2015 Student Orientation Committee

The Student Orientation Committee (SOC) is a group of seven dedicated students who will be working hard over the course of the entire 2014-2015 school year to create the 2015 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 5,000 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.
Tyler Paul
Tyler Paul is a junior who is planning on pursuing a career in Higher Education. Besides Boiler Gold Rush, some of his favorite things include running, drumming, eating popcorn and taking long naps on the engineering fountain.
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.
Andrés Castillo
Andrés Castillo is from Aguadulce, Panamá and currently studying Electrical Engineering. He loves to read, play baseball and practice Tae Kwon Do in his spare time.
Emily Hanzek
Emily Hanzek is a junior in Chemical Engineering. As a proud native of Flint, Michigan, she can often be found talking about her love for the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers. Her hobbies include volunteering, baking, and smiling.
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.
Danielle Blume
Danielle Blume is a junior who wants to be a Speech Pathologist. Her heart belongs to her lovely family and friends, crafting, and all things black and gold. You can usually find her in a coffee shop or candy aisle.
Jackson Havens
Jackson Havens is studying Linguistics and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts. During the summer of 2013, he studied abroad in Madrid.
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.
Greg Cohen
Greg Cohen is studying Mechanical Engineering and is a part of the Army ROTC program at Purdue. He loves sports and all physical activities. Greg likes to spend his time dancing, even without music or people around him.
Jennifer Dinkel
Jennifer Dinkel is a junior in Movement and Sports Science. In her free time you can find her her looking up baby animal photos, playing sports, or hanging out with her friends. She loves playing outside, going on adventures, and all things Purdue.

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

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