One of the most visible and rewarding duties of an LSU Ambassador involves serving as a guide, resource and friend to the thousands of students and families who join the LSU community each year. By serving the University as an Orientation Leader, the Ambassador truly fulfills the organization's mission of recruiting, orienting and advising. Each student who enrolls at Louisiana State University must attend an orientation program sponsored by the Office of Orientation. They will have their own personal Orientation Leader (OL), while their families have a Parent Orientation Leader (POL). Both the OLs and POLs are trained and excited to help them with their transition into college life.
The LSU Ambassadors who serve as summer Orientation Leaders undergo over 180 hours of rigorous training to prepare them to offer assistance with navigating the campus and the various policies and practices that come with being a student at LSU. They also share LSU history and traditions so that the incoming students can begin to fully understand what it means to be an active participant in our vibrant and diverse academic community.
In 2009, the first Parent Orientation Leaders were chosen to offer the same assistance the Orientation Leaders do, but to the parents and families of the incoming students. These LSU Ambassadors undergo an additional 25 hours of training in order to prepare them to serve the LSU families at Family Orientation sessions. Their specialized training allows them to help ease concerns, answer questions and serve as a resource throughout not only the orientation experience, but also the academic year.
Additionally, the LSU Ambassadors also serve as the Orientation Leaders at the Spring Invitational (SPIN) orientation program. While the OLs and POLs are selected to serve at the summer orientations, each LSU Ambassador is required to work SPIN as part of their membership requirements.