Orientation Staff

Ryan M. Bennett

Ryan M. Bennett

Assistant Director, Orientation Programs

Administration 130


  • Develops and implements Orientation for new students including first-year, transfer, dual-enrolled, student-athlete, and midyear entry students, as well as parents, family members, and guardians
  • Oversees the development and coordination of selection and training for all Orientation student staff
  • Supervises the Orientation Executive Staff and the Orientation Team Leaders
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Beth Chaney

Orientation Executive Staff- Selection & Training Coordinator


  • Major: Biological Sciences (Pre-Vet)
  • Hometown: Clarkston, MI
  • Year in School: Fourth
  • Favorite thing about Michigan Tech: I have fallen in love with the community at Michigan Tech. At other schools, everyone is only looking out for themselves, whereas at Tech, we all strive to help one another be the best that they can be. From student success coaches, to learning centers with student staff members, we create opportunities for success for one another and we want our peers to succeed. From cheering at hockey games (Go Huskies!) to creating fantastic snow statues in the freezing cold, Michigan Tech is a one-of-a-kind, and amazing place.
  • Biggest Freshman Mistake: It took me a long time to establish good time management skills. If I had an hour break between classes, I would spend it either in my room on my computer, or in the dining hall hanging out with friends. Since then, I have learned to spend my free time between classes in the library, preparing for upcoming assignments and studying for exams.
  • Piece of Advice: Don’t try to do everything right away! When I came to Tech, I was signed up for 18 credits, and joined 2 organizations within the first month of class, on top of meeting new people and making new friends. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed. If you find yourself getting in over your head with all the new opportunities college has to offer, don’t be afraid to say “No” to one or two activities (school comes first, always!).
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Nathan Peterson

Orientation Executive Staff- Logistics Coordinator


  • Major: Materials Science and Engineering
  • Hometown: Appleton, WI
  • Year in School: Fifth
  • Favorite thing about Michigan Tech: I love the student-life balance that Tech has to offer, where you can go from doing groundbreaking research in a lab, to doing hands on work in classes, to taking a ten minute drive to enjoy some of the best mountain biking in the United States.
  • Biggest Freshman Mistake: I would say my biggest regret was not taking full advantage of all the learning centers and programs put on by the Wahtera Success Center. Even if you think you are doing well, it's always good to make sure that you stay on top by getting help from a mentor at a learning center. It's really important to make sure the fundamentals are well understood so you can move on to the higher level subjects in upper level classes.
  • Piece of Advice: Try something new! Being in college is a perfect time to try new things and meet different people while doing it. You might think it would be embarrassing or awkward, but when everyone else in the room is the same boat as you, its not bad at all.
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Sarah Reed

Orientation Executive Staff- Programming Coordinator


  • Major: Biological Sciences (Pre-Veterinary)
  • Hometown: Atlanta, MI
  • Year in School: Third
  • Favorite thing about Michigan Tech: The close knit community of students and staff, and all of the possibilities available. I just love how people genuinely care for each other here. The size of the University and the classes are perfect. You have a chance to get to know your instructors, and fellow classmates very well. I was very intimidated about college at first, because I came from a very small town, but Michigan Tech made that transition super easy for me! There are so many great resources around campus, but I think the most valuable resource, is the people around you. Also, there are mountains of opportunities available just waiting for you to grab them. Nearly all majors and disciplines can get active and take part in something that interests them. If you want to go out and capture the world, Michigan Tech is a great place to start.
  • Biggest Freshman Mistake: Being too afraid of taking chances and making the most out of the college experience. There are unlimited opportunities to make connections, get involved, do things you love, and get help with your classes, but I tended to exclude myself from events like these. I came from a very small town and I was too afraid to take any chance, in fear that I would fall on my face. Looking back at that time now, I know from experience that anyone could find their fit here at Tech! Even the students who need a little help finding it!
  • Piece of Advice: Take time for yourself, don't lose your motivation, and think about the big picture. You may have trivial classes or labs that you don't care for too much, but just don't lose sight of your dreams, and what you want to accomplish! Also, with the hustle and bustle of class, lab, homework, work, extracurricular activities, and all of the other wonderful opportunities to get involved with here at Tech, don't forget to take a little rest and relaxation time for yourself, you deserve it! Go Huskies!