Eight Albright College Orientation Leaders Present at Conference
Two Leaders Receive Awards
April 9, 2014
Reading, Pa. – Eight
Albright College student orientation leaders presented at the Region VIII
National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) Conference last month, while two
Albright student leaders were honored for their diversity and inclusion videos.
The steering committee of the
Albright POPs (Peer Orientation Persons) – the group of students who welcome
incoming freshmen to campus by creating and facilitating activities during summer Arché orientation and Welcome Weekend in August – attended the NODA conference at
Rider University, March 28-30. The POPs were invited by keynote speaker Carrie
Zimmerman, a national orientation consultant who has worked with the
POPs on diversity training, to participate in her address. The group performed a “readers’ theatre,” a 15-minute script written by Zimmerman about
what it means to be an orientation leader, before a crowd of about 300
included juniors Elisa Costantino of Columbia, N.J.; Mary Davis of Drexel Hill,
Pa.; Adina Gaughran of Newton, N.J.; Christine Gerhart of Philadelphia, Pa.; Alma
Guijon of San Antonio, Texas; Milca Mendez of Reading, Pa.; and Michael Sloboda
of Summit Hill, Pa.; and sophomore Rhea Santos of Douglassville, Pa.
at the conference, Guijon and Mendez received awards for their work with peer groups
on videos about diversity and inclusion.
only did we learn from the educational sessions that were provided, we learned
just as much by seeing how other orientation leaders ran their orientations,” said
Sloboda. “The most important thing was the bonding of our steering committee. We’re
returning from NODA closer than before and are fueled to make orientation 2014
one to remember.”
provides education, leadership and professional development in the fields of
college student orientation, transition and retention. The Region VIII
conference, attended by more than 40 colleges/universities, offered students
and school officials the opportunity to learn about best practices and programs
from institutions in the region and ways to implement them.
Founded in 1856, Albright
College is a selective, national liberal arts college enrolling 1,700 full-time
undergraduates and more than 800 adult learners and graduate students. The
College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum, strengthened by a close-knit
residential learning environment, encourages students to combine majors and
disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty
mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive
community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations
and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Albright
College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.
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