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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Daniel Nellis

Orientation Executive Staff- Selection & Training Coordinator


  • Major: Audio Production & Technology and Computer Engineering
  • Hometown: Maple Grove, MN
  • Year in School: Fourth
  • Favorite thing about Michigan Tech: I really enjoy all of the opportunities Tech has to offer. Whether you want to find a club to play cards or ride mountain bikes with, or if you want to find research opportunities in your field of study; Tech has it all. This also comes through in the degree programs with the amount of practical, hands on work that students get to do.
  • Biggest Freshman Mistake: I had the tools to be organized but I didn't really utilize them to their full potential. As a result of this I had late nights on campus and stressful weeks where I didn't realize I had a bunch of big projects due within a few days of each other. The sooner you find an organizational system that works for you (digital, pen and paper, etc.) the easier it will be to juggle everything going on in your life.
  • Piece of Advice: Don't be afraid to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. If something looks interesting to you, go for it! College is a time to explore, try new things, and find where you fit in and what really excites and motivates you.
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Sydney Chaney

Orientation Executive Staff- Logistics Coordinator


  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Hometown: Spring Lake, MI
  • Year in School: Third
  • Favorite thing about Michigan Tech: The atmosphere and all of the opportunities given to students. There are so many people willing to help you find your dreams and achieve them. Professors actually care if you succeed or not, and I feel at home knowing that people are willing to support and help me in any way they can.
  • Biggest Freshman Mistake: Taking on too much in the beginning. It was good to get involved in a lot of things in the beginning to find my place here but I over-loaded myself and was very overwhelmed. I also wish I would have went to my professor's office hours to get to know them and get help when I needed it.
  • Piece of Advice: Get involved, but define your priorities. Know what you can handle, but make sure you have enough time for your studies because that's the reason you're here. Have fun and get involved, and don't be afraid to ask for help. Everyone here wants to help you and see you succeed!
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Dallas Linville

Orientation Executive Staff- Programming Coordinator


  • Major: Biological Science/Pre-Med
  • Hometown: South Lyon, MI
  • Year in School: Fourth
  • Favorite thing about Michigan Tech: All of the opportunities to get involved and make the most of your college experience. There are so many student organizations on campus that help you find your fit, gain leadership experience, and meet new people.
  • Biggest Freshman Mistake: Time Management! For the first time you are expected to prioritize your own time, no teachers or parents making sure you get your work done. Be sure to balance your time between school work, student organizations and relaxing.
  • Piece of Advice: College is very different from high school and sometimes the adjustment isn't easy. Everyone hits a rough patch and you have to remember you are not alone. Use some of the many resources Tech has to help you succeed: Learning Centers, professor's office hours, academic success coaches and even counseling services.