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Scholarships & Awards
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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.
An innovative program should:

  • encourage diverse and/or multiple subgroups to participate;
  • address a demonstrated need on campus;
  • contain an evaluation/assessment component;
  • are adaptable to other institutions;
  • demonstrate financial creativity or cost effectiveness;
  • involve collaboration with other college or university departments; and enhance student learning.

 

2018 Innovative Program Award Winner

Transfer Mentor Program
Towson University

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:

  • The graduate student must have participated in a graduate internship, assistantship, externship, practicum or other significant experience.
  • At the time of the Annual Conference, nominees will have had to accomplish one complete semester at an institution (excluding NODA internships).
  • Work in a NODA internship does not automatically qualify for the award.

 

2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award Winner

Blaise Bolemon
University of Georgia

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:

  • Current NODA membership for one full year.
  • No more than 4 years of professional orientation, transition, and retention experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to (and shows promise of becoming a leader in) the field of orientation, transition, and retention.
  • Innovative contributions to the individual's institution.
  • Active participation at the NODA regional and/or annual conference.
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2018 Outstanding New OTR Professional Award Winner

Reggie Gacad
Washington University,
St. Louis

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:

  • Outstanding contributions to the orientation, transition, and retention profession (e.g. research, publications, presentations, etc.)
  • Development or enhancement of a model orientation, transition, and retention program that meets the varied needs of students.
  • Current NODA membership.
  • Outstanding regional or association-wide leadership. (Examples: Association Committee Chair, Association Committee Member, Annual Conference Program Committee)
  • Eight years or more of professional experience in higher education (graduate work not considered).

 

2018 Outstanding OTR Professional Award Winner

Chrissy Roth Francis
University of California,
Berkeley

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.

  • NODA may award up to three $1,000 scholarships annually.
  • No individual can receive more than one scholarship in a given year.
  • Recipients of the scholarship cannot be considered again.
  • The scholarships selection is to be based on merit only.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Master's program or in a Doctoral level studies at the time the scholarship is awards.
  • At least one recommendation letter is required from a previous supervisor and/or a faculty member in the graduate student's academic department.
  • A personal statement from the student is required.
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2018 Norman K. Russell Scholarship Winner

Michelle McNulty
University of South Florida

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.


  • Nominees must be a current NODA member.
  • Nominees must have been involved in orientation, transition, or retention programs within a year of the September before the Annual Conference.
  • Within the nomination form, the nominator will be asked to describe:
    • their relationship to the nominee, including how long they have worked with them;
    • the nominee's mentoring style and how it impacted their growth and development;
    • how the nominee has impacted the growth and development of other students they supervise/advise;
    • and a time that the nominee provided guidance and support.

 

2018 Outstanding Mentor Award Winner

Nicholas Lockwood
University of Colorado,
Colorado Spring

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.


  • Must have served in an internship sanctioned by NODA within the 12 months prior to the conference in which the award is given, lasting a minimum of 8 weeks.
  • Must be placed into nomination by the host and/or direct supervisor in the internship.
  • Each nomination must be accompanied by two (2) letters of recommendation; one from the direct supervisor and the other from an additional internship campus representative.
  • Internship experience must be with a different institution and not the student's current institution.
  • Recipients must be either enrolled in a graduate program or have graduated from a graduate program no more than 12 months prior to the conference in which the award is given.

2018 Outstanding NODA Intern Award Winners

Heather Deere
Host Institution: Missouri State University

James Luckman
Host Institution: Saint Xavier University

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.

The Outstanding Research Award is tenable by Masters or Doctoral students who are either enrolled in a graduate program and are in the process of completing a thesis or dissertation during the 2018-2019 academic year, or have/will finish their degree between December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2019. The scholarly research should highlight topics within the field of orientation, transition, and retention. Award recipients will be invited to present their thesis or dissertation topic at the NODA Annual Conference, as well as be invited to submit the completed study manuscript format for possible publication, in part or in full, in the Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention (JCOTR). Applicants must be a NODA member to apply.

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

2018
NODA Fundraising Committee



2015
Laura Coffin Koch, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

2011
Don Miller, Wright State University
Carren Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2008
Archie Cubarrubia, George Washington University


2005
Melanie Payne, Indiana University


2002
LeeAnn Melin, Northern Arizona University


1998
Victor K. Wilson, University of Georgia



1995
Gerry Strumf, University of Maryland


2017
Kathryn Kay Coquemont, Univeristy of Utah
Joyce Holl, NODA Executive Director
(10 years of service)

2013
Dean Tompkins, HelmsBrisco
Dr. David W. Parrott, Texas A&M University

2010
Rick Sparks, Virginia Tech


2007
Becky Armour, University of Michigan, Flint
Deon Butler, Florida International University

2004
Jim Levi, Greek 101


2001
Jeanine Ward-Roof, Clemson University


1997
Michele McManus, University of North Carolina-Charlotte


1994
Dick Mullendore, University of North Carolina


2016
Rebecca Atkinson, Clemson University



2012
Katie Granholm, DePaul University


2009
Joyce Holl, NODA Executive Director


2006
Carren Martin, NODA Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Porter Martin, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

2003
Terese King, NODA Director of Membership Services


1999
Bonita Jacobs, University of North Texas


1996
Valerie Hodge, East Stroudsburg University



1993
Ray Passkiewicz, Davenport College


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,
Twin Cities

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.
The winners of these awards at the regional level will automatically be considered for the same award at the national level.

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:

  • Graduate student participated in a graduate internship, assistantship, externship, practicum or other significant experience.
  • At the time of the conference, the nominee will have had to accomplish one complete semester at an institution (excluding NODA internships).
  • Must be an active NODA member

 

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.

 

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