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Leadership Spotlight: Maria Sedotti

Tuesday, August 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
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NODA Leader: Maria Sedotti
Director Orientation Services/Liaison UConn Parent
University of Connecticut

Why was getting involved in NODA important to you?
Getting involved in NODA was especially important to me so that I could learn about the profession first-hand from the only association that specialized in the profession. The association provided opportunities for me to network with colleagues in the field and to exchange information to improve and enhance the orientation programs at UConn, it also keeps me updated with new developments in the field of Orientation, Transition and Retention. During my time in NODA I have been able to connect with orientation professionals that I call my mentors to this very day. They helped me shape the orientation program at the University of Connecticut, and for that I am truly grateful.

When and why did you get involved with NODA?
I joined NODA in 1986 when I was a PhD student with a graduate assistantship in the orientation office.

Why should a member consider a leadership position in NODA?
A member should consider a leadership position in NODA because it not only involves but also challenges them to become involved in the field on a national level. It is a wonderful way to meet so many other colleagues in the orientation, transition and retention field who reside in and outside the U.S. It also gives them the opportunity to help the Association improve and grow. It is a wonderful way to help the association and also to develop professionally.

What have you gained from your leadership positions in NODA?
From being in NODA leadership positions I have gained many professional contacts in the field located all over the country and in Canada who have become friends and mentors to me. It is very easy for me to email or call a colleague if I have an issue, need advice or want to learn what they are doing in orientation at their institution. I would never have been able to do this if I was not involved in NODA leadership positions. I have also gained an abundance of knowledge about the field of Orientation, Transition and Retention through that networking. Being involved in a leadership position has made me more appreciative of the orientation field. I have also gained satisfaction in knowing that I am helping the association in their strategic plan. Finally, I have been in the field of Orientation for over 26 years, and assuming a new leadership position helps re-spark my enthusiasm for the field because it is challenging me and making me meet new members of the association. How exciting is that!

What is your favorite NODA related memory?
I have many favorite NODA memories. The majority of these memories focus on spending time with longstanding NODA colleagues during the national conferences.

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