Cimmeron OConnor

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O’Connor wins Outstanding New Professional Award at regional conference

The assistant director of Ohio University’s Orientation Programs has been presented the Outstanding New Professional Award at a regional conference of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA).

Cimmeron O’Connor accepted the award at NODA’s regional conference in Columbus, Ohio, the weekend of March 7. She attended the event along with four Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO) leaders.

“I was honored to be nominated and was really glad I got to share the experience with some of my students,” O’Connor said.

Jenny Klein, OHIO’s assistant dean of student persistence and success who oversees the University’s BSO program, nominated her colleague for the award.

“Two years in to that position now, Cimmeron has transformed our program by bringing innovative ideas from all over the United States that she learns about at conferences to Ohio University,” Klein said. “Her influence has made our good, solid program great as we work to provide a smooth transition to students and their families.”

The mission of NODA is to provide education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention. The association was created to assist institutions of higher education with making new student orientation a more successful and enjoyable process.

“It’s great for students to hear from other orientation leaders and bounce ideas off of each other,” O’Connor said of NODA events and programs.

Those attending the regional conference were given the opportunity to participate in and present case studies pertaining to orientation and inclusion techniques.

“We are planning on incorporating more group facilitating at our spring retreat and at orientation,” said O’Connor.

After a weekend filled with creativity, brainstorming and excitement, O’Connor and the BSO leaders returned to the Athens Campus with fresh ideas for the more than 4,000 new OHIO students preparing to attend this year’s BSO, which begins June 4.

“It’s really great to see the leaders reach out to the new students,” O’Connor said. “I am really thankful for this opportunity that Ohio University has provided.”