Student Orientation Guides (SOG)
The Student Orientation Guides (SOGs) are a large group of over
70 sophomore, junior, and senior students who volunteer to
coordinate, organize and lead activities during Welcome Week.
Students selected for the Orientation staff participate in training
and learn to facilitate group discussion, answer questions and
generally act as guides to Butler's newest students in a relaxed
and fun atmosphere. Each of these SOGs will be leading one of
several Orientation Groups through Welcome Week, helping the new
students to become well acclimated to Butler's campus as well as
college academics and the Butler community.
After Welcome Week is over and the new students are well into
their first year of college, the guides' connection with their
groups is not over. Many of the guides keep in contact with
their group, often having a reunion later on in the semester to
meet up and see how the first semester is going. Often times, this
connection lasts for years to come.
After completing, First-Year Student Orientation, Remix or
January Transfer Orientation, opportunities are available to apply
for a position on the Student Orientation Guide Team. To be
considered, a student must:
- Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Show leadership experience and campus involvement
- NOT be on any current judicial or academic probation with
Furthermore, a student can expect the following responsibilities
if selected as a SOG:
- Act as a guide for a specific group of first year students
during Welcome Week
- Read the selected orientation book and facilitate group
discussion in conjunction with a Faculty Orientation Guide
- Lead group discussions
- Disseminate accurate information about university services,
resources and campus life
- Adequately and fairly portray the University, its policies,
agencies, services, and people to the new students
- Introduce guest speakers or workshop presenters
- Actively participate in Welcome Week events
- Connect students to appropriate resources throughout Welcome
Week and the following year
- Other responsibilities as assigned
Want to become a SOG?
Interested in being a Student Orientation Guide for the
2013-2014 academic year? New and Returning SOG Applications are due
before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11th, 2013. Please follow the
Fill out the application here:
Have a reference fill out the SOG
Reference Form below. Reference forms are to due by 5pm on
Monday February 11th, 2013. References will be accepted from
Professors/Academic Advisors, Student Organization Advisors,
University Staff, Coaches, Employment Supervisors and Resident
Assistants. References from family members and other students will
not be accepted.
Have your reference fill out a form
here: DEADLINE PASSED!
An interactive group process will
occur in mid-February. Sign-ups will be available at the PuLSE
Office starting Monday, February 11th, 2013 through Wednesday,
February 13th, 2013 at 5pm.
Please note: You will only
need to sign up for one block. Each block lasts approximately 1.5
Group process is one of two phases
that determine the final SOGS for the upcoming year.
If selected to continue with the
process, you will receive further notification via email from the
PuLSE Office. If not selected to continue with the process, you
will also be notified via email. Final SOG decision emails will be
distributed before Spring Break.
If selected as a Student Orientation Guide for the 2013-2014
Academic Year, you will be expected to attend Orientation Guide
trainings in the Spring of 2013 and the Fall of 2013.
Suggest A SOG!
Know someone who would make a great Student Orientation Guide?
For more information about becoming a Student Orientation Guide
or Orientation in general, please contact Caroline