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2018 NODA Region IX Conference

February 23-25, 2018
Burlington, VT

Conference Co-Chairs:
Kaitlin Bevins, Assumption College
Cathleen Doane Cannon, College of the Holy Cross
Hannah Ramsey, Rochester Institute of Technology

Regional Conference Cancellation Policy 

Join NODA Region IX from February 23-25 in picture-perfect Burlington, Vermont for our 2018 Regional Conference. Hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington Vermont, this year’s event will focus on “Community: On our Campuses, in our Profession, and Beyond.” Staff and students from across Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, New Hampshire, New York, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, and Vermont will gather to learn from and connect with others affiliated with orientation, transition, and retention programs on our campuses. We hope you can join us for a unique weekend away in Vermont’s “Queen City!”
Important Dates to Remember
Deadline Opens Closes
Registration 12/13/2017 2/20/2018
Educational Session Proposal Submissions 12/1/2017 1/16/2018
Associate Member Highlight Session Proposal Submissions 12/1/2017 1/16/2018
Awards Submissions 12/1/2017 1/16/2018
  Early Bird Rate Regular Rate  Late Rate 
  12/13/2017 - 1/10/2018  1/11/2018 - 2/12/2018  2/13/2018 - 2/20/2018 
Undergraduate Student  $180  $205  $235
Professional / Graduate Member  $180  $205  $235 
Non-Member (Professional / Graduate) $315  $340  $365 
Associate Member  $225  --  -- 


*ROLI will be $30

Conference Venue & Hotel

  Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington Vermont (previously Sheraton Burlington Hotel)

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington Vermont is in the heart of New England's year-round playground. The hotel puts you at the doorstep of world-class Vermont skiing and snowboarding, shopping, fantastic dining, and more. The hotel is also home to the most meeting space in Burlington. 



(per night)

Must Book By  Phone Number Link
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington Vermont (previously the Sheraton Burlington) $129 February 1, 2018  (802) 865-6600 Click Here


Conference Features

2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the Regional Orientation Leaders Institute (ROLI), a program with a long tradition of taking experienced student leaders - often as they begin supervisory or advanced leadership roles - and challenging them to challenge themselves. ROLI is structured as an interactive experience that scaffolds participants’ learning, and provides opportunities to explore themselves as individual leaders, leaders of a team, and as leaders of an orientation program.

This day and a half program is comprised of educational sessions based on several competency areas, followed by small group discussions led by professional staff mentors from within NODA Region IX. Each session is designed to be interactive, thought-provoking, and focused on pushing participants to think differently about their role as a leader among leaders. Students are asked to come to ROLI with an open mind, a generous supply of energy, and willingness to challenge themselves!


Two students per institution may participate in the ROLI program. If there are additional students from your institution who would like to participate, please contact Andy Donahue and Chrissy Daniel to join our waitlist. 


Case Study
Once again, Region IX will be hosting undergraduate and graduate Case Study Competitions during this year’s conference! Are you great at problem solving on your feet? Do you like working within a team? Participate in this unique opportunity to work with peers from other institutions and brainstorm a solution to a challenging orientation scenario. Awards for the best solutions will be announced at the Closing Brunch. Contact Erin Twomey or George Theotokatos with any questions.

Mentor/Mentee Program
Professional staff and graduate students from Region IX are encouraged to register for the 2018 Mentor/Mentee Program. During the conference, professionals serving as mentors will have an opportunity to connect with graduate mentees regarding professional experiences, insights into the field of OTR, and resume reviews. The Mentor/Mentee Program is a great opportunity to build connections for continued personal and professional development!

Resume Review
Attention graduate students! Don’t forget to register for our annual Resume Review event, through which you will receive valuable feedback from Region IX professionals on your growing resume. Please note that those graduate students participating in the Mentor/Mentee Program will automatically take part in the Resume Review. 

NODA's Got Talent
What’s your talent? Share it with the rest of Region IX! Whether on your own or with a group, we want to see what you’ve got! What better way to bond with your team and get to know other undergraduates in Region IX, than to compete in NODA’s Got Talent?! We will have four categories for you to choose from: comedy, music, dance, or variety. Microphones and sound will be available for contestants to use. One winner will be selected from each category. Students: we can’t wait to see what you bring!

Swag Swap
Join in on the annual Swag Swap! Bring swag from your school/program to exchange with other students during the conference. Ideas include t-shirts, sunglasses, hoodies, hats, summer reading books, flags, lanyards, and more! 

Show some NODA love before and during the conference... Post on social media with #NODAIXcommunity and this image, and you could be featured on our Region IX Twitter and Facebook pages! 


Service Opportunities

With NODA’s core value of service, and our collective commitment to education, this year’s Region IX conference service opportunities will focus on helping the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Burlington, Vermont.


The American Cancer Society understands that undergoing treatment for cancer can be both financially and emotionally taxing for patients and families. Hope Lodge offers free, temporary housing for those undergoing treatment and their families. It is a “home away from home” for many, offering a comfortable and supportive environment for encouragement and healing.


Please consider engaging in one or more of the following conference activities in support of Hope Lodge:

  • Penny Wars - Contributing to the “Penny Wars” is simple! Each area of Region IX will be represented by its own jug. Participants can place change into the jug of their home area to gain positive points, or can place bills in other jugs to accumulate negative points for that area - all at a rate of one point per cent. At the end of the conference, the area with the highest number of points will be named Region IX Penny Wars Champion. Don’t forget to bring change and dollar bills along to the conference, to join in on the fun!

  • Basket Raffle - Consider donating a gift basket and/or bidding on those baskets created by colleagues from various colleges and universities across the region. The more raffle tickets you purchase, the more likely you are to win! Tickets may be purchased throughout the conference for $1 each (or six tickets for $5), and basket winners will be announced during the Closing Brunch on Sunday.

  • Service Project - Throughout the conference, attendees are encouraged to write letters, color cards, and create inspirational artifacts to be donated to patients and families at Hope Lodge. Look out for more information and supplies in your conference bag and at activities throughout the weekend!


Thank you in advance for your contributions and interest in supporting Hope Lodge!

Conference Schedule

Friday, February 23 
Time  Activity 
1:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Conference registration 
1:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Bring & Brag table 
2:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Regional Orientation Leaders Institute (ROLI) 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Service project 
5:30 - 6:00 p.m.  Professional & graduate student first timer's meeting 
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Opening banquet & keynote speaker 
8:10 - 9:10 p.m.  Undergraduate case study participant meeting 
9:15 - 10:30 p.m.   Student icebreaker forum  
10:30 - 11:30 p.m.  Swag swap & undergradaute social 
Saturday, February 24 
Wear your orientation gear! 
Time  Activity 
7:00 a.m.  Wellness option: 5k run 
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.  Continental breakfast 
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  ROLI 
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Conference registration  
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.  Graduate case study participant meeting 
9:30 - 10:20 a.m.  Educational session block #1 
9:30 - 10:20 a.m.  Case study groups 1 & 2
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Service project 
10:30 - 11:20 a.m.  Educational session block #2 
10:30 - 11:20 a.m.   Case study groups 3 & 4  
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  Educational session block #3 
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.   Case study groups 5 & 6 
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch & regional association awards 
1:40 - 2:30 p.m.  Educational session block #4 
1:40 - 2:45 p.m.  Case study groups 7 & 8 
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.  Mid-conference speaker 
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.   Regional meeting (professionals / graduate students) 
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Dinner on your own 
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Service projecct 
9:00 - 11:00 p.m.  NODA's Got Talent - undergraduate social 
9:00 - 11:00 p.m.  Professional & graduate student social 
Sunday, February 25 
Time  Activity 
7:00 a.m.  Wellness option: Yoga 
7:45 - 8:15 a.m.  Graduate case study competition 
8:30 - 9:20 a.m.  Educational session block #5 
9:30 - 10:20 a.m.  Educational session block #6 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Closing brunch & conference awards 


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