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NODA Association Update - November 2018

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NODA Association Update from Joyce Holl
November 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the NODA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. I hope you found great value in attending and that you brought back great ideas that will impact your work. The planning of this annual gathering is two years in the making. The planning not only takes a solid Association Office team but a great volunteer base with the Conference Program Committee. I would like to thank the committee for their great work in collaboration with the Association Office staff: Jordan Holliday-Millard, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Program Chair; Natalie McKinnis, Amazon.com; Michael Toney, Emory University; Katie Murray, Towson University; Eddie Higginbotham IV, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Jesse Bernal, Sam Houston State University; Megan Huston, California State University, San Bernardino; Ashley Perry, Coastal Carolina University; Joe Colangelo, University of Michigan; Cameron Hill, North Carolina State University; Chelsea Truesdell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Grad Student Interns: Patrick Rogers, University of Connecticut; Beth Denzel, Bowling Green State University; and Timothy Lewis, University of South Carolina.

The Annual Conference is a time when we recognize award winners who have been selected by their peers in a blind review process. Congratulations to the award winners who were recognized during the opening banquet:

Publication and Media Showcase

  • Outstanding Brochure or Booklet: First Week Florida Guide, University of Florida
  • Outstanding Handbook: Orientation Handbook, University of North Georgia
  • Outstanding Non-Print Media or Emerging Technologies: Opportunity for Connection Video, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Outstanding Publication for New Students or Family Members: Marine Institute New Student Guide, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Outstanding Theme: Dare to Discover, Carnegie Mellon University

 Awards and Scholarships

  • Outstanding NODA Intern:  Heather Deere and James Luckman
  • Outstanding Mentor Award: Nicholas Lockwood, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Norman K. Russell Scholarship: Michelle McNulty
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award: Blaise Bolemon, University of Georgia
  • Innovative Program Award: “Transfer Mentor Program”, Towson University
  • Outstanding New ORT Professional: Reggie Gacad, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Outstanding OTR Professional: Chrissy Roth-Francis, University of California, Berkeley


There are several NODA leaders whose terms are ending December 31. I would like to thank all of our leaders for their tireless efforts in moving the Association on to be the premiere association in OTR:


Network Chairs

  • Alina Quintana, Extended Orientation Network
  • Erin Datteri-Saboski, First Generation Student Network
  • Chris Landry, GLBTA Network
  • Joseph Radcliff, Graduate Student Network
  • Michael Toney, Highly Selective Institution Network
  • Corey Thoss, International Student Network
  • Jennifer Osborn, Large Institution Network
  • Lisa Grabowski. Non-Traditional Student Network
  • Libby Daggers, Parent & Family Network
  • Jonathan Fries, Transfer Student Services Network
  • Lacey Filkins, Small College Network
  • Phillip Campbell, Two-Year Institution Network

Regional Coordinators

  • Sara-Jean Gilbert, Region II Coordinator
  • Karnell McConnell-Black, Region III Coordinator
  • Megan Green Simonds, Region IV Coordinator
  • Angelo Colon, Region VIII Coordinator

Committee Chairs

  • Marc Mobley, Network Coordination Committee
  • Alison Hughes, Regional Coordination Committee
  • Korrin Anderson, Leadership Development Committee
  • Buffy Stoll Turton, Research Committee

Board Members

  • Shawn Smee, Past President
  • Emily Ivey, General Board Member
  • Zach Manning, General Board Member
  • Heather Maginnis, General Board Member
  • Chrissy Roth Francis, General Board Member


Now that the mid-term elections are over we are starting to see some action in congress related to legislation that impacts higher education. The Governmental Affairs Update provides the information as well as some potential actions that could affect the Higher Education Act and potential chairs for committees. The update includes key elements of the proposed changes to Title IX.

The Board of Directors held the Fall 2018 Board meeting while in San Diego. There were several areas of discussion. Members can learn more by reviewing the highlights.

Until next time,


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