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Orientation Team

O-Team

Orientation Team Mission Statement
The Orientation Team (O-Team) is a family comprised of a unique group of student leaders who distinguish themselves on campus as a liaison between the University of Houston and new students/families.  The O-Team aids in each student’s success by beginning their integration into the academic, social and cultural aspects of the UH community.

  • Academic integration — We establish the academic commitment required to graduate through peer interactions and academic sessions.
  • Social integration — We create the social aspect in the student’s first interaction with their peers by facilitating student programming and encouraging the student to get involved.
  • Cultural integration — We shape the cultural acceptance by facilitating small groups that create exposure to cultural and peer dynamics.

To stay connected with us, please visit our social media accounts.

facebookFind us at www.facebook.com/OTeamUH

twitterFollow us on twitter @UHOteam

instagram Follow us on Instagram @UHoteam

Cougar Carnival 2018

The Office of Prospective and New Student Programs invites registered student organizations to participate in Cougar Carnival 2018. Cougar Carnival is the only opportunity for registered student organizations to interact with incoming students during New Student Orientation. Cougar Carnival participation is subject to availability and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information on applications will be available soon.

For additional questions, please e-mail us at stnsc@central.uh.edu

Meet the Director's Staff

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Daisey Vega
Executive Director

Hometown: Houston, TX
Classification: 2019
Major: Kinesiology

What I love about UH:

I love that no matter what background you come from, there is a place for you to fit in at UH. There are so many opportunities, academically, socially and culturally. It’s up to you to seek out those opportunities and build the better version of yourself.

What I love about O-Team:

The Orientation Team has taught me everything from servant leadership to being the best version of myself. One of the many things I love about O-Team, is that you have the power to impact students’ lives from getting them hyped about UH to getting them out of their comfort zone. A paragraph isn’t enough for everything great our team does, you would have to experience it yourself to truly understand it.

 

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Elaine Messiha
CREW Director

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Classification: 2020
Major: Biomedical Engineering

What I love about UH:

I love the University of Houston because of all the people I’ve been able to meet. This university has some of the most inspiring and dedicated individuals and I love how those around you inspire you to be the best version of yourself. This university is a community and it feels amazing to be a part of something bigger than myself.

What I love about O-Team:

I love O-Team for all the experiences I’ve made. O-Team has given me the chance to get out of my comfort zone and make friends with completely different people and force myself to do things I would never normally do. I’m more comfortable as an individual and I have O-Team to thank for it.

 

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Jasmen Perry
CREW Director

Hometown: Waller, TX
Classification: 2020
Major: Business-Marketing

What I love about UH:

What I love about UH is the strong, supportive community that is entailed within it, as well as how it is surrounded by a beautiful metropolitan area with many great opportunities that you cannot find anywhere else.

What I love about O-Team:

What I love about Orientation Team is getting the chance to meet new people and being on a team that aids in my personal growth and development as a student.

 

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Henry Campos
Family Programs & Mentor Development Director

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Classification: 2018
Major: Bilingual Education

What I love about UH:

I love the diverse people, and the UH culture. It’s amazing how everybody is so different, but can still make connections. In addition, there are many opportunities that help students, academically and socially, to have the best college experience, and a bright future.

What I love about O-Team:

I love the new friends I have gained, and the honor we get of transitioning new students into the University of Houston with P.R.I.D.E. I also love how being part of the Orientation Team has helped me be more open minded, face my fears, and strengthen my leadership skills to become a great leader in our UH and Houston community.

 

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Tierra Harris
Family Programs & Mentor Development Director

Hometown: Houston, TX
Classification: 2020
Major: Education

What I love about UH:

The main things I love about the University of Houston is its diverse culture and how the university feels like a home. There are so many organizations and opportunities available to me and I can't express how blessed and grateful I am for being a part of something so amazing.

What I love about O-Team:

The Orientation Team has shaped me into the leader I am today. I love how the program pushes you to be your best self and molds you into a well-rounded individual. O-Team has allowed me to realize that I have family within the university itself. I know I can come to O-Team whenever I need them. Ultimately I love integrating new students into the University. The way we help students transition into UH amazes me and I love being an aspect of such an outstanding program.

 

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Frey Daniel
Student Track & Marketing Director

Hometown: Houston, TX
Classification:  2020
Major: Biology

What I love about UH:

I love the diverse environment and endless opportunity the University of Houston provides! I have learned so much through not only the faculty and staff, but also through my peers. UH really allows for each individual to be challenged, grow, and step outside of their comfort zone every day in their collegiate experience!

What I love about O-Team:

The thing I love the most about the Orientation Team is that nobody leaves the program the same way they started. I learned how to be a confident, strong, and life-changing leader while being selfless and open minded. The students I get to interact with and the friends I have been making along the way have literally changed my life! O-Team pushed me to venture outside of my comfort zone and be the best student leader I could possibly be, and for that I am forever grateful!

 

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Tiffany Huynh
Student Track & Marketing Director

Hometown: Richmond, TX
Classification: 2020
Major: Marketing

What I love about UH:

The diversity! It makes the campus feel so welcoming and that it's like a home away from home.

What I love about O-Team:

Making so many new connections! I've developed so many friendships with my coworkers as well as my orientation students.

 

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Daniel Tai
Student Track & Marketing Director

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX
Classification: 2020
Major: Biochemistry

What I love about UH:

Some things that I love about the University of Houston are the diversity and traditions that are present on campus. It brings a unique experience to each student and truly shows the kind of atmosphere that we have.

What I love about O-Team:

The Orientation Team has provided me with many opportunities that I otherwise would not have reached out for. It not only has taught me about student leadership but also has shown me the impact that we can have with incoming students while serving as a liaison for the University of Houston.

 

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Ariel Branch
Staff Training Director

Hometown: Houston, TX
Classification: 2019
Major: Liberal Studies

What I love about UH:

I love meeting different people and exploring all the learning opportunities available here at the University of Houston.

What I love about O-Team:

I love how everyone on the O-Team is passionate about what we do.

 

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Edward Gonzales
Staff Training Director

Hometown: Houston, TX
Classification: 2020
Major: Political Science

What I love about UH:

The thing I love most about the University of Houston has to be the people. I am able to come across so many people who are all so different and learn about cultures and backgrounds that I have never experienced before. We as a university pride ourselves for being so diverse and that is what makes us so great. All of our individual differences is what makes the University of Houston so great, as well as the people.

What I love about O-Team:

The Orientation Team has allowed me to find my true passion in life. Being a part of such a great team, I have been able to grow not just on a professional level but personally as well. The best thing about being a part of the Orientation Team has been the impact that we have been able to leave on students. We are able to show them that the University of Houston is more than just a school, but a place that you can call home.