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NODA Webinars

Authors Spotlight Series: Building Successful Foundations

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Introduction to the Orientation, Transition, and Retention Profession

Joyce Holl, Executive Director, NODA
Craig Mack, Associate Provost for Student Achievement and Success at MCPHS University

This webinar will briefly address the history of orientation, transition and retention and the contributions that NODA has provided. Some of the Association highlights will include a definition of orientation, transition and retention, the NODA Core Competencies, key takeaways from the NODA Databank and ways to use the "Building Success Foundations" publication in your daily work. The presenters will also provide additional resource updates since the writing of the chapter.

Registration coming soon!

Open Forum Conversations

For any person who would like to come together to talk about the way the global pandemic is affecting their campus, we are hosting a daily series of open forum conversations with each day focusing on a different topic. These topics were compiled based on frequent questions and conversations happening across multiple NODA Community discussion threads. These sessions will be lightly facilitated with the intention that we can create a space for our members to come together to share ideas, resources, and guidance with each other on particular topics.

Two-Year College Open Forum

Dates: Friday, September 25
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST
Host: NODA Staff Members

We will be hosting open forums for any person who would like to come together and talk about the way the global pandemic is affecting their Two-Year College. Topics could include any conversation you would like to have regarding moving your orientation online, how your campus is being impacted, supervision of student staff, training your students online, graduate student intern planning, etc...

Upcoming Webinars

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Understanding Grief in the Life of a Grieving College Student and the role of COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST
Presenter: Andy McNiel, MA, Co-Founder and Executive Partner, The Satori Group, LLC

three college students is grieving a death loss, which has occurred with the last 12 months. Almost 50% are grieving a death loss that occurred within 24 months. While many were already dealing with devastating losses, how has the COVID-19 pandemic further impacted these young adults? How has changes in societal norms, and self-isolation affected the mental and emotional health of grieving college students? This webinar will feature a panel of bereaved college students sharing their grief experience, pre-COVID while on campus, thoughts about the current situation, and the current affect. We will share ideas for supporting grieving college students amid these uncertain times.

Supporting Transfer Students in the Era of COVID-19

Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00pm CST
Presenters: Emilie Dubert, M.A. – Director, Contemporary Student Services
Adrienne Thompson White, Ph.D. – Director, Mason Care Network
Hosted by: Transfer Student Services Network

Sense of belonging is vital to transfer student persistence, particularly the semester after they transfer to a different institution (Thompson, 2018). In the era of COVID-19, when institutional safe return to campus plans change rapidly, concerns about transfer student persistence and belonging are high. This webinar will discuss how George Mason University, a large public research institution, is supporting transfer students during a precarious time in higher education.

Small College Network Forum: Online Tools and Assessment

Wednesday, September 24 at 12:00pm CST
Hosted by: Small College Network

In an ever-changing environment, it is the expectation that we adapt our programming to the dynamic needs of our students. Come discuss some online tools as well as hear about NODA's partnership with Skyfactor in support of assessing programs.

Working Differently Together: A Unified Approach to Summer Melt

Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 1pm EST
Presenters: Kayla Ritter Rickels, College Manger, Cincinnati Public Schools
Danielle Reid-Filak, College Specialist, Cincinnati Public Schools
Leslie Hattemer, School Counselor, Cincinnati Public Schools
Kelsi Goins, Access and Diversity Admissions Counselor, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash

Summer is a time that can feel like a “no man’s land” for a college bound student - a high school graduate that is not quite enrolled in college. We will focus on how one school district and a college campus admission office joined together to tackle summer melt together through mutual accountability and a different way of working together. We will also discuss how this work has scaled to include an additional 3 college campus partners.

NODA-Playfair Workshop: Best Practices For Online Orientation

Date: Tuesday, October 6
Time: 12pm – 1pm CST
Presented By: Matt Weinstein, Playfair, Inc. (NODA Associate Member)

In the first half of the program, the staff of Playfair Online will share the exciting online community-building exercises that Playfair Online brought to more than 300 virtual campus orientation programs this fall. You can preview the Playfair Online team-building magic here.

In the second part of the workshop, through a totally unique Zoom process, attendees will jump from Zoom room to Zoom room to share with each other Best Practices in such areas as Building Online Attendance, Evaluating Online Programs, Creating a “Together while Alone” Environment, Capturing Student Attention, Increasing Student Participation, Prizes and Give-Aways, Incorporating Guest Speakers and Videos, and many other areas of interest. This is a Zoom session as you’ve never experienced it before!

October 2020

Host for Chat: Emily C. Ivey, Director for New Student & Family Programs at Texas A&M University
Article: Coming Soon

Interested in hosting a discussion about a book or article to our NODA members?

Please email Erin Sullivan, Region IV membership leadership team, at with a few dates, times, and topics you would like to discussion.

On-Demand Webinars

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Supporting Transfer Students in the Era of COVID-19

Emilie Dubert, M.A. – Director, Contemporary Student Services; Adrienne Thompson White, Ph.D. – Director, Mason Care Network

September 2020

Sense of belonging is vital to transfer student persistence, particularly the semester after they transfer to a different institution (Thompson, 2018). In the era of COVID-19, when institutional safe return to campus plans change rapidly, concerns about transfer student persistence and belonging are high. This webinar will discuss how George Mason University, a large public research institution, is supporting transfer students during a precarious time in higher education.

Perspectives from NODA and NACCU: Delivering Orientation and Campus Card Services during COVID-19

July 2020

This roundtable discussion, a collaborative effort of NODA and NACCU, will cover the key lessons learned as we prepare to welcome students to campus. This will include communication, orientation, card services, implementation of new technology and process changes. You will hear from several different institution types on how they have managed to ready students and parents for the coming fall semester.

Capitalizing on Rural Strengths to Foster Rural Student Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education

Ty McNamee, Sonja Ardoin, Vanessa Sansone, and Nicole Cooper

July 2020

Since the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and ensuing news coverage about rural populations, higher education institutions hold a newfound vigor for recruiting and retaining rural students. However, limited research on rural students and their orientation, transition, and retention in postsecondary education exists, and the literature that does often utilizes deficit-based thinking about this population. Join rural higher education scholars, who will discuss research conducted over the past year that illuminates traits, characteristics, knowledge, and cultural backgrounds rural students possess that can inform college and university orientation, transition, and retention practices and policies for rural populations.

Early Alert Programs as a Retention Strategy

Holly Williams, Director, Student Success & Academic Advising, Alvin College
Sherry Woosley, Senior Director of Analytics & Research, Macmillan Learning
Michelle McNulty, Assistant Director of New Student Connections at University of South Florida

June 2020

Session offers an in-depth look at the concepts, framework, and history of early alert programs as a retention initiative and features case studies from a two-year and four-year college perspective. From identification to intervention, we will highlight tools and strategies for how data analytics can be gathered and utilized to identify at-risk students, target student outreach, and provide needed supports.

COVID, Social Unrest, and Grief: How Do We Care of Ourselves and Our Students During Uncertain Times

Andy McNiel, MA, Actively Moving Forward
Fran Solomon, Actively Moving Forward

June 2020

Loss is a common theme in our lives today. Students are dealing with the death or illness of family members, virtual graduations and classrooms, separation from friends and family, or relocating and isolation due to quarantine. Educators and administrators are facing the same losses as well as changes to their schedule, daily routines, and collegial connections. We are all experiencing the stress, high charged emotions, and feelings of loss. This presentation will explore ideas for expressing and coping with our grief amid the isolation and social unrest we are currently experiencing. We will share information about how grief due to the many losses being experienced impacts our lives and what research has found to be helpful when coping with loss.

NODA Intern Webinar: Building Connections Remotely

Molly Ballard, University of Florida
Vincent Phillips, Baylor University

June 2020

Due to recent events related to COVID-19, many of your internships have been moved online and you might be wondering how do I build relationships with my supervisors and students. Join the Graduate Student Network to learn how to establish and maintain connections. During this webinar, we will discuss ideas to engage students and create connections with colleagues.

Thinking Ahead to Fall Programming with NACA


June 2020

Looking ahead to programming this fall, there is a lot of uncertainty about what will or won’t be able to happen on campuses. You may have started to think how to approach your traditional fall events in the new landscape of social distancing. While every institution is going to be in a different spot given their state, local, and campus guidelines, this joint webinar between NODA and NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) will provide a space to discuss challenges, considerations, and opportunities as campus professionals work collaboratively through these unprecedented times.

Finding Your Third Place: Chasing "Work:Life Balance" During the Madness

James Robilotta, Certified Speaking Professional, Author, Coach, Improv Comedian

May 2020

Hold the eye rolls, this is a conversation about balance that is both realistic and worthwhile! The truth is, work cannot run our lives AND work Is not the only source of our balance Issues. In this session James offers an alternative to traditional methods (things like, find one hour of your week and hold it sacred) and, instead, uses the “Third Place Principle” as a way for us to gain more control and purpose. We all crave more balance, and this introspective session will help audiences understand how a Third Place can add more stability at work and home, create more impactful stories, and, most importantly, generate a more fulfilling life.

Moving Family Orientation Online with AHEPPP (Parent & Family Network)

May 2020

Preparing for Negotiating in Your First Professional Role (Graduate Student Network)

Dr. Joey Ratcliff, University of Houston

May 2020

Are you nervous about the negotiation process in your first professional role? Are you prepared to articulate your desires? In this webinar, you'll learn from a seasoned professional the tips and tricks of negotiation and will learn how to prepare yourself for this necessary discussion.

Unmute Yourself: Virtual Public Speaking Skills

James Robilotta, Certified Speaking Professional, Author, Coach, Improv Comedian

May 2020

Public speaking is uncomfortable for many in person. Now with screens, miles, and mute buttons between you and your colleagues, teams, and audiences it’s even more nerve-racking. But we are where we are, so let's lean in and learn. This workshop will be packed with immediately applicable takeaways that will make you a more confident and effective communicator in the virtual world AND when we get to high-5 each other again!

Countdown to College (First Gen Network)

April 2020

Don't Panic during the Pandemic – VisualZen

April 2020

Job Search 101 (Graduate Student Network)

April 2020

No Budget? No Problem!

Heather Nohren, Lakeland College

April 2020

Budget cuts make it difficult to create new or overhaul existing orientation programs that address the unique needs of community college students. Learn how our institution, Lakeland College, used existing college resources without spending any additional funds to create an online orientation program that also incorporates an individualized advising experience for each student.

Using Canvas for Online Orientation

Amy Lintner, Assistant Director of Orientation, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Zac Moore, Coordinator of Student Activities, Organizations, and Greek Life, Piedmont College-Demorest Campus

April 2020

NODA members from Piedmont College-Demorest Campus and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities share their Online Orientation sites that use Canvas. The will share the back end of what they did to build it and what their plans are for continuously building their online program. Come to this demonstration to learn more about the user experience in making an Online Orientation site through Canvas.

Winning Strategies to Navigate Post-Grad Employment

Chelsea C. Williams, Founder & Career Strategist, College Code

April 2020

With just a few months until graduation, students are preparing to enter a multi-generational, multi-cultural workforce. Employers today are seeking graduates who exhibit a strong skill set and a winning mindset. This webinar will highlight current job market trends and support students in communicating their stories with authenticity and intention. Students will gain five best practices for a winning job search strategy that yields results!

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