N.C. A&T Shines at Regional NODA Conference

GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 5, 2018) – Aggie Student Success Leaders (ASLs) from the Office of New Student Programs (NSP) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University competed at a regional conference in Orlando, Florida and brought back several awards – including the chance to present at the national conference.

At the Region VI – Southern Regional Orientation Workshop of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education, NSP Director Jacque Powers and 16 ASLs delivered a series of presentations and won these awards:

  • First place, Service Project Award category for a medium delegation – For the project, “A Gift for Teaching,” NSP collected a number of school supplies that were donated to teachers at [Insert name of school]
  • First place and an invitation to present at the national conference in the Professional Session category – “Oh Behave! Balancing Group Behaviors and Communication Styles”
  • First place, Song, Skit, Step and Dance (Step) category
  • Second place, Outstanding Combined Educational Session presentation category – “Finesse the Summer: How to Build Community with an Orientation Marketing Campaign”

“The university and our students benefit from having staff and student leaders who subscribe to best practices in student engagement,” said Erin Hill Hart, associate vice provost for Enrollment Management. “The team is continually sharpening their insights into what practices engage students in a manner that promotes their success. Additionally the awards and recognitions show that N.C. A&T is considered among institutions who can be looked upon for these insights.”

A&T’s participation in the conference and accompanying recognition “serves as an example of what the university stands for – commitment to excellence in teaching, research, public service and engagement,” Powers said. “In addition, our student leaders represented North Carolina A&T State University on a platform where [historically black colleges and universities] were underrepresented.”

Of the 86 institutions represented from nine states, only seven were HBCUs.

NODA regional conferences and workshops provide educational opportunities and professional development for participants in the fields of orientation, transition and retention. NSP and all attendees share and learn innovative programming ideas to continue excellence in academic and operational effectiveness and efficiency. Region VI includes colleges and universities from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

NSP exists to help new students transition to the university by familiarizing them with the campus and its resources and provides opportunities to increase students’ self-confidence for future success. Additionally, NSP supports parents and families to foster community support for students.news/2017/01/ncat-signage.jpg