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Orientation, Transition, and Retention programs are constantly evolving and must adapt over time in order to advocate for growth and the adoption of innovation.

As practitioners in the field, transforming visions to actions is at the heart of what we do. Although our “why” might vary, a common thread we share is the student-centered work we do day in and day out. Our commitment to intentional programming and purposeful student engagement is directly related to the student experience and ensuring that our students play a positive role in helping shed light on the critical issues at our institutions and communities.

Friday, February 23, 2024 – Sunday, February 25, 2024

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

Drew Nicklas
San Jose State University
Conference Co-Host

Andrene K. Kaiwi-Conner
San Jose State University
Conference Co-Host

Professional Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Student
  • Emily Liu, San Francisco State University
  • Roni Hecker, University of Montana, Region I
  • Iliana Rodriguez, Cal Poly Pomona, Region II
Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Abby Molzer, University of Utah, Region III
Outstanding New OTR Professional
  • Melina Casillas, University of Arizona, Region II
  • Kristal Gomez, Arizona State University, Region II
  • Nicollete Manning, Fort Lewis College, Region III
Outstanding OTR Professional
  • Megan Huston, California State University, San Bernardino, Region II
  • Julie Berry, University of Washington, Region I
Innovative Program Award
  • Pioneer Preview Session, Cal State East Bay, Region II
  • Orientation Peer-to-Peer Class Registration Model, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs, Region III
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award (Four-Year)
  • Emily Liu, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Innovative Transition Program
  • Transfer Networking Time” & “Health, Wellness, and You!, UC Davis Orientation, Region II
Innovative Orientation Program
  • The Orientation Course, University of California Santa Cruz, Region II

Educational Awards

Innovative Content in an Educational Session
  • “Flexible Orientation Delivery: How to Change with the Times”, ArtCenter College of Design
  • “Using Design Thinking to Reimagine the Student Ambassador Experience”, University of Montana
DEI Content in an Educational Session
  • I Don’t Have Friends, I Have Family: Orientation Programming for Families in the Pandemic”, Cal State East Bay
  • “Relaciones Familiares: Supporting LatinX Students Through La Familia”, Vanguard University
Best Undergraduate Educational Session
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: What to Consider When Making Orientation More Accessible’, University of Washington
  • “Being Aware of the LGBTQ+ Community”, Loyola Marymount University
  • ‘Pivoting Towards Personalization in Orientation”, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs
Best Graduate or Professional Educational Session
  • “The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Mentorship in the Transition to University”, University of Lethbridge, Ashley Cowie
  • “Forward Families!”, University of California- Los Angeles, Ryan Darling
  • “Silver Lining Despite a Global Pandemic”, Fort Lewis College, Elizabeth Calagias & Nicolette Manning

Regional Leadership Team

Heather Correa
Region II Coordinator
University of California, Riverside