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Featured Speakers

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
President Emerita, Spelman College

Monday, November 6, 2017: 9:30-10:30am (Featured Speaker)
Monday, November 6, 2017: 10:45-11:45am (Breakout session - Ticketed Event)

A 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum served as president of Spelman College from 2002-2015. Her tenure as president was marked by a period of great innovation and growth. Overall, scholarship support for Spelman students tripled during her tenure, and opportunities for faculty research and development expanded significantly. In 2008, the Gordon-Zeto Fund for International Initiatives was established with a gift of $17,000,000, creating more opportunities for faculty and student travel and increased funding for international students. Alumnae support of the annual fund also tripled, reaching a record high of 41%. Campus improvements included the award-winning renovation of four historic buildings and the 2008 completion of a new “green” residence hall, increasing on-campus housing capacity by more than 25% and establishing the campus commitment to environmental sustainability for the 21st century. These improvements served as the foundation for Strengthening the Core: The Strategic Plan for 2015, which focused on global engagement, expanded opportunities for undergraduate research and internships, alumnae-student connections, leadership development and service learning linked to an increasingly interdisciplinary curriculum.

Dr. Tatum is widely recognized as a race relations expert and leader in higher education. Her areas of research include racial identity development, and the role of race in the classroom. She is the author of "Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation" (2007) and “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race" (1997) as well as Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987). In 2005 Dr. Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. She is also a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Actively involved in the Atlanta community, Dr. Tatum serves on the governing boards of the Westside Future Fund, Achieve Atlanta, and the Woodruff Arts Center. She is also on the boards of Teach for America, Smith College, the Educational Testing Service, TIAA Charitable, and the Georgia Power corporate board of directors.

She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary. Over the course of her career, she has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westfield State University, and Mount Holyoke College. Prior to her appointment at Spelman, she served as dean and acting president at Mount Holyoke College. President Tatum is married to Dr. Travis Tatum, professor emeritus of education; they are the parents of two adult sons.


Dr. Keith Edwards
Tuesday, November 7, 2017: 8:50-9:50am 
& 10:00-11:50am - Extended Session Presentation

Over the past 15 years Keith has spoken and consulted at more than 100 colleges and universities, presented more than 100 programs at national conference, and written more than 15 articles or book chapters on men’s identity, social justice education, and leadership. His research, writing, and speaking has received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree.

Keith is an executive and leadership coach for individuals who are looking to move forward in any aspect of their life. Keith’s coaching approach is grounded in positive psychology research on what works, Zen practices and approaches to help you get out of your own way, and a social justice lens. He is a trained co-active coach from CTI, the world’s largest coaching school and certification program.

Keith was the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from 2007 – 2015 where he provided leadership for the areas of residential life, student activities, conduct, and orientation. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for 8 years.


Dr. Paul Gordon Brown 
Sunday, November 5, 2017: Opening Banquet
Sunday, November 5, 2017: 4-hour Pre-Conference Session

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown's doctoral research at Boston College focused on college student social media use and its impact on college student development, identity, and self concept. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Paul has also studied at Miami University in Oxford, OH and at New College, Oxford University, in the United Kingdom. Paul currently works as the Director of Curriculum, Training, and Research at the higher education technology software company, Roompact, focusing on advancing and enhancing residential student learning.

Paul has over 15 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs in a diverse array of functional areas including residential education, honors programs, academic advising, college athletics and student activities. He also served in a senior student affairs officer role as the Acting Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Formerly serving as an instructor in the Higher Education programs at Merrimack College and Boston College, Paul has extensive experience in the classroom and working in blended student and academic affairs environments.

Paul was recognized by LinkedIn as “one to follow” and by EdTech Magazine as one of the top 50 Higher Ed bloggers. He collaborated with Erik Qualman as a contributing author to “What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube” and is a contributing author to numerous books on technology and higher education. Paul was recognized as a Diamond Honoree by —College Student Educators International for his sustained contributions of higher education and student affairs. Paul currently serves on the Governing Board of the ACPA as the Director of Membership Development, having previously served two terms as the Coordinator for Coalitions. Paul also serves on the faculty of ACPA’s Residential Curriculum Institute.


Dr. Mamta Accapadi
Sunday, November 5, 2017: Opening Banquet

Mamta Accapadi is a mother first. She is grateful to be in a head and heart space where her daughter challenges and affirms her sense of purpose every day. In her professional role, Mamta Accapadi joined Rollins College as the Vice President for Student Affairs in August 2013. At Rollins, Accapadi serves as the chief student affairs officer and provides broad leadership for initiatives focused on student learning, thriving, and success. During her time at Rollins, Accapadi has focused on developing strategic alignments of core student affairs areas in student care, community, and career and life planning in order to develop stronger functional alignments in support Rollins students, the College’ retention efforts, and mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership.

Prior to Rollins, Dr. Accapadi served as the Dean of Student Life at Oregon State University, where she also coordinated the College Student Services Administration program. In addition, Accapadi served as the assistant director of the Multicultural Information Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and has held faculty appointments in Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Education, and Educational Psychology.

Accapadi received her Ph.D. in higher education administration with research interests in Asian American identity and social justice education. She also has served as a postdoctoral fellow in Women’s Studies at the University of Houston. In addition to a Ph.D., Accapadi also holds a M.Ed. in higher education administration and B.A. in microbiology, all from the University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. Timothy J. Bono
Sunday, November 5, 2017: Opening Banquet
Monday, November 6, 2017: Extended Session 2:15 - 3:45pm

Timothy J. Bono, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis where his teaching and research focus on positive psychology and college student development. Over the last decade, thousands of students have enrolled in his courses on the Psychology of Young Adulthood and the Science of Happiness. His teaching has earned numerous awards, including the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as well as the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. In 2011, he received NODA’s Outstanding Research Award for his work identifying key variables that predict academic success and university satisfaction during the freshman transition. His research and ideas also have been featured in a number of media outlets including Fast Company, CNN, and the Associated Press. He is currently writing a book on happiness in young adulthood, coming out in Spring 2018 from Grand Central Publishing.


Anniversary Celebration Gala

Tuesday, November 7, 2017: 7pm - 9pm
Free to NODA Annual Conference Attendees
$40 for non-conference attendees

Save the date to join us to celebrate the anniversary of NODA in style at the semi-formal Celebration Gala, hosted during the 2017 Annual Conference in Louisville on November 7, 2017. The event begins at 7pm at the University of Louisville Speed Art Museum. This will be a wonderful opportunity engage in fellowship as we raise a toast to honor our association that has made a tremendous impact on the landscape of higher education. Please join us as we celebrate the legacy of excellence NODA has built! Light hor d'oeuvres will be served and transportation to and from the conference hotel provided.


Muhammad Ali Center

Monday, November 6, 2017: 7pm - 10pm
Free to NODA Annual Conference Attendees

NODA Conference Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Muhammad Ali Center on Monday, November 6, 2017 from 7-10pm. The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey.
The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.

In its 11-year history, the Center has created programs that exemplify the principles of Muhammad Ali and the mission of the Center. Over the past decade, the Center has developed impactful programming serving children and adults, reaching people of all cultures, nationalities, ages, and geographic areas.

Inspiration is Ali’s gift, and his six core principles mark his true legacy—a legacy that has the power to live on, beyond the man, and beyond the walls of the Center.

Author's Luncheon

Enjoy lunch and/or dinner while listening to authors speak about their works. These books are ideal for common reading programs ad first-year experience courses. Participants will receive complimentary copies of each title. Participation in the author meals is free, but re-registration is required. Participants will receive a ticket during conference check-in; you can register for these events during conference registration.
Regional Activities

Regional Welcome Receptions
Network with professionals in your NODA region before the opening night banquet which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Cash bars will be available and light appetizers will be provided.

Regional Meetings
Attending your regional meeting can be a fantastic way to network with people from your region, and hear about current happenings and programs in your 'neck of the woods'.

Regional Showcase Sessions
Throughout the program and in the conference mobile app, please be on alert for sessions noted as a "Showcase Winner”. This session was chosen on the regional level as being a remarkable session by the members of each respective regional conference.

Network Activities

Network Dinners
Network with professionals who have the same student affairs interests as you! Each network represents an opportunity for members to affiliate with a group in which they have personal or institutional interest. Networks who have elected to have a Network dinner as a shared group will be noted here when those dates have been solidified. Come back later for more information! Meals are of your own expense and groups will gather in the JW Marriott Hotel Lobby.

Network Meetings / Roundtables
TIMES & LOCATIONS TBD – This page will be updated with meeting times when selected.
Learn about programming and happenings in NODA Networks during network meetings

Side Trips

Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum Tour
Sunday, November 5th: 11:30am - 3:30pm

Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, catch a horse race at Churchill Downs, and enjoy some local eats! Ticket includes transportation, museum entry, race entry, and buffet at the races. Cost of this side trip will be $50/person and registration will open on June 1. For more information on the Kentucky Derby Museum, please visit their website by clicking here. For more information on the Churchill Downs, please visit their website by clicking here. 

Louisville Slugger Museum
Sunday, November 5th: 2:00 - 4:30pm

Take a tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory! See a short film, take a guided museum and factory tour, and take home a souvenir mini bat for $13 at the door. $13/person at the door. For more information on the Louisville Slugger Museum, please visit their website by clicking here. 

Food Guide Tours
Monday, November 6th: 5:30 - 7:30pm

The Taste of Derby Town Food Guide tour is a half a mile walking tour where guests experience 5 different Louisville exclusives including Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse and a local chocolatier! $46/person and registration will open on June 1. For more information on the Food Guide Tours, please visit their website by clicking here. 

Urban Bourbon Trail
On Your Own Timeline
The Urban Bourbon Trail is a free app that can be downloaded with a list of all of the distilleries, bars, and local restaurants that serve bourbon. When you make a purchase at a participating location, you can get the code from your server and can track your stops on the tour! This bourbon experience is on your own and you can visits these locations at any time during the conference. The app can be downloaded here. For more information on the Urban Bourbon Trail, please visit their website by clicking here. 


Graduate Student Experience

Graduate students can register for these featured opportunities during conference registration, at no additional cost. More info coming at a later date.


Undergraduate Student Features

What is the Student Leadership Institute?
The Student Leadership Institute is a highly interactive program for undergraduate student leaders that takes place on Sunday and Monday during the NODA annual conference. It is designed for all undergraduate student leaders regardless if they are new or seasoned staff. Through large and small group discussion formats, your student leaders will have an opportunity to engage with each other and the presenters on various topics of leadership and professional/personal development.

What will my student gain by attending?
The SLI topics selected will engage undergraduate students regardless of their experiences working with orientation/transition/
retention programs. Students will have an opportunity to meet other students in similar roles. Sessions will be interactive and students will be able to share their experiences.
Learning Outcomes:
          1. Create peer networking opportunities
          2.  Provide a forum for undergraduates to share best practices related to their work as                   paraprofessionals in the field of orientation, transition and retention.
          3.  Offer mentorship connections with faculty
          4.  Integrate learning from the Annual Conference featured speakers and educational                   sessions 
          5.  Grow student leadership skills related to orientation, transition and retention
          6.  Develop strategies to positively impact their institutions and student leadership roles


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