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2018 Region VI Conference
To SROW and Beyond

March 16 - 18, 2018
Orlando, Florida

Conference Hosts:
Paige Woods, University of Central Florida
Elizabeth Manuel, University of Central Florida
Mickey Howard, University of Florida

Below you will find information on:
Important Dates to Remember
Registration Prices
Conference Venue & Hotels
Educational Session Proposals & Peer Reviewers
Regional Awards
Conference Features
Conference Competitions


Regional Conference Cancellation Policy



Everyday Orientation, Transition, and Retention professionals are asked to forecast, to see what’s next.  Founded to serve NASA and the space industry, the University of Central Florida is no stranger to exploration.  What better place for professionals and students to gather and begin to ask “What if?” The goals of the 2018 conference will center on meaningful reflection, creating bold new ideas, and engaging with partners from across the Southeast.  Our conference looks to launch Region VI into the next frontier. 
Important Dates to Remember 
Deadline Opens Closes
Registration 12/20/2017 3/13/2018
Educational Session Proposal Submissions 12/1/2017 1/31/2018
Associate Member Highlight Session Proposal Submissions 12/1/2017 1/31/2018
Awards Submissions 12/1/2017 1/31/2018
  Early Bird Rate  Regular Rate  Late Rate 
  12/20/2017 - 1/31/2018  2/1/2018 - 2/21/2018 2/22/2018 - 3/13/2018 
Undergraduate Student  $140  $165  $190 
Professional / Graduate Member  $140 $165  $190 
Non-member (Professional / Graduate) $275  $300  $325 
Associate Member  $225  -- --

Conference Venue and Hotels

  Venue: University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida is a thriving preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. With more than 64,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the U.S. Founded in 1963, UCF offers more than 212 degrees from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online, and through its 10 regional locations. The 1,415-acre main campus is 13 miles east of downtown Orlando and adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation. UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics and lasers, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, hospitality management, health care and video game design. 



(per night)

Distance From Venue  Must Book By  Phone Number Link
DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East/UCF Area $139 0.4 miles  February 13, 2018  (407) 275-9000 Click here
TownePlace Suites UCF Area $169 0.7 miles  n/a (407) 243-6100 Click here
Hampton Inn and Suites $149 0.9 miles  February 14, 2018 (407) 282-0029 Click here
La Quinta Inn and Suites, UCF $169 1 mile  February 15, 2018 (800) 753-3757 Please call
Residence Inn Orlando East/UCF Area $189 1.2 miles  n/a (407) 513-9000 Click here
Homewood Suites Orlando $169 - $199 1.3 miles  February 15, 2018 (407) 282-0067 Click here
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando East/UCF Area $125 2.5 miles  February 14, 2018 (407) 992-5000 Click here
Courtyard Marriott Orlando Airport $155 17 miles  February 15, 2018 (407) 240-7200 Click here
Embassy Suites $179 17 miles  January 15, 2018 (407) 888-9339 Click here


Conference Schedule

Friday, March 16, 2018

 Time   Activity

 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 Check In
 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Get to SROW Your Neighbor
 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Song, Skit, Step & Dance Meeting / Case Study Meeting 
 3:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  Opening Ceremony & Roll Call
 5:15 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.   Song, Skit, Step, & Dance Competition / Dinner


Saturday, March 17, 2018

 Time  Activity
 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  Grab & Go Breakfast
 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  Educational Session 1
 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Graduate Student Symposium

 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

 Educational Session 2
 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  Educational Session 3
 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Group 1 Lunch / Group 2 State Meetings
 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Group 2 Lunch / Group 1 State Meetings
 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Educational Session 4
 1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  Case Study Competition
 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Educational Session 5
 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Educational Session 6
 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Break
 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Student Group Dinner 1
 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.  Student Group Dinner 2
 5:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.  Service Project
 5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Graduate & Professional Dinner with Speaker
 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.  Undergraduate Social / Graduate & Professional Social


Sunday, March 18, 2018

 Time  Activity
 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Grab & Go Breakfast
 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  T-Shirt Swap
 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Keynote Speaker
 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  Closing Ceremony
 11:15 a.m.  Boxed Lunches & Depart Campus


Mobile Guide
SROW has gone mobile! Download the guide on your smartphone to customize your conference schedule and get helpful tools to navigate SROW like a pro: 


Download Instructions:

  • Download the NODA App on your device via this link, or by searching for 'NODA Association App' in the app store. 
  • Once downloaded, open the app and find '2018 Region VI Conference'
  • No smart phone? View the online version.


Educational Session Proposals & Peer Reviewers

Are you interested in sharing your knowledge about OTR at this year's Region VI Conference? Educational session proposals will be open for submissions starting Friday, December 1, 2017. All session proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:59:59 p.m. CST. Forms will be time-stamped upon submission.

We are also looking for professionals and graduate students from Region VI to help with reviewing educational session proposals. Applications for Peer Reviewers will be available on Friday, December 1, 2017, and all selected reviewers will be notified by January 26, 2018. 

Please contact Marc Mobley or Lauren Sarver with any questions regarding educational sessions at SROW 2018.

Regional Awards 
Nominate your students and colleagues for Regional Awards. Descriptions of awards can be found here. Available Regional Awards include: Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award (Two and Four-Year), Outstanding Graduate Student, Outstanding Orientation Professional, Regional Innovative Program, Regional Outstanding New Orientation Professional, and Regional Showcase Award. Nominations for awards will be available on December 1, 2017. All nominations are due by January 31, 2018 at 11:59:59 p.m. CST. All forms will be time-stamped upon submission. For questions regarding awards, please contact Karen Smith.
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Conference Features

Conference Competitions

One of our goals for the 2018 Region VI Conference is that professionals and students get the most out of their SROW experience. It is important to us that every facet of SROW is grounded in an educational process. Each competition allows our institutions to display their school pride; as well, competitions provide an opportunity for orientation staffs to come together as a team. Competitions include:

  • S3D: Song, Skit, and Dance Competition
  • T-Shirt and Banner Competition
  • Spirit Competition
  • Case Study

Graduate Symposium
Join us for the Region VI Graduate Symposium held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 during Educational Session blocks 1-3. Pre-registration is required and will be available as an option in the SROW registration form. There is no additional cost to participate in the Graduate Symposium.

Concerned you will be missing out on the opportunity to present or participate in case study because you are participating in the Symposium?  No need! We will coordinate schedules to allow for graduate students to present in other Education Session blocks as well as provide time for graduate students to work on case study presentations! For more information please contact Kris Klann or Genna Martella.


Undergraduate Initiatives & Activities
While the SROW 2018 Conference will feature a lot of educational opportunities, it will also have many social opportunities. From the moment students arrive they will showcase their institutional pride in a roll call in front of thousands of their closest SROW friends. On Saturday night students will be able to socialize and get to know one another in a wide-range of activities. Additionally, an iZone will be set-up for those students looking for a place to escape the cheers and excitement or catch up on their studies. More details to come in the weeks leading up to the conference. For more information about undergraduate initiatives please contact Jourdan Harmon and Albert Perera.


Service Project

For SROW 2018, we will be working with A Gift for Teaching, an organization supporting education in more than 330 schools in central Florida.  On average, teachers spend between $500 - $1,000 annually on basic supplies for their classroom.  In 1998, A Gift for Teaching was founded to help provide educators obtain these supplies at no cost to them.


As a part of the conference, institutions will be able to support A Gift for Teaching in their effort to provide these supplies to teachers in the central Florida area.  For more information about the project, check out the 2018 Service Project Guidelines to learn more about how you can participate in this years’ service project before and during SROW!


If you have any questions about the service project, email James Kelly for more details.

Conference Competitions  
S3D: Song, Skit, and Dance Competition

Song, Skit, Step and Dance has been a long-standing tradition for the Region VI Conference. We are excited to continue to develop this favorite tradition of the conference. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. EST/4 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 21, 2018. No late registrations will be accepted.

Performing groups must submit their performance audio via email to Tim King and Tara McWhorter by 5 p.m. EST/4 p.m. CST, Friday, March 2, 2018. Please review the S3D 2018 rules before submitting, and reach out to Tim and Tara with any additional questions.

T-Shirt and Banner Competition 
The T-Shirt and Banner Competitions are SROW traditions. Institutions participating in this competition will sign-up during check-in at UCF. Submissions will be accepted onsite at check-in. You will not sign up through the registration form online. Only one person per institution has to sign up. Both T-Shirt and Banner will offer two categories for competition: General Themed T-Shirt/Banner and SROW-Themed T-Shirt/Banner. T-Shirts must be submitted in XL size. Banners cannot be wider than 36 inches (3 feet). For questions regarding these competitions, please contact Krishna Patel. Specific rules for the T-Shirt and Banner Competition will be posted here.

Spirit Competition
All of the institutions in Region VI are deeply rooted in tradition, and school pride is a way of life. During SROW, attendees will have an opportunity to vote for other SROW institutions that best display Spirit. New this year will be specific voting guidelines that help advisors and professionals guide their schools through the voting process. Spirit is measured not only on energy and pride, but also in the way institutions carry themselves, how they boost those around them, how they take care of the host’s campus, and other measures. Winners will be awarded by delegation size: small, medium, and large. More information and rules will be made available leading up to and during the conference. For questions regarding the spirit competition, please contact Krishna Patel


Case Study

Now a SROW Tradition, the Case Study Competition is designed to challenge undergraduate and graduate students by applying their experience, training, and critical thinking skills to examine complex issues within the realm of orientation.  Students will be asked to work in pairs to discern major players, themes and possible solutions in a timed presentation.  The Case Study Competition is judged by a panel of professionals, and awards will be given at the undergraduate and graduate level for "Best Problem Solving,” "Best Communication,” and "Best Overall Presentation” which will be announced at the Closing Session.

If you are interested in competing, you must attend the required participant meeting on Friday evening of the conference where the competition format will be shared, as well as assign students to groups and answer any questions.  During this meeting those interested in competing who do not already have a partner will be paired with another competitor looking for a match.  The competition is limited to one undergraduate and one graduate team per institution. 

To prepare for the Case Study competition, we have created a case study prep guide that can be used with your institution’s competitors.  This tool can be used to hold mini-competitions at your home institution to determine which teams will compete, and help your teams become accustomed to what is expected.  We will be releasing a second prep packet in late February.

Pre-registration is preferred but not required; to pre-register please note those students competing via the registration form.  For more information please contact Chris Landry or Steven Thomas


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