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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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July 10, 2020

Episode 8: COVID Research – Contact Tracing and Testing



Today we introduce you to Cassandra (Cass) Moseley, Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation and Deputy Incident Commander for the Incident Management Team at the University of Oregon. We discuss how during the pandemic her research on resilient communities has become relevant in an unexpected way. We also talk about the university’s plans for our fall term’s COVID testing program and contract tracing. We wrap things up by talking about the hundreds of people at the UO who are focused both on how we stay safe and making sure students get a quality education.

For more information, text your questions to 541-346-1142 or visit flocktalk.uoregon.edu


July 06, 2020

Episode 7: What's Happening in IntroDUCKtion Week 1


On today’s “mini” episode we check in with Katie Hamilton, Acting Assistant Director of Student Orientation Programs here at the University of Oregon. You’ll learn what you can expect during the first week of IntroDUCKtion. Refer back to our website and the IntroDUCKtion Quick Quack email for more details.

For more information, text your questions to 541-346-1142 or visit flocktalk.uoregon.edu


July 03, 2020

Episode 6: Faculty Perspectives – Understanding the Breadth and Depth of Academics at the UO


In today’s episode we’ll speak with Josh Snodgrass, Professor of Anthropology and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research and Distinguished Scholarships about what to expect from the faculty perspectives during this summer’s IntroDUCKtion. Every Thursday UO faculty from a variety of disciplines will teach a mock class. You will learn more about their research and get a taste of the college academic experience.

For more information, text your questions to 541-346-1142 or visit flocktalk.uoregon.edu


June 29, 2020

Episode 5: IntroDUCKtion Opening Session


On today’s special episode we’ll share the audio from our IntroDUCKtion opening session with you. Learn more about IntroDUCKtion, meet the Student Orientation Staff, and hear from university leadership about the exciting community you're joining.

For more information, text your questions to 541-346-1142 or visit flocktalk.uoregon.edu



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.