Extended Orientation Institute
December 6 – 8, 2019 | University of Louisiana at Lafayette
The Extended Orientation Institute (EOI) is an opportunity for professionals and students throughout the nation to become educated about trends and best practices while engaging in current research within the field of extended orientation programming. In addition, come to network with colleagues and students, and further develop yourself as an expert in our field. With a blend of student and staff facilitated educational sessions, round-table discussions, and panel sessions, we know this institute has the potential to benefit many aspects of your program.
"EOI is an excellent opportunity to see the passion, energy, and knowledge that students and
professionals from across the country bring to extended orientation and how one can
improve their own programs. There is such a wide variety of EO programs and how long
they have existed so you get a great spectrum of what EO looks like in different contexts. I
loved meeting and learning from many people at EOI and I really hope I can continue to
attend future EOIs!"
Campus and City
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a public research university located in the heart of Cajun country, with roughly 19,000 students. The Lafayette MSA has a population of nearly 500,000 and is well known for its French roots and its “joie de vivre” (joy of life). World renowned food, distinctive Cajun and Zydeco music, a rich history and culture, and true southern hospitality are all part of what makes Lafayette and Acadiana unique. Named the Happiest Town in America, you’ll discover the rich history of our French, Spanish, and Caribbean ancestors. It is easy to see how these diverse cultures came together and created unique art, music, dance, food, and celebrations that have impacted everyone within our state and people from around the world.
Information on Cajun culture, things to do, local restaurants, the history, and much more can all be found on the Lafayette Travel website.
Lafayette is located in the center of south Louisiana and is the hub of an eight parish region known as Acadiana. The Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) is served by Delta, American, United, and Frontier Airlines and is located less than 2 miles from the UL Lafayette campus.
Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome
2350 West Congress Street
Lafayette, LA 70506
Reserve your room by November 15, 2019.
Phone: 337.291.1977 and use group code NODA.
Book your room online.
Registration for the 2019 EOI will open on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. All 2019 EOI registrations are subject to our cancellation policy. We encourage you to review our 2019 EOI Cancellation Policy before completing any registrations.
Early Bird Rate: September 3 - October 1
Regular Rate: October 2 - October 29
Late Rate: October 30 - December 3
Members & Undergrads
Types of presentations
Education session submissions are open until Tuesday, October 29, 2019. We are looking for presentations on a variety of topics related to extended orientation programming, staffing, logistics, and more. Check out the 2019 EOI Educational Programs guidelines for for presentation types, submission criteria and potential topic ideas.
Presenters will have 50 minutes to present to an audience. The presentation can be given on a variety of topics including demonstrating an activity or sharing best practices, knowledge, resources, or results from assessment. We recommend allotting 40 minutes for the presentation itself and 10 minutes for Q&A at the end.
Presenters will have 50 minutes to facilitate group discussion. We recommend allotting 15 minutes for a short presentation at the beginning and 35 minutes for discussion and feedback. We also recommend for presenters to have a list of question prompts to help facilitate discussion amongst the group.
New Program Track:
At least one presentation given during each round of breakout sessions will focus on starting a new extended orientation program. Some may be focused solely around starting a new program, while others may be presentations that are relevant for institutions that are starting new or adding additional programs.
EOI Awards acknowledge extended orientation professionals and programs whose work may go unrecognized when grouped with the national awards and/or traditional orientation programs and models. Schools, programs, and individuals can nominate themselves and nominate others in the extended orientation community.
Award Submission Information
- Schools, programs, and individuals can nominate themselves or nominate others in the extended orientation community.
- Nominators will be prompted to give the name and contact information for the program/individual nominated and information that supports the nomination.
- All award essays should be 1,000 words or less.
EOI award submissions closed on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
The Excellence in Program Leadership Award goes to one professional staff member or graduate student and one student leader who have contributed significantly to the extended orientation program at their institution. Nominees should demonstrate a strong commitment to the field of extended orientation, the implementation and growth of their program, and the success of staff members, student leaders, and student participants.
- Nominees should be someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty in their respective role.
- Nominees should display a strong commitment to the program, institution, and its constituents.
- Nominees should work to create or revitalize elements of their program to improve overall program satisfaction.
The Outstanding Collaboration Award goes to an individual or extended orientation program that has successfully collaborated with a campus, community, or corporate partner to enhance the experience provided by their extended orientation program to staff members and/or participants.
- Nominations should speak to how the collaboration was formed and carried out.
- Nominations should highlight the need for the collaboration and the imact of this collaboration once implemented.
- Nominations should be able to demonstrate how their collaboration/partnership has significantly contributed to the enhancement/advancement of their participants, student leaders, program, office, and/or institution.
The Innovation in Extended Orientation Award goes to an individual or extended orientation program that has used innovative practices or creative problem solving to enhance the operations, efficiency, effectiveness, and/or experience of their extended orientation program.
- Nominations should highlight a new, original, or creative initiative/practice/solution in the field of extended orientation or one that is new, original, or creative to the nominee’s home institution.
- Nominations should speak to the factors that led to this innovation and information on what occurred before, during, and after implementation.
- Nominations should demonstrate how the innovative practice or creative problem solving enhanced the operations, efficiency, effectiveness, and/or experience of their extended orientation program
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.
Past Extended Orientation Institutes
Host: Virginia Tech