2016 Student Orientation Committee

The Student Orientation Committee (SOC) includes eight student leaders who have completed BGR training. They also have assisted in at least two BGRs. This group works all year to create and run the week-long program for new Boilermakers. 

The SOC consists of the chair and three subcommittees: 

  • Chair: This person coordinates duties of the SOC subcommittees. The chair also serves as liaison between student and professional staff who run BGR. On top of overseeing all student staff, the chair helps foster BGR culture and directs the SOC in its duties. 
  • Recruitment and Selection: This team recruits and enlists student volunteers to help with BGR. They recruit about 600 volunteers each year to mentor incoming new students. 
  • Training and development: This group challenges team leaders and supervisors to grow during BGR. The three-person team encourages a passion for leadership, inclusion and professionalism. Through their guidance, student volunteers become the best versions of themselves.  
  • Orientation Initiatives: This two-person group trains BGR staff in cultural competency and personal development. They create a sense of vulnerability and acceptance among leaders. Using these qualities, leaders aim to help incoming students deal with problems they may face in college, such as homesickness, anxiety and stress. 
Emily Sanders
Emily Sanders chairs the Student Orientation Committee. Emily, a junior studying Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in psychology, hopes to be general manager of a big city hotel one day. She loves to dance, exercise, travel, explore new restaurants, and also loves cats. Her favorite parts of BGR are the lasting friendships she has formed. She also enjoys being a mentor to her peers and others around her. 
Connor Rooney
Connor Rooney (left in the picture) is on the SOC's Recruitment and Selection team. Now a senior in industrial engineering, Connor hopes to be an armor platoon leader or manufacturing engineer. He loves playing the guitar, video games and go-karting. His favorite things about BGR are how accepting everyone is and meeting others throughout the program. It is truly the most rewarding experience he has ever had, and it has given him the best friends he could ask for.
Andrew Karaki
Andrew Karaki (right in the picture) is on the SOC's Recruitment and Selection team. He is a first-year professional PharmD student. He plans to work in pharmaceutical corporate strategy while completing clinical pharmacy work. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, drawing, and learning about different academic disciplines. His favorite part of BGR is the profound connection and lifelong friendship he's made with new students, Team Leaders, Team Supervisors, SOC members, and professional staff.
Braden Lawyer
Braden Lawyer (left in the picture) is a junior studying Health Science Pre-Professional: Pre-Medical with a dream of being either a family practice physician or an electrophysiologist. He enjoys going to Purdue sporting events and finding ways to get involved in the medical field. His favorite thing about BGR is BGRi Opening Ceremonies.
Irene Wong
Irene Wong (center in the picture) is a junior studying chemistry (ACS Biochemistry) with hopes to do anything that benefits the environment because she loves the Earth! She enjoys working out, trying to do artistic crafts, online shopping, chilling with her friends, finding vegan recipes and never making them, traveling, and hiking and exploring nature. 
Jason Nankivell
Jason Nankivell (right in the picture) is a junior studying Environmental and Ecological Engineering, and he hopes to work in a place where he can develop others and help them work toward their own dreams. He is a Fantasy Football aficionado, and an ice cream enthusiast. His favorite part about BGR is getting to know people from all over campus that he wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to meet.
Aaron Zych
Aaron Zych (left in the picture) is a junior studying biochemistry in hopes to achieve his dream of being an oral surgeon someday. He loves to cook, anything to do with sports, Pokémon, and he’s a major movie fanatic. His favorite part about BGR is the mentality of FreeZone, creating and embracing a new culture at Purdue, and seeing all the unique beacons around.
Jakelyn Spencer
Jakelyn Spencer (right in the picture) is a junior studying Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs. After teaching for some time, she hopes to open her own special needs daycare or work corporately with Autism Speaks or Special Olympics. Her favorite thing about BGR is the sense of community that is built from the program. Whether it’s with the new students or fellow volunteers, everyone is always supporting one another through the week as well as the school year.

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