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Beth Lingren Clark

Director of Orientation and First Year Programs
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Current NODA Position: President Elect

Why was getting involved in NODA important to you?

I value the exchange of ideas and best practices, and as a new professional I received a tremendous amount of support and encouragement.

Why should a member consider a leadership position in NODA?

Getting involved in NODA was one of the best things I did. It exposes you to broader aspects of the OTR field, braodens your network with colleagues and resources while you develop as a professional.

What have you gained from your leadership positions in NODA?
So much! Knowledge of the Association and its business watching it evolve as we implemented a permanent home office. A Network of colleagues who I can call upon today for advice and best practices. Individual growth and development learning how to navigate difficult situations and people

What is your favorite NODA related memory?
Co-hosting the Chicago conference with an amazing partner and planning committee!

What leadership positions have you held/currently hold in NODA?
• President-Elect
January 2014 – December 2014

• Chair for Databank Advisory Committee
Worked to leverage resources at University of Minnesota to delivery results in a meaningful, accessible way for members. Evaluated almost 300 questions asked.
January 2013 through December 2013

• Liaison to Research Committee
Assisted with the drafting of the first NODA research agenda statement
January 2013 through December 2013

• Consultant
Consulted for Iowa State University and Haskell Indian Nations University
Spring 2012 to present

• Member of Annual Conference Advisory Committee.
Created annual conference learning outcomes which were submitted to committee and board for approval in November of 2011.
Spring 2013 to present

• Facilitator for the Exploration and Implementation of the Large Institution Network
Member
Conducted exploratory meeting with large institutions and put forward a recommendation to the Board for approval
NODAC 2010 St. Louis, MO

• Co-Author for Orientation Planning Manual
Chapter 13: Assessing and Evaluating Orientation Programs
July 2010

• Co-Author for Students in Transition Monograph
Chapter 14: Building the Case for Collaboration in Orientation Programs:
Campus Culture, Politics, and Power
Fall 2010

• Vice President for External Relations and Research
January 2008 – December 2008

• Member of Executive Director Search Committee
July 2007

• Liaison between University of Minnesota and NODA
Led process to research, propose and select potential Home Office space.
January 2007

• Vice President
Served on executive committee, oversaw editors and network chairs, served as liaison for all strategic partners
January 2006 – January 2008

• Member of Region V Conference Planning Committee (Registration & Publications)
September 2005 – April 2006

• Board Member Representing At-Large Population of Membership
March 2003 - November 2005

• Annual Conference Co-Host for 25-member Annual Conference Planning Committee Conference Location: Sheraton, Chicago, IL held on October 29 - November 1, 2004 - Estimated Conference Attendance: more than 700

• Co-State Coordinator for state of Illinois Fall 1999 - Fall 2002

• Student Leadership Award Coordinator Spring 1999 - Spring 2000

• Member of Annual Conference Committee/On-site Publications November 1997

• Conference attendee Fall 1995

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