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2017 NODA Region V Conference
The Heart of OTR

March 31 - April 2, 2017
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Conference Co-Hosts:
Adam Karnopp, South Dakota State University
Kristi Okerlund, University of North Dakota
Shannon Gillian Wehr, University of Nebraska Omaha

Join us in Sioux Falls, South Dakota - "The Heart of America" - for the 2017 NODA Region V Conference as we explore "The Heart of OTR." With opportunities to attend educational sessions, network with other professionals in the field, and explore one of the midwest's fastest-growing cities, the conference is sure to benefit you professionally, as well as personally.

Click to view letters from the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau and Holiday Inn City Centre in regards to the recently passed legislation (SB149).

Click here to view the schedule at a glance.

Undergraduate Student Case Study Competition
Each year, NODA hosts a case study competition to provide student leaders with an opporunity to practice their teamwork, critical thinking and communication skills.  Students will partner with other student leaders to brainstorm a response to the case study.  Each group of students will present their ideas to a panel of judges.  Winners will be awarded in the following categories: New Orientation Leader, Returning Orientation Leader and Student Coordinator/Supervisor. If you have questions, please contact the undergraduate programming co-chairs, Ali Jensen, or Marina Verlengia,

 *Institutions are limited to two students per category*

Undergraduate Student Fashion Show
Model your polos, sweaters, jackets and accessories to other undergraduate students during the NODA Fashion Show! The Fashion Show will be part of the Closing Brunch on Sunday morning. If participating, please prepare a 50 word (or less) blurb about your outfit to be read as you are walking down the catwalk.

Graduate Student Case Study Competition
Graduate level attendees are encouraged to participate in the Graduate Case Study, as a way to demonstrate their critical thinking, knowledge of the field of OTR and reasoning skills. Individuals  will present their case to a panel of judges. The winner of the Graduate Case Study competition will be recognized at the closing brunch. If you have any questions please contact the graduate student programming co-chairs, Graduate Programming co-chairs, Marissa Smith, or Heather Ferguson,

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 February 16, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. Educational Session Proposals have been extended to Thursday February 23, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST Forms will be time-stamped upon submission.

We are also looking for professionals and graduate students from Region V to help with reviewing Educational Session Proposals. 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).

Regional Awards

Nominate your students and colleagues for Regional Awards. 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 February 24, 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.

Holiday Inn City Centre
100 W 8th St,
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Room Rates:
King Bed: $119
Two Queen Beds: $119

NODA Rate Cutoff Date: March 9, 2017

Phone: (605) 339-2000

Hotel Registration Link:

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 - March 2
Regular Rate
March 3 - 16
Late Rate
March 17 - 27

NODA Member - Professional
Nonmember - Professional
$275 $300 $325
Graduate Student*
$140 $165 $190
Undergraduate Student
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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