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Extended Orientation Institute
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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.


Venue and Hotel

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.


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 the group code NODA19
Book your room online 



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.

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.

  Members &
Undergrad Students
 Early Bird Rate: September 3 - October 1  $110  $245
 Regular Rate: October 2 - October 29  $135  $270
 Late Rate: October 30 - December 3  $160  $295

EOI award submissions will open on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and will remain open until Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Check back on September 3 for a link to submit your award nomination.
Educational Sessions  

Education session submissions will open on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and will remain open until Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Check back on September 3 for a link to submit your educational session.


Types of presentations

Traditional Presentation: 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.

Roundtable Discussion: 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 2019 Schedule
 Friday, December 6    
 3:00-6:00 pm    Check In and Campus Tours
 5:00-7:00 pm    Dinner (on your own)
 7:30 pm    Welcome & Opening Session
 Saturday, December 7    
 8:00-8:45 am    Networking and Light Refreshments
 8:45-9:00 am    Morning Welcome and Announcements
 9:00-9:50 am    Breakout Session 1
 10:00-10:50 am    Breakout Session 2
 10:50-11:10 am    Break
 11:10 am -12:00 pm    Breakout Session 3
 12:00-1:30pm    Lunch and General Session
 1:40-2:30 pm    Breakout Session 4
 2:40-3:30 pm    Breakout Session 5
 3:30-4:00 pm    Group Picture
 4:00-5:45 pm    Break
 6:00-8:00 pm    Dinner and SOULcial
 8:00 pm    Explore Lafayette
 Sunday, December 8    
 8:00-8:30 am    Networking and Light Refreshments
 8:30-9:00 am    Poster Presentations
 9:00-9:50 am    Roundtables: Undergrad, Grad, and Professionals
 9:50-10:15 am    Swag Swap
 10:15-11:15 am    Closing Session and Awards
 11:15 am    Grab and Go Lunch

Past Extended Orientation Institutes   


Host: University of Memphis 

View Photo Album from EOI 2018


Host: University of Georgia

View Photo Album from EOI 2017


Host: Virginia Tech

View Photo Album from EOI 2016



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