An Orientation Leader (OL) is a student who has been selected to serve as a source of support for new freshmen and transfer students. Students chosen to be OLs have a positive attitude, are leaders within numerous campus organizations, enjoy working collaboratively with diverse groups of people, and of course love UAH! These students are great resources whenever you have questions about UAH's campus, resources, programs, and organizations. During your time at Freshman Orientation, you will have the chance to get to know your entire OL team! We've picked the best of the best for you! Meet the 2019-2020 Orientation Leaders: Addie Smithson Hometown Cullman, AL Major Nursing WHAT ARE SOME FUN THINGS TO DO ON CAMPUS BESIDES CLASSES? I love to attend the movies hosted by the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE). I also enjoy meeting my friends at the University Fitness Center (UFC) before heading to Chick-fil-a. Alex Olmeda-Rodriguez Hometown Lajas, Puerto Rico Major Business WHAT STUDENT SERVICES OR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN MOST BENEFICIAL TO YOU AT UAH? Exploratory advising has been the most beneficial resource for me as a UAH student. They helped me plan out my classes and determine my major, since I came in as an undecided student. Calais Eledui Hometown Madison, AL Major Writing with a Public Relations Concentration WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR ORIENTATION EXPERIENCE? The Registered Student Organization (RSO) Fair was the best part of my orientation experience. I loved being able to see all UAH had to offer through the different clubs and organizations represented. Calista Sylvester Hometown Charleston, SC Major Human Resource Management WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT OFF CAMPUS? I enjoy hiking and the outdoors, so Monte Sano State Park is the ideal place for me to spend time off campus with my friends. Monte Sano offers a countless number of trails to hike, which allows for different views of Huntsville each time I visit! CJ McKenzie Hometown Green Bay, Wisconsin Major Aerospace Engineering WHAT ARE SOME FUN THINGS TO DO ON CAMPUS BESIDES CLASSES? When I am not in class, I spend my time trying new things like electric vehicles or chess through the different student organizations available on campus. I also like playing volleyball or using the University Fitness Center (UFC). Harrison Hanks Hometown Mobile, AL Major Aerospace Engineering WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UAH AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY? I chose UAH due to the plethora of internships and job opportunities in my field of Aerospace Engineering. From my first visit to UAH, I noticed a community of students, professors, and staff that all seemed devoted to the successes of the students in the classroom and in their future careers. Heather Hunt Hometown Lawrenceburg, TN Major Secondary Education WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAD WHILE BEING A STUDENT? Being a Resident Assistant (RA) has been one of the most amazing opportunities I have had as a student at UAH. It is so rewarding knowing that I am helping students feel more at home during their college journey. Isaiah Watkins Hometown Fayetteville, TN Major Computer Science WHAT ARE SOME FUN THINGS TO DO ON CAMPUS BESIDES CLASSES? I enjoy the live concerts in Robert's Hall, basketball and hockey games, and the ACE events hosted a few times a semester like hypnotists and even comedians. Jack McBrearty Hometown Dothan, AL Major Political Science and Psychology WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR ORIENTATION EXPERIENCE? Overall orientation was a great experience for me! Not only did I learn about campus, but I also go to meet a ton of new people from different regions and backgrounds. I made friendships during my orientation that have lasted long past our short two days' time together. Jackson McGukin Hometown Cullman, AL Major Mechanical Engineering WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAD WHILE BEING A STUDENT? Being an admissions ambassador has been an amazing opportunity for me. It has helped me to develop communication skills that I will be able to use for the rest of my life! Jania Williams Hometown Atlanta, GA Major Mechanical Engineering WHY DID YOU CHOSE UAH AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY? I chose UAH for the beautiful campus and the tremendous resources that ensure student success. Jessica Hunter Hometown Hazel Green, AL Major English/Pre-Law WHAT STUDENT SERVICE OR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN THE MOST BENEFICIAL TO YOU AT uah? A lot of my classes offer Peer Assisted Student Sessions (PASS), which are basically tutoring sessions led by students who have already taken the class and are coming back help other students. These sessions are extremely helpful because they provide a new perspective on the content of the class. Jordan Patterson Hometown Gurley, AL Major Finance WHAT ARE SOME FUN THINGS TO DO ON CAMPUS BESIDES CLASSES? Some fun things to do on campus while not in class are going to the University Fitness Center (UFC) to work out and playing pool in the Charger Union. Josh Wilkerson Hometown Huntsville, AL Major Nursing WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR ORIENTATION EXPERIENCE? My favorite part of my orientation was the time after dinner, which was used for social interaction and games. It allowed me the time to make new friends and to speak to the OLs in a more casual atmosphere. Joshua Strange Hometown Lexington, KY Major Business Management wHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAD WHILE BEING A STUDENT? This past summer, I got a job and worked in San Diego for ten weeks. I absolutely loved my experience to travel and was pushed way out of my comfort zone! Justin Hargrave Hometown Northport, AL Major Biology WHY DID YOU CHOSE UAH AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY? While touring colleges, the thing I searched for the most was an environment that I could see myself succeeding in. UAH's resources in both academics and campus involvement far exceeded any college I visited. Karla Liu Hometown Murfreesboro, TN Major Mechanical Engineering WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAD WHILE BEING A STUDENT? Without the confidence and courage I gained since joining my sorority, I wouldn't have applied to be an orientation leader, which is by far the greatest opportunity I've received. Kate Johnson Hometown Marietta, GA Major Nursing WHICH WEEK OF WELCOME (WOW) EVENT IS THE MOST FUN AND/OR BENEFICIAL? The "Target Takeover" is personally my favorite event during WOW! I made new friends in the insanity of the shopping spree and was able to get some supplies that I really needed for the upcoming semester. Luke Worley Hometown Belleville, IL Major Biology WHAT STUDENT SERVICE OR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN THE MOST BENEFICIAL TO YOU AT uah? The advising services offered have been beneficial to me as a student. I have been able to go to my advisor for all my questions about my class schedule, and they are always happy to help. Mac Taylor Hometown Austin, TX Major History WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR ORIENTATION EXPERIENCE? I met two of my best friends on campus during my orientation, one of which is even my roommate! If it wasn't for the laid back and welcoming environment of orientation, I probably wouldn't have ever approached either one of them. Meilia Tecson Hometown Lebanon, TN Major Mechanical Engineering WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT OFF CAMPUS? My favorite off-campus hangout spot is Blevins Gap Nature Preserve! I'm an avid explorer who loves nature and hiking, so it's the perfect place to have spontaneous adventures. Michelle Ralleca Hometown Madison, AL Major Kinesiology WHAT STUDENT SERVICE OR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN THE MOST BENEFICIAL TO YOU AT uah? Pre-professional advising has been the most beneficial to me as a student at UAH. The pre-professional staff has kept me on track with my prerequisites, and has helped me begin my process for physical therapy school. Priv Sriman Hometown Roswell, GA Major Aerospace Engineering what was your favorite part of your orientation experience? My favorite part of orientation was meeting new friends during the late night activities! Raine Gordon Hometown Leroy, AL Major Information Systems WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAD WHILE BEING A STUDENT? One of the best opportunities that I have had was being chosen to be a part of the Mentor a Charger (MAC) program. As a part of the program, I was paired with an established member of the industry that I hope to be in for my career. He now serves as my mentor and has helped guide me in laying out a plan for once I graduate. Ryan Barishian Hometown Chepachet, RI Major Physics why did you choose uah and what do you love most about the university? I chose UAH because of all the great research opportunities available for undergraduate students. These opportunities are essential to my success within my future field! Ryan Jones Hometown Overland Park, KS Major Nursing WHICH WEEK OF WELCOME (WOW) EVENT IS THE MOST FUN AND/OR BENEFICIAL? My favorite WOW event is the registered student organization fair. At this event, I got to learn more about the diverse groups across campus and what they are passionate about. Sara Devine Hometown Robertsdale, AL Major Industrial and Systems Engineering WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAD WHILE BEING A STUDENT? I had the opportunity to be a First Year Experience (FYE) mentor last fall for the incoming freshman class, and it was an awesome way to help new students adapt to college life. Tori Ellingson Hometown Gurley, AL Major Kinesiology WHAT ARE SOME FUN THINGS TO DO ON CAMPUS BESIDES CLASSES? I enjoy participating in sports clubs or intramural sports when I am not in class. I have learned many new sports since coming to college and have made some of my best friends through these activities. Whitney Sullivan Hometown Bell Buckle, TN Major Industrial and Systems Engineering WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UAH AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY? I chose UAH due to the location in Huntsville and how nice everyone was. Since I have been on campus, everyone has been so friendly and welcoming to me, which has made my transition from high school to college great!