SROWcus Pocus: A Magical Experience

ImageMeet Margaret Manning from Monroe, LA. She is a freshman Political Communications major in LSU’s Manship School for Mass Communication and a member of the LSU Ambassadors organization. In today’s post, Margaret will be telling us about her experience traveling to a regional orientation conference with the LSU Ambassadors.

This weekend I had the privilege of traveling with 50 of my fellow Ambassadors to Clemson University in South Carolina for the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop or SROW. SROW is a three day conference for university orientation leaders, graduate assistants and advisors from around the southern region of the country to attend to learn how to better their own orientation programs as well as share information about their own.

This year’s conference theme was the magic filled “SROWcus Pocus.” Complete with Harry Potter spells, voodoo and a little bit of Disney magic, the orientation team at Clemson pulled out all the stops to make sure visiting schools had the time of their lives.


LSU has attended the conference for over 20 years, and the 2014 conference was one to add to the books. LSU’s Jordan Richardson and Taylor Parks represented LSU well when they were selected as the Most Outstanding Case Study presentation out of the whole delegation of about 80 universities. To further LSU’s success at the conference, 1896973_685249144852056_1151009334_nsenior Taylor Parks was chosen as  the region’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student by the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education.

Wow. What a weekend. And to experience this as a freshman, I was completely blown away with pride! LSU had a presence everywhere we went. Whether it was walking down Victory Hill in Clemson’s own Death Valley, cheering with the Louisiana delegation or performing my presentation to a room full of people, I was overcome with a feeling of Tiger Pride.

I am glad that I had this experience and I can hardly wait to take what I have learned and apply it to orientation here at LSU to make sure that LSU orientation is the best it can be!


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