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The role of "the graduate student" is a challenge to define within most student affairs professional organizations. NODA's commitment to this constituency and their distinct needs is exhibited through its organization of the Graduate Student Network.

The purpose of the Graduate Student Network is to foster learning, support, and professional development of NODA’s graduate student members. The Network achieves this by:

  • Expanding graduate student education and understanding of the field of Orientation, Transition, and Retention
  • Creating opportunities for graduate students to connect with peers, professionals, and the Association
  • Fostering career development opportunities that allow students to clarify career goals, explore professional values, and learn successful job search strategies
  • Offering support to current or future doctoral student members
  • Assisting in the transition from graduate student to becoming a new professional

Already a network member? To access your regional or network groups, select the "Communities" drop-down menu on the NODA Connect homepage. Click here to join the network.



For more information, please contact:

Larry Cloud
Network Co-Chair
jUniversity of Arkansas

 



Logan Franks
Network Co-Chair
Georgia Southern University




Graduate Student Network Leadership Team  


Logan Franks
Network Co-Chair
Assistant Director of New Student & Family Programs, Georgia Southern University

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Texas at Arlington
Graduate Institution: The University of Alabama
Favorite Class in Grad School: Student Development Theory
Functional Area Experience: Orientation, Parent & Family Programs, First Year Experience, Student Conduct, Fraternity & Sorority Life, & Career Services
Previous #NODAGrad Experience: NODA Internship Host, Graduate Student Symposium Participant

 

Larry Cloud
Network Co-Chair
Associate Director of New Student & Family Programs, University of Arkansas
Undergraduate Institution: Georgia Southern University
Graduate Institution: The University of Georgia
Favorite Class in Grad School: Student Development Theory
Functional Area Experience: Orientation, New Student Programs, Campus Programming, Housing and Residence Life, Community Service, Intercultural Services
Previous #NODAGrad Experience: NODA Internship at Florida International University, NODA Internship Host, Graduate Student Symposium Presenter, Graduate Student Symposium Lead Faculty, NODA Case Study and Resume Review Participant 

  Kasey Borchardt
Graduate Symposium Co-Lead Faculty

Assistant Director of New Student and Family Programs, University of Kentucky
Undergraduate Institution: West Texas A&M University
Graduate Institution: Texas State University
Favorite Class in Grad School: Foundations of Higher Education Administration
Functional Area Experience: Orientation & Transition Programs, Family Orientation, Student Activities, Peer Mentoring, Common Reading, and Extended Orientation
Previous #NODAGrad Experience: Graduate Student Symposium Participant


Jonathan Tunwar
Career Development Co-Coordinator
Assistant Director for Transitions, University of Florida
Undergraduate Institution: Baylor University
Graduate Institution: Abilene Christian University
Favorite Class in Grad School: Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education
Functional Area Experience: Orientation & Transition Programs, First Year Seminar, Campus Programming, Peer Mentoring, and Extended Orientation
Previous #NODAGrad Experience: NODA Internship Host, NODA Case Study Judge, and Resume Review Participant


Lindsey Snow

Career Development Co-Coordinator: Mock Interviews and NODA Liaison  

Coordinator, New Student & Family Programs, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida

Graduate Institution: Indiana University

Favorite Class in Grad School: Law in Higher Education

Functional Area Experience: Career Advising, Greek Life, Leadership Programming, Orientation, Family Programming

Previous NODA and GSN-related experience: Graduate Student Symposium Participant, Region VI Symposium Faculty, NODA Internship, NODA Intern Host




Jordan Conway

Graduate Student Symposium Co-Lead Faculty

Coordinator, New Student & Transition Programs - Georgia Institute of Technology

Undergraduate Institution: Georgia Southern University

Graduate Institution: Auburn University

Favorite Class in Grad School: Seminar in College Teaching

Functional Area Experience: Fraternity & Sorority Life, Community Service, Student Involvement, Student Governance, New Student Orientation, Extended Orientation, First Year Seminars.

Previous #NODAGrad Experience: NODA Intern at Georgia Tech



Meridia Sanders

Associate Coordinator for New Student & Family Programs, Texas A&M University

Career Development Co-Coordinator: Case Study

Undergraduate Institution: Western Carolina University

Graduate Institution: Slippery Rock University

Fav Class: Organizational Behavior & Leadership

Functional Area Experience – Career Development, Academic Advising, First Year Experience, Orientation

Previous NODA Grad Experience –NODA Interns Host

  Doreen Hatcher

Doctoral Student Representative

Director of Student Transition & Engagement Programs. California State University, Channel Islands

Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Journalism

Graduate Institution: University of Phoenix, Master of Arts in Organizational Management

Favorite Class in Grad School: Organizational Cultures

Functional Area Experience: Orientation, parent programs, special events, student organizations/programs, alumni relations

Previous #NODAGrad Experience: n/a

Advice for Graduate Students: Look ahead to plan ahead. Look at future assignments to determine how they may affect work and personal obligations in order to lessen stress and anxiety.

  Sarah Loeffler

Masters Student Representative

Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation, Bowling Green State University

Undergraduate Institution: Ithaca College

Graduate Institution: Bowling Green State University

Favorite Class in Grad School: Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs

Functional Area Experience: Orientation and Transition Programs, First-Year Experience, Housing and Residence Life, Admissions and Recruitment, Student Leadership Programs

Previous #NODAGrad Experience: NODA Internship at Assumption College, Graduate Student Symposium Participant, Region VII and III Presentations on Accessibility


  Nic Laconico

Master Student Representative

Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation, University of Georgia

Undergrad Institution: University of Georgia

Grad Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Favorite Class in Grad School: Interpersonal Interventions

Previous NODA Grad Experience: NODA Intern at George Mason University, Region VI Conference Graduate Intern, Graduate Student Symposium Participant, NODA Case Study (2018 NODAC Best Overall Award) and Resume Review Participant


 

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