A presentation by Hillary Poston, a graduate assistant on WCU’s orientation staff, placed first in competition at the 2016 Southern Regional Orientation Workshop at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, in mid-March.
The Olympics-themed presentation was titled “Is a Career in Student Affairs the Gold Medal?” and was entered in the competition’s “graduate educational session” category.
Poston presented two educational sessions as well. The first, with WCU orientation counselors Andrew Lappin and Caleb Hutcherson, was titled “Get in the Friendzone: Managing Professional Behaviors as an OC.” Poston, Morgan Burchfiel and Meredith Offerjost also presented “Establishing a Social Media Presence.”
New orientation counselor Eliza Hurst and returning orientation counselor Joshua Ahearn competed in the student affairs case study competition.
Thirty-three orientation counselors from WCU competed in the song, skit, step, and dance competition and engaged in educational sessions throughout the entire weekend with colleagues from more than 45 other institutions.
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