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Institutions across the country are exploring ways to connect personally with new students in a way that will increase understanding of the institution’s values, transition available resources, and develop true commitment to the academic experience. It marks an incredibly important attempt to positively impact retention and ease students’ transition. One type of programming in particular is gaining popularity and results in these areas—the Extended Orientation.
Extended Orientation is defined as programming and services that supplement traditional new student orientations, providing an extension to the orientation and transition process. These are any programs outside of the traditional new student orientation including, but not limited to, spirit/tradition camps, outdoor orientations, and experiential orientation programs. This webinar will focus on the Extended Orientation initiatives at several different institutions. Participants will be able to identify key stakeholders for helping to establish, maintain, and expand their programs. We will also discuss how unique themes such as outdoor adventure are being used to excite and capture students.
Marc Mobley is the Assistant Director of Orientation and Parent Programs at Florida International University (FIU). In his role he serves as the Advisor of the FIU’s Extended Orientation program, Panther Camp. Marc has been actively involved in Noda since 2007 when he served as a NODA Intern. Since then, Marc has served in numerous capacities with the association including participating in OPI, serving as a network chair, serving on 2 NODAC committees and hosting the Extended Orientation Network’s annual institute (EOI).
Rick Sparks currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students/Director, New Student Programs at Virginia Tech. Mr. Sparks provides leadership and management of New Student Programs including the transitional programming of New Student Orientation, Hokie Camp (a traditions based camp/extended orientation program) and the Hokie Hi Welcome Week. He is also the President-elect of NODA. He has presented numerous programs at the local, regional, and national level and has more than 10 years of professional experience in higher education.
Quincy Spencer serves as the Director of New Student & Family Programs at the University of Arkansas. In this role he oversees the four programmatic areas of New Student & Family Programs including Extended Orientation, Parent & Family Programs, Leadership & Late Night Programs and First Year Initiatives. Prior to working at the University of Arkansas, Quincy led student development efforts at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and served as the Coordinator of New Student Programs at Northwestern State University. In NODA, Quincy has served on the Board of Directors and many other leadership roles and is currently serving as the 2013 NODA Annual Conference Host.
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