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Featured Speakers


Open Space


Author's Luncheon

Regional Activities

Network Activities

Side Trips

Graduate Student Features

Undergrad Student Features
Featured Speakers

Dr. Laura Rendón
Sunday, November 6, 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Laura Rendón’s research on Validation Theory and student success will help us engage and support ALL students on our campus community, especially those from traditionally under-served populations. Laura Rendón is nationally recognized as an education theorist, activist and researcher who specializes in college preparation, persistence and graduation of low-income, first-generation students. Click here for a full bio.

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
Sunday, November 6, 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn’s work on college student belonging is exceptionally important to NODA members and conference participants. In order for us to support and challenge students most effectively, we must understand how experiences of belonging impact each student - particularly those from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds and identities, for whom typical university environments may often seem unwelcoming. Terrell L. Strayhorn, PhD is Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he also serves as Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE). Click here for a full bio.

Courtney O’Connell
Monday, November 7, 8:30 a.m.
Named a change agent in the U.S. education system by MeetingsNet Magazine, The Huffington Post and RuleBreaker Magazine, Courtney O’Connell is inspiring people to think differently about learning and leadership, by fusing ideas around disruption and innovation with education. With an extensive background in higher education, her popular TEDx talk, "Go All In on Education” and widely read Huffington Post columns empower educators to harness and apply an entrepreneurial spirit to education.Courtney O’Connell will challenge and motivate attendees to be visionary, out-of-the-box thinkers when approaching our work. Since our theme is Connect at the Crossroads, her talk will help professionals guide their steps beyond the intersections of our conference. Click here for a full bio.

Dr. Z Nicolazzo
Monday, November 7, 1:45 p.m. (extended educational session)

Transgender students are, in many ways, at the crossroads of campus policies and practices. While transgender students have always been going to college, there remains to be a very small body of empirical research regarding transgender collegians. Resisting this trend, a nascent stream of research is currently being produced, much of which signals a necessary shift for student affairs educators regarding how one views, conceptualizes, and utilizes gender to inform one’s work. This session will pick up on the latest research regarding transgender collegians as a way to encourage educators to reflect on what gender means for them, how gender has a wide influence on the work they already do, and ways to reimagine and unlearn the negative effects of the gender binary as it manifests in higher education and student affairs. This session will be framed using liberatory and affirmative frameworks, resisting notions that transgender students are somehow lacking or deficient in their abilities to navigate college successfully. The session will also provide participants tools to use after the end of the session, both personally as well as with others in their offices and on their campuses. Click here for a full bio.

Thomas E. Miller
Saturday, November 5, Opening Banquet
Thomas E. Miller is the vice president for student affairs at the Tampa Campus of the University of South Florida. He is also an associate professor in the College of Education at the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. He previously held student affairs positions at Eckerd College, Canisius College, Indiana University, and Shippensburg University. His scholarly work has been focused on the themes of student expectations and persistence in higher education. Click here for a full bio.


NODA Open Space

Have you ever heard a keynote speaker and have been dying to talk more about a specific point they raised? Have you ever taken a photo of an image or slide in a presentation that really resonated with you that you wanted to explore? NODA 2016 is offering the unique opportunity to do just that with inaugural NODA Open Space. Open Space will be held during regular conference programming blocks but the topics will be user-driven. Topics collected through social media, Guidebook and old-fashioned paper requests will be posted in real time to the conference schedule.

NODA Open Space will turn traditional conference programming on its head by inviting all to the session as knowers. No one person will be the presenter and all individuals, regardless of experience or years in the field, will be able to engage and listen.




NODA Connect
Each year at the NODA Annual Conference, there are several opportunities for NODA members to connect. From the Meet & Greet, OPI reunion, or Network dinners, there is never a shortage of gathering. This year, we would like for you to join us at the Eiteljorg Museum for the “NODA Connect” reception. The Eiteljorg museum, located directly across from the J.W. Marriott Hotel, will allow members to take in the Native American culture as well as connect with NODA leaders, learn of the many ways to get involved within the Association and meet the many members of involved in the areas of orientation, transition, and transition.
Opening Night Reception
More information will be available closer to the 2016 conference dates.

Author's Luncheon

Enjoy lunch and/or dinner while listening to authors speak about their works. These books are ideal for common reading programs ad first-year experience courses. Participants will receive complimentary copies of each title. Participation in the author meals is free, but re-registration is required. Participants will receive a ticket during conference check-in; you can register for these events during conference registration.
Regional Activities

Regional Welcome Receptions
Saturday, November 5, 5:30 p.m.
JW Marriott, 3rd floor
Network with professionals in your NODA region before the opening night banquet which will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom 1-5. A cash bar will be available.

Regional Meetings
Sunday, November 6 - TIMES & LOCATIONS VARY – either 11:15 a.m. or 12:15 a.m.
Attending your regional meeting can be a fantastic way to network with people from your region, and hear about current happenings and programs in your 'neck of the woods'.

Regional Showcase Sessions
Throughout the program and in the conference mobile app, please be on alert for sessions noted as a "Showcase Winner”. This session was chosen on the regional level as being a remarkable session by the members of each respective regional conference.

Network Activities

Network Dinners
Sunday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. LOCATIONS TBD
Monday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. LOCATIONS TBD

Network with professionals who have the same student affairs interests as you! Each network represents an opportunity for members to affiliate with a group in which they have personal or institutional interest. Networks who have elected to have a Network dinner as a shared group will be noted here when those dates have been solidified. Come back later for more information! Meals are of your own expense and groups will gather in the JW Marriott Hotel Lobby.

Network Meetings / Roundtables
TIMES & LOCATIONS TBD – This page will be updated with meeting times when selected.
Learn about programming and happenings in NODA Networks during network meetings

Side Trips

Indianapolis Brewery Tour
Saturday, November 5th
Option 1: 12:30 p.m. (depart hotel) –3:45 p.m. (return to hotel) - Click here to register for Option 1

Option 2: 1:00 p.m. (depart hotel) –4:15 p.m. (return to hotel) - Click here to register for Option 2

Indy Brew Bus is a fun way to visit multiple craft breweries in Indianapolis.Each brewery offers a wide variety of samples of their house, seasonal, and specialty beers. Each tour will visit four local breweries. You can order your favorite pint or get a growler to go and they will keep it cold on the bus for you! Each participant will receive a Personal Sampling Scorecard to help you keep track of all the beers you like. All participants must be 21 or older. - no exceptions.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and Grounds Tour

Saturday, November 5th

Click here to register for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Museum Side-Trip

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Museum is recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing.This 90 minute VIP tour gives you the opportunity to tour the oval track and stand on the famous "Yard of Bricks” at the start/finish line.The tour includes the media center, the Pagoda, victory platform, garage area, and the Gasoline Alley hospitality suite.The tour ends with a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Boys and Girls Club - Service Project

Saturday, November 5th

Click here to register for the Boys and Girls Club Service Project

Since 1883 the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis believes every young person deserves to live a life filled with hope and opportunity.Because they care about our young people, they provide a safe, educational and positive atmosphere where kids can prosper and reach their full potential.In 2014, they served more than 7,400 youth in their 11 Clubs located throughout the city. BCGI provide a safe haven for young people from distressed communities across Indianapolis.They are surrounded by some of the most challenged neighborhoods in Indy.

86% of club members qualify for free or reduced lunch and 45% come from single-parent households.They offer a variety of programs providing academic success support, healthy lifestyle education, and character and leadership development opportunities. By the generosity of community volunteers and donors BCGI is able to offer an entire year membership for only $10.

As part of the Annual Conference, volunteers from the association will be traveling to the downtown club branch on Saturday morning, November 5th.Volunteers will be working on a variety of tasks such as facility maintenance, "College Corner” organization, and food pantry distribution. More information will be sent to participants after registration. Transportation to and from the service site will be provided. Please note that all participants and volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club are required to pass a basic sex offender registry background check.


Graduate Student Experience

Graduate students can register for these featured opportunities during conference registration, at no additional cost.

Graduate Student Symposium
Saturday, November 5 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NODA is excited to present the 14th annual Graduate Symposium for all graduate students registered for the 2016 NODA Annual Conference! The purpose of the symposium is to support graduate students by providing workshops and opportunities to build relationships with professionals and other graduate students. The symposium offers sessions on a variety of topics that apply to both first year and second year graduate students. It will expose graduate students to topical issues facing our profession, assist individuals in professional development, provide networking opportunities, and highlight the benefits of NODA membership. We highly encourage all graduate students that can arrive for this day to attend. Lunch will be served.

Graduate Student Welcome
Saturday, November 5 | 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

The Graduate Student Network welcomes all graduate student conference attendees to the 2016 NODA Annual Conference. Join us to learn more about how to make the most of your conference experience.

Resume Review Program & Mentorship Program
Sunday, November 6 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
NODA encourages graduate students to enhance their conference experience by participating in the Resume Review Program. The Network will coordinate matching graduate students and professionals before the conference, and graduate students will send their resume to be reviewed. During the conference, graduate students will meet with their professional match to get feedback on their resume and general job search advice. This program will also provide graduate students with another opportunity to network with professionals in the field. Aspects of this will be coordinated through email ahead of time, so be on the lookout for emails from the Graduate Student Network.

Graduate Student Case Study Competition

Overview Meeting - Saturday, November 5 | 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

Competition - Monday, November 7th | 30 minutes within 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The Graduate Student Case Study is a great opportunity for graduate students to put the theory they have learned in the classroom into practice. During the Case Study Meeting on Saturday, November 5, all participants will receive the case and pairing graduate students from different institutions will form teams on-site, then pairs will select their time slot. Each team will have the opportunity to deliver their solution and will be asked questions following their presentations by a team of judges. The awards for the student case study will be announced during the Closing Brunch on November 8th.

Graduate Student Meet Up
Friday, November 4 | 7:30– 8:30 p.m.
Join the Graduate Student Network leadership team and meet other graduate students at this informal gathering before the conference starts! Reserve your space during registration and additional details will follow.


Undergraduate Student Features

What is the Student Leadership Institute?
The Student Leadership Institute is a highly interactive program for undergraduate student leaders that takes place on Sunday and Monday during the NODA annual conference. It is designed for all undergraduate student leaders regardless if they are new or seasoned staff. Through large and small group discussion formats, your student leaders will have an opportunity to engage with each other and the presenters on various topics of leadership and professional/personal development.

What will my student gain by attending?
The SLI topics selected will engage undergraduate students regardless of their experiences working with orientation/transition/
retention programs. Students will have an opportunity to meet other students in similar roles. Sessions will be interactive and students will be able to share their experiences.
Learning Outcomes:

1.              Create peer networking opportunities

2.              Provide a forum for undergraduates to share best practices related to their work as paraprofessionals in the field of orientation, transition and retention.

3.              Offer mentorship connections with faculty

4.              Integrate learning from the Annual Conference featured speakers and educational sessions

5.              Grow student leadership skills related to orientation, transition and retention

6.              Develop strategies to positively impact their institutions and student leadership roles

Click here for a full schedule of undergraduate student events during SLI at the 2016 NODA Annual Conference.


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