Student Leadership

The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) provides multiple programs to the campus community, specifically serving incoming students and their parents. The purpose of these programs is to help students and their parents adjust successfully to college. Two primary programs that we offer from our office includes Ignition New Student Orientation and Owl Expedition. Both programs have a student leadership component that aids in its success. We are looking for enthusiastic, diverse, and involved students who have a true passion for Kennesaw State University and who are wishing to add additional leadership skills to their repertoire.

Ignition Leader Program

  • What is an Ignition Leader?

    IGNITION (a.k.a. Orientation) is one of the primary programs we offer through the office. The team of Ignition Leaders (ILs) will provide leadership to the student and parent IGNITION programs and are critical to their overall success.  Ignition Leaders also engage in aspects of the office programming throughout the year including Parent and Family Association (PFA) programming, and Transition Programs. 

  • What are the qualifications to be an Ignition Leader?
    • Be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student in the Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017 & Fall 2017 semesters.
    • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA while employed.
    • Be willing and able to make the Ignition Leader responsibilities a first-priority commitment during the summer.
    • Have a sincere desire to serve KSU’s incoming students and their families.
    • Have the ability to receive leadership and guidance from undergraduate peers.
    • Possess a genuine enthusiasm and loyalty to KSU.
    • Have a good sense of humor balanced by a sense of responsibility.
    • Possess the potential for excellent communication skills (we do a lot of training on this)!
    • Willingness to accept a challenge.
    • Willingness to step out of your comfort zone in order to better engage the diversity of all orientation participants.
  • What are the responsibilities of an Ignition Leader?
    • Be a role model for incoming students and uphold the IGNITION standards of excellence.
    • Attend all assigned IGNITION sessions throughout the year (100% attendance is expected).
    • Attend the Summer IL Retreat.
    • Attend the SROW Leadership Conference.
    • Attend all weekly IL training meetings.
    • Collaborate in the development and improvement of the IL Program and other programs offered through the office.
  • What are the benefits of being an Ignition Leader?
    • Significant experience developing and incorporating departmental initiatives while leading peers.
    • Fun and rewarding service to KSU.
    • Great opportunity to develop professional and personal relationships with faculty, staff, and students.
    • Priority registration time ticket for Summer 2017, and Fall 2017 semesters.
    • Lots of free food during the Ignition sessions.
    • Opportunity to attend conferences and other types of professional development opportunities throughout the year.
    • Ignition Leader uniform and KSU attire/swag. 

Flight Crew Leader Program

  • What is a Flight Crew Leader?

    Owl Expedition provides first-time, first-year KSU students an opportunity to learn further about their university and its resources; meet and interact with their new classmates and fellow peers, as well as faculty and staff; and promote student involvement with hopes of retention beyond the first year of school.

    Flight Crew Leaders will be instrumental in the planning and successful implementation of the program. Chosen students will have the special opportunity to be involved in an exciting approach to sharing and promoting school spirit and what it means to be an Owl at the new Kennesaw State University. Flight Crew Leaders will serve as small group facilitators and peer mentors to a group of approximately 10-12 incoming first-year students before, during, and after the camp.

  • What are the qualifications to be a Flight Crew Leader?
    • Be presently enrolled full time (12+ hours) at Kennesaw State at time of application, and be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
    • Be enrolled full-time (with the exception of summer 2017) in spring 2017 and fall 2017, and in good standing through 2017.
    • Possess genuine school spirit and enthusiasm for KSU and have a desire to share your student experience with incoming students.
    • Have completed or will complete one full semester at KSU at the time of submitting application.
    • Own a sense of excitement in creating new traditions and honoring those already existing.
    • Be in good disciplinary standing and show involvement on campus.
    • Have the ability to understand and follow all university policies and procedures.
    • Be willing and able to work with diverse constituencies.
  • What are the responsibilities to be a Flight Crew Leader?
    • Act as a peer leader, role model, and mentor for approximately 10-12 students through and after Owl Expedition.
    • Plan and implement a minimum of 4-6 Owl Group meet-ups or mini reunions during fall semester 2017.
    • Serve on and participate in one of four staff chosen committees:
        • Spirit and Traditions: Focus on creating fun and festive elements by encouraging school pride, creating cheers and chants, and coordinating a spirit competition.
        • Logistics: Integral to gathering and arranging all materials and supplies, as well as coordinating behind-the-scenes work before and during the event.
        • Sponsorships: Work on gathering financial and tangible donations from KSU, and community entities.
        • Marketing: Serve as the marketing team for Owl Expedition through media and print development, and outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram before, during (including a slideshow) and after the event.
    • Encourage students to make the most of their experience at the university by emphasizing awareness of various student activities and opportunities.
    • Act as liaisons with members of the KSU communities (e.g. Registered Student Organizations) and the cities of Kennesaw and Marietta when recruiting participants.
    • Exhibit an understanding of, and a willingness to learn, aspects of Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State and bridge gaps as the new university.
    • Able to work independently and collaboratively.
    • Dispense information about the campus, various programs and activities, and provide information on university procedures and policies.
    • Show enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication to the new Kennesaw State University.
    • Exhibit strong public speaking, communication, and interpersonal skills.
      Encompass strong customer-service skills; have a positive, helpful, “can-do” attitude.
    • Be willing and able to establish and maintain professional working relationships with prospective students, parents, counselors, office and university staff, and external stakeholders.
    • Maintain confidentiality with fellow staff and office information.
    • Must be able to lift, carry or transport boxes and materials (push carts and hand trucks are available).
  • What are the benefits of being a Flight Crew Leader?

    Flight Crew Leaders will gain significant, resume-building leadership experience and will have the opportunity to create traditions for the new KSU, while honoring current ones for both KSU and SPSU. In addition, Flight Crew Leaders will learn what it means to be a peer mentor and have an understanding of issues and concerns facing our new students, and how to assist in their transition to college. Benefits include a yearly stipend, meals, training materials, and KSU gear. Camp expenses such as transportation, lodging, and meals are also included.

2016 - 2017 Student Leader Recruitment

  • How Do I Apply?

    Step 1: Read through our student leadership website thoroughly to familiarize yourself with the position. Attend an information session to learn more and contact us at 470-578-6219 or with any questions. Information sessions will be held on the following days:

    Marietta Campus

    • Monday, September 19th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Atrium Building J-157
    • Tuesday, September 20th, 5pm - 6pm, Atrium Building J-157
    • Wednesday, September 28th, 12pm - 1pm, Atrium Building J-131
    • Friday, September 30th, 9am - 10am, Atrium Building J-132
    • Monday, October 3rd, 6:30pm - 7:30pm, Atrium Building J-152

    Kennesaw Campus

    • Wednesday, September 21st, 9am - 10am, University College 127
    • Thursday, September 22nd, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, University College 224
    • Friday, September 23rd, 12pm - 1pm, University College224
    • Monday, September 26th, 11am - 12pm, Social Sciences 1022 A&B
    • Tuesday, September 27th, 5pm - 6pm, University College 224

    Step 2: Make sure you meet all requirements and are eligible to apply for the position.

    Step 3: Complete the online application. (DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 4th, at 5pm)


  • What Happens After I Apply?

    Group Interviews (October 7th and 8th, 2016):

    • Schedule your group interview time. The deadline to schedule an interview is Wednesday, October 12th at 5pm.
    • Group interviews will take place Friday, October 7th, TBA and Saturday, October 8th, TBA. Candidates should choose one of the two group interviews to attend.
    • Candidates should expect to participate in team activities with other candidates during the group interview. 
    • Business casual attire is expected, but candidates should be dressed comfortably enough to move around. 

    Individual Interviews (October 17th - October 26th):

    • After the group interviews, selected candidates will be notified to schedule an individual interview.
    • If you have not been selected for an individual interview and wish to receive feedback on your application, please request a meeting with an OTP staff member by emailing
    • Individual interviews will begin on October 17th and conclude on October 26th, 2016. 
    • Interviews will be held in Carmichael Student Center (Kennesaw) and R2 Building - Norton Hall (Marietta). You will be notified of the building and room number prior to your interview.
    • Interviews will last approximately 20 minutes with 2 - 4 OTP professional staff members and a Student Director.
    • Please arrive early to your interview. If you have an emergency and need to reschedule your interview, please contact OTP as soon as possible at 470-578-6219.

    Final Notification

    • Following individual interviews, candidates will receive an email on Thursday, October 27th with our final hiring decision.
    • Students who are selected to be Student Leaders plan to be in attendance at our "Meet the Student Leaders" meeting on Friday, October 28th.
    • Candidates who have not been selected to be a Student Leader and wish to receive feedback on their interviews may request a meeting with an OTP staff member emailing
  • Notes About the Interview Process
    • We will primarily communicate with you via your KSU email throughout the process. Make sure to check your email often, especially as your interview dates approach and on notification days (October 9th and October 27th).
    • For tips on interviewing, please stop by the Career Services Center in Kennesaw Hall or visit their website.
    • Business casual attire is recommended for group interviews and business professional attire is recommended for individual interviews.
    • If at any time you need to withdraw yourself as a candidate from the Student Leader recruitment process, please contact OTP as soon as possible at 470-578-6219 or
  • Frequently Asked Questions About The Interview Process
    • What can I expect during the group interview?
      During the group interview you will be partaking in a series of activities with other Student Leader candidates. The most important thing is to come ready to be an active participant and to just be yourself!
    • I need to reschedule my interview. What should I do?
      Please call 470-578-6219 in a timely manner and we will try our best to accommodate any rescheduling needs.
    • What should I wear to my interview?
      Please consult the Career Services Center’s website for information on business casual and professional attire for interviews.
    • When will I find out if I get the position?
      You will be notified by email on October 9th about whether or not you have been invited to the individual interview round. Final hiring decisions will then be announced by your student email on October 27th.