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New Members We Welcomed in January 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
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We are excited to introduce you to some of the new members who joined NODA in January 2019. Learn why they joined NODA and what they are excited about within the Association:


Samantha Ray

Assistant Director of Admissions

Ball State University



"I first became aware of NODA as an undergraduate student at the University of Southern Indiana, attending the NODA conference as an orientation leader. After graduation, I attended the University of Central Missouri, receiving my Master’s in College Student Personnel Administration. During this time, I completed a practicum for Undergraduate Admissions, learning more about the connections between admissions and orientation. In Fall 2017, I moved to Muncie to serve as an Assistant Director of Admissions. This will be my first year working with orientation and Ball State, and I am excited to learn more about the profession, especially how to best support our incoming students and orientation leaders."


Andreas Armenis

Coordinator of Student Engagement & Affinity Groups

Merrimack College

  "Part of my role in Student Involvement has recently shifted to include orientation. I have always known about NODA and was exposed to it a little during my graduate studies at URI, but since this shift I saw an opportunity to connect and explore a strong professional organization that will enhance my approach to my work with orienting students to campus life. I look forward to learning more and diving deeper into my membership."


Glenn Spurlin

Director of Orientation Programs
Clemson University


"I was first introduced to NODA as an Undergraduate Orientation Ambassador. Though I have been familiar with the organization and its goals for many years, I have only recently felt that membership in NODA makes sense with my professional role. As Director of Orientation Programs, I hope to learn much from the orientation community."


Sarah Pasquarelli

Residence Hall Director / Assistant Coordinator of New Student Orientation
SUNY Oswego



"I have known about NODA through colleagues who have been members, and I joined myself because of my involvement with first-year students and, now, orientation! I want to continue expanding my knowledge on topics that are relevant to my various positions as well as stay aware of opportunities for professional growth in my field."


Alexander Crouse

Assistant Director of New Student & Family Programs

Texas A&M University Galveston



"I was actually a member of NODA back in grad school and my first year in the professional world. But as life in higher education goes, I did my stint in Residence Life. Fast forward six years and my university offered me the opportunity to switch into the role I am currently serving. One of the first things I asked my new supervisor was, “Are we a part of NODA? Are we going to the regional conference? Have we ever taken any OL’s?” I value the great community and resource that is NODA and so I had to make sure to join back."

Katie Greene

Admission Counselor

The University of Alabama in Huntsville


"I actually discovered NODA when I was involved with orientation at my alum, the University of Central Florida (UCF). As an orientation team, we went to SROW at the University of Memphis in 2013 where I learned a great deal personally and professionally! Currently, I work alongside our associate director for orientation to train and manage our OL staff. We are attending the AL Drive-In and SROW this year. I'm so excited to connect with other members of the community and the opportunity to get involved with NODA once again!"


Jennifer McDannold

Coordinator of Student Orientation & Transitions

University of Arkansas at Little Rock


"I heard about NODA because I was new to the position and knew I needed to get connected to other professionals and common standards in the field. I googled the professional organization for orientation and boom - NODA. I also realized I had a mutual friend from NASPA, Brett Bruner, who now works at my alma mater. Small world!"


Stephanie Peguillan

Coordinator of Freshman Programs

SUNY Oneonta


"I was first introduced to NODA in graduate school. My current professional position works directly with OTR, and I was interested in joining NODA to connect with other professionals. Our institution, SUNY Oneonta is proud to be hosting the Region IX conference this March, and I am so excited for everyone to see the City of the Hills."


Jacqueline Stack

Assistant Director of Marketing and New Student Orientation, Campus Life

Rochester Institute of Technology


"In all seriousness, I fell into the higher education career path by mistake, and I’m so glad I did. I have worked in Admissions, Residence Life, and now I can provide insight at another level to help our first year students transition and build their communities."



Dacoda Scarlett
Coordinator, First Year Center
Washington University in St. Louis


"I actually discovered NODA back in 2015 as a graduate member when I completed my NODA internship. During the first two years of my professional career, I let my membership expire, but I am excited to be part of the NODA community again. I want to be a part of NODA because it is known for its collaborative members who come together to share ideas, best practices, successes, and challenges. I am excited to be part of such a colloquial community of scholars dedicated to the field of orientation, transition, and retention."



Samuel Dunton
Graduate Assistant for Athletic Administration
Auburn University at Montgomery


"I first discovered NODA after being invited to attend a Drive-In event at UAB. After seeing the group of people that were involved and how we all had very similar interest and goals, I knew that this was an organization that I would want to be a member of. Because of that event, I was able to meet some wonderful people at Auburn University and was able to join them as their NODA Intern for Camp War Eagle. I wanted to join NODA because it is an organization whose members believe in many of the same values I do. Each NODA member I have met has wanted to create the best experience for their students and are passionate about their position. I also noticed that NODA is much more than any other organization because it serves as a community for those of similar passions to learn from each other and connect. This community is something that I think will be beneficial in my future as a higher education professional, and it is also so awesome to see so many great people sharing their ideas!"

Elizabeth Chase
Special Projects Coordinator for Student Success & Retention
Grand Valley State University


"I've been hearing about NODA for a few years now through other professionals-NODA has a great reputation! I joined NODA because in my particular position I am responsible for our parent/family orientation and I am interested in best practices. I was recently referred to NODA specifically for the Parent & Family Network that is a community within NODA, which has proven to be most useful! Everyone is extremely generous in sharing their practices and it feels like a very supportive community. I'm thrilled that I joined!"


Benedicto Llave

Graduate Assistant for Orientation & New Student Programs

The University of Vermont


"I first knew of NODA during my time as a Cal Student Orientation Leader at UC Berkeley. I became a member this academic year through my graduate assistantship at the University of Vermont! As a new member of the NODA community, I’d love to learn best practices of how orientation staff equitize their work and programming across institutions. As a student of color myself, I’m especially interested in how students and professionals of color practice being their best selves in orientation at predominantly white institutions."


Jenna King Wilson

Assistant Director, Community

Johns Hopkins University School of Education


"I discovered NODA after my manager shared a list of higher education professional organizations. I was looking for more professional development and network opportunities after coming from the world of K-12 education. I was so excited after finding NODA because it aligns with my work of matriculation and orientation. I love looking at the discussion board postings to hear about what others are doing and I’m excited to attend an event in the future!"


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