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2015 Orientation Professionals Institute

This is the registration form specifically for the Orientation Professionals Institute. If you wish to register for the NODA Annual Conference, you must fill out the Professional registration form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the NODA Association Office at 1(866) 521-NODA (6632) or email noda@umn.edu.

10/22/2015 to 10/24/2015
When: October 22nd - October 24th, 2015
8:30 AM
Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado  80202
United States
Contact: NODA Association Office
612.301.6632


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The Orientation Professionals Institute is a three-day training program that takes place just prior to the NODA annual conference each year. It is designed for professional staff members who have less than two years of experience in orientation and transition services—either new professionals or those with experience in higher education but who recently acquired orientation as part of their job. The institute connects these participants with experienced professionals in the field and provides valuable training that participants can apply on their own campuses.

Institute Features

OPI is staffed by six outstanding faculty with extensive experience and who have held leadership positions within NODA and who will bring together a wide variety of orientation and administrative experiences. Regardless of the type of institution you represent, you will have ample opportunity to interact with faculty, other NODA leadership, and participants who share common interests and challenges.

There will be a maximum of 72 participants who will be placed into different groups throughout the Institute such as groups by type of institution and NODA regions.

OPI is held in conjunction with the NODA Annual Conference which participants are encouraged to attend and learn more about orientation, transition, and retention.

What topics will be covered?

  • Building the foundation for an orientation programming model
  • Learning programming ideas for first-year students, transfer students, parents, family members and adult/returning students
  • Recruiting, selecting, training, supervising and evaluating staff
  • Designing and managing budgets
  • Building collaborative partnerships on campus
  • Incorporating issues of diversity in orientation programs and training
  • Using standards in the assessment and evaluation of orientation
  • Managing stress and avoiding burnout
  • Learning about professional development opportunities in NODA

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