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2014 NODA Grant Fund Recipients

Tuesday, July 1, 2014   (0 Comments)
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NODA is happy to announce the fiscal year 2014/2015 Grant Fund recipients:

Stephanie Foote, Kennesaw State University
Executive Summary: The purpose of this grant request is to support the development of and related research on a transfer student learning community, "Flourishing at KSU," which will be co-led by faculty and staff in Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) and First-Year and Transitions Studies (FYTS), and links a transfer student seminar with a psychology course. The foundation of the learning community will be influenced by the positive psychology literature and research on flourishing (Seligman, 2011), and the three elements of self-authorship (Baxter Magolda, 2008). Specifically, the focus of this learning community will be on providing new transfer students with experiences and opportunities to self-author through: the examination of personal strengths, interests, skills, knowledge, and information needed to be successful in a major and/or chosen career; and engagement in campus and community activities.

Christina Gordon, Nipissing University
Executive Summary: In an effort to better support the transition of students entering the RPN to BScN blended online distance program, Nipissing University is piloting a Nursing Transition Seminar that will run annually at the end of the summer prior to the fall semester. The goals of the program are twofold; to increase the understanding of the unique needs of the RPN/BScN bridging students and to establish effective programming that will further best practices in supporting their transition. The program outcomes center around gathering research and identifying themes to inform ongoing programming, allowing staff and faculty to connect with students and disseminate academic information and identify students at risk, and also to contribute to a smooth start to the academic year by providing targeted information to students in a group setting. students.

Shawn Smee, Murray State University
Executive Summary:
This NODA Grant Application is being written in order to host a one-day Orientation and Retention Symposium on Murray State University campus. We will host a variety of break-out sessions where participants can interact and engage on the topics of OTR and how we can implement programs on our own campuses.

Erin DeRosa, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
Executive Summary: Orientation Services at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) will host a one-day Drive-in event during the first week of October for all Orientations professionals within the California State University (CSU) system. One of the goals of this event will be to discuss and plan for the changing CSU-wide mandates related to Orientation programming and the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX. Professionals will share current strategies for meeting the mandates and discuss opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing. Other potential topics include supporting special student populations, e-orientation best practices, and transitional programming strategies.

Anne-Marie Kenney, Newbury College
Executive Summary: The NewburyFIRST pilot program for first generation college student aims to provide overarching academic, social, and interpersonal development support for transitioning first year students. This program, no more than 25 students in size, would run bi-weekly for the entire 2014/2015 academic year with a strong focus on identifying student strengths (utilizing StrengthsQuest) in the hopes that these strengths support academic and personal confidence,enhance overall ability to access campus resources, lead to greater satisfaction and ultimately result in larger 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd semester retention.

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