Philosophy major Maggie Dobbins '15 was selected as the winner of the Region IX Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader award at the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education (NODA) Region IX Conference, which took place in Hartford, Connecticut, the weekend of February 27th-March 1st.
The award is designed to give special recognition to students for their creativity, energy, enthusiasm and outstanding abilities, which are the backbone of successful and dynamic orientation programs. Dobbins served as an Orientation Leader for three years and is also involved on campus in the 1804 Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, E-List, Community Outreach and she works as a Student Customer Service Manager in the Jean Yawkey Center. Three Emmanuel staff members and more than twenty current students and alumni contributed to Dobbins's extensive nomination, providing letters of support and testaments regarding her leadership and enthusiasm.
Alexa Simeone, director of New Student Engagement + Transition at Emmanuel, and Administrative Orientation Leaders Courtney Burns '17 and Katie Harrington '16 were present at the conference, joining orientation leaders, graduate students and professionals from other colleges and universities in the region to share experiences, exchange ideas and to explore important and relevant issues in the field of orientation, transition and retention. Region IX includes New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Simeone served on the conference committee and co-coordinated the Undergraduate Case Study Competition, which provided a unique opportunity for 54 participants to work with undergraduate students from other institutions to present creative solutions to a case about relevant orientation issues.
Burns '17 and Harrington '16 participated in the highly selective Regional Orientation Leaders Institute (ROLI), an interactive program designed to give second- and third-year student orientation leaders who hold senior positions an opportunity to focus on increasing their competency levels in a variety of skill areas.
NODA provides education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention.