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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, and discuss themes directly related to the way we support first-year students.

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October 19, 2020

Episode 29: The Crucial First 6 – Financial Wellness


On today’s episode Cora and Tiffany have a conversation with Gilbert Rogers, Director of Student Financial Wellness. We discuss the crucial ways family members can support their student’s financial literacy, and the programs and resources the UO offers Ducks to better understand and manage their money matters, both while at the UO and for life after college.


October 12, 2020

Episode 28: The Crucial First 6 - Deep Dive on Student Involvement


On today’s episode we have a conversation with Marcus Langford, Associate Dean of Students and Tiffany Fritz, Director of Parent and Family Programs. We’ll talk about the types of current opportunities for involvement, why students should connect to our campus by getting involved and engaged, and you can coach your Duck around engagement.


October 05, 2020

Episode 27: The Crucial First 6 - Student Conduct and Community Standards

On today’s episode Tiffany and Cora have a conversation with Kristi Patrickus, Community Standards Specialist, about what Student Conduct and Community Standards mean at the UO and how the UO’s educational approach to student conduct is meant to be restorative not punitive.


September 28, 2020

Episode 26: The Crucial First 6 - All Things University Health Services


On today’s episode we kick off our crucial first 6 series with Tiffany Fritz, Director of Parent and Family Programs. Our guest is Deb Beck, Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management and Executive Director of University Health Services. We discuss primary and specialty care, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, stress reduction programs, and insurance coverage options here at the UO.



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.”


Tiffany FritzTiffany Fritz Director, Parent and Family Programs

Tiffany Fritz is the director of Parent and Family Programs. She joined the team in January of 2018. In her previous role, she worked extensively to support students and their families through the first-year experience. She has a comprehensive background in academic advising, career exploration, student success, and residence life. She views parents and family members as crucial partners in promoting student success and looks forward to supporting you through this exciting time. Tiffany has earned a BA in liberal studies from California State University, Chico (2004) and a MEd in college student services administration from Oregon State University (2008).

Katie HamiltonKatie Hamilton Interim Assistant Director, 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).

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.