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Writing an Effective Annual Conference Educational Session Proposal

February 21, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST

Price: FREE to NODA members, $150 for non-members

Description of Webinar: NODA members have many great program ideas and resources to share with other colleagues in orientation, transition, and retention. This webinar will discuss the process used and strategies to write an effective conference educational session program proposal for the 2018 NODA Annual Conference to share those great ideas with your peers.


Dr. Brett Bruner serves as the Director of Transition & Student Conduct at Fort Hays State University. He also serves as a graduate faculty member in the Department of Advanced Education Programs, where he specializes in teaching higher education law and technology in student affairs courses for master’s-level graduate students. He holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Baker University, an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Emporia State University.






Eddie Higginbotham IV is the Assistant Director for Leadership and New Student Engagement at the University of Georgia. In his role, he serves as the Director of the school’s extended orientation program, Dawg Camp. Prior to UGA, Eddie served as the Assistant Director of New Student & Family Programs at Florida State University where he also received his master’s degree. Eddie has worked as a Leadership Consultant and Expansion Coordinator for his fraternity’s international headquarters and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana.   






Katie Murray is the Director for New Student Programs at Towson University. She has been in that role since September 2015. Prior to working at TU, Katie served as the Associate Director for Recruitment, Events, and Orientation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Associate Director for the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services at George Mason University; Assistant Director for Family Programs at Mason; and First-Year Mentor at Goucher College – all over Region 8! She earned her Master of Education degree at the University of South Carolina and her Bachelor’s degree in English at Frostburg State University.





Engaging Parents for First-Year Success: Inform, Involve, Empower

March 15, 2018 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST

Price: $49 for NODA members; $199 for non-members

Parents receive mixed messages about the role they should play in their students’ college experience. They are inundated with articles offering advice on best practices to motivate their students to get the most out of college. At the same time, they are criticized for being hyper-involved. Institutions unwittingly contribute to the confusion. They offer full-fledged parent orientations, but then hit parents with messages about “letting go.” Institutions that have been most successful in helping families navigate these conflicting messages recognize that the college transition impacts both parents and students. This session provides a framework and resources for institutions to constructively educate parents about the key transition issues during the first-year, and in turn, support their students from a healthy distance.


Presenters: Stephanie K. Carter, M.A. - Director, Academic Center for Excellence and the Writing Center, Bryant University; and Laurie Hazard, Bryant University




Stephanie Carter is the Director of the Academic Center for Excellence at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. She is a respected leader in the field of student success and learning assistance. As an award-winning educator with over twenty-five years of experience helping college students mediate the challenges of the higher education environment, she has gained expertise working with first-years and their parents to insure a healthy transition from high school to college. Stephanie has extensive experience, as both a scholar and practitioner, supporting first-year college students in classrooms, residence halls, writing centers and learning centers. Stephanie earned her master’s degree in English at the University of Rhode Island. At Bryant University, Stephanie has developed curriculum for writing courses and teaches composition. She is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of plagiarism and academic integrity, as well as information literacy in the writing classroom. She is often an invited presenter for professional and faculty development in-services as well as for student programs.














Laurie L. Hazard is the Assistant Dean for Student Success at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. As a member of the Applied Psychology Department, she writes about parent involvement, student personality types and classroom success. She is an award-winning expert on how students can make successful transitions from high school to college. After earning her Master’s of Education degree from Boston University in counseling, she received a Doctoral degree from Boston University in Curriculum and Teaching.  Laurie is co-author of the book Foundations for Learning, 3nd Edition (2012, Prentice Hall), which is designed to help students make a successful transition to college by encouraging them to take responsibility for and claim their own education. Hazard’s textbook has been adopted by colleges and universities around the country, including Boston University, University of Nevada, and Texas A&M. Richard J. Light, the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at Harvard University, calls Hazard’s book “a winner for any college student” that is a “beautifully written joy to read.”


Laurie has won numerous awards for her work with first-year students and their parents, including the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition’s Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate; the Learning Assistance Association of New England’s Outstanding Research and Publication Award; and the Learning Assistance Association of New England’s Outstanding Service to Developmental Students Award. Most recently, Laurie received the CRLA Northeast’s Outstanding Service to the Field of Developmental Education Award.


Laurie’s expertise has garnered national media attention. She has been interviewed and cited as an expert in the Associated Press, Seventeen Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Times Picayune, The San Diego Tribune, and Student Affairs Leader. Laurie has also been a guest columnist for the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet: A School Survival Guide for Parents (And Everyone Else). Her articles offer concrete advice for parents of new college students: “How to Help Your Child Adapt to College Life,” and “Parents Should Leave their Kids Alone at College.” Most recently, Laurie has written a book with co-presenter Stephanie Carter, called Your Freshman Is Off To College (2016).


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