Our Orientation Staff

Becoming an Orientation Staff Member (OSM)

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Orientation Staff, visit Dougherty 207 to get more information or email us at orientation@villanova.edu. Position descriptions can be found below.  Applications will be available at the Information Nights and in Dougherty 207, in late January and are usually due back to us by mid-February.

2015 Info Nights: Wednesday January 28, 8:30pm in Driscoll 134 & Thursday January 29, 8:00pm in the Spit.

OSM 2015 Application Deadline: February 13, 2015 before 2pm.

Student Chairperson

The Student Chairperson is selected in late October and is always an individual who has extensive experience with the program and Villanova. The Chairperson is responsible for working with the Student Life Office to develop the content of the program. In addition he or she selects, trains and supervises the members of the Steering Committee and is the student leader with the most responsibility for the program. Sarah Backenstoe, the Student Chairperson for the 2015 Orientation program, is a Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from Bethesda, MD.   Sarah was a member of the Orientation Steering Committee in 2014 and was an Orientation Counselor for the 2013 New Student Orientation program.

Administrative Coordinator

The Administrative Coordinator, or AC, is responsible for administering all physical aspects of the program, such as food arrangements, working with various on-campus departments to coordinate room set-ups and special equipment needs for the program, and contacting outside vendors. In addition, the AC is responsible for selecting and supervising a staff of about twenty Administrative Assistants.  Rob Hughes is the 2015 Administrative Coordinator. He is a Sophomore Engineering major from Edison, NJ, and was an Administrative Assistant for the 2014 Orientation Program.

Steering Committee

The 2015 Steering Committee consists of twelve students who have been extensively involved, either as Orientation Counselors or Administrative Assistants, in previous years of the program. They bring all of their energy and experience to select, train, and supervise the Orientation Counselors. They also develop and present many special aspects of the Orientation Program. The Steering Committee works on the program during the spring semester and then returns to campus at the end of July for their training period and to prepare for the arrival of the OC's and AA's in the middle of August. Some members of the Steering Committee will present workshops to the new students during the 4-day Orientation program.

Administrative Assistants

Approximately twenty students serve in the role of Administrative Assistants, or AA's, and are often referred to as the "backbone" of the Orientation program.  These students work hard behind the scenes to make sure all of the physical aspects of the program are in order.  The AA's have many responsibilities within the program, including facilitating group discussions, interacting with different orientation groups, completing administrative tasks, preparing for and managing events, and answering questions at the Information Center.  These dedicated students are a key component of the Orientation staff and strive to have the program run smoothly and be successful. 

Orientation Counselors

Better known as OC's, the 76 Orientation Counselors serve as the "front line" staff for the program. Each OC leads a group of approximately twenty new students throughout the four-day program.  All 76 OC's will return to campus in mid-August for training, anxiously awaiting the arrival of new students and the beginning of Orientation on Opening Day.


Alicia Dunphy-Culp is the Director of Orientation and Special Projects at Villanova University. Her responsibilities include selecting the Student Chairperson, Administrative Coordinator and Steering Committee.  In addition, Alicia supervises Staff Training and the Four Day Master Schedule.  She works year round to support the Orientation program and helps new students have a successful transition to Villanova.  Her office is located in 207-A Dougherty Hall.