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2017 NODA Region IX Conference
The Spirit of OTR

February 24 - 26, 2017
Danvers, Massachusetts

Conference Co-Chairs:
Sal Rizza, Southern Connecticut State
Betsy Staff, Binghamton University

Join us in beautiful Danvers, Massachusetts from February 24-26 as we explore important and relevant issues in the field of orientation, transition and retention.  This conference is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals to network, share best practices, and return to their campuses rejuvenated. We will come together in great spirit for important conversations, reflections, and discovery. Undergraduate students will benefit from leadership development, discovering new ideas for their programs, and connecting with other orientation leaders from around the region.  Professionals and graduate students can look forward to a plethora of social experiences and professional development opportunities during the conference.

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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 12, 2017 extended to January 17 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. Forms will be time-stamped upon submission.If you would like some more guidance on the ed session submission process, click here.

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 January 26, 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).

Undergraduate Case Study Competition
Hello Region IX Orientation Leaders! Once again, we are hosting our Undergraduate Case Study Competition! Are you great at problem solving on your feet? Do you like working within a team? Participate in this unique opportunity to work with undergraduate students from other institutions to brainstorm a solutions to a challenging orientation scenario. During your team’s assigned time block, you will spend approximately 30 minutes with your team preparing and presenting the case study. Winners for “Best Problem Solving”, “Best Communication” and “Best Overall Presentation”  will be announced at the conference Closing Brunch.  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. Pre-registration is preferred but not required; for more information please contact Regina Marshall (


ROLI - Regional Orientation Leaders Institute
The Regional Orientation Leaders Institute (ROLI) is a highly interactive program designed to give returning undergraduate student leaders, in a senior or supervisory role, an opportunity to focus on increasing their competency levels in a variety of skill areas. In addition to the educational sessions, each participant will be placed in small mentoring groups to provide opportunities for increased interaction with peers and professionals from all areas of the region. Due to space limitations, a maximum of 2 undergraduate students per institution will be allowed to register for ROLI. The additional fee for ROLI is $30 per student with a maximum capacity of 50 participants.

For additional information about ROLI, please contact Lauren Whelan ( & Andy Donahue (

**IMPORTANT: There is a limit of ONLY 2 ROLI attendees per school**

Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore
50 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

Hotel Reservation Link:

Phone Number: 978-777-2500

Standard King - $105
Standard Two Doubles - $105

Cut-off Date for NODA Rate: January 31, 2017

The link for airport, directions, and parking:

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 - Jan 26

Regular Rate
Jan 27 - Feb 9

Late Rate
Feb 10 - 21

NODA Member - Professional
Nonmember - Professional
$310 $335 $360
Graduate Student*
$160 $185 $210
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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