so much socially, academically and as a leader; I want to give some of that to the first years.” On campus, Dosky is on the committee for Relay for Life, the Board of the Koshare Dance Collective, a member of the Hip~NotiQs dance team, and serves on the Board of the College Experience Outreach Program. Dosky also spent last fall studying abroad in Argentina, and will join the HWS MAT program following graduation.
“I’m looking forward to working with a wonderful staff as well as planning many great activities for our incoming classes,” says Horn. “I want to make sure that we have a fun and safe weekend planned to help the Classes of 2015 learn about HWS. “
If you’re an incoming first-year student, stay tuned for more updates on this year’s exciting orientation.
If you are interested in being an Orientation Leader or Mentor, applications are due by Monday, March 28 at 4 p.m. in the Student Activities Office located on the second floor of Scandling Campus Center.