Meet the Team

Purdue Orientation Programs has several full-time professional staff members, and has openings for several new positions as well.

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Craig Johnson

Director of Orientation Programs
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765-494-2274
john1803@purdue.edu
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Craig Johnson serves as the Director of Orientation Programs and is responsible for developing the strategic vision of the office and developing its standing with partners inside and outside Purdue. Originally from Lake City, Michigan, he studied Organizational Communication at Central Michigan University, where he was an Orientation Mentor and actively involved in several clubs and organizations. After working full-time as an Academic Advisor and Orientation Professional Staff member, he pursued a Master of Science Degree in College Student Affairs with an emphasis in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Craig started at Purdue in July 2015. Outside of work, Craig is often seen traveling, singing as a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and rooting on his favorite Detroit sports teams.

Virginia Cabrera

Virginia Cabrera

Senior Assistant Director of Orientation Programs
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765-496-2459
vcabrera@purdue.edu
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Virginia Cabrera serves as the Assistant Director of Orientation Programs and is responsible for planning and implementing Purdue's welcome week programs, Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) and Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi). She joined the Orientation Programs team directly after completing her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Connecticut where the fall foliage is to die for. Prior to that she completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish at Rutgers University, a fellow Big 10 institution. She loves her loud and loving Hispanic family, travelling, watching reality TV, eating Chipotle, and welcoming new students from around the world to Purdue University! WEEEEPAAA! (Definition: a word of jubilation uttered primarily by Hispanics in high volumes.)

Cam Hoyt

Cam Hoyt

Assistant Director of Orientation Programs
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765-496-1543
crhoyt@purdue.edu
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Cam Hoyt serves as the Assistant Director of Orientation Programs and is responsible for the development and support of the peer leadership model of 700+ students, and supports in the execution of BGR and BGRi. He joined the Orientation Programs team directly after completing his Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel at the University of Rhode Island, where the beaches are breathtaking! Prior to that he completed his undergraduate education at Curry College. He loves spending time with his family, traveling, drinking black iced coffee from Starbucks and playing with his adorable black lab Garrett!

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