Meet JSU’s new GO! Coordinators

Jonathan Summerlin, pictured left, and Sarah Sumners, pictured right, were selected as the Gamecock Orientation Coordinators for the 2020-2021 academic year. (Matt Reynolds/JSU)Jonathan Summerlin, pictured left, and Sarah Sumners, pictured right, were selected as the Gamecock Orientation Coordinators for the 2020-2021 academic year. (Matt Reynolds/JSU)

Logan Irwin, Correspondent

Jacksonville State University Gamecock Orientation Leaders have been named for the 2020-2021 academic year.

This year, Sarah Sumners and Jonathan Summerlin were selected as the Gamecock Orientation Coordinators.

First year students are required to attend Gamecock Orientation before their first semester as a student at JSU. While attending orientation, students are able to explore campus with their GO! Leaders, get connected with professors in their interested major and learn the traditions that take place at “The Friendliest Campus in the South.”

Sumners is a junior from Marietta, Georgia, with a major in communication. She currently serves as a section leader with the Marching Southerners and is currently on the executive board of Delta Zeta. 

Asked why she wanted to be a GO! leader, Sumners said, “I knew that I wanted to be a light to the students on campus, and to serve as a GO! Leader, you get exactly that experience. I have been able to bear the torch for incoming students for almost a year now and it is the most rewarding job in the world.”

Sumners said that the new position comes with a “world of responsibility,” and that she wants to represent the university with the highest integrity, “all while fostering the feeling of love and home that most JSU students say they feel on campus.”

Summerlin is a senior from Gadsden, Ala., who is majoring in business management. He has been involved with the Freshman Forum, SGA, the International House, the International Student Organization, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and the Gamecock Orientation Team.

“Honestly, I never thought that I would be a GO! Leader, let alone a coordinator for two years but I have loved every second of it,” said Summerlin. “I just gave it a shot by applying and letting the cards fall where they may, and I was blessed enough to be selected. Since I want to work in higher education as a profession, I knew being an orientation leader would be a perfect fit.”

Sumners and Summerlin are both already working together to prepare for the summer 2021 Gamecock Orientation. To apply as a leader for the 2021-2022 school year, visit http://www.jsu.edu/go/. Applications are due Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m.

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