Job Description

SO Staff Team Details

Summer O Staff positions are exceptionally rewarding and highly competitive. Please read the information below to determine if you meet, and will be able to complete, all the requirements of serving on the Summer Orientation Staff.


  • Must be a MSU student in good standing (not on any type of academic or disciplinary probation). 
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at time of application. 
  • If selected, must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA throughout your term on staff. 
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) at MSU for Spring semester 2015 and Fall Semester 2014. 
  • Must be in the Murray area, or able to return, for summer 2015. 
  • Must display professionalism and school spirit. 
  • Must show a positive attitude and strong work ethic. 
  • Must be open to learning and challenging yourself to grow in your leadership capacities.


  • Be open to learning and new experiences. 
  • Be an excellent team player and representative of MSU. 
  • Possess a commitment to multiculturalism. 
  • Demonstrate passion for Orientation programming. 
  • Possess ideas for improving the transition experience of new students on campus. 
  • Maintain a high energy level, enthusiasm, and stamina when working long days. 
  • Be an effective and clear communicator with peers, new students, and parents. 
  • Be comfortable facilitating small and large group discussions and activities. 
  • Possess a high level of maturity and an ability to use independent judgment in decision making. 
  • Desire to make a difference in the lives of peers and new students. 
  • Demonstrate flexibility, creativity, humor, and dedication.


Being a Summer “O” Counselor requires an extreme amount of time and dedication. All members of the Staff are required to participate in the following activities: 

  • Fall Staff Welcome Reception
  • Spring & Summer Retreat: January 23-25, 2015 & April 10-12, 2015
  • Summer O Course (Spring semester: M – 3:00 -4:30 PM)* (Subject to change)
  • Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW): March 27-29, 2015
  • Additional summer training as needed
  • All Summer Orientation Sessions: April 17, 18, June 4, 6, 24, July 15, and August 7
  • Great Beginnings


  • Serve on at least one Summer Orientation Staff Committees
  • Attend all spring and summer training events
  • Guide new students through Orientation Experiences
  • Facilitate discussions on campus life, academic expectations, and MSU with new students & parents
  • Assist in logistical coordination of Orientation operations during the summer months
  • Assist with MSU sponsored events when necessary

Summer O Counselors

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Please refer questions to:
Tara Hawthorne

(270) 809-3580

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