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2016 Pre-Conference Workshops
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NODA Canadian Summit
Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$75 for NODA members and $175 for Nonmembers

Jeremy McQuigge, Academic Partnerships Manager, Algonquin College

As the Canadian economy shifts so do the pressures on higher education and our students. As a direct result of those movements the field of Orientation, Transition and Retention (OTR) in Canada is shifting and evolving the way practitioners work. Topics including but not limited to: assessment & evaluation, resource management, strategic planning, automation and government (national & regional) laws are at the forefront of Student Affairs Divisions across the country.

As a network, NODA Canadian members, in support of the NODA Association, have convened a full-day summit to share and advance best-practice and research around the aforementioned topics. Members will also review and commit to the strategic work of the association through a sharing of Canadian OTR work in various publication formats (NODA review, JCOT etc.) and by leveraging NODA training opportunities for Canadian members, particularly those new to the OTR field. Lunch is included.

Developing a Support Strategy for First-Generation Student Retention
Saturday, November 5, 2016  | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
: $50 for NODA members and $150 for Nonmembers

Missy Wikle, Director of First Year Experience, Oklahoma State University
Brett Bruner, Director of Transition & Student Conduct, Fort Hays State University

First-generation college student attrition rates continue to rise, perhaps faster than ever before within the history of higher education (Chen, 2005; Engle & Tinto, 2008; Ishitani, 2006; Lowery-Hart & Pacheco, 2011; Petty, 2014). Institutions can no longer ignore the specific needs of first-generation college students and must develop intentional success strategies to this student population as part of their overall persistence and retention initiatives. This session will discuss defining first-generation college students and their barriers to persistence and retention, identifying data sources, conducting a gap analysis, promising practices, and application to institutional strategies.

At the Crossroad: Creating a Successful International Student Orientation Experience
Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.
: $50 for NODA members and $150 for Nonmembers

Krishna Patel, FYE Advisor/Associate Director of New Student and Family Orientation, Florida Institute of Technology
Regina Matos, Director New Student and Family Programs, Arizona State University

This pre-conference session will focus on the transition and integration issues that international students face when moving to a US higher education setting. International students represent a rapidly growing demographic on college campuses that are increasingly being serviced by a wide range of campus departments, instead of a centralized international office. This session will highlight salient issues, provide theoretically grounded best practices, and allow for an open dialogue to share experiences and cutting edge ideas. Additionally, this presentation will join with the annual International Student Network meeting discussing the state of the network and the future direction.

Highly Selective Institutions Network: A Day of Best Practices & Roundtable Discussions
Saturday, November 5, 2016  | 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
: $75 for NODA members and $175 for Nonmembers

Jordan Hale, Director, New Student Programs & Assistant Dean, Housing, Dining, & Residence Life, Duke University
Katharine Pei, Director, First Year Center, Washington University in St. Louis

Connect with peers in the Highly Selective Institutions Network. This full-day event will include presentations from colleagues about best practices followed by roundtable discussions. Four main topics will be discussed: orientation, transition, the role of student staff, and academic & faculty engagement programming. Lunch is included.

Diversity Praxis - from staff recruitment to administrative boardrooms, strategies for creating and supporting an inclusive OTR program CANCELED
Saturday, November 5, 2016  | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$50 for NODA members and $150 for Nonmembers

Jodi Stelley, Orientation Assistant Director, University of California, Davis
Lizette Dorantes-Rebolledo, Assistant Director, New Student Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As higher education evolves to incorporate increasingly diverse student populations and staff, we in orientation, transition, and retention must adapt and advocate for more inclusive practices. From recruitment and hiring to policies and meal plans, how do you create and support a diverse team? Additionally, does your program reflect values of inclusivity?

Choose from two tracks. Track one will help you develop strategies to recruit, hire, and train a diverse staff. Track two focuses on developing inclusive values and policies while providing strategies for navigating systems of privilege. In both tracks, participants will be encouraged to share and learn through interactive exercises and activities.


The Life-Changing Magic of Assessment
Saturday November 5, 2016 8 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: $50 member, $150 nonmember
Laurie Adamson, M.S., Associate Director of Campus Activities and Operations, Macalester College
Angela Birrittella,  M.S., Retention Specialist in the Office of Multicultural Student Services, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse   
Stephanie Foote, Ph.D., Director, Master of Science in First-Year Studies and Professor of Education, Kennesaw State University
Tori Svoboda, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Dennis Weise, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean of Student and Director of Transition Initiatives Office | University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, encourages people to de-clutter their lives and only make room for that which gives us joy. As newer orientation, transition, and retention (OTR) professionals, you might find you are too busy doing OTR work to effectively to assess it. Your plates are already overflowing and assessment or research may not (yet) bring you joy. But it can spark joy; assessment can even reshape how you prioritize and understand your work.

This workshop is designed to help new and mid-level professionals think through how to implement assessment or research when we are overwhelmed by general tasks, or when we enter environments where doing is valued over reflecting. If you are struggling to find the time, energy, or motivation to engage in assessment or research, this workshop is for you.

Through personalized attention and participant-driven content, the facilitators will demonstrate how assessment and research can help de-clutter our professional lives. Facilitators include both experienced faculty members, as well as newer professionals, and with participants' voices added, we envision a highly interactive and dialogical session. Participants will leave with a renewed energy for and confidence in the life-changing magic of assessment.

Influential Digital Design: Using & Developing Impactful OTR Digital Tools CANCELED
Saturday November 5, 2016 | 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $50 member, $150 nonmember
Chris Trudell, M.Ed., Higher-Education Technology Scholar, San Francisco, California
Evan Jaynes, M.Ed., Coordinator of Orientation, University of West Georgia
In today’s rapidly changing and high-tech higher-ed landscape, it is imperative that OTR professionals have the knowledge to harness the undeniable benefits of digital tools, resources, and technologies. Our students navigate complex interconnected digital environments - let’s meet them where they are.

This interactive session explores theories, concepts, and realities associated with engaging in digital environments. Knowledge shared will be paired with a forum to experiment, workshop, and build a variety of digital tools and resources for your programs. Participants will explore how offline best practices can be transformed into interactive online digital artifacts and experiences, and begin to develop foundational, intermediate, and advanced competencies as outlined by the NASPA/ACPA Core Competency Area, Technology.



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