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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? The NODA Annual Conference 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.



Opening Night Reception
More information will be available closer to the 2017 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
Network with professionals in your NODA region before the opening night banquet which will take place at 6:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available.

Regional Meetings
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
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

More coming at a later date.


Graduate Student Experience

Graduate students can register for these featured opportunities during conference registration, at no additional cost. More info coming at a later date.


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


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