San Jose State University
Friday, February 23, 2024 Sunday, February 25, 2024


Registration & Pricing

Type / DeadlineEarly Bird Registration
Thursday, February 1, 2024
Regular Registration
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Late Registration
Thursday, February 15, 2024
(Professional / Graduate Student)
(Professional / Graduate Student)
Associate Member$250.00$290.00$365.00
One Day Pass
(Member or Non-Member)
NODA Cancellation Policy

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Hotel Information

Signia by Hilton San Jose

170 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

Sonesta Select San Jose Airport

1727 Technology Drive, San Jose, CA 95110

Rate: $129 per night + tax and fees
Booking Link
By Phone: 408.441.6111
Cut-Off Date: Friday, February 2, 2024

Distance from Campus: 3.5 miles
Parking: $18 per day
Breakfast Included: No

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Schedule of Events

Friday, February 23

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Conference Check-in 

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Professional, Graduate and Undergraduate Student Mixers 

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Affinity Socials

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Opening Banquet & Regional Awards 

9:30 pm – 11:30 pm Undergraduate Student Social

9:30 pm – 10:30 pm Professionals & Graduate Student Social

Saturday, February 24 

8:00 am – 8:00 pm Affinity Spaces

7:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast 

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Conference Check-in 

9:00 am – 9:50 am Educational Session 1 

10:00 am – 10:50 am Educational Session 2 

11:00 am – 11:50 am Educational Session 3 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Undergraduate Student Lunch 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Professional/ Grad Roundtables

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Pro Staff/Graduate Student Lunch 

1:00 pm – 2:50 pm Undergrad Experience Session

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Professional & Graduate Experience Session 

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Plenary Session

4:25 pm – 5:15 pm Educational Session 4

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Case Study Presentations

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Service Project and Ice Cream Social

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner On Your Own 

9:00 pm – 10:30pm Evening Social

Sunday, February 25

9:00 am – 9:50 am Educational Session 5 

10:00 am – 10:50 am Educational Session 6 

11:15 am – 12:30 pm Closing Brunch & Awards

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Call for Programs

Submitting a program for a Regional Conference is a quick and simple process. You don’t need to be an expert to be a conference presenter, just have a program or idea you would like to share with the NODA community. While undergraduate students are welcome (and encouraged) to present at a NODA Regional Conference, we ask a professional or graduate student member be responsible for submitting the session proposal.

Submit a proposal for:

  • Educational Session – Showcase current research, best practices, and/or professional techniques which advance the field of orientation, transition, and retention or enhance our professional careers.
  • Roundtable – Organized conversation with one or more moderators. Moderators provide a contextual overview to the topic and then facilitate dialogue between participants.
  • Skills Based Sessions – Highlight the skills and tools that don’t always get to shine in the OTR arena. Skill based sessions are practical demonstrations of everyday skills OTR professionals may need.

NODA recognizes the time constraints many of our members are under and has reduced the amount of information required to submit a program. We hope to make the submission process less onerous and more accessible for anyone interested in presenting.

Program submissions will be reviewed in two groups.

  • Proposals submitted by Friday, December 15, 2023 will have a decision in early January.
  • Proposals submitted by Friday, January 12, 2024 will have a decision by early February.

Thank you for taking the time to submit a program, the strength of any Regional Conference begins with educational session submissions from our members.

Learn more about the process and submit a session at

Call for Reviewers

Reviewers are needed to assist in the blind review process for Regional Conference educational session submissions as well as regional awards. Reviewers will provide feedback to the NODA staff and Regional Conference Planning Team to assist in the select process. The time commitment to review is nominal, with reviews happening in January and early February. To sign-up to be a reviewer, complete the interest form here or visit the NODA Submission Center and select the Educational Programs & Awards Reviewer Volunteer Form.

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Award Nominations

Applications and nominations are now open for the award categories listed below. All award submissions are due Wednesday, January 31, 2024 by 11:59 PM CST. Recipients will be honored during upcoming Regional Conferences. Regional award winners will advance for consideration for the 2024 Annual Conference awards. Award submission forms can be found at

Open Awards

Award Reviewers Needed!

Award reviewers are needed for the 2024 Regional Awards cycle. If you would like to assist in the review process, please complete this form. This opportunity is open to all NODA members.

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Planning Committee

Conference Host
Drew Nicklas
San Jose Staté University

Conference Host
Andrene K. Kaiwi-Conner
San Jose Staté University

Regional Coordinator
Heather Correa
UC Riverside

Regional Awards & Professional Experience
Micki Antovich
University of California, Berkeley

Regional Awards & Professional Experience
Megan Huston
California State University, San Bernardino / CSUSB

Regional Awards & Professional Experience
Jess Tallant
University of Oregon

Educational Programs and Evaluations
Chad Zoller
San Diego State University

Educational Programs and Evaluations
Valerie Grace Amoin
Cal State East Bay

Educational Programs and Evaluations
Juan Chihuahua
University of California, Berkeley

Local Logistics & Volunteer Coordination
Bianca Aranda
San Jose State University

Local Logistics & Volunteer Coordination
Komal Sangha
University of California, Berkeley

Conference Speaker Sessions
Noheli Fuerte
San Jose Staté University

Conference Speaker Sessions
Jessica Acuna Portillo
UC Davis

Conference Speaker Sessions
Emily Taketa
California State University, Fullerton

Special Initiatives
Jonathan Gomez
University of California, Berkeley

Special Initiatives
Lesley Aguirre
UC Irvine

Special Initiatives
Rachel Gascon
UC Santa Cruz

Special Initiatives
Joey Tinghitella
University of Georgia

Communication & Technology Support
Andres Elvira
Santa Clara University

Communication & Technology Support
Joseph Villegas
UC Davis

Communication & Technology Support
Laura Lopez
UC Riverside

Communication & Technology Support
Madison Beine
University of Oregon

Local Logistics & Volunteer Coordination
Matt Menor
San Francisco State University

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