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 2018 NODA Region II Conference

Soil to Sky: Transitions in Sonoma

February 23-25, 2018
Rohnert Park, CA

Conference Host: 
Colleen Mahoney
Sonoma State University

Regional Conference Cancellation Policy 


Orientation, Transition, and Retention programs come from a passion for growth and development. Whether a grad student, undergrad student, or professional staff member, the relationship you create with students has a direct impact on their success and experience at your university. The support they feel has a direct reflection on their connection to campus programs and other students. Sharing what you’ve learned, hearing ideas, while also learning new skills from others for engagement from others is what we have come to rely on to make sure our students get what they need. Orientation, Transition, and Retention begins as a seed in the soil, but the sky is the limit.



Important Dates to Remember


Opens Closes
Registration 12/13/2017 2/20/2018
Educational Session Proposal Submissions 12/1/2017 1/10/2018
Associate Member Highlight Session Proposal Submissions 12/1/2017 1/10/2018
Awards Submissions 12/1/2017 1/24/2018




   Early Bird Rate Regular Rate Late Rate
 12/13/2017 - 1/10/2018  1/11/2018 - 2/4/2018  2/5/2018 - 2/20/2018
Undergraduate Student $145 $170 $195
Professional / Graduate Member $145 $170 $195
Non-Member (Professional / Graduate) $280 $305 $330
Associate Member $225 -- --


Conference Venue & Hotels


Venue: Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University is located in California's premier wine country, one hour north of San Francisco. With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities, and technological proficiency, SSU offers students a friendly, safe, and informal atmosphere on a beautiful campus. The faculty and staff of SSU engage in collaborative learning with students and provide an education that fosters ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in academic discipline.

Consider flying into to San Francisco or Oakland and taking this shuttle straight to the conference hotel



(per night)

Distance From Venue Must Book By  Phone Number Link
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country Single/Double: $165 4.1 miles  February 1, 2018 (707) 584-5466 Click Here



Parking on campus will be $5-$8 depending on the parking lot you choose (reserved vs. unreserved). Information and ticket booths are available for permit purchase. If you are a CSU permit holder, your CSU permit will be honored for your time on campus, and no permit will need to be purchased. View an interactive map of campus parking here:


Conference Schedule

Friday, February 23 
Time  Activity 
4:00 p.m.   Presenters meeting 
4:30 p.m.   Volunteers meeting 
6:00 p.m.   Welcome Dinner - Sonoma State Student Union - Ballroom A 
8:00 p.m.  Professional staff mixer 
8:00 p.m.   Student mixer 
9:30 p.m.   Case study judges meeting 
Saturday, February 24 
Breakfast and dinner on your own 
Time  Activity 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Session 1 
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.   Session 2 
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Session 3 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (rotations)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch (rotations)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Session 4 
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Session 5
8:00 p.m.  Evening activity 

Sunday, February 25 
Time  Activity 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Session 6 
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.   Session 7 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Closing & Awards Brunch 


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