A contingent of student orientation scholars and administrators from the University’s Orientation & New Student Programs office joined their peers at the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) regional conference in Providence, R.I. to share orientation, transition, and retention experiences.

The orientation scholars worked in teams with undergraduate students from other institutions in a Case Study Competition designed to develop and present solutions for common orientation issues.

Allison Duchacek’s team won “Best Overall” and Bianca Bellot was in the “Best Communication” group. Graduate student leader Rose Dolan was a team mentor.

The group also participated in conference sessions which included:

A program by student leaders Bianca Bellot, Rose Dolan, Allison Duchacek, Mike Giannattasio, Alex Mellion and Patrick Nobrega. They presented “RAMS: An Interactive Way to Introduce Students to Diversity at Orientation!”
A presentation for undergraduate students by Karen Phillips, director of Orientation & New Student Programs, on “Thinking About Graduate School in Higher Education?” She also judged a case study competition.
A workshop, “Beyond First Year Students: Engaging Parents, Families and Friends,” led by Alexa Simeone, assistant director for Orientation & New Student Programs.