As a high school student Benjamin Craig's motto was, "Here's my plate, load it on." He brought that mentality with him to Emmanuel, where he has always been ready to take on a new opportunity.
New Student Engagement & Transition student leaders and staff attended the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education (NODA) Region IX Conference, which took place in Burlington, Vermont, the weekend of February 23-25.
Alexa Simeone Trainor, director of New Student Engagement & Transition at Emmanuel, and Administrative Orientation Leaders Sarah Knight ’19 and Julie Royce ’19 joined 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.
Trainor served as a staff presenter and mentor for the Regional Orientation Leader Institute (ROLI), in which Knight and Royce participated. ROLI is 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. Trainor also spoke on a panel for graduate students, and presented a highlighted graduate-track educational session called “Community Over Competition: Navigating the Job Search in a Cohort.”
Knight ’19 & Royce ’19 presented an educational session called “Back and Better than Ever: The Role of the Returning Orientation Leader.” They discussed the value of Returning OLs to orientation teams and programs, sharing best practices for training and utilizing Returning OLs that Emmanuel has implemented, providing a forum for robust conversation on the topic. The session was well attended and received positive feedback from participants, who gained knowledge and new ideas to bring back to their own institutions. Based on the more than 30 participant evaluations of their session, Knight ’19 and Royce ’19 received the Region IX Showcase Award for Best Presentation by Undergraduate Students.
NODA provides education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention.