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New Student and Family Programs Wins Awards at NODA

by Kiera Przygoda

New Student and Family Programs took the 2019 Orientation Leader team to Coastal Carolina University to represent the university at the 2019 NODA Region VI Conference and came home with some awards! The Southern Region Organizational Workshop (SROW) is an opportunity for orientation leaders and orientation, transition, and retention graduate assistants and professionals to connect and share best practices in our field.

Megan Edwards, graduate assistant

Megan Edwards won outstanding educational session in the graduate student category when she presented about orientation leaders having transferrable skills that can lead to success in many different career fields.”I had such a fun time presenting at SROW and I’m excited for the next conference!” says Megan. She presented alongside a fellow SEC graduate student from Auburn University.

Lindsey Snow, coordinator

At the same conference, UT New Student and Family Programs coordinator, Lindsey Snow, won outstanding educational session in the professional staff member category when she presented about navigating the job search as a graduate student. As the regional showcase award winner, Lindsey will be presenting this session at the national NODA conference as well. Lindsey eagerly said, “I really enjoyed being able to have conversations with current graduate students about preparing for the job search. I look forward to continuing this discussion at the national level as well!” Lindsey presented with a staff member from UNC Greensboro that she met at the national NODA conference back in November.

Additionally, UT placed second in the dance category of the Song, Skit, Step, and Dance competition at the conference. Please join us in congratulating Megan, Lindsey, and the whole NSFP team on their success!

NODA, previously known as National Organization Directors Association, now stands for the National Organization for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education. NODA is a conference for professionals, graduate and undergraduate students to network with each other and share experiences and ideas.


Kiera Przygoda is a junior at the University of Tennessee majoring in Communication Studies. She is the Undergraduate Public Relations Intern for the Office of Communication and Marketing. She has a passion for writing and media and a love for Disney. Kiera is also a Student Assistant at SEC Network and VFL Films.