Alexa Simeone, assistant director of Orientation & New Student Programs, and five student orientation scholars attended the National Orientation Directors Association regional conference, “Think Green: Fresh Orientation Ideas & New Transition Practices to Promote Retention,” in Burlington, Vt.

The group joined with orientation leaders and professionals from other colleges and universities in the region to share experiences and exchange ideas.

Simeone led a session, “Assessing Student Leaders: Leading Them to Leadership,” developed with Karen Phillips, director of Orientation & New Student Programs. The workshop received the conference award for Outstanding Professional Presentation.

Students Jenna Demty and Nery Coronado participated in the highly selective Regional Orientation Leaders Institute, an interactive program designed to give second and third year student orientation leaders who hold senior positions an opportunity to focus on more intensive learning and leadership development.

Elizabeth Alden, Stephanie Todt and Shane Walsh tested their problem-solving, presentation and teamwork skills in the Undergraduate Case Study Competition by working with students from other institutions to present solutions to a case about common orientation issues. The students were on winning teams for Best Overall Presentation, Best Communication and Best Problem Solving Skills.

The student leaders also gave a joint presentation for undergraduate students “Make It Constructive: Using Peer Feedback to Strengthen and Encourage Your Orientation Team.”

Simeone served on the conference committee as co-coordinator of the Regional Orientation Leaders Institute.

The National Orientation Directors Association provides education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention.