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The Graduate Student Symposium is designed to support graduate students by providing informational workshops, mentoring opportunities, and networking with professionals and peers. The symposium provides sessions on a variety of topics to assist with professional development and the transition from graduate student to OTR professional. The Graduate Student Symposium is open and relevant for all Masters’ students, whether you are currently a graduate student working in the OTR field or one that desires that experience in the future.

 
During the Graduate Symposium, participants will gain an understanding of the field of Orientation, Transition, & Retention. Students will participate in small group conversation, large group discussions, and intentional workshops revolving around ethics in the field, professional development, and the job search process. 
 

 
Objectives 
 
  • Have a stronger understanding on the purpose, function, and professional expectations of orientation, transition, and retention including the role that OTR programs serve and the ethical standards of NODA (Theoretical and institutional knowledge/Curriculum and Content Development).
  • Establish a professional philosophy and self-awareness founded on knowledge-building experiences with peers and intentional conversations facilitated by current OTR professionals (Diversity, Inclusion, Access/Organization and Leadership).
  • Develop appropriate networking skills and discuss professional development opportunities within the Association (Organization and Leadership).
  • Have a stronger understanding of how to be successful in the job search process within the OTR field (Organization and Leadership). 
 
What Attendees Are Saying
 
      "The community I created was the best thing I got from the experience. Not only are we able to interact with other graduate students in different institutions, regions, and years of their work, we are able to learn from and network with outstanding professionals who work in the field. This type of networking allows for doors to open and opportunities to be gained, simply by attending. Being able to walk away with the names and business cards of professionals in the field who are GENUINELY concerned with our place in the field was a feeling like no other. This was an unparalleled experience."       
       - Amy, 2016 and 2017 Graduate Symposium attendee      

 

Leadership Team



Logan Adams
Assistant Director, New Student & Family Programs, Georgia Southern University
  Larry Cloud
Associate Director, New Student & Family Programs, University of Arkansas
     

Joey Ratcliff
Director, Prospective & New Student Programs, University of Houston
 
Alton Standifer
Director, New Student Orientation, University of Georgia

 

 

 

 

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