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Meet The O-Team!

Orientation Operations Assistant

Cait Baker




Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Newton, PA

Favorite Quote: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Favorite Place to Eat on Campus: Top Dog Café

Favorite Class at JMU: HRD 245 - Leadership in Organizations:  I met great people and had the opportunity to help organize and execute the state FLL Robotics Competition.

How did you know JMU was right for you? Everyone was friendly and welcoming so I felt comfortable here!



Orientation Operations Assistant

Liz Emery




Year: Junior Major: Psychology

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Favorite Song: “I Want You Back” – Jackson 5

Favorite Place in Harrisonburg: The SPCA – I love to visit and play with the dogs!

Favorite Place to Study: Rose Library

Best advice you received as a new student: Take everything one step at a time. It's definitely overwhelming at first, but after the first semester, you really start to make genuine friends and feel a part of the JMU community.



Orientation Operations Assistant

Alex Kriss




Year: Junior

Major: WRTC and Communications

Hometown: Centreville, VA

Dream Job: Public relations for the American Cancer Society

Favorite Class at JMU: SCOM 350 - Intro to Organizational Communication. The best part of this class was the experiential learning project where groups of us went to help non-profits with PR or event planning.

Favorite Place on Campus: The Orientation Office because every day I look forward to coming into work and I know that no matter what kind of day I am having, anyone who is in the office never fails to make my day a little brighter!

Favorite JMU tradition: J-M-U DUUUUUUUUUUKKEEESSS!



Orientation Operations Assistant

Adrianne Mestre




Year: Junior

Major: Hospitality Management

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Favorite Candy/Treat: Sour Patch Kids

Favorite Place to Study: Secret rooms in Taylor Down Under (TDU)

Favorite Place in Harrisonburg: Reddish Knobb – such a beautiful view.  It feels like you’re at the top of Virginia!

Why did you want to work for Orientation? I want to be able to deliver the same, welcoming experience I was so fortunate to have. I want to be someone that can be asked any question and can help with whatever is needed. 



Orientation Operations Assistant

Rania Sheikh




Year: Senior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Favorite TV Show: One Tree Hill

Favorite Class at JMU: GPOSC 250 - I went into the class expecting to not like it at all but ended up learning so much and having the best time.

Favorite Place to Eat in Harrisonburg: Taste of Thai

What do you love most about being a Duke? The spirit! It's the little things like when on tours the crowd chants J-M-U and everyone screams Dukes or strangers offer to punch for you when you suddenly realize you don't have your JAC.