2018 Innovative Program Award Winner
Transfer Mentor Program
|Scholarships & Awards|
NODA presents awards and scholarships at the national and regional level at our conferences. Some award winners at the regional level are automatically considered for the award at the national level. NODA members are encouraged to nominate their colleagues and programs at both the regional and national level.
Annual and Regional Awards Categories
Innovative Program Award
The Innovative Program Award is presented annually by NODA to a program or unique approach to a challenging situation and/or specific campus concern or need. It is a goal of NODA to recognize leaders and generate new knowledge within the field of orientation, transition, and retention. This award seeks to recognize innovative and effective approaches that help university officials meet the changing needs on college and university campuses. It is also an opportunity to highlight good administrative and other practices and share different approaches to meeting student needs with colleagues at other institutions. This award is granted at both the regional and national level. Each region will select a recipient for the regional award. These winners will be automatically considered for the national level.
2018 Innovative Program Award Winner
Transfer Mentor Program
Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award
The Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award recognizes one graduate student for their contribution to their campus orientation, transition, and retention program and staff success. The award is based on the following:
2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award Winner
Outstanding New OTR Professional Award
The Outstanding New OTR Professional Award recognizes a new orientation, transition, and retention professional who has demonstrated service to NODA at a regional Association-wide level, and/or to the orientation, transition, and retention profession. This award is granted at both the regional level and the national level. Each region will select a recipient for the regional award. The regional award winners will automatically be considered for the national award winner as well. The award is based on the following:
2018 Outstanding New OTR Professional Award Winner
Outstanding OTR Professional Award
The Outstanding OTR Professional Award recognizes outstanding contributions of a NODA professional to the field of orientation, transition, and retention. The award is based on the following:
2018 Outstanding OTR Professional Award Winner
Chrissy Roth Francis
Annual Scholarship and Awards Categories
Norman K. Russell Scholarship
The Norman K. Russell Scholarship is awarded to recognize and assist graduate or doctoral students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to orientation, retention and transition, who will contribute to the enhancement of the orientation field, and who is currently enrolled as a graduate student in orientation-related fields. Up to three $1,000 scholarships (one of which may be awarded to a doctoral student) will be announced at the annual conference. Scholarships are sent through each recipient’s financial aid office for distribution of funds.
2018 Norman K. Russell Scholarship Winner
Outstanding Mentor Award
The Outstanding Mentor Award is designed to give special recognition to those professionals who provide outstanding mentorship and guidance to graduate students who aid in orientation, transition, and retention programs with our Association and on your campuses.
2018 Outstanding Mentor Award Winner
Outstanding NODA Intern Award
The Outstanding NODA Intern Award recognizes one intern who demonstrated commitment to learning, professional development, and service through the successful completion of a NODA internship.
2018 Outstanding NODA Intern Award Winners
Outstanding Research Award
To emphasize and celebrate the importance of research in the field of orientation, transition, and retention, NODA has an established research award. Each year, one graduate/doctoral student will be awarded a $1,000 award and one-year membership for NODA. This is awarded in recognition of an outstanding dissertation or master’s thesis related to orientation, transition, and/or retention in higher education.
NODA Presidential Recognition Award
The Presidential Recognition Award is given annually (at the discretion of the Association Presidents) to an individual or organization to honor outstanding commitment and support to the advancement of the mission of the Association.
NODA Presidential Recognition Award Winners
Annual Publication and Media Showcase Awards
Outstanding Brochure or Booklet Award
This award includes brochures, information pieces, and booklets that outline, depict, or describe the orientation, transition, and retention program or for special populations or welcome week programs. A brochure or booklet would be considered a small publication or pamphlet, mostly containing the highlights of the orientation or welcome week program. Publications must be 50 pages or less to be considered for this category. Handbooks can be color, gray, or black and white.
2018 Outstanding Brochure or Booklet Award Winner
University of Florida
Outstanding Handbook Award
This award includes a book-type publication that outlines the program, activities, academic, and items of interest specifically for new students. (Note: daily, weekly, or monthly academic planners do not classify as handbooks). Handbooks must be 50 pages or more to be considered for this category. Handbooks can be color, gray, or black and white.
2018 Outstanding Handbook Award Winner
University of North Georgia
Outstanding Non-Print Media or Emerging Technologies Award
This award will include all videos, slide shows, or computer technologies that outline orientation programs, activities, academics, or items of interest for new students. Submission includes a copy or link to the non-print media/emerging technologies entry, either with a website link or a YouTube link, and a 500 word (maximum) submission to clarify how the piece was used in the orientation program.
2018 Outstanding Non-Print Media or Emerging Technologies Award Winner
University of Minnesota,
Outstanding Publication for New Students or Family Members Award
This award includes publications that are given out directly to new students and/or family members during the year or orientation program. Calendars or handouts or newsletters will be considered as long as they are directly associated with either new students and/or family members.
2018 Outstanding Publication for New Students or Family Members Award Winner
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University- Newfoundland
Outstanding Use of Theme Award
This award consists of all the ways a theme is used within an orientation program. The consistency and originality in the use of theme in orientation, transition, and retention for the overall orientation program and publications will be critiqued. Theme should be submitted with a 500 word (maximum) essay detailing how the theme was used during orientation. Submission can also include photos of publications/programs, t-shirts, website examples, etc. that were used during their orientation programming.
2018 Outstanding Use of Theme Award Winner
Carnegie Mellon University
Regional Awards Categories
Application will open November 19, 2019.
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
The Regional Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award is designed to give special recognition to graduate students for their contributions to their campus orientation program, staff success, creativity and outstanding abilities. The award is based on the following:
Regional Showcase Award
At the close of each regional conference sessions will be deemed the "Regional Showcase Winner.' The criteria for this award will be based upon the evaluation results and other factors deemed by the regional leadership team and conference planning committee. One award will be given for the best presentation by an undergraduate student presenter(s) and one will be for the best presentation by a professional / graduate student presenter(s). The Regional Showcase Session that is selected for the Professional / Graduate student presenter(s) will be automatically be accepted for inclusion at the next NODA Annual Conference in the fall.
NODA declares a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the provisions of services to the membership and the public. In recognition of the responsibility to this membership, NODA reaffirms its policy of fair and equal treatment in all practices to all persons regardless of race, color, age, marital status, gender, religion, natural origin, ancestry, sexual/affectional orientation, disability or veteran status.