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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 conference attendees. 


The POPs 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.

Also at the conference, Guijon and Mendez received awards for their work with peer groups on videos about diversity and inclusion.

“Not 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.”

NODA 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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