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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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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.


September 10, 2020

Episode 25: What comes next for IntroDUCKtion



On today’s episode we have a conversation with Katie Hamilton, Acting Assistant Director of Student Orientation Programs and Michael Luna, Interim Coordinator of Welcome and Transition Experience here at the UO. You’ll learn all about what you can expect once you arrive on campus.

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


September 04, 2020

Episode 24: Becoming a Duck – Preparing for Move-in


Today we are joined by Alex Galbreath, Director of Housing Promotion and Student Recruitment. We’ll discuss how the registration and move-in processes have been shaped by COVID-19 and the university’s efforts to provide an exceptional first-year experience that includes low-risk, in-person opportunities for a successful transition to university life.

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


August 31, 2020

Episode 23: What's Happening in IntroDUCKtion Week 9


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 ninth 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



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.