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2015 Pre-Conference Workshops
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Pre-conference workshops will take place on Saturday, October 24, before the NODA Annual Conference officially begins.

Focusing on the Transition: Engaging Transfer Student Post-Orientation

Judith Brauer, Acting Assistant Director, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students
Michael Coombes, Director of New Student Programs, North Carolina State University
Vincent Prior, First Year Advisor, University of New Orleans, M.Ed.

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.


Rejuvenate and Elevate your International Student Orientation Program

Kasi Jones, Sr. Asst. Director/Coordinator of Orientation, Purdue University
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 College

Dr. Arleen Arnsparger, Higher Education Consultant and Senior Associate, CCCSE
Michelle Nightingale, Director 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.


Strategically Connect Retention to the Orientation & Transition Profession

Kimberlie Moock, Director of New Student Programs and the Military Student Assistance Center, Eastern Illinois University

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:

  1. Defining the role of retention in your professional work and understanding retention planning.
  2. A checklist for embedding retention in departmental practice
  3. Connecting, educating, 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 Students

Andrew Cinoman, 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 programs.


Online Culture 101: Developing and Engaging Online Orientation

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.

This highly 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 collaborators.

Presenters and 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.

No previous 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.

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