Circle of Excellence is a recognition program established by the NODA Excellence Fund in 2018. This program recognizes individuals who have served as professionals, teachers, leaders, and scholars in the fields of orientation, transition, and retention in higher education.
Students, colleagues, friends or staff who want to recognize a NODA member can make nominations for the Circle of Excellence. Circle of Excellence honors individuals who: have served in leadership roles on the state, regional and national levels, are individuals who have helped advance NODA's mission within the field of higher education and have made significant contributions to the associations and its programs.
The 2019 Circle of Excellence Nominees are striving to raise $3,000 each for the NODA Excellence Fund, a fund established in 2017 to support NODA members through scholarships and educational opportunities. Here are the 2019 nominees:
Chris Timmerman began her NODA involvement in Illinois (Region V) in 1989. She served on regional and national conference planning committees in Texas and presented educational sessions at most of the conferences she attended over a 20-year period. Chris served on the NODA Board of Directors from 1993-1996 followed by a term as NODA Vice President. During that time, she held various roles including Network Chair, Publications Chair, Scholarship and Awards Committee, and Internship Program Coordinator. She co-authored chapters in the Orientation Planning Manual and monograph, Designing Successful Transition: A Guide for Orientation Student to College. In 1999, she helped implement the first Orientation Professionals Institute (OPI) and coordinated the program for 10 years. Chris received the NODA President's Award in 2000 and the NODA Outstanding Service Award in 2018.
Victor Wilson , currently the Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Georgia, began his NODA career as a presenter at various annual conferences. His first leadership role with the Association was in 1987 as the Chair of the Multi Ethnic Caucus (now known as the Multicultural Network). He served as the Region VI Coordinator, Board of Directors, Vice President and was the NODA President from 1994 to 1996. Victor was also a long standing OPI faculty member where he mentored many OTR professionals.
Jeanine Ward-Roof is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Ferris State University. She has been involved with NODA since 1987 and has served as President, Director of Regions, Board of Directors, Editor of the Orientation Review (now NODA Review), Co-Editor and chapter author for the 2003 and 2010 version of Designing Successful Transitions: A Guide to Orienting Students to College and Editor and OPI faculty member, including the launch of OPI Australia.