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KC Spotlight: Orientation, Transition and Retention

Region IV-W
April 7, 2021 James Barraclough Washburn University

If your schedule permits, please feel free to join IV-West members of the OTR KC at one (or both) of our upcoming IV-West Roundtables. This is a great way to network and to chat about planning and hurdles related to all things Orientation-Transition-Retention initiatives. Follow the links below to register for the roundtables.

April 13, 11am-Noon (Central) - https://engage.naspa.org//NC__Event?id=a0l4X00000FtFvxQAF

May 12, 11am-Noon (Central) - https://engage.naspa.org//NC__Event?id=a0l4X00000FtFw2QAF


Additionally, the OTR KC has several great professional learning options that are coming up. All of these events are from 1-2PM EST. Please register using the links below.

April 15, 2021 - Beyond the Counseling Center: Supporting the Transition to College for First Year Students with Anxiety

This session will focus on how to support incoming students who may be managing anxiety through innovative Orientation initiatives.     

Presenter: Kristen Pierce, Director of Residential Life, Stonehill College             



April 26, 2021 - Keeping Communities Together While Apart: Supporting Student Success in a Virtual World

This program will detail how we can support students who need support virtually as we prepare for the upcoming summer.    


Dr. Connie Yamashiro, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, California State University, Fullerton

Karina Villa, student leader, California State University, Fullerton

Gabi Cuna, student leader, California State University- Fullerton



May 6, 2021 - First-Year Programs: Balancing Change and Flexibility With Quality in 2020   

This will be a panel discussion with various orientation professionals exploring how we can help new students as they transition to college.              

Presenter: Elaine Lewis, Director of First-year Advising, Utah Valley University