Regional NODA Conference returns in-person at Fresno State

photo courtesy of Erika Castanon

The Office of New Student and Family Programs recently hosted the Regional NODA Conference at Fresno State, in partnership with the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education. This is the first time the conference has taken place in-person since 2019. 

The conference was held March 3 through 5 at the Resnick Student Union. Nearly 200 people attended, representing 33 colleges and universities from California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington. 

This conference primarily serves to provide educational and networking opportunities for undergraduate students working in and aspiring to careers in higher education. 

Ten students who serve as Dog Days New Student Orientation leaders attended the conference. Orientation leaders assist incoming students as they transition to university life, sharing information and resources.

Elizabeth Haro, a student coordinator for the Office of New Student and Family Programs said,  “There was never a moment [at the conference] I was alone and not talking to someone from another institution. [My co-coordinator] and I…also had the opportunity to be involved in a case study and be a presenter for an educational session. Some highlights from this weekend that I enjoyed were meeting the undergraduates from Salt Lake Community College and UC Riverside, winning an award with my group for our case study, and connecting closer to the Orientation Leaders of our team here at Fresno State who attended the conference.”

Ken Ternate, the coordinator of the Office of New Student and Family Programs, said, “I enjoy seeing the students interact [and learn about] their role at the University and how to be peer leaders.”

Ternate, who has now hosted the conference three times, said the conference also provides a great opportunity to connect with staff and students at other CSU campuses in particular, sharing ideas and discussing trends within higher education. 

The Regional NODA Conference will be followed by the National NODA Conference, hosted this October in Minneapolis. Unlike the regional conference, the national conference focuses primarily on the development of young professional and graduate students working in higher education. Approximately 800 people are expected to attend the national conference.


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