Thursday, March 25, 2010

Clayton State Student Orientation Leaders Win Case Study Competition at SROW for Second Year in a Row

For the second year in a row, Clayton State University’s student orientation leaders won first place in the case study competition at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) conference held from Mar. 12 to Mar. 14, at the University of Louisville.

SROW is a three-day workshop geared towards student leaders and professionals who work directly with their campus orientation programs and services and is sponsored by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). The conference provides education, leadership and professional development in college orientation, transition and retention. Highlights of the conference include best trends/practices educational sessions, song/dance/skit categories competition, and the case study competition.

Unlike the other competitions at SROW, competitors in the case study competition cannot do advance planning for the activity. Competitors receive the information when they arrive to SROW and have approximately 10-12 hours to access a multi-faceted scenario, prepare a response and present the information within seven minutes during the competition. Clayton State Team Leader Stacie “Jenay” Arnold (Atlanta) and Coordinator of Volunteer Relations, Burien “Lance” Mealer (Stockbridge) participated in the case study and received the First Place Overall Award out of 30 teams for their case study presentation.

Clayton State University also participated in the song division of skit competition, t-shirt and banner competitions. Clayton State students competing in those competitions included; Christina Greenwood (Columbus, Oh.), Martha Andrade (Fairfax County, Va.), Kai Mosley (Atlanta), Jeleciah Franklin (Atlanta), Tabitha Martin (Conyers), Sarah Accelin (Long Island, N.Y.), Ryan Pugh (Fayetteville), William Parks (Decatur), Chanielle Lee (St. Andrew, Jamaica), Stephen Francois (New Orleans), Thomas Brown (Atlanta), Edward Parks (Decatur, and William Parks' twin brother), Christian Reynolds (Atlanta), Iesha Little (Radcliff, Ky.), Brittany Webb (Kansas City, Ks.), and Adelle Smith (Atlanta).

Orientation teams from universities, colleges and community colleges in the Southern region include the following states; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Institutions with varied enrollment sizes (500-30,000+) participate and compete at SROW.

“We are honored to have represented Clayton State University with tons of enthusiasm and school pride,” says Director of Orientation & New Student Programs Celena Milner.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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