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About the OWL Program

Please note that the information below could change based on what COVID protocols are in place for August 2021. Details about the OWL program will be updated on this page as decisions are made.

 

Are you interested in being part of the excitement of Move In Day, August 2021?  If so, you may want to consider becoming an OWL! Every year we recruit students to move-in early, prepare their residence halls, and build community.  We encourage you to submit an application if you do not already have plans to return to campus for another early engagement program.  The OWL program is a great way for students to become part of the OSU Family and get a jump start into Autumn Semester!

Applicant Requirements

* Must live on campus for 2021-2022 year to be eligible to be an OWL *

If you will be attending international student orientation, please be sure to sign up for the orientation dates that do not conflict with the OWL program. 

OWL Program Description/Purpose 

The Ohio State Welcome Leader program strives to provide a developmental and enriching early engagement experience through student connection, service to others, and embodying tradition and school spirit. At this time, the OWL program will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person experiences.

Points of Pride: 

  • Cultivate your understanding of everyday leadership, including connecting and collaborating with others in a team environment.  
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources and involvement opportunities 
  • Engage in an early engagement experience with fellow Buckeyes. 

Dates of OWL Program (Dates to be finalized at a later date)

  • OWL Area Coordinator Dates: Early/mid august training (volunteer late august)
  • OWL Coordinator Dates: Early/mid august training (volunteer late august)
  • OWL Program Dates: To be determined once Move-in timeline is set (likely late August)

What OWLs will be doing: The OWL program helps OWLs build a sense of community, familiarize themselves with campus, and prepare for the excitement of Move In Day! Specific details on what OWLs will be doing during Move-In will be released once finalized.

How is the OWL Program organized?

The OWL Leadership team is led by the Leadership & Involvement Specialist for Residence Life, Leah Wheeler. The team is made up of 2 Graduate Coordinators and 2 undergraduate student Co-Chairs. They are responsible for the recruitment, planning, and implementation of the OWL Program. 

The Co-Chairs oversee a group of 8 student Area Coordinators. These students are responsible for specific areas of campus, and supervise the OWL-Coordinators. There are approximately 150-200 OWL-Coordinators, who are each assigned a residence hall and a “flock” of OWLs. The OWL Coordinators arrive to campus before Move-In to go through training on leadership development and how to do their job once OWLs arrive. This training includes learning about problem solving skills, how to communicate effectively, meaningful facilitation, guidelines for meeting with their flocks, and how to have a difficult conversation. 

There are approximately 1,500 OWLs that arrive before Move-In. They go through team building with their flocks and go through training on that includes OWL building training in flocks, and leadership development sessions.

Throughout Move-In, the entire OWL Program reports to their assigned locations on campus for their assigned shift(s). 

OWL Dates of Appointment:  To be determined once Move-in timeline is set

The OWL application for summer 2021 is now OPEN

http://housing.osu.edu/secure/owl

** If you are an international student and do not have a U.S. number, just use 555-555-5555 as your phone number on the application**

For more information, please contact Leah Wheeler, Leadership & Involvement Specialist in Residence Life at wheeler.1110@osu.edu.

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