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Cora Bennett


Cora Bennett is the director of Student Orientation Programs and manages the student ambassador program and orientation events. Since joining the division she has grown the office to meet the ever-growing interest in the UO from prospective students and visitors. The programs she manages employ 80 students as ambassadors who present the UO experience to new Ducks as well as to more than 30,000 visitors each year.

“I love the UO because it’s unlike any other place I’ve ever lived. People are warm and friendly, the campus environment is everything a university should be, and the pride and spirit the community has for the university is unmatched.”



Micah Howe

Assistant Director for Visit Programs

Micah Howe serves as the assistant director for visit programs at the University of Oregon. In this role, she works to create a vibrant welcoming environment for prospective students, parents, and visitors. She coordinates daily campus tours and events such as Duck Days and Duck Preview. Micah completed her bachelor’s degree at Gonzaga University, where she studied human resource management, sociology, and women’s studies. In addition, she received a master’s degree in college student affairs from Penn State University.

“There are so many reasons to love being a Duck! I appreciate the UO’s progressive campus culture, contagious school spirit, and reputation for academic excellence.”


Katie Hamilton

Interim Assistant Director for Orientation Programs

Katie serves as the interim assistant director for orientation programs at the University of Oregon. In this role she supervises members of the IntroDUCKtion team, including student coordinators and the student orientation staff, as they welcome new Ducks to the UO family. Additionally, Katie coordinates campus partners and programmatic efforts for all first-year and transfer IntroDUCKtion sessions. Katie holds a masters degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University (2019) and a bachelors degree in psychology and theater arts from Boise State University (2017).

“School pride and tradition are never in short supply at UO. I love the sense of community and comradery on campus built upon a shared sense of passion for the university."



McKenzie Winders

Operation Manager

McKenzie serves as the operation manager for Orientation Programs, in which they provide administrative support services to our staff, UO campus partners, and our incoming Ducks and their families. They have been at the UO since 2012, first as a student, then as a professional staff member. In that time, they’ve served on campus committees, regional conferences for student leaders, the Olympic Trials, the IAAF World Championship and most importantly, they have never missed a summer of being part of IntroDUCKtion.

“I love that UO is such an integral part of Eugene and the community it lives in; as a student I appreciated the open environment and unique character of the school and student body and now as a staff member, being able to create and foster the students’ spirit and pride.”


Leslie Forbes

Administrative Coordinator

Leslie Forbes serves as the administrative coordinator for Orientation Programs. In addition to serving the general office needs, Leslie oversees personnel information including stipends, time sheets, payroll and travel for Orientation Programs professional and the student staff.


Michael Luna

Interim Coordinator for Welcome and Transition Experience

Michael Luna serves as the interim coordinator for welcome and transition experience at the University of Oregon. In his role, he serves as part of the leadership that designs and executes the experiences a part of the university’s on-campus programs such as Duck Preview, Duck Days and IntroDUCKtion, as well as the university’s off-site transition programs in various cities across the country. He works closely with campus partners as well as third-party companies to collaborate on concepts for events and programs, and determine the elements that best fit the theme and story of those events and programs.

Michael completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon, where he studied public relations.

“One of the first things I’ve learned being a part of this campus is that the Oregon “O” stands for opportunity. Any student, staff or faculty member can truly immerse themselves in a wide array of possibilities that not only allow themselves to grow, but also connect them with an inclusive and passionate community of like-minded people.”



Student Staff


Dani Mains | Los Gatos, California

Family and Human Services, Class of 2021, Orientation

"One of my favorite things about the UO is our school pride. I see it around campus every day and it makes me so proud to be a Duck."

Drew Miyoda | Lake Forest, California

Advertising, Class of 2021, Orientation

"One of my favorite things about the UO is their commitment to sexual violence prevention and awareness. Through student-led groups and organizations, students can educate not only themselves, but many of their friends, on the different resources and support networks available on campus."

Tucker Engle | Monmouth, Oregon

English, Class of 2020, Orientation

"During your time at the UO, be sure to utilize all of our great facilities for students. This includes the remarkable Knight Library, Tykeson Hall for College and Career Advising, and the abundance of green space on campus to lounge on!"


McLean Scearce | Ripon, California

Public Relations, Class of 2020, Orientation

"My favorite experience at the UO was studying abroad in London! I would encourage all students to consider studying abroad because I think traveling is one of the best ways to learn. Learn more by visiting Global Education Oregon’s website."

Kendelyn Thomas | Newberg, Oregon

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Class of 2021, Orientation

"Don't be afraid to explore the Erb Memorial Union. It's a great spot to find your place on campus in a student club or organization."

Gemma Williams | Albany, Oregon

General Social Science Teaching, Class of 2022, Orientation

"My favorite way to be active on campus is by being a member of Divisi, the all-women's identified a cappella group on campus that inspired the movie Pitch Perfect!"

Student Ambassadors



Student Orientation Staff




Amber De Avila | Riverside, California

Environmental Science, Class of 2022



Bretten Farrell | Chico, California

Business Administration, Class of 2023



Hannah Guth | Tigard, Oregon

Public Relations, Class of 2021




Harrison Caetano | Madera, California

Pre-Business, Class of 2022



Jake Ryan Beck | San Antonio, Texas

Planning, Public Policy, and Management, Class of 2022



Lauren Scott | Greenville, North Carolina

Music Education, Class of 2022

Transfer Team

Francis Rosales | Escalon, California

Humanities and International Studies, Class of 2020

Pax Castaneda | Simi Valley, California

Business Administration, Class of 2022

Hannah Gray | Monticello, Iowa

Photojournalism, Class of 2020


Heather Chambers | Saint Helens, Oregon

Psychology, Class of 2022

Karsen Tindall | Houston, Texas

Environmental Studies, Class of 2021

Minji Hwang | Seoul, South Korea

Psychology, Class of 2021


Interested in joining one of our student staff teams?