University of Iowa
Friday, March 8, 2024 – Sunday, March 10, 2024


Registration & Pricing

Type / DeadlineEarly Bird Registration
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Regular Registration
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Late Registration
Thursday, February 29, 2024
(Professional / Graduate Student)
(Professional / Graduate Student)
Associate Member$250.00$290.00$365.00
Saturday Only Pass
(Member or Non-Member)
NODA Cancellation Policy

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Hotel Information

Hyatt Place Iowa City Downtown/University

225 E Court St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City Downtown

328 S. Clinton St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Rate: $119.00 per night + tax and fees
Booking Link
By Phone: 319-248-6100

Distance from Campus: .08 miles
Parking: $15 Daily (Self)
Breakfast Included: No

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Schedule of Events

Friday, March 8 (School Spirit Attire)

3:00 p.m.Hotel Check-in Begins 
4:30-6:30 p.m.Conference Check-In
4:30-6:30 p.m.Graduate Student Welcome & Symposium
6:00-6:30 p.m.Undergraduate Student Welcome
6:00-6:30 p.m.NODA Region V Newcomer Welcome
6:30-8:00 p.m.Opening Banquet featuring Roll Call & Keynote Speaker (meal included in registration)
8:00-9:30 p.m.Undergraduate Programming: Case Study Competition 
8:00-9:30 p.m.Professional & Graduate Dessert Reception

Saturday, March 9 (Orientation Attire)

8:00-9:00 a.m.Conference Check-In
9:00-9:45 a.m.Educational Session 1
10:00-10:45 a.m.Educational Session 2
11:00-11:45 a.m.Educational Session 3
12:00-1:00 p.m.Lunch (included in registration) & Swap Shop 
1:00-1:45 p.m.Educational Session 4
2:00-2:45 p.m.Roundtable Discussions 
2:00-2:45 p.m.Graduate Symposium Continued
2:00-4:00 p.m.Returning Orientation Leader Institute (ROLI) (for all undergraduate students)
3:00-3:30 p.m.NODA Business Meeting 
4:00-5:00 p.m.Campus Tours
Affinity Spaces
5:00 PMDinner on own
Time TBDUndergraduate Student Evening Entertainment Playfair
Time TBDProfessional and Graduate Student Networking Reception

Sunday, March 10 (School Spirit Attire)

9:00-10:00 a.m.Undergraduate Student Case Study Competition
10:00-10:30 a.m.Roundtable Closure Activity
10:30-11:30 a.m.Closing Ceremony featuring Awards & Fashion Show (brunch included in registration)

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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 Co-Host

Adam Lyons
University of Iowa

Conference Co-Host

Madison Dockter
Cornell College

Conference Co-Host

Emily Klesner Platt
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Regional Coordinator

Sam Glazer Hewson
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Kailyn Tauber
Creighton University Marketing/Social Media

Natalie Davis
University of Iowa Logistics/Volunteer

Hannah Wilson
University of Illinois Chicago
Ed Sessions/Awards

Ting Wang
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Ed Sessions/Awards

David Toles
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Ed Sessions/Awards

D-R Fookes
University of Illinois Chicago
Ed Sessions/Awards

Brad Lanza
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ed Sessions/Awards

Jackson Kennedy
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate Student Programming

Alyssa Conrardy
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Graduate Student Programming

Sam Pfab
University of Northern Iowa
Graduate Student Programming

Gabe Kasper
Saginaw Valley State University
Undergraduate Student Programming

Jenny Krzyszkowski
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Undergraduate Student Programming

Rachel Florence-Spaetzel
Saginaw Valley State University
Undergraduate Student Programming

Emily Parker
University of Iowa
Undergraduate Student Programming

Mitchell Huftalin
Northern Illinois University
Undergraduate Student Programming

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