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Oriflamme [OR-uh-flam/noun] - a banner, symbol or idea inspiring devotion or courage.

Since 1963, these Fall Orientation Leaders, known as Oriflamme, have helped create a successful Fall Welcome and move-in experience for first-year students by serving as mentors, guides and orientation leaders. It started as a small group of 16 men, and has grown to a group of over 160 diverse student volunteers from all across campus.

1963 Oriflamme Leaders

1963 Oriflamme Leaders

2015 Oriflamme Leaders

2015 Oriflamme Leaders

These orientation leaders mentor groups of first-year students through their first several days on campus and maintain a connection throughout the students first year on campus. The organization rallies their student groups for events such as the Spirit Competition and Square Dance, and leads them to events such as Live the Oath and Convocation. In addition, these Fall Orientation Leaders facilitatie small group discussions on topics of involvement, diversity and more - all to help students feel comfortable transitioning into SLU. Oriflamme Leaders not only mentor groups of students, they also help with residence hall move-in and complete behind-the-scenes tasks, assisting the Student Involvement Center, to ensure Fall Welcome runs smoothly.

ORIFLAMME LEADERSHIP TEAM

Oriflamme Leader Coordinators
The Coordinators are 4 students who have been a part of Oriflamme for at least a year. These students are selected through an interview process conducted by the Oriflamme Supervisor, a Program Coordinator in the Student Involvement Center, to serve a year term to prepare for Fall Welcome and the training of the Oriflamme Leaders and Team Leaders. 

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Alex Curoe

ALEX CUROE

Major: Physical Therapy, Minor: Psychology and Interprofessional Education
Hometown: Chaska, MN
Year: Junior

What is your favorite Fall Welcome memory from your first year at SLU?
"My favorite Fall Welcome memory from freshman year was the first student mass at College Church. It was incredible how many students from the entire SLU community came together to start off the year and to this day, Sunday night student mass is my favorite part of the week!"

Brian Dugan BRIAN DUGAN

Major: Psychology, Minors: Biology and Theology
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Year: Junior

What are your goals after graduation from SLU?
"As of now, I'd like to participate in the Alum Service Corps teaching at a Jesuit high school, and then I hope to attend grad school for a Masters in Genetic Counseling program. But no matter what happens between now and then, if I don't have Cardinals season tickets by age 30, I'll know I've failed".

Dean Wilson

DEAN WILSON

Major: Marketing and Business Analytics
Hometown:
Foristell, MO
Year:
Junior

Tell us an interesting fact about you:
"I've seen over 1000 episodes of The Price is Right"

Maria Walawender

MARIA WALAWENDER

Major: Public Health major; Theology minor
Hometown: Livonia, MI
Year: Junior

What is the coolest or most rewarding thing you've done while at SLU?
"In a broad sense, the most rewarding thing I have done at SLU is challenge myself. Rooted in the Jesuit mission, I have sought Truth, and this has led me to lots of questions and discussions that have allowed me to grow throughout my time here. More specifically, changing my major has been incredibly rewarding. At the end of my first year, I discerned that I was not in the right program for me. Though I was nervous about finding my place at SLU, I switched to Public Health with a Theology minor and could not be more content with that decision."

Oriflamme Team Leaders

These 16 students apply and are selected from the Oriflamme Leader team to lead a small group of Oriflamme Leaders (known as a Flammily) during Fall Welcome. Team Leaders interview in October and are selected in November to serve alongside the coordinators as a part of the Oriflamme Leadership Team. They attend training sessions in the Spring semester to prepare themselves to lead their Flammily through Fall Welcome/Orientation. They also assist with Winter Welcome/Orientation for our incoming students in the Spring semester and any First Year Experience programs and needs through the Student Involvement Center.

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Anna Becker

ANNA BECKER

Major: Biology
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Year: Sophomore

What is the coolest or most rewarding thing you've done while at SLU?
"Going on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua last winter break was one of the highlights of my first year! Being a freshman and not being able to speak Spanish, I went in with hesitations but came out with experiences that have greatly affected my life! I experienced how deeply love can impact your life and the importance of allowing yourself to be open to new experiences! With a new outlook on life, I changed majors, picked up Spanish, and continue to do weekly service in the community!"

Anna Bommarito

ANNA BOMMARITO

Major: Special Education and Elementary Education
Hometown: Kirkwood, MO
Year: Junior

What advice do you have for first-year students?
"Transitioning to college can be challenging, scary, nerve racking and exciting all at the same time. Don't let all these emotions stop you from being yourself and doing what YOU want to do. Jump in! Put yourself out there. Try something new. What do you have to lose?"

Ronald Clark

RONALD CLARK

Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Year: Junior

Tell us an interesting fact about you:
"I own hundreds of comic books; in particular many issues of The Amazing Spiderman."

Courtney Crubaugh

COURTNEY CRUBAUGH

Major: Health Management, Minor: Spanish
Hometown: New Berlin, WI
Year: Senior

What is your favorite Fall Welcome memory from your first year at SLU?
"The Billiken Block Party was my favorite event my first year! Dancing with my floor mates initiated many friendships, and it began a tradition of floor dance parties that lasted long past Fall Welcome."

Mike Degnan

MIKE DEGNAN

Major: Health Management, Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Year: Junior

Tell us an interesting fact about you:
"I can sing every song to any Disney movie released between 1989 and 2000."

Matt Gannon

MATT GANNON

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Washington, DC
Year: Sophomore

What advice do you have for first-year students?
"People want to see you for you! If you have a passion, the quicker you wear that on your sleeve the quicker you will become part of the incredible patchwork that makes up SLU! Pump some tunes with your doors open during the move in days and be welcoming to anyone who happens to want to jam with you! Most importantly, use the energy that fills campus those first couple weeks of school to explore all of SLU's options and then make some decisions on what to pour yourself into."

Betty Goodwin

BETTY GOODWIN

Major: Education and Theology
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Year: Junior

What are your goals after graduation from SLU?
"Hopefully go to graduate school for Higher Education and work somewhere within Student Involvement/Student Affairs!"

Tim Gruensfelder

TIM GRUENSFELDER

Major: Accounting, Minor: Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL
Year: Sophomore

What is the coolest or most rewarding thing you've done while at SLU?
"The most rewarding thing I've done at SLU is getting involved. I have taken advantage of so many opportunities and have not regretted one of them. Things like my business fraternity, First-Year Experience leadership positions, service events, and work have all collectively added to my rewarding SLU experience".

Jay Hardin

JAY HARDIN

Major: Health Management and Policy, Minor: Health Care Ethics and Health Information
Hometown: Dyersburg, Tennessee
Year: Sophomore

Tell us an interesting fact about you:
"I actually have a brother that goes here. He is a sophomore too, but we are not twins."

Ameila Meigs

AMELIA MEIGS

Major: Athletic Training, Minor: Interprofessional Practice
Hometown: Issaquah, WA
Year: Senior

What is your favorite Fall Welcome memory from your first year at SLU?
"My favorite Fall Welcome memory is definitely after the Transfer Cookout--the transfer and commuter students all gathered in a room in the Busch Student Center and learned the cheers before the soccer game. I remember looking around at all these people I didn't know cheering the same words and feeling for the first time that I was really a Billiken."

Tessa O'Donnell

TESSA O'DONNELL

Major: Health Sciences, Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Year: Junior

What advice do you have for first-year students?
"Get to know all of the people around you! The RA's, commuter assistants, Oriflamme leaders, and countless others are here for you no matter what. If you have questions about classes or organizations or even where around campus you can get a good burger, these people will have the answers for you."

Erica Prasad

ERICA PRASAD

Major: Theology, International Studies, and Studio Art
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
Year: Junior

What is the coolest or most rewarding thing you've done while at SLU?
"It was so hard for me to leave SLU this semester to study abroad in London, but challenging myself to go to a university so different than my own while always remembering to bring a piece of SLU and the Jesuit mission here has been such a rewarding and challenging adventure. It is easy to forget that not everywhere is the same as SLU and trying to carry that with me regardless of where I am this semester has been such an amazing growing experience."

Hannah Russell

HANNAH RUSSELL

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Bloomington, IL
Year: Junior

Tell us an interesting fact about you:
"I'm a triplet! Also, when I watch television, the volume MUST be set at an increment on 5."

Luke San Roman

LUKE SAN ROMAN

Major: Health Management, Pre-Med
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Year: Sophomore

Tell us an interesting fact about you:
"I can whistle with my mouth open."

Emily Schwendeman

EMILY SCHWENDEMAN

Major: Nursing
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Year: Junior

What advice do you have for first-year students?
"My biggest advice for first-year students would be to remember to take time for yourself. Meeting new people and living with friends for the first time is an amazing experience, but it can also drain you if you don't take some "me-days"! Don't forget to take a little time to reflect and soak in just how awesome college can be -- it will help you appreciate everything that much more."

Justin Seaton

JUSTIN SEATON

Major: Communication, Minor: Italian
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Year: Junior

What advice do you have for first-year students?
"My advice is this - allow yourself to get caught up in the moment. Fall welcome (and your entire first semester of college) is a whirlwind of strange and exciting things. You only get one chance to live this incredible transition before you are forced to face a more serious - but just as exciting - transition into what we call "the real world." You will have plenty of time to hit the books and think about the future, but only one fall welcome."

Paige Thomeczek

PAIGE THOMECZEK

Major: Public Health, Minor: Biology
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Year: Sophomore

Tell us an interesting fact about you:
"Mint and dark chocolate make me sneeze. I'm not allergic, and I have no idea why but it happens every time."

Emma Vogt

EMMA VOGT

Major: Social Work and Communication
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Year: Junior

What is your favorite Fall Welcome memory from your first year at SLU?
"I loved loved loved the soccer game spirit competition!"

Are you interested in becoming an Oriflamme Leader Fall Orientation Leader?
Oriflamme Leader selection occurs as a part of the First-Year Experience (FYE) Leaders selection process. This process selects leaders for six different leadership positions including Oriflamme Leaders, SLU101 Leaders, University 101 Peer Instructors, Commuter Assistants, Transfer Mentors, and Student Educational Services (SES) Mentors.

To learn a little more about Oriflamme Fall Orientation Leadsers and all of these leadership positions, please click here.  If you're interested in becoming an Oriflamme Leader, the application will go live November 2, 2015 HERE and are due January 15, 2016.

For any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to the Oriflamme Supervisor and Program Coordinator in the Student Involvement Center.

Jordan Glaser | Oriflamme Supervisor
(314) 977-2805 | jmglaser@slu.edu

Jordan Glaser, Oriflamme Supervisor

 


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