Oakes Welcome Leaders

Oakes Student Leaders at the Upper Lawn


Hey you! Want to be an Oakes Welcome Leader?

What is an Oakes Welcome Leader?

Oakes Welcome Leaders (or OWLs) are a group of volunteers who assist with Move-In, Welcome Week,  activities and programs during the first six weeks of fall quarter. They play an important role in setting the tone for a brand new exciting year. OWLs will work with next year's Neighborhood Assistants and Community Assistants to help new students become familiar with Oakes College, UCSC, and all that Santa Cruz has to offer.

Why do I want to be an OWL?

You mean besides the cool job title? Aside from being a crucial part of Oakes programs, being an OWL is a fantastic opportunity to help next year's new students out. It's a great way to give back to the Oakes community. It is also a great way to develop leadership skills. It is a fun and rewarding experience.

What do I have to do as an Oakes Welcome Leader?

If you are selected as an OWL, you'll need to meet two times this Spring Quarter to start training and to start working on next year's Welcome Week programs. You'll also be required to help out with one springtime event and to stay on campus the wekeend after finals to assist with the Oakes Commencement Ceremony on June 16th, 2019.

In Fall, OWLs arrive back one week before Move-In for a week of OWL training and planning. Training is mandatory, all-day, and assignments sometimes continue into the evening. During this time, you will be assigned to a committee to plan and coordinate a major event, including: campus tours, Oakes Talent Showcase, New Student Welcome, House Bounce, Ice Cream Social, and more.

Move-In and Welcome Week are the bulk of OWL responsibilities. Our days begin early and end late. Prepare to fully dedicate this time to getting to know new students and supporting their transition to Oakes College. You and your committee will be putting on the event you planned and supporting the events of other teams.

After Welcome Week, OWLs will continue to outreach to new students and plan and support social programs for the first six weeks of school. All OWLs will assist with major Oakes traditions like Spirit Week and Block Party.

Are there perks to being an OWL?

The Welcome Leader position is an exceptionally important position but it is a volunteer position. That doesn't mean we don't have any compensation. As an OWL, you will get:

  • 1 point for Housing Priority for next year's Housing Selection Process (Housing Guarantees Only) 
  • 7-day meal plan starting the the first day of fall training up until the day classes begin
  • Early fall move-in (on-campus students only)
  • A $25 Baytree Gift Certificate
  • A free Boardwalk Frolic ticket
  • A free Oakes Staff T-Shirt

We understand that this isn't nearly worth the amount of time and effort OWLs need to put in to make Welcome Week work. The reason most OWLs participate is because of the intangible perks: leadership development, teamwork, and getting to work with next year's incoming students. Our OWLs have time and time again gone on to become NAs, CAs, CUIP interns, officers in student orgs, and much more.

Ok, I'm sold. How do I become an OWL?

OWL Applications for Fall 2019 will be available here beginning March 2019! 


Important Application Dates and Deadlines: 
  • April 12th - Applications Due!
  • April 16th & 18th 7:00-8:30 PM at Guzman Room - Group Interviews (Must be able to attend one)
  • April 15th - April 22nd - Priority Housing Application Period - You MUST apply for priority housing during this period if you would like to live on-campus next year and would like your OWL perk point. 
  • April 19th- Decision Letters Sent
  • Sept. 15th - Sept. 20th - Required Training for 2019 OWL Team
  • Sept. 21st - 30th - Assisting with Move-in & Welcome Week
  • TBD - Fall Debrief

Dates and availability subject to change. 


Questions about the OWL process? Feel free to contact oakesprograms@ucsc.edu.

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