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We're pleased to present Flock Talk, a podcast for new students and their families. Each episode will introduce you to important resources and people at the University of Oregon to help you with your transition. From housing and roommates, to financial aid and scholarships, to changing roles and relationships, our episodes will keep you engaged in all aspects of the UO journey. We'll highlight timely higher education topics, such as stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss themes directly related to the way we support first-year students.

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June 03, 2021

COVID Stories: Caring For Students In Isolation And Quarantine


Stacie Irvin and Omar Khater, both with University Housing, join us for our final episode of our COVID Stories series to discuss how they helped to design and manage the care of students in isolation and quarantine on campus. Learn about the immense network of UO staff who came together to provide care, food, support, and community to students in Barnhart Hall, our isolation and quarantine hall in 2020-21.


May 31, 2021

Class of 2025: Understanding Your Changing Role



Tiffany Fritz, Director of Parent and Family Programs, joins us once again to share more about preparing for how life is going to change for you during your student’s transition to the UO. We’ll discuss a few common concerns and issues, conversations to prepare for, and a few ways to ensure you’re thriving during this time as well.


May 27, 2021

COVID Stories: The Residential Experience


Anna Schmidt-MacKenzie, Director of Residence Life shares a few of the ups and downs of the residential experience for first-year students living in the halls this year and the staff who managed it all. Hear about the changes to the typical housing experience for students and all that the team in Residence Life learned throughout the year.


May 24, 2021

Class of 2025: Checking Off Some Of Those To-Dos


Today, Cora shares a short review of some of the next steps and to-do items for students as we prepare for IntroDUCKtion and matriculation.



Cora BennettCora Bennett Director, Student Orientation Programs

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.”


Michael LunaMichael Luna Interim Coordinator, 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.