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Welcome Week Staff

It takes a lot of people to make the hundreds of events run smoothly during Welcome Week! Our staff is comprised of a number of professional staff and two groups of student leaders who work in planning and implementing programs to ensure our students feel welcomed to Hofstra University.

Welcome Week Coordinators (WWC) are the heart and soul of our program. They are students who have had prior leadership experience and help plan and implement the program. Welcome Week Coordinators serve in conjunction with the Orientation Staff. The WWC role mirrors the overall new Student Orientation program in that it is two parts: summer orientation and welcome week. During summer orientation, Welcome Week Coordinators have overlapping responsibilities with Orientation Leaders. In addition to planning the Welcome Week Program, WWC's are expected to provide support and serve as a resource to incoming students. WWC's are also expected to facilitate evening programs and morning check in during summer orientation, and interact with our new incoming students.


Welcome Week Coordinators Summer 2019

From left to right: Kayla Rozanski, Eric McLenithan and Kennedy Cymerman

From left to right: Laramie Knox, Matthew Annunziata and Taylor Hunsaker

Laramie Knox (‘22) is a sophomore journalism major and psychology minor from Euless, Texas. When she came to Hofstra, Welcome Week 2018 was where she met some of her closest friends and began to transition into college life. Now, as a Welcome Week Coordinator, she gets to give back and help plan the five-day event that made her fall in love with Hofstra! This summer Laramie will be running social media for Welcome Week and manage logistical planning. She cannot wait to show all of the incoming first-year and transfer students all that HU has to offer!

Matthew Annunziata (’21) is a junior double major in Psychology and Early Childhood & Childhood Education from Providence, Rhode Island. Matthew started my Hofstra journey the summer of 2017 when he came for orientation. He knew immediately that he wanted to join the Orientation Staff and was an Orientation Leader during summer 2018. He is excited to expand his knowledge of orientation by doing the position of Welcome Week Coordinator. His role this summer is to recruit, hire, and train the Welcome Week Leaders who will assist in making Welcome Week run smoothly. He will also be organizing the club fair so that our incoming new students can find out ways they can get involved on campus. Matthew is excited to welcome the incoming class of 2023 and assist in showing them what it is like being a part of the Pride!

Taylor Hunsaker (‘22) is a sophomore English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Dance minor. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i but is thrilled to be living in New York. Serving as the Programming Welcome Week Coordinator, Taylor is anticipating sharing a glimpse of NYC with the incoming class of 2023 through Explore Next Door trips, as well as building relationships and providing social interactions with new students at our various day and night events. Welcome week jump-started a meaningful transition into college for her, and Taylor looks forward to planning a fun experience for our newest members of the pride!


Welcome Week Leaders

Welcome Week Leaders are the 100+ student volunteers who run our planned events and programs, workshops, tours and ensure that students feel comfortable at their new home away from home. Are you a current undergraduate student interested in becoming a Welcome Week Leader for 2019? See the column on the right for more information and see if you qualify!

Become A Welcome Week Leader!

Welcome Week Staff Group Photo

What does a Welcome Week Leader (WWL) do?

  • Mentor and guide a group of 15-25 first-year students in their initial days on campus
  • Connect students to appropriate resources and ease their transition to college
  • Lead icebreakers to help students connect with one another
  • Attend and assist with Welcome Week events such as New Student Barbecue, Student Center Carnival, and more

What are the perks of being a WWL?

  • Move-in early to Fall housing for resident student
  • Hofstra apparel
  • Group meals and meal card during shifts
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Great springboard to other leadership opportunities at Hofstra

What qualities are you looking for in WWLs?

  • Positive attitudes
  • Hofstra Pride
  • Ability to foster an inclusive environment
  • Timeliness
  • Team player
  • Communication skills

What are the requirements of being a WWL?

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • No active community standards violations
  • Must participate in MANDATORY training from August 26– 28, 2019.This training is put together by Welcome Week Coordinators and various offices around campus to help give resources, contacts and information about life at Hofstra (and important info for new students). This is also a time to make connections with other WWLs!
  • Be available during Welcome Week (Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2, 2019) to help acclimate new students to the Hofstra family!
  • Completed application submitted online by Friday May 17, 2019 at 5pm

* The Application Is Now Closed *