OWLs

Orientation Week Leaders

Student Staff 2020


OWLs are students who are dedicated to making the First-Year Orientation Week warm, welcoming and fun! With support from the Office of Campus Life, we are dedicated to providing an environment that is informative, fosters social connection, and supports physical and emotional well-being for new students on campus.

Our team hosts a vast array of events to engage first-year students and help get them acquainted to campus. We also organize several experiences to give students a little taste of what the local Lewiston/Auburn community has in store for them!

OWLs are passionate about our school and are committed to helping each incoming student find confidence and excitement in their new Maine home.

We can’t wait to meet you! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstyearstudents@bates.edu! We’d be more than happy to help!


Meet the Team:

Claire Kelly ‘21 – Student Director 

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Major/ academic area of interest: Sociology & Gender/Sexuality Studies double major & a minor in Psychology 

What’s one thing you didn’t pack for move-in that you really needed? A shoe mat/ small carpet. I was not used to walking around in snow boots/ rain boots and come fall you track a lot of dirt into the dorm. Having some sort of shoe area at the entrance of your room is a game changer for keeping dirt and salt out.

Favorite Commons meal? This one is so hard!! I tend to frequent the salad bar, and commons will feature produce from local farms. I love that we support the community in this way and it is fantastic to have fresh produce that is in season. Also, I am obsessed with the Baklava at the dessert bar. So, not meals exactly but two of my favorite features.

Where did you live your first year? Page Hall


Sean Vaz ‘22 – Assistant Student Director

Hometown: New York, New York

Major/ academic area of interest:  Psychology & a minor in Africana Studies

What’s one thing you didn’t pack for move-in that you really needed? Air freshener, but I eventually bought an essential oil diffuser which has become a staple in all my dorms. 

Favorite Commons meal? Falafel from the Vegan Bar

Where did you live your first year? 280 Mountain Side

 


Ben Hoffinger ‘22 – Assistant Student Director

Hometown: Arlington, Massachusetts

Major/ academic area of interest: American Cultural Studies

What’s one thing you didn’t pack for move-in that you really needed? A window fan

Favorite Commons meal? Fruit Pizza

Where did you live your first year? Wentworth Adams Hall