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2018 Orientation Professionals Institute

The 2018 Orientation Professionals Institute (OPI) takes place at the 2018 NODA Annual Conference in San Diego, California. OPI programming will take place over three days, October 19-21, 2018.


How to register for OPI

You can register for OPI by selecting the option on the second page of the Annual Conference Registration form. You do not need to attend the conference in order to attend OPI. If this is the case, you must select that you will not be attending the Annual Conference when you complete the registration form.


Who We Serve
The Institute is designed to serve new full-time professional staff who are responsible for orientation programming and possess less than 4 years of total professional experience. The Institute is not open to graduate or undergraduate students. We recognize that many professionals have significant professional experience in higher education and may have recently become responsible for orientation programs on their campus, but our primary goal is to serve emerging professionals in the field. 

Learning Outcomes and Curriculum 

The curriculum for OPI was developed and is currently guided by the standards set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). The curriculum serves as a roadmap for professionals new to the field of orientation, transition, and retention over a two and a half day institute. 
There are six steps that guide the curriculum of Orientation Professionals Institute. Each step contributes to the foundation for developing, implementing and assessing orientation programs. The six steps addressed are:

1. Development of Mission and Goals

2. Assessing Campus Realities and Politics and Leading Change 

3. Planning and Programming 

4. Organization of Staffing, Training and Supervision

5: Identify Resources

6: Evaluation, Assessment and Closing

Additionally, the role of orientation and its history in higher education and an introduction to professional development opportunities within NODA are introduced.

Click here for a more detailed outline of OPI's curriculum. 

OPI 2018 Schedule
Thursday, October 18  
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration (Check-in)
Friday, October 19
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Registration (Check-in)
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions (Lunch included)
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner on your own
Saturday, October 20 
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Lunch included - off-site)

Sunday, October 21
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions


What People Are Saying About OPI 

"This institute gave me the tools and confidence I needed to be able to break down the barriers of being a new professional and start owning and taking responsibility for my program. Thanks so much!!!"

"I loved OPI! I will definitely recommend OPI to new professionals in the field. I really enjoyed networking, learning, and having the opportunity to share. I wish I could come every year!"

"OPI far exceeded my expectations! As a new professional in the field of orientation, I now feel like I have more confidence in my abilities. The amount of new ideas I will take back to my institution are amazing! Thank you!!"

"This was great for me as a new professional and allowed me to really think about the foundational pieces of orientation."

"OPI was a truly great experience to kick off my professional career within the NODA world." 

Institute Faculty 

OPI is staffed by outstanding faculty with extensive student affairs experience including a wide variety of orientation and other administrative experiences. Faculty members have served in roles at diverse types of institutions including all sizes, public, private, community colleges, and special interest institutions. Additionally, each faculty member has held leadership positions within NODA. Regardless of the type of institution you represent, you will have ample opportunity to interact with faculty, other NODA leadership, and participants who share common professional interests and challenges.



Jeff Brown
Associate Dean of Students, Clemson University 
  Shea Kidd Houze, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Dean of Students, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Marcus R. Langford
Assistant Dean of Students, University of Oregon 





Jamie Mantooth, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement, University of Tennessee at Martin

Tom Menchhofer
Director of New Student and Family Engagement, DePaul University  
Michelle Nightingale
Director of Student Success Services, Tompkins Cortland Community College   


Jeanine Ward-Roof, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs, Ferris State University 



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