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Preconference Workshops

Graduate Student Features

Undergraduate Student




Side Trips


Health & Wellness  

Conference Schedule

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Conference Check-In / Registration Desk 
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  ZUMBA  
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Graduate Symposium
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Pre-conferences
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Side Trip - Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill
Downs Walking Tour 
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Side Trip - Louisville Slugger Factory 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. New to NODA Event
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Opening Reception 
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Opening Banquet
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Dessert Reception with NODA Associate Member 

Monday, November 6, 2017

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.  NODA Fun Run/Walk/Roll - 5K & 1mile  
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Coffee Chat with NODA Leadership
8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.  Educational Session Block 1
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Featured Speaker - Dr. Tatum 
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
10:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Educational Session Block 2
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch in Exhibit Hall 
2:15 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.   Educational Session Block 3 
3:15 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.   Educational Session Block 4
4:15 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.   Educational Session Block 5
5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   Side Trip - Food Guide Tours
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Muhammad Ali Center Event 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.   ZUMBA 
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.   Yoga
8:50 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.  Featured Speaker - Dr. Keith Edwards
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.  Educational Session Block 6
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.   Educational Session Block 7
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Authors Luncheon
1:45 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.   Educational Session Block 8
2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.  Educational Session Block 9
3:55 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.   Featured Speaker Panel - Past NODA Presidents
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.   Anniversary Celebration Gala at the Speed Art Museum


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.   ZUMBA 
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Coffee Chat with NODA Leadership
8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.  Educational Session Block 10
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.  Educational Session Block 11
10:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Closing Brunch and 2018 Conference Reveal  

Network Meetings

 GLBTA Network            Monday, Nov 6th   8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
 Transfer Student Network            Monday, Nov 6th  10:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
 Small College Network            Monday, Nov 6th  2:15 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
 Extended Orientation Network            Monday, Nov 6th  3:15 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.
 Two-Year Institutions Network            Monday, Nov 6th  3:15 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.
 Parent & Family Network            Monday, Nov 6th  4:15 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.
 Multicultural Network            Tuesday, Nov 7th   10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
 Highly Selective Institutions   Network            Tuesday, Nov 7th  
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
 Non-Traditional Student   Network             Tuesday, Nov 7th  
1:45 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.
 First-Generation College   Student Network            Tuesday, Nov 7th   
2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
 International Student Network            Wednesday, Nov 8th   8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
 Large Institution Network            Wednesday, Nov 8th   8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
 Graduate Student Network            Wednesday, Nov 8th
 9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.


Pre-Conference Workshops

NODA is now allowing people to register for a pre-conference even if you are not able to stay for the full conference. To register for a pre-conference by itself (and you are not attending an annual conference) you will need to contact the NODA office at or by calling us at 1.866.521.6632. Click here to view full descriptions of the workshops. 

Pre-conference Workshop Title
Reconceptualizing Success to Support Diverse Populations Through OTR Programming
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Crisis Management in Orientation
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Safe Zone: Train the Trainer
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Educating Students for Digital Leadership and Citizenship
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Highly Selective Institutions Network: A Day of Best Practices & Roundtable Discussions
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Graduate Student Experience

Below is a schedule for the Graduate Student Track at the 2017 NODA Annual Conference. Graduate students can register for these featured opportunities during conference registration, at no additional cost. 

Graduate Student Meet Up Saturday, November 4th: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Symposium
Sunday, November 5th: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Graduate Student Resume Review
Monday, November 6th: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Graduate Student Case Study Competition
Tuesday, November 7th: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Student Features

The Student Leadership Institute is a highly interactive program for undergraduate student leaders that takes place on Sunday through Tuesday during the NODA annual conference. It is designed for all undergraduate student leaders regardless if they are new or seasoned staff. Through large and small group discussion formats, your student leaders will have an opportunity to engage with each other and the presenters on various topics of leadership and professional/personal development. 

Click here to learn more about SLI 


Anniversary Gala
Tuesday, November 7, 2017: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Free to NODA Annual Conference Attendees
$40 for non-conference attendees

Save the date to join us to celebrate the anniversary of NODA in style at the semi-formal Celebration Gala, hosted during the 2017 Annual Conference in Louisville. The event begins at 7:00pm at the University of Louisville Speed Art Museum. This will be a wonderful opportunity to engage in fellowship as we raise a toast to honor our association that has made a tremendous impact on the landscape of higher education. Please join us as we celebrate the legacy of excellence NODA has built! Light hor d'oeuvres will be served and transportation to and from the conference hotel is provided.

NODA Past Presidents Panel
Tuesday, November 7, 2017: 3:55 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
NODA Past Presidents Dr. Charlie Andrews, Andrene Kaiwi-Lenting, Dr. Richard Mullendore, Rick Sparks, and Dr. Jeanine Ward-Roof are taking part in a moderated discussion on the past, present, and future of higher education, specifically the role of orientation, transition, and retention. They will be answering questions from the audience and providing insight into the role of NODA and its members.


Regional Welcome Receptions
Network with professionals in your NODA region before the opening night banquet which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Cash bars will be available and light appetizers will be provided.

Author's Luncheon
Enjoy lunch while listening to authors speak about their works. These books are ideal for common reading programs at first-year experience courses. Participants will receive complimentary copies of each title. Participation in the author meals is free, but pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Click here to learn about this year's featured authors. 

Network Dinners
Network with professionals who have the same student affairs interests as you! Each network represents an opportunity for members to affiliate with a group in which they have personal or institutional interest. Networks who have elected to have a Network dinner as a shared group will be noted here when those dates have been solidified. Come back later for more information! Meals are of your own expense and groups will gather in the JW Marriott Hotel Lobby.


New to NODA Event - All Welcome!
Sunday, November 5, 2017: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Be sure to join us for the New to NODA Welcome Event to find out more about NODA and learn common lingo. Also, hear from experienced NODA professionals about how they utilize the annual conference to network with colleagues from across the country and learn about ways to enhance their respective campus programs.

Muhammad Ali Center Event
Monday, November 6, 2017: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00pm
NODA Conference Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Muhammad Ali Center, a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey.

The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be. In its 11-year history, the Center has created programs that exemplify the principles of Muhammad Ali and the mission of the Center. Over the past decade, the Center has developed impactful programming serving children and adults, reaching people of all cultures, nationalities, ages, and geographic areas.

Inspiration is Ali’s gift, and his six core principles mark his true legacy—a legacy that has the power to live on, beyond the man, and beyond the walls of the Center.


Coffee Chat with NODA Leadership
Monday, November 6 & Wednesday, November 8, 2017: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Join members from NODA Leadership for coffee and conversations about the work of the Association.

Promoting a Diverse & Inclusive Environment: A Space to Advocate Change
Monday, November 6 & Tuesday, November 7, 2017: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

NODA's core values state, "We are an inclusive community of practitioners and scholars, building, fostering, and shaing an environment that promotes connections of people and ideas for peer-to-peer learning." It's alarming to many of us to hear our political leaders make disparaging comments and pass legislation that is directly against this core belief. Please take at least 10 minutes of your conference experience to learn how you can take action and let our representatives understand the importance of diversity and inclusion to our Association, on your campus, and to you personally. To initiate change, we must give voice to the issues and concerns of others that may otherwise not be acknowledged. This space may also be used to have a conversation with a colleague or to share ideas around topics of diversity and inclusion.

Dear World Live
Monday, November 6, 2017:   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017:  8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Dear World Live is an interactive, award-winning event that explores the subtle and powerful connections between students, faculty, staff, and peers. WIth Dear World, we will be taking portraits throughout the conference, culminating in a group of photos and stories that celebrate the diversity, energy, and enthusiasm of NODA.


Side Trips

Kentucky Derby Museum  Sunday, November 5
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$22 ticket (includes a roundtrip transportation from Marriott hotel) 
Louisville Slugger Museum  Sunday, November 5
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
$13 per person at the door, includes a souvenir mini bat 
Food Guide Tours Monday, November 6
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
$46 per person 
Urban Bourbon Trail  Available throughout the conference  Free app


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the Conference

Volunteering at the Annual Conference is a great way to be active in the Association and network with your peers. It's not too late volunteer at this year's conference. 


WaterStep is a local organization that collects used shoes to fund water treatment projects across the globe to provide clean and safe water to communities. NODA encourages members to bring one (or more) pair of used shoes to donate to WaterStep.

Please visit the WaterStep website for more information about their organization and projects.

The Mascot Roundup
The Mascot Roundup is NODA's reoccurring service project where conference attendees bring their institution's mascot to donate to a local women's shelter or children's hospital. Please bring one of your institution's mascots or any new stuffed animal to donate to a local organization.
Leave a Scarf
Louisville, KY is one of the most caring cities in America and it shows! During the colder months of the year, community members leave scarves around street lights and poles for the homeless to help keep them warm. Please bring a scarf with you and place so
mewhere downtown as you explore and enjoy Louisville.


Health & Wellness

Zumba / Yoga
Refer to the Conference Schedule for Specific Times and Locations

Whether you're looking for a fast-paced workout that will get your heart rate up or a more relaxed transition into the day, we're excited to offer morning group exercise options during the conference. Join us for a Zumba dance party that will get you energized for the day's activities (offered on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) or clear your mind with a meditative Yoga class (Offered on Tuesday).

NODA Fun Run / Walk / Roll
Monday, November 6, 2017: 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Calling all conference participants - come join other NODA members and get moving! Join us for our annual NODA Fun Run/Walk/Roll, a 1 mile or 5k taking place on Monday morning. All skill levels are welcome!


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