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2024 Regional Award Winners – Region VIII [Press Release]

March 21, 2024
For Immediate Release

Regional Award Winners Announced 

In service to NODA’s mission of creating an inclusive community which enhances and elevates orientation, transition, and retention practices in higher education, the Association is pleased to announce the NODA regional award winners for 2024. The regional awards process helps elevate and highlight the outstanding work of our members. These winners were selected from dozens of different applications and nominations. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees. Regional award winners were announced at the Region VIII & IX Joint Regional Conference in Montclair, NJ on March 16, 2024. All regional winners advance for consideration in the annual award process where award winners will be announced at the NODA Annual Conference in Portland, OR, November 11 -14, 2024

NODA is an international association providing scholarship and professional development for the areas of orientation, transition, and retention. Region VIII consists of the following Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Outstanding New Orientation, Transition, and Retention Professional Award

The Outstanding New Professional Award recognizes outstanding contributions of a NODA professional to the field of orientation, transition, and retention. Contributions should include demonstrated commitment to and promise of becoming a leader in the field of orientation, transition, and retention; innovative contributions to the individual’s institution; active participation in NODA; and/or other significant contributions to the field. Recipients must have less than five years professional experience in higher education.

The 2024 Region VIII Outstanding New Orientation, Transition, And Retention Professional is Stephen Dolan, Coordinator for Orientation Programs at Montclair State University.

Outstanding Student Leadership Award

The Outstanding Student Leadership Award is designed to give special recognition to students for their creativity, energy, enthusiasm, and outstanding abilities, which are the backbone of any successful campus programs. This award will recognize one undergraduate student leader and one graduate students leader.

Undergraduate Student

The 2024 Region VIII Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader is Parker Vess from the Christopher Newport University. Parker serves as a Student Director of Orientation and is studying history with minors in museum studies and geography.


Graduate Student

The 2024 Region VIII Outstanding Graduate Student Leader is Angelica Martinez from Montclair State University. Angelica serves as a Graduate Coordinator for Orientation Programs and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education.


Innovative Program Award

The Innovative Program Award recognizes a program or unique approach to a challenging situation or a specific campus need. This award seeks to recognize innovative and effective approaches in three categories with awards for Innovation in Orientation, Innovation in Transition, and Innovation in Retention. It is the opportunity to highlight good administrative practices that meet the changing needs of an institution and its students. These innovative programs help generate new knowledge and best practices within the field of orientation, transition, and retention.

Orientation Program

The 2024 Region VIII Innovation in Orientation Programs Award is presented to the U Rutgers University – New Brunswick for their program What Would You Do? created by Student Orientation and Transition Programs.

Transition Program

The 2024 Region VIII Innovation in Transition Programs Award is presented to the Old Dominion University for their program Monarch VIPS created by Student Transition & Family Programs.

To learn more about NODA membership and programs, visit www.nodaweb.org or reach out to noda@umn.edu

For questions or comment, please contact Joyce Holl, NODA Executive Director, holl@umn.edu.

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