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Graduate Student Network
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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

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Logan Adams
Graduate Student 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 NODA Grad Experience: NODA Internship Host, Graduate Student Symposium Participant

Larry Cloud
Graduate Student 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 NODA Experience: NODA Internship at Florida International University, NODA Internship Host, Graduate Student Symposium Presenter, GSS Lead Faculty, NODA Case Study and Resume Review Participant

Kasey Borchardt
Graduate Symposium Co-Lead Faculty
Senior Program Specialist for First-Year Experience,
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 NODA Experience: Graduate Student Symposium Participant

Jordan Conway
Graduate 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 NODA Experience: NODA Intern at Georgia Tech

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 NODA Experience: NODA Internship Host, NODA Case Study Judge, and Resume Review Participant

Lindsey Snow
Career Development Co-Coordinator: Mock Interviews & NODA Liaison
Coordinator, New Student and Family Programs,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Graduate Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Favorite Class in Grad School:  Law in Higher Education
Functional Area Experience: career coaching, orientation and first year programming, advising student organizations, leadership programming, residential programs, and summer conference planning
Previous NODA Experience: NODA Intern at Metropolitan State University of Denver, NODA Internship Host, and Region VI Graduate Student Symposium Faculty Member

Meridia Sanders
Career Development Co-Coordinator: Case Study
Associate Coordinator for New Student & Family Programs,
Texas A&M University


Undergraduate Institution: Western Carolina University
Graduate Institution: Slippery Rock University
Favorite Class in Grad School: Organizational Behavior & Leadership
Functional Area Experience: Career Development, Academic Advising, First Year Experience, Orientation
Previous NODA Experience: NODA Internship Host

Doreen Hatcher
Doctoral Student Representative
Director of Student Transition & Engagement Programs,
California State University, Channel Islands


Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Graduate Institution: University of Phoenix
Favorite Class in Grad School: Organizational Cultures
Functional Area Experience: Orientation, parent programs, special events, student organizations/programs, alumni relations
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 NODA Experience: NODA Internship at Assumption College, Graduate Student Symposium Participant, Region VII and III Presentations on Accessibility

Nic Laconico
Masters Student Representative
Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation,
University of Georgia


Undergraduate Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Graduate Institution: University of Georgia
Favorite Class in Grad School: Interpersonal Interventions
Previous NODA 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

For more information, please contact:

Logan Adams
Network Co-Chair
Georgia Southern University

Larry Cloud
Network Co-Chair
University of Arkansas

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