As one of the Freshmen Engagement Coordinators, Traylor explained that he and Luecking help to ensure that all Jewish freshmen at KU have an opportunity to engage in Jewish life and meet other Jewish students.
“I truly believe that in helping new Jewish students at KU feel comfortable on campus and in exploring Judaism, we not only strengthen KU Hillel, but the entire Jewish community.”
Since KU Hillel has played such a large role in her college experience, Luecking explained that she wants to help Jewish freshman have the same sort of connection she feels.
“KU Hillel ‘delivers the Jewish future’ and the Freshman Engagement team has an important hand in that,” she said. “We [Freshman Engagement interns] show them how Hillel can serve as a home away from home.”
Luecking also explained that through programming and social events, she and the other Freshman Engagement interns help to build a community of, excited and passionate freshman that are ready to take responsibility for KU Hillel.”
Luttinger feels that together Luecking and Traylor do a great job leading the group of sophomore interns and help the team reach out to as many freshmen as possible.
“Evan and Tori do an awesome job of organizing things and keeping us in the loop. They are great role models, “ she said. “I love the group of freshman engagement interns. We all get along so well and, when we work together, we really get a lot done.”
Luttinger also explained that some of her duties as a Freshman Engagement Intern require contacting freshman on a weekly basis, answering any questions they may have and planning events to help get freshman involved in KU Hillel. “I love being a freshman engagement intern. I do it because I get such gratification from seeing that I am getting freshman involved. They know that they can depend on me to help them out with whatever they might need.”
Melissa Kingston, Program Director at KU Hillel, oversees the Freshman Engagement team to help ensure freshman students who participate in KU Hillel have the best experience possible. “Freshman Engagement is so important to help new students adjust to KU. College is a new experience, and the Freshman Engagement team helps to make their transition to KU easier and more enjoyable. The interns serve as a great resource to freshman who want to get involved.”