Wednesday, February 27, 2013

University of New Orleans Heads to Southern Regional Orientation Workshop

orientation workshopUniversity of New Orleans Orientation staff and Orientation Leaders head next month to the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. for the Southern Region Orientation Workshop.
(Photo courtesy of SROW)

Orientation staff and student orientation leaders from the University of New Orleans are headed next month to a regional orientation workshop, where each spring they learn and share skills and activities useful in building the University's New Student Orientation program. This year, UNO participation ascends to higher levels as a large crew of UNO staff and students become presenters and workshop leaders, said Christy Heaton, UNO associate director for orientation and first-year success.

The Southern Regional Orientation Workshop, known to higher education leaders as SROW, is the largest regional workshop sponsored by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). Each year, nearly 2,000 students from nine Southern states ― Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee ― gather at the regional conference to learn and teach one another how to maintain a successful student orientation program. This year's conference, billed as "Blue Suede SROW," will be held March 15-17 at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn.

SROW is a fun-filled three days full of cheers, skits, songs and other fun activities aimed at making college freshmen and first-year transfer students comfortable in their new university homes. But the regional workshop is no easy adventure. Participants participate in a flurry of skill-building educational sessions and some of the most talented and experienced among them are asked to help deliver workshops.

This year, UNO Orientation staff from the University's Office of Enrollment Services submitted nine educational proposals to SROW and all nine were accepted as formal presentations to be delivered to conference participants, Heaton said. Topics for these presentations will address: bringing spirit to a non-traditional population; incorporating theatre and videos into new student orientation; bringing a Freshman Camp to campus; the transfer experience and thriving as a leader whether you are introverted or extroverted, among other pivotal issues.

Graduate assistants Caleigh Keith and Vincent Prior were selected to participate in the graduate case study competition, Heaton said. Undergraduates Blake Edwards and Nate Faulk will participate in the undergraduate case study competition. Both students are seniors who served as orientation leaders during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Every year, UNO Orientation Leaders attend NODA's Southern Region Conference Workshop and for the past four years have won an award, said Heaton. Last summer's cadre of OL's brought home three awards. This year, UNO's beloved OL's will be participating again at SROW in the skit competition, spirit competition, banner competition and T-shirt competition, Heaton said.

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