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2017 Region VI Conference - SROW
SROWback Throwback

March 10 - 12, 2017
Statesboro, Georgia

Conference Co-Chairs:
Logan Franks, Georgia Southern University
Alton Mantez Standifer, University of Georgia
Larry Cloud, Georgia Institute of Technology

Join Georgia Southern University March 10-12, 2017 for a blast from the past for SROWBACK THROWBACK, a SROW dedicated to the 90's! Even though we will be paying tribute to the best years of the century, we will still hold true to our favorite SROW traditions wtih Song, Skit, Step, & Dance, Educational Session, and lots of networking opportunities for our students of Region VI!

To receive updates about what’s coming up at SROWback Throwback 2017, follow our Region VI social media accounts. More updates will be coming in the months leading up to the conference. You can also join the conversation and let us know how your campus is preparing for SROWback Throwback 2017 by using the hashtags #SROW2017 and #SROWback. We can’t wait to see your updates!

Click here to view the schedule at a glance.

Conference Schedule
Full schedule will come closer to the conference.

Hotel information

Click here for a comprehensive list of hotels
with NODA room blocks available for SROW 2017.

Featured Speakers
Graduate/Professional Dinner Speaker
Jamie Piperato (she, her(s), herself) is a higher education consultant and speaker. She received her bachelor of science at SUNY Cortland in kinesiology with a concentration in sports studies and a masters degree in student affairs in higher education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is an educator, social justice advocate, and optimist. She is most comfortable center stage in a crowded room wearing a bow-tie and loves encouraging others to step outside their comfort zone.

JP has extensive experience working in higher education as a student affairs professional in the areas of multicultural education, LGBTQ services, Title IX education, leadership, career development, and university housing. Her focus tends to revolve around helping others start their path towards multicultural competence. Currently, JP is the Founder of JPHigherEd, which is an identity-conscious professional development company that provides in-person trainings, online webinars, and online courses. To learn more about JPHigherEd, please visit


Keynote Speaker
Melissa Ruiz, MSW began her career in higher education in Conferences and Events, before transitioning into Residence Life and then Student Life and Academic Advising. She jokingly says there isn’t a job in Student Affairs she hasn’t done yet.
She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, along with a certification in Gerontology and was a John A. Hartford Foundation Fellow.
Before college, Melissa was a competitive dancer, trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip hop. At the ripe age of 16, she went on tour with some of the country's greatest dancers and choreographers through Dance America. Melissa's talent also took her to the Miss New Jersey stage, where is placed first runner up.

Through her time in pageants, she combined her love of dance and advocacy for older adults by performing at nursing homes, coordinating fundraisers and educating people about Alzheimer's Disease. After her grandmother was diagnosed, Melissa made it her goal to spread awareness and raise funds for the treatment and ultimate cure for the disease.

Melissa is part of a facilitation team at Swift Kick that has been named the #1 student leadership program 5 years by schools nationwide and has already worked with over 550 colleges in almost every state. Over 227,000 students have already experienced the shift of “Dance Floor Theory” Leadership Training to help them fight apathy on their campus. She also authored the award winning book “First Year Student to First Year Success.”
She currently resides in New York City.


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 Thursday, January 26. 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 VI to help with reviewing Educational Session Proposals this spring. All selected reviewers will be notified on Tuesday January 31, 2017.

For questions regarding Educational Sessions at SROW, please contact Quentin Hodges ( or Vincent Prior ( 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).

For 2017, SROW will be implementing a new initiative to help attendees navigate educational sessions to maximize their conference experience. This year, educational sessions will be categorized in one of five different “tracks,” or groups based on the content of the sessions. These tracks will allow attendees to easily identify sessions relevant to their interests and goals. While participants are not required to follow a track, we hope this organization of sessions provides a seamless and meaningful conference experience to all attendees. Learn more about each of the five tracks below:

This track will focus on mentoring relationships within your orientation staff. Whether you want to discuss your role as a returning staff member, how to make the most out of the second year on staff, or even how to motivate your other staff members along the way, this track is for you.

This track will focus on collaborative partnerships with your teammates or campus partners, as well as team-building activities and icebreakers to bring your orientation staff together or welcome your new students.

Job Search
This track will explore the job search and all components incorporated within. Whether you are interested in the field of Student Affairs or wondering how to to talk about your experience, this track will help you be the best candidate for that next job or experience.

Social Justice and Diversity
This track is dedicated to exploring social identities and their impact on our campuses. Programs within this track will engage students in dialogues and conversations in the hopes of expanding mindsets while making better leaders.

Professional Development
This track encompasses educational sessions that contribute to our personal or professional growth. These programs may examine application of theoretical frameworks, practicing goal setting, managing stress and wellness, and more.

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. Nominations for awards will be available on December 15. All nominations are due by February 3, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST.  The award deadlines has been extended until Monday, February 13th 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CST.  All forms will be time-stamped upon submission. For questions regarding awards, please contact Chelsea Feraco ( or Mark Pilgrim (

SROW Case Study Competition
Now a SROW Tradition, the Case Study Competition is designed to challenge undergraduate and graduate students by applying their experience, training, and critical thinking skills to examine complex issues within the realm of orientation. Students will be asked to work in pairs to discern major players, themes and possible solutions in a timed presentation. The Case Study Competition is judged by a panel of professionals and awards will be given at the undergraduate and graduate level for "Best Problem Solving,” "Best Communication,” and "Best Overall Presentation” which will be announced at the Closing Session.

If you are interested in competing, you must attend the required participant meeting on Friday evening where we will discuss the competition format, assign students to groups, and answer any questions. During this meeting those interested in competing who do not already have a partner will be paired with another competitor looking for a match. The competition is limited to one undergraduate and one graduate team per institution. To help prepare you for the SROW Case Study competition, we have created a Study GuideThis guide has information regarding the format of the Case Study competition, scoring rubrics, and examples of past Case Study scenarios.

Pre-registration is preferred but not required; to pre-register please note those students competing via the registration form. For more information please contact Kris Klann ( or Stephani Womack (

Preparation for Case Study 2017
There are probably dozens of questions that you still have swirling in your head. What is a Case Study? What will it be like? How will I be judged? Who will be my partner? And probably most importantly how do I win an award? The SROW Committee has developed practice materials and examples to allow students to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for the SROW Case Study Competition. These pre-trainings can also be used by professionals to assist in team selection and for institutions to narrow down competitors.

Pre-Trainings will be available for download on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 and Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Check back for more information.

SROW relies heavily on volunteers to make the conference a great experience for everyone! If you are interested in volunteering at SROW, please indicate that you would like to be a volunteer when you complete your SROW registration. You will receive communication from the Volunteer Committee in February about signing up for volunteer opportunities at SROW. Please contact Elizabeth Burns ( or Donald Coleman ( with additional questions.

SROW Traditions

Scavify: Virtual Scavenger Hunt
We know that you’re SROWtally excited about #SROWbackTHROWback and we can’t wait for you to get to the Boro! Before arriving at SROW, be sure to download the Scavify app and join our ‘SROW 2017’ hunt! This is an awesome scavenger hunt that will take you through your SROW experience, learn about Georgia Southern University, and so much more! You will compete against 2,000 of your closest friends at SROW by completing tasks to earn points. You have the weekend to earn the most points to earn immense bragging rights and hopefully some new best friends along the way. Happy hunting!

S3D: Song, Skit, Step, and Dance Competition
Song, Skit, Step and Dance has been a long-standing tradition for the Region VI Conference. We are excited to continue to develop this favorite tradition of the conference. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. EST/4 p.m. CST, Thursday February 17, 2017. No late registrations will be accepted.

Performing groups must submit their performance via email to and by February 24, 2017.

To view competition rules, please click here.

For questions, please contact Christina Logan ( and Tim King (

T-Shirt and Banner Competition
The T-Shirt and Banner Competitions are another SROW Tradition. Institutions participating in this competition will sign-up during the registration process. Both T-Shirt and Banner will offer two categories for competition: General Themed T-Shirt/Banner and SROW-Themed T-Shirt/Banner. For questions regarding this competition, please contact Jeff Fusco (

To view T-Shirt rules, please click here.
To view the Banner rules, please click here.

Roll Call
Following Get to SROW Your Neighbor and the Opening Ceremony, SROW participants will welcome everyone by letting Region VI see your school pride and spirit! Prepare either a school chant, rally call, or get creative and have a unique sound off for everyone to remember. Be loud and proud and let SROW know your school is present and accounted for! Your roll call can be up to 75 seconds.

When planning your roll call be aware of the following guidelines:
● No confetti
● You will have a limited amount of space to present the roll call
● Showcase your school, state, program, etc.
● Keep any musical references appropriate
● Have fun!

T-Shirt Swap
This part of the conference is designed to take a piece of SROW back with you to remember this experience. You will trade a t-shirt
(or multiple!) from your institution with someone from a different institution in order to remember that unique experience, as well as getting another opportunity to meet and network with other students from all across Region VI. This tradition will take place on the morning of the final day of the conference so make sure to arrive early.

Get to SROW Your Neighbor
Get to SROW Your Neighbor is an event where we immediately challenge our student leaders to get out of the comfort zone to meet the many other student leaders of SROW. The objective of this event is to meet someone from another institution who have a similar qualities, interests, or affiliations that you’ve never met before! It’s a great entry into SROW, as well as a great bridge into our next event: Roll Call.

Professional Staff & Graduate Student Events

Graduate Symposium
On Saturday morning, graduate students attending SROW will be able to participate in the first Region VI Graduate Symposium. Graduate students will be able learn how to transition into their NODA internship, what it takes to lead and supervise undergraduates in their new role, and connect with professionals and other graduate students to prepare for a career in OTR. The Grad Symposium will be hled in Nessmith Lane 2911 for the initial meetings (8am-9:50am) with tracks held within both Nessmith Lane 2911 and 2904. Please check conference program for the most recent information.

Professional Lounge
Throughout SROW, the Professional Lounge will be available to charge your laptop, answer a few pressing emails, or just take a moment to relax. Chargers will be available to refuel your electronics and snacks will be on hand to refuel your energy.

Graduate/Professional Dinner
On Saturday, professionals and graduate students will enjoy dinner and learn updates about Region VI, the Association, and SROW ‘18. After, we’ll have a keynote speaker to share their story of OTR’s impact and how we can make a change on our campuses through our programs’ influence.

Graduate & Professional Social
On Saturday from 8:15-10:30 p.m., unwind with fellow graduate students and professional staff. Enjoy a catered dessert buffet and connect with colleagues or network with someone new. This is a great opportunity for our Region VI professional and graduate student participants to make new connections!

Service Project
As part of 2017 SROWback Throwback, we will be partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County. Since 2001, they have been providing youth-oriented programming to local children and some of those program topics include: character & leadership, education & career, health & life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness & recreation. The Boys and Girls Club is now serving nearly 400 local students, but want to keep pursuing their goal of supporting every child that needs their services.

Click here for more information about the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County.

Click here for information regarding item collection details.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:
Ashley Miller, University of Alabama
SROW 2017 Service Project Chair

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 9
Regular Rate
Feb 10 - Feb 23
Late Rate
Feb 24 - March 6
NODA Member - Professional
Nonmember - Professional
$250 $275 $300
Graduate Student*
$110 $135 $160
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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