2016 Student Orientation Committee

The Student Orientation Committee (SOC) is a group of eight dedicated students who will be working hard over the course of the entire 2015-2016 school year to create the 2016 edition of Boiler Gold Rush. The SOC is made up of the Chair and three sub-committees:

  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Training & Development
  • Orientation Initiatives.

Along with the programming they will put on during the week of Boiler Gold Rush, they will also recruit, select, train, and oversee a staff of close to 600 volunteer student leaders. These volunteers will be leading and mentoring over 6,000 new students as they make their transition into life at Purdue.

The Chair of the Student Orientation Committee is responsible for coordinating the duties of the SOC and serves as the liaison between the student staff and professional staff of Student Success at Purdue. They are also the spokesperson for Boiler Gold Rush and oversee the entire student staff.
Nilofer Rajpurkar
Nilofer Rajpurkar is a junior in Biomedical Engineering from Greenwood, Indiana. She likes writing music, longboarding through campus, and finding hole-in-the-wall restaurants and coffee shops. Her favorite part of BGR is seeing new Boilermakers participate in Purdue traditions for the first time.
Recruitment & Selection
The Recruitment and Selection Committee is responsible for recruiting our student staff as well as creating and implementing the application and interview processes used to select the over 600 student leaders of Boiler Gold Rush.
Reed Fansler
Reed Fansler is a junior in Industrial Design from Georgetown, Indiana. He likes Apple products, collaborative Spotify playlists, and roadtrips. His favorite part of BGR is the rave during Purdue After Dark with Boiler Gold Rush.
David Pate
David Pate is a junior in Industrial Engineering from Newburgh, Indiana. He loves anything involving the outdoors, enjoys running marathons, Netflix only, and might turn into a beautiful unicorn for a split second while singing. His favorite part of BGR is debriefing FreeZone activities and forging a deeper connection with Boilermakers.
Training and Development
Training and Development creates, organizes, and facilitates trainings for the BGR student staff. These trainings are designed to develop the skills required to run the week of Boiler Gold Rush.
Megan Renner
Megan Renner is a junior in film and video studies from Indianapolis. She likes broadway musicals, her cat Salem, and dreamcatchers. Her favorite part of BGR is impacting people's lives.
Nick Henthorn
Nick Henthorn is a junior in Brain and Behavioral Science from Carmel, Indiana. He likes creative writing, rolling down Slayter Hill, and hiding in coffee shops. His favorite part of BGR is seeing new students find their home at Purdue.
Kristen Conoley
Kristen Conoley is a junior in Public Relations and Strategic Communication from Franklin, Indiana. She likes playing tennis, baking, and cuddling with her dogs. Her favorite part of BGR is watching new students fall in love with Purdue.
Orientation Initiatives
Orientation Initiatives is responsible for training the student staff in cultural competency and personal development through large and small group activities and discussions.
Michael Young
Michael Young is a junior in Mechanical Engineering from Naperville, Illinois. He enjoys fishing, longboarding, and in his spare time, has been known to cook a mean chicken and rice dinner. His favorite part about BGR is that the connections you make here become your best friends.
Megan Chiu
Megan Chiu is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering and is a “townie”, native of West Lafayette, Indiana, home to Purdue and all things Boilermaker. She loves dancing, knitting, and all things food. Her favorite part of BGR is the Common Bond Dance!

Welcome to Purdue! We're excited to see you at BGR!

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