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Conference Schedule

Sunday, November 5, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Graduate Symposium
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Pre-conferences
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Side Trip - Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill
Downs Walking Tour 
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Side Trip - Louisville Slugger Factory 
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Opening Reception 
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Opening Banquet
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Dessert Reception with NODA Associate Member 

Monday, November 6, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.  Educational Session Block 1
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Featured Speaker - Dr. Tatum 
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
10:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Educational Session Block 2
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch in Exhibit Hall 
2:15 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.   Educational Session Block 3 
3:15 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.   Educational Session Block 4
4:15 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.   Educational Session Block 5
5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   Side Trip - Food Guide Tours
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Muhammad Ali Center Event 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

8:50 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.  Featured Speaker - Dr. Keith Edwards
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.  Educational Session Block 6
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.   Educational Session Block 7
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Authors Luncheon
1:45 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.   Educational Session Block 8
2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.  Educational Session Block 9
3:55 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.   Featured Speaker Panel - Past NODA Presidents
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.   Anniversary Celebration Gala at the Speed Art Museum


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.  Educational Session Block 10
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.  Educational Session Block 11
10:20 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.  Closing Brunch and 2018 Conference Reveal  


Anniversary Gala
Tuesday, November 7, 2017: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Free to NODA Annual Conference Attendees
$40 for non-conference attendees

Save the date to join us to celebrate the anniversary of NODA in style at the semi-formal Celebration Gala, hosted during the 2017 Annual Conference in Louisville. The event begins at 7:00pm at the University of Louisville Speed Art Museum. This will be a wonderful opportunity to engage in fellowship as we raise a toast to honor our association that has made a tremendous impact on the landscape of higher education. Please join us as we celebrate the legacy of excellence NODA has built! Light hor d'oeuvres will be served and transportation to and from the conference hotel is provided.

Not attending the conference but would still like to attend the Gala? Purchase a ticket here


Regional Welcome Receptions
Network with professionals in your NODA region before the opening night banquet which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Cash bars will be available and light appetizers will be provided.

Author's Luncheon
Enjoy lunch while listening to authors speak about their works. These books are ideal for common reading programs at first-year experience courses. Participants will receive complimentary copies of each title. Participation in the author meals is free, but pre-registration is required and space is limited. You can register for these events during conference registration

Click here to learn about this year's featured authors. 

Network Dinners
Network with professionals who have the same student affairs interests as you! Each network represents an opportunity for members to affiliate with a group in which they have personal or institutional interest. Networks who have elected to have a Network dinner as a shared group will be noted here when those dates have been solidified. Come back later for more information! Meals are of your own expense and groups will gather in the JW Marriott Hotel Lobby.

Muhammad Ali Center Event
Monday, November 6, 2017: 7:00 - 10:00pm
NODA Conference Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Muhammad Ali Center, a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey.

The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be. In its 11-year history, the Center has created programs that exemplify the principles of Muhammad Ali and the mission of the Center. Over the past decade, the Center has developed impactful programming serving children and adults, reaching people of all cultures, nationalities, ages, and geographic areas.

Inspiration is Ali’s gift, and his six core principles mark his true legacy—a legacy that has the power to live on, beyond the man, and beyond the walls of the Center.


Side Trips

Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs Walking Tour
Sunday, November 5th: 12:30 - 4:00pm

The $22 ticket for this side trip includes a round trip bus ride to the Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, as well as admission into the museum and a walking tour of the property. For more information on the Kentucky Derby Museum, please visit their website by clicking here. 
For more information on the Churchill Downs.

Louisville Slugger Museum
Sunday, November 5th: 2:00 - 4:30pm

Take a tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory! See a short film, take a guided museum and factory tour, and take home a souvenir mini bat. $13/person at the door. For more information on the Louisville Slugger Museum, please visit their website by clicking here. 

Food Guide Tours
Monday, November 6th: 5:30 - 7:30pm

The Taste of Derby Town Food Guide tour is a half a mile walking tour where guests experience 5 different Louisville exclusives including Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse and a local chocolatier! $46/person. For more information on the Food Guide Tours, please visit their website by clicking here. 

Urban Bourbon Trail
On Your Own Timeline
The Urban Bourbon Trail is a free app that can be downloaded with a list of all of the distilleries, bars, and local restaurants that serve bourbon. When you make a purchase at a participating location, you can get the code from your server and can track your stops on the tour! This bourbon experience is on your own and you can visits these locations at any time during the conference. The app can be downloaded here. For more information on the Urban Bourbon Trail, please visit their website by clicking here. 


Volunteer Opportunities

WaterStep is a local organization that collects used shoes to fund water treatment projects across the globe to provide clean and safe water to communities. NODA encourages members to bring one (or more) pair of used shoes to donate to WaterStep.

Please visit the WaterStep website for more information about their organization and projects.

The Mascot Roundup
The Mascot Roundup is NODA's reoccurring service project where conference attendees bring their institution's mascot to donate to a local women's shelter or children's hospital. Please bring one of your institution's mascots or any new stuffed animal to donate to a local organization.
Leave a Scarf
Louisville, KY is one of the most caring cities in America and it shows! During the colder months of the year, community members leave scarves around street lights and poles for the homeless to help keep them warm. Please bring a scarf with you and place so
mewhere downtown as you explore and enjoy Louisville.






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