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2019 Region VI Conference
SROWtally Tacky Tourists

March 15 - 17, 2019
Coastal Carolina University
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Conference Hosts:
Susannah Marshman, Coastal Carolina University
Ashley Perry, Coastal Carolina University


Important Dates to Know Printable PDF
2019 Regional Conference Cancellation Policy

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited remaining space, registrations moving forward will be accepted on a first come first served basis. To register for the conference, please email the Association at and we will assist you with the process. Please also contact the Association with any questions. 
Conference Features 
Educational Sessions 

The deadline for educational session proposals has passed for this year's regional conference. 


At the 2019 Regional Conference, we will celebrate the achievements of our members with our Regional Awards. These awards include:

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader - Two- and Four-Year
  • Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Outstanding Orientation Professional
  • Regional Innovative Program
  • Regional Outstanding New Orientation Professional
  • Regional Showcase Awards

We are no longer accepting award nominations for this year's regional conference.

Featured Speaker  

Sunday, March 17th at 8:15 a.m.
(for professionals and graduate students only)

Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg holds the title of chancellor's professor at UNC Charlotte for distinguished national, international, and interdisciplinary contributions. Dr. Rogelberg's newest book, "The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance" (Oxford), was just released and recognized by the Washington Post as the #1 leadership book to watch for in 2019 and Business Insider as one of the "Top 14 business books everyone will be reading in 2019." 

Rogelberg has more than 100 publications addressing issues such as team effectiveness, leadership, engagement, and meetings at work. He recently won the very prestigious international Humboldt Award for his research. He is the editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology and the "Talent Management Essentials" book series. His research has been profiled in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, The London Guardian, National Geographic, and Scientific American Mind, among others. Besides keynoting and speaking around the globe, he is the recipient of a Master Teacher Award and Psi Chi Professor of the Year Award.

He consults for small and large organizations, including IBM, TIAA, Cisco, Procter & Camble, Family Dollar, Siemens, and others. Rogelberg founded and currently directs large outreach initiatives focusing on nonprofit organization health and effectiveness with more than 1,000 nonprofits served. He was the inaugural winner of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Humanitarian Award.

Rogelberg is a professor of organizational science, management, and psychology, as well as the director of organizational science. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. 

SROW Call...SROW Your Spirit! 

SROW Call is the opportunity to introduce your team to SROW 2019 participants! You will have 30 seconds to stand up and introduce your orientation team. Sound like a short amount of time? It is and YOU CAN DO IT! Give us your best cheer, chant, or original school excitement in 30 seconds. 

Remember the following: 

  • 30 second time limit
  • No throwing confetti, silly string, or any other objects during SROW Call
  • You will respond to SROW Call from your seats
  • Applause and support will be given at the END of each state's list
  • Mind the time limit
  • All institutions are encouraged to participate in SROW Call

Questions? Contact Shelby Dominick Reed.

Case Study Competition 
The Case Study Competition is a long standing SROW tradition. Each school is allowed one undergraduate and one graduate team. The university with one student participant will be paired with another undergraduate or graduate student from another university at the conference. Teams will receive a scenario Friday night and will have time to develop a plan of action on how to best address the scenario. Students are judged on the following criteria: organization, professionalism, problem solving abilities, creativity, and communications skills. The competition will take place Saturday afternoon.
Service Project  

Are you ready to make an impact? This year NODA Region VI is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Horry County (Habitat). Habitat's mission is to eliminate substandard housing in Horry County, SC by establishing partnerships to build simple, decent, and affordable housing and communities. Since 1991, Habitat has been advocating for families throughout the community and educating citizens about their housing rights. 

Click here to learn more about the service project, including a complete project overview, scoring criteria, and submission forms.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact 2019 Service Project Chair, James Kelly.

S3D: Song, Skit, Step and Dance Competition 

Are your bags packed and are you ready for S3D? The Song, Skit, Step and Dance Competition has been a long-standing tradition for the Region VI Conference, and we are excited to see what institutions will bring to the competition this year! We are pumped to announce that the S3D Competition will take place on the evening of Saturday, March 16, 2019. You don't want to miss it!

The deadline for your institution to register for the S3D Competition will be Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EST / 4:00 pm. CST. No late registrations will be accepted. Performing groups must submit their performance audio via email to Mallory LaPlant ( and Donald Coleman ( by Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST / 4:00 p.m. CST. Please read the competition rules and guidelines for more detail. You can also view the S3D Competition Set-Up.

For questions, please contact Donald Coleman and Mallory LaPlant.

Graduate Student Symposium 

The Graduate Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 16 from 8:15 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. It is great for current Masters' students, whether you are currently a graduate student working in the ORT field or one that desires that experience in the future. It is also great for current or prospective NODA interns. Click here to learn about this symposium's programming.

If you would like to attend the Graduate Symposium, make sure to select "Yes" when asked about being interested in participating when you register to attend SROW. If you are in participating and have already registered for the conference, email, and we will update your registration.

SROWtally Tacky Tourists T-shirt & Banner Competition 
This event provides an opportunity for orientation leaders to showcase their school spirit via a t-shirt, banner, or both! Institutions participating in the t-shirt competition and / or banner competition will sign up during the registration process. During February, you will confirm what specific category you will be participating in per competition. Click here to view the competition overview and guidelines

Conference Venue and Hotels



Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic public institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With a total enrollment of over 10,000 students, Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 74 major fields of study and over 20 graduate-level programs. It's most popular majors includes management and marine science. The University's campus is made up of 115 main buildings on 633 acres, including the Coastal Science Center and the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies. 




(per night)

Distance from Venue  Must Book By Link Phone
Courtyard by Marriott Myrtle Beach Broadway  $169 10.2 miles February 14, 2019 Click here 843-445-6333
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Myrtle Beach Oceanfront $169 13.2 miles -- Click here
Code: NOD
Marriott Grande Dunes  $149 16.2 miles February 15, 2019 Click here 843-449-8880
Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort $157 18.5 miles February 16, 2019  Click here 844-449-5000
Comfort Suites $119 1.3 miles  January 15, 2019    843-347-9292
Note: When booking your room by phone, please be sure to mention that you will be attending a NODA conference to book through NODA's room block and receive reduced rates.


Conference Schedule 
Click here for an expanded, printable version of the conference schedule. 
Friday, March 15 
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Conference Check-In 
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Get to SROW Your Neighbor / Button Swap 
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.  Roll Call 
3:45 - 5:00 p.m.  Opening Ceremony
5:15 - 7:45 p.m.  State Dinners / Dear World
7:45 - 8:15 p.m.  S3D Meeting Competition Meeting 
7:45 - 8:15 p.m.  Case Study Competition Meeting
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Graduate Student Meet-up
8:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Undergraduate Social 
8:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Graduate / Professional Social 
Saturday, March 16 
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  Grab & Go Breakfast 
8:30 - 11:15 a.m.  Educational Sessions
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Graduate Student Symposium
11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Lunch / State Meetings
2:00 - 4:45 p.m.  Educational Sessions
5:15 - 10:00 p.m.  Dinner and S3D Competition
Sunday, March 17 
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  Grab & Go Breakfast 
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Speaker for Professionals and Graduate Students 
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.  T-Shirt Swap 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Closing Ceremony & Brunch 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grab & Go Lunch
Why Attend? 


Bart Stucker
University of South Florida Sarasota - Manatee


"NODA Region VI knows how to bring the energy, the fun, and the learning for all of those involved. The 2018 Region VI Conference was the first time that the University of South Florida Sarasota - Manatee was available to bring student representatives and a professional representative to this conference. It didn't take long for my students to start going up confidently to individuals from other institutions, introducing themselves, and talking about how excited they were to participate. A special shout out to the University of South Florida delegation for welcoming us in as part of their team, teaching us their cheers, and making us feel welcome!"








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