Pre-conference workshops will take place on Saturday, October 24, before the NODA Annual Conference officially begins.
on the Transition: Engaging Transfer Student Post-Orientation
Brauer, Acting Assistant Director, National Institute for the Study of Transfer
Michael Coombes, Director of New Student Programs, North Carolina
Vincent Prior, First Year Advisor, University of New Orleans,
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
With retention and graduation rates at the forefront of
institutional discussions, campuses are paying closer attention to the
transition process of transfers beyond orientation programs. Join us as we
focus on the engagement of transfer students through the best practices of
fellow NODA institutions. Programs of interest will include transition camps,
weeks of welcome programming, peer mentoring, and seminar courses, specifically
focused on the transfer student experience.
and Elevate your International Student Orientation Program
Kasi Jones, Sr. Asst. Director/Coordinator of Orientation,
Karen McCullough, Assistant Director of International
Student Services, Fort Hays State University
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Are you ready to take your international student
orientation program to the next level?
Join us for this pre-conference session to learn best practices on how
to create an intentional experience for our international students. See how large and small institutions train
student leaders, create the agenda and work together with campus partners to
provide the best experience for our new and current students.
High-Impact Practices in OTR at the Two-Year
Dr. Arleen Arnsparger, Higher Education Consultant and Senior Associate, CCCSE
of Student Success Services, Tompkins-Cortland Community College
Holly Williams, Director of Orientation and Student Success, Alvin Community College
Nate Wiley, Coordinator of Student Activities, Front Range Community College
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The demands on two-year colleges in regard to completion
are forcing college leaders to examine student success strategies. To help
address these challenges, the Center for Community College Student Engagement
published A Matter of Degrees, a series of reports presenting 13 promising
practices in community college student success.
Connect Retention to the Orientation & Transition Profession
Kimberlie Moock, Director of
New Student Programs and the Military Student Assistance Center, Eastern
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
What is your retention I.Q.? Do
you have the competencies necessary to address your retention role on campus?
Join us for an in-depth look at retention from a variety of perspectives. The
session will focus on three core areas:
- Defining the role of
retention in your professional work and understanding retention planning.
- A checklist for embedding
retention in departmental practice
collaborating and generating buy-in with campus partners and faculty
Empowering Student Leaders by Teaching Inclusion
Chris Landry, Assistant
Director of First Year Programs, Rice University
Palvih Bhana, Assistant Director for Orientation & Transition Programs, Oklahoma State University
Lizette Dorantes, Assistant
Director New Student Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The GLBTA & Multicultural Networks bring you this
professional session focused on teaching students to understand and discuss
major issues faced by campuses today through training and inclusion. We’ll
cover how to help your students address the impact of current events on racial
tension, sexual assault prevention, inclusion, and more.
More than a Number: Transforming Orientation, Transition and Retention Programs to Support the Success of All
Ph.D. Director, New Student Programs
Florida Gulf Coast University
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Are you new to orientation, retention, or transition
programming? Have you been assigned the task of "fixing” the orientation
or transition programming on your campus and you aren’t sure how to get
started? Facilitated by seasoned professionals and NODA Leadership, this
interactive workshop will help you identify the key issues related to
orientation, transition, and retention (OTR) on your campus and begin to
develop a plan of action to address these concerns that is rooted in utilizing
the resources of the Association.
Moving Beyond Fear: Ethical Care of Engaging
Campus in Title IX
Keegan Nichols, Assistant
Vice President for Student Affairs & Title IX Coordinator, Fort Hays State University
Rebecca Peterson, Director
of Residential Life, Fort Hays State University
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
At its core, Title IX is about balance, equity, and
fundamental fairness. Title IX is sometimes seen through the fear lens and
legal stance, rather than spirit of the moral obligation. I challenge us to
frame gender-based violence through the spirit of the law and through a moral
lens because when implemented properly institutions can have a holistic
response to sexual misconduct. This interactive session will present baseline
gender-based violence information, provide a framework of ethical care, create
ideas for training OTR team members (students and staff), and outline OTR
Online Culture 101: Developing and Engaging Online
Megan Green, Director
of New Student Programs, University of Missouri-St Louis
Kelly Heissler, Coordinator
of New Student Programs, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Chris Trudell, Associate
Director, Clemson University
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The digital culture is one of the fast growing
trent and quickly evolving our sense of programming and term of connection with
students in the field of Orientation, Transition, and Retention. Technology can
seem like an exhausting process and not sure where to even begin? Join us at
this pre-con as we will encompass a focus on the delevelopment of an online
orientation module, as well as, introduce the studies of digital communities,
online trends, and
pre-orientation social media engagement.
Developing Questions and Finding Insight in OTR
Dennis Wiese, Ph.D. – Senior
Associate Dean of Students, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Timothy J. Bono, Ph.D. -
Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Psychology, Washington University
Stephanie M. Foote, Ph.D. -
Director, Master of Science in First-Year Studies, Associate Professor of
Education, Kennesaw State University
Victoria Svoboda, Ed.D. -
Assistant Professor, Department of Student Affairs Administration in Higher
Education at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
interactive workshop enables participants to explore, create, and refine
research questions and/or assessment projects relevant to Orientation,
Transition, and Retention in Higher Education. Whether you are new to
research and curious about the process by which questions are asked, answered,
and made actionable for practitioners in the field,or are a seasoned professional
interested in gaining the perspectives of others and meeting potential
participants can share projects in all stages of development. Using
peer-to-peer consultation and support, and a great deal of small group work and
interaction, participants will offer ideas to strengthen others’ research or
assessment projects and can request feedback on their own. Don't worry if
you do not have a project of your own; our purpose is to ask good questions,
not to claim to have all the answers.
research experience is needed. Some participants may want to write for
publication while others may want to seek inspiration and guidance on how to
use data better or differently. Space is limited to maximize opportunities
for peer consultation and collaboration among participants. The topics
addressed will be based on the interests and backgrounds of participants.