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2017 NODA Region IV Conference
Calling all Superheroes:
Uniting for OTR

March 3 - 5, 2017
Dallas, Texas

Sara Khalifa, University of Houston
Tierra Walters, University of Houston
Stephen Rogers, Collin College

Are you ready to unite for OTR? NODA Region IV is calling all superheros to unite for Orientation, Transition and Retention on March 2-3 in the great city of Dallas Texas. There will be opportunities for you to learn how to form orientation and transition programs that not only welcom new students, but help students learn how to impact others. There will be many opportunities for both students and professionals to engage in sessions, constructed diaolgues, and opportunities to further enhance your development.

Undergraduate Case Study Competition
Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Case Study Compeition. The purpose of this competition is to engage participants with students from other institutions, and provide critical thinking on topics that they could experience in their role as a student leader. This year there will be two tracks to the Case Study targetting specific populations of participants. More information coming soon!

Educational Session Proposals & Peer Reviewers
Interested in sharing your knowledge about OTR at this year’s Regional Conference? Educational Session Proposals will be open for submissions will open on December 15, 2016. All session proposals must be submitted by January 19, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. Forms will be time-stamped upon submission. Click here to submit an educational session.

We are also looking for professionals and graduate students from Region IV to help with reviewing Educational Session Proposals. Click here to apply to be a Peer Reviewer. If you are having technical difficulties with the educational session submission form, please contact the NODA Association Office first at or 612/301-NODA (6632).

Highlight Session Proposals for Associate Members
Associate Members have the opportunity to submit a proposal to present a Highlight Session at Regional Conferences. Highlight Sessions are time slots dedicated to Associate Members who are interested in showcasing their products or services at regional conferences to NODA members through a conference program session. If selected for a Highlight Session time slot, an Associate Member who is selected to present a Highlight Session will pay the Highlight Session Fee of $100 (in addition to their registration fee). Click here to submit a highlight session.

Regional Awards

Nominate your students and colleagues for Regional Awards. Descriptions of awards can be found here. Available Regional Awards include: Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award (Two and Four Year), Outstanding Graduate Student, Outstanding Orientation Professional, Regional Innovative Program, Regional Outstanding New Orientation Professional, and Regional Showcase Award. All nominations are due by January 27, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. All forms will be time-stamped upon submission. If you are having technical difficulties with the submission form, please contact the NODA Association Office first at or 612/301-NODA (6632).

Publications & Media Showcase
We encourage all schools to bring extra publications and materials to share for the Publication Showcase. This showcase will give schools the opportunity to gain examples, ideas, and inspiration from your fellow colleagues. The items will be placed outside the conference office.

Hotel Information
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria, 14901 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75254
Special Group Rate:$119.00 USD
Rates are available Thursday, March 2-Sunday, March 5, 2017
Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-out.
If you have a preference between king or double beds please indicate in the “Preference” section of the hotel online reservation.
PARKING: On-site parking is complimentary, however, large buses will be required to pay an additional fee to park.

Parking garage has a clearance height of six feet.

While registering for the conference online, you can either pay with a credit card immediately or create an invoice to pay with a check. If you choose to pay with a check please send it to the NODA Association Office at: 2829 University Ave SE, Suite 415, Minneapolis, MN 55414. We highly recommend paying for your registration fee before arriving on-site for the event, this way your ability to attend will not be hindered. NODA does not accept checks on-site, only credit cards if necessary.
 Registration Type  Early Bird Rate
Dec 15 - Feb 2
Regular Rate
Feb 3 - Feb 16
Late Rate
Feb 17 - March 1
NODA Member - Professional
$175 $190
Nonmember - Professional
$275 $300 $325
Graduate Student*
$140 $165 $190
Undergraduate Student
$140 $165 $190
Associate Member

*Graduate students must be NODA members to attend the conference and receive the conference student rate.
**If you are an undergraduate student, you must be registered by a Graduate, Professional, or Professional Nonmember. Graduates and Undergraduates are both charged the student rate.
***All conference pricing is in USD

Regional Conference Refunds/Cancellation Policy
Please note that all NODA membership fees are nonrefundable once payment has been processed; however, you may request a refund for the conference registration fees based on the following refund timeline. Conference registrants requesting a cancellation that is received in writing to the NODA Home Office on or before 5 p.m., 2 full weeks before the conference, will receive a full refund. Registrants requesting a cancellation in writing on or before 5 p.m, with less than 2 weeks until the conference start date will receive a refund minus $100 late cancellation fee. Absolutely no refunds will be made to individuals canceling within 24 hours of the conference start date. Conference organizers cannot accept refund requests that result from canceled flights and/or natural disasters. The contact information for NODA Home Office is: NODA, University of Minnesota, 2829 University Avenue, Suite 415, Minneapolis, MN 55414; Toll free phone (866) 521-NODA (6632); Phone: (612) 301-6632; Fax: (612) 624-2628.

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