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Running the 4-Leg Relay: Effective Group Development in Student Staff Training

September 21, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CST 

Price: $49 for members / $199 for nonmembers

This webinar will cover how University of Alabama at Birmingham applies Tuckman's stages of group development to its Spring semester Orientation Leader class. It will also focus on how your orientation staff can build a more cohesive, high-performing team through the understanding and application of this well-established theory. Learning objectives include: 

  • Participants will understand Tuckman's stages of group development.
  • Participants will gain a broader understanding of the training and development process at peer institutions.
  • Participants will be able to apply the stages to their own orientation teams, thereby leaving with a more complete understanding of where their own teams are in the process.

Elizabeth Burns, Associate Director of New Student Orientation, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Elizabeth Burns has worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the last nine years in recruitment and orientation programs. She is currently Associate Director of New Student Orientation in New Student Programs and also serves as the advisor for the Goin’ Green Orientation Leaders. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations from Auburn University and her Master's Degree in Communication Management from UAB. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and two dachshunds.







Envisioning Transformational Leaders in Orientation
October 18, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST

Price: $49 for members / $199 for nonmembers

Emily Krechel and Chrissy Roth-Francis, Ed.D. 







Emily Krechel has worked within orientation, transition, and retention for more than nine years: as a student leader, graduate intern, and professional. As the Director of New Student and Transition Programs at Elon University, Emily and her team oversee a four-day welcome week orientation that involves 18 Head Staff members, 120 Orientation Leaders, and 200+ Orientation Move-in Helpers. Emily also oversees the First-Year Summer Experiences, the Life Entrepreneur Program for sophomores, and the First-Year Study Abroad program (slated to begin in Fall 2018). Prior to working at Elon University, Emily served as the Associate Director of New Student Services at UC Berkeley. It was there that her passion and love for student leader development and transformation flourished. She had the opportunity to redesign staff training for a team of student coordinators, mentors, and leaders that framed their experience through the lens of Transformational Leadership.

Emily holds a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University, Ohio and a bachelor’s in sociology from James Madison University. Emily is currently the Chair of the Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First Year Experience within ACPA and has been a member of NODA since 2010.

Chrissy Roth-Francis, Ed.D. has worked within orientation, transition, and retention for more than 15 years: as a student leader, graduate intern, professional, and veteran NODA member. As the Director of New Student Services at UC Berkeley, Chrissy and her team oversee a week-long orientation for 8,500 new undergraduates, on-boarding communications and publications, and a student staffing structure of 600. It’s in this student staffing structure where Chrissy loves to witness the evolution of the students into transformational orientation leaders, having an impact on the new students greater than could have been imagined. Prior to working at UC Berkeley, Chrissy oversaw graduate and international student orientations at the University of Southern California. Chrissy holds a doctorate in educational leadership, a master’s in higher education administration, and a bachelor’s in journalism. Chrissy is currently a NODA General Board Member and has served the Association in numerous capacities, including network chair and regional conference host.




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