Multicultural Network Phenomenal Professional of the Month - August 2018
Office of New Student Services
Coordinator of Orientation Programs
Kansas State University
Since she was a master's-level graduate student at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), Ms. Alma Hidalgo, Coordinator of Orientation Programs at Kansas State University, has been an active supporter, providing service to students of diverse backgrounds within the Orientation, Transition, and Retention field. During her tenure at FHSU as the Multicultural Admissions Counselor (she recently left FHSU in January 2017 to assume the Coordinator of Orientation Programs at Kansas State University), Alma was instrumental in the development of the award-winning Hispanic College Institute, a 4-day/3-night pre-orientation admissions & transition institute for approximately 150 Hispanic and Latinx/a/o students. She coordinated all evening programming as well as designing, recruiting, selecting, and training the 30 HCI student leader staff members who mentored the 150 Latinx/a/o students through the college admissions, orientation, and transition processes. She coordinated the Access to Academic Opportunity Grant (AAOG) program, a program for approximately 30 first-year and transfer students from underrepresented student populations in a mentoring program grant with a team of 15 AAOG student mentors. She served as the primary coordinator for the Horizons Multicultural Student Pre-Orientation Program in which she designed, implemented, and assessed this 3-day fall pre-orientation program experience for 60 incoming underrepresented first-year students. As a graduate student at FHSU from 2013-2015, she served as the graduate student representative on the University Retention Committee, advocating for retention, transition, and persistence initiatives to support underrepresented students.
Alma has been an active NODA member for the past several years, having served as a NODA Graduate Intern in 2014 at the University of Texas-San Antonio working with Family Orientation Programs. She has since presented at multiple NODA Region IV Conferences and served on the 2015 and 2017 NODA Region IV Conferences. She presented at the NODA Annual Conference in Louisville, KY on the topic of "Inheriting & Changing a Student Staff Team Culture." She has been recognized by the NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community as the 2016 National New Professional of the Year and by the NASPA Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community in March 2017 as a Phenomenal Woman Friday Featured Professional.