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    The University of Tampa

    University of Tampa

    Built before the age of social distancing, The University of Tampa launched its online orientation a year ago, making it the university’s first Student Affairs hybrid program. As welcome events were being reconfigured to meet CDC guidelines, the new student experience progressed without interruption and students arrived on campus with all their questions answered.

    "Having an online orientation in the age of COVID-19" was the best thing we could've done."

    Shannon Calega, M.Ed.

    Director of Orientation & Family Engagement

    The University of Tampa

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    Conference Session

    2020 CACUSS ON-Line Virtual Conference

    Athabasca University

    With Karen Thompson, BAdmin, McED, Director, Learner Support Services and Serita Smith, BHRLR, Coordinator, Advising Services

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    American University

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    Online Student Orientation: Give them time, make it interactive, keep it human

    June 24, 2020
    Online Student Orientation: Give them time, make it interactive, keep it human

    When Jennifer Johnson, Director of Orientation, Transition and Retention, led the development of American University’s (AU) o…

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    Webinar

    Designing the Online Orientation Experience

    IUPUI

    With Andrea Engler, Ed.D., Sr. Exec. Dir., Student Transitions & Success

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    How Higher Ed Welcomes New Students

    March 17, 2020
    How Higher Ed Welcomes New Students

    Given the need to provide more student services online, Higher Ed leaders are looking for a virtual solution to on-campus ori…

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    Webinar

    Meet Students Where & When they are with Advantage Orientation®

    Washington College

    With Candace Wannamaker, AVP of Student Affairs & Title IX Coordinator

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    Travel Restrictions Impact Higher Ed Orientations

    March 09, 2020
    Travel Restrictions Impact Higher Ed Orientations

    As more and more colleges and universities make tough decisions, many administrators and student affairs leaders are anticipa…

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    Conference Session

    2020 FYE Conference Session

    American University

    With Jennifer Johnson, Director, Orientation, Transition & Retention

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    Webinar

    Advantage Orientation® for Student Success from Day ONE

    Middlesex Community College

    With Steve Rossi, Director of Student Engagement

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    The IMPACT of Advantage Orientation®

    Northern Virginia Community College

    With Mark Mannheimer, Assistant Director of First Year Experience Programs & Initiatives

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    Engaging & Effective Student Onboarding Made Easy

    December 30, 2019
    Engaging & Effective Student Onboarding Made Easy

    How do colleges and universities put their best virtual face forward to recruit and enroll students?

    Advantage Orientation®

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    Webinar

    Online Orientation: Extending the Reach & Showing the Way

    Claflin University

    With Cynthia Duncan Joseph, Director of Freshman College

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    Online Orientation: Early Engagement and Consistent Connection

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    With Kristen Tobey, Dir. of Student Activities and Chad Freeman, Assoc. Dir. of Student Activities

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    Conference Session

    2019 NODA Conference Presentation

    Oklahoma State University

    With Cody Cramer, Coordinator, Transition & Retention Communications

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    Conference Session

    2019 Students in Transition Conference Presentation

    University of Tampa

    With Shannon Calega, M.ED., Dir. of Orientation and Family Engagement

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    Learning Through Video Storytelling

    August 08, 2019
    Learning Through Video Storytelling

    There’s little doubt that when it comes to delivering a compelling and consistent message, in or out of the classroom, video …

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    Whitepaper

    Innovating Student Orientation

    6 Keys to Success

    Innovating Student Orientation

    What does it take to innovate and continuously improve student orientation programming? What role can technology play to improve the experience? In this interactive whitepaper, you’ll discover the Six Keys to Success, examine best practices supporting each one and preview the real-life experiences of your peers who are using the Advantage Orientation® with great success.

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    UNF Partnership

    July 17, 2019
    UNF Partnership

    Advantage Design Group® is in Jacksonville, Florida, close to the University of North Florida (UNF) and great student talent.…

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    Conference Session

    2019 CACUSS Conference Presentation

    San Jose State University

    With Gregory Wolcott, Ed.D., AVP Transition & Retention Services

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    Webinar

    Online Orientation: Where Student Journeys Intersect

    Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

    With Dusty Saine, Dir. of Events & Logistics, and Paula Dibley, Exec. Dir. Marketing & Enrollment Management

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    Cool Tool Finalist

    April 22, 2019
    Cool Tool Finalist

    UPDATED JULY 2019

    Advantage Design Group’s Advantage Orientation® has earned top honors as a 2019 finalist in the annual EdT…

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    Video Walking Tour

    Florida International University

    Show new students and their families more than a series of campus scenes, take them on a video walking tour, give them the ba…

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    Webinar

    The One-Person Orientation Shop

    California State University, Chico

    With Rebecca Berner, EdD, Orientation & New Student Programs

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    Removing Barriers to Student Success

    Edmonds Community College

    With Dr. Sy Ear and Justin Quizon, Student Success Technology Specialist

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    Wow’em with Video

    November 12, 2018
    Wow’em with Video

    Because you’ve got more to say, more to show or more to teach, leverage the power of video to maximize the impact of your onl…

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    Webinar

    Increasing Orientation Capacity

    Sonoma State Univeristy

    With Colleen Mahoney, Orientation & New Student Programs Coordinator

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    Online Orientations for Transfer Students

    Temple University

    With Amber Cardamone, Director, Orientation & New Student Programs

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    Webinar

    The Online Orientation Experience

    University of Washington

    With Carlos Guillen, Associate Director / First-Year Programs

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    Meet the Mandate with an Online Orientation

    Monroe Community College

    With Matthew Lawson, Assist. Dir., Orientations & First-Year Experience

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    Online Orientation for International Students

    Michigan State University

    With Amber Cordell, Educational Programs Manager

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    The Campus Experience for Distance Learners

    Indiana State University

    With Tracy Osborne, Director, New Student Transition Programs

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    The HBCU Experience

    Howard University

    With Charles Prince, Director, Office of Student Success and Transition

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    Bilingual “Bookend” Online Orientation

    Hillsborough Community College

    With Chris Legner, Dean of Student Services

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    Online Orientation & SIS Integration

    George Mason University

    With Rick Gray, Associate Director of Orientation

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    Online Orientation and New Student Advising

    California State University, Fresno

    With Kenneth Ternate, New Student Orientation Coordinator

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    Measuring Return from Online Orientation

    California State University, Los Angeles

    With Christopher Johnson, Assist. Dir., New Student & Parent Programs

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    Orientation @ Teachable Moments

    Utah State University

    With Lisa Hancock, Dir., Student Orientation and Transition Services

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    From Online Orientation Skeptic to Believer

    Bergen Community College

    With Rachel B. Lerner Colucci, Ed.M., Dean of Student Life & Conduct, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

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    Orientation Re-Imagined

    Louisiana State University

    With Heather Herman, Exec. Dir. Communications and External Relations and Kelli Webber, Assoc. Dir., Operations, Experience LSU.

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    The Any-Time, Any-Place, Any-Device Orientation

    Bossier Parish Community College

    With Karen Recchia, Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Tracy McGill, Director of Public Relations

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    Connecting Over 18K Square Miles

    Cerro Coso Community College

    With Christine Small, Director of Counseling and SSSP and Missy Gross, Counselor and Assoc. Professor

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    Webinar

    Title IX Orientation Module

    Bergen Community College

    With Rachel B. Lerner Colucci, Ed.M., Dean of Student Life & Conduct, Deputy Title IX Coordinator

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    Orientation A to Z

    Delaware County Community College

    Learn from Dr. Kendrick M. Mickens Sr., Director, Student Success & First Year Experiences

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    Online Orientation Needs More than a Next Button

    Farmingdale State College

    With Frank Rampello, Assist. Dean of Students, and Kevin Schnurr, Staff Assoc., Office of Dean of Students

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    Becoming Runner Ready

    University of Texas at San Antonio

    With Ashley Spain-Martinez, Senior Program Coordinator, Orientation & Family Programs

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    Hillsborough Community College

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    Howard University

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    Michigan State University

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    Montgomery County Community College

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    George Mason University

    Video Sample

    Inspirational Welcome Video

    UC Merced

    As students (and their families) prepare to make your school their "new college home," use an inspirational video to show the…

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    Conference Session

    2018 NASPA Conference Presentation

    Bergen Community College & University of Washington

    Hear how Rachel Colucci, Dean of Student Life & Conduct, Deputy Title IX Coord, and Carlos Guillen, Assoc. Dir. First Year Programs are innovating orientation with our customized technology.

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    FYE Panel Discusses Benefits of Advantage Orientation

    February 28, 2018
    FYE Panel Discusses Benefits of Advantage Orientation

    The 2018 First Year Experience Conference, held in Houston in February, featured a discussion panel highlighting the benefits…

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    Conference Session

    2018 FYE Conference Presentation

    Houston Community College and Texas A&M University San Antonio

    Explore how orientation tech is helping Houston Community College and Texas A&M University, San Antonio "Whoa, Wow & Woo" First-Year Students.

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    Why we give to Alpha-Omega Miracle Home

    December 13, 2017
    Why we give to Alpha-Omega Miracle Home

    Alpha-Omega Miracle Home began in St. Augustine, FL in 1997 to provide housing, counseling and education for the new faces of…

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    Conference Session

    2017 NODA Conference

    Bentley, Louisiana State and Utah State universities

    These orientation and transition leaders are creating unique and impactful orientation experiences. Hear how they're leveraging orientation technology to reach new goals.

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    2017 FYE Conference

    Utah Valley University

    Martha Wilson, Assist. Dir., First-Year Experience and Orientation talks about the strategy behind UVU's online orientation and how it's solving real-life orientation problems like tracking, compliance, assessment and, the proverbial "info dump."

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    High-Impact Student Welcome Video

    San Diego Mesa College

    Impress new students with an opening anthem from a group of your best student ambassadors. Along with our comprehensive video…

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    Conference Session

    2017 Moving the Needle Conference Presentation

    Eastern Florida State College

    Paola Moneymaker, Exec. Dir. of Student and Academic Services, discusses how their online orientation is clearing a path to registration while generating meaningful data about the experience.

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    How to Register Video

    University of Georgia

    How do you make complicated subjects easier to understand? Keep it simple, break it down and show it. Use animated instructio…

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    Louisiana State University

    Louisiana State University

    "My experience with Advantage Design Group was top notch. We gave them a very aggressive timeline and I believe the system we designed was very complex. I'm more than happy with the final product. They exceeded my expectations and I believe that of the University as well."

    Heather Herman

    Executive Director, Communications

    Louisiana State University

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    Campus Safety Video

    Louisiana State University

    You want to let students and their families know your school is serious about safety, so show them. From interactions with se…

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    How to Use the Student Portal Video

    Louisiana State University

    How do you make complicated subjects easier to understand? Keep it simple, break it down and show it. Use animated instructio…

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    Conference Session

    2017 DLA Conference

    University of West Georgia

    Since launching their orientation two years ago, University of West Georgia's team has been tracking the data to measure impact. Janet Gubbins, Director of Distance and Distributed Education presents metrics and answers questions from the audience.

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    2017 NASPA Conference

    Sonoma State University

    Colleen Mahoney, Orientation and New Student and Family Programs Coordinator, shows you how Sonoma State's online orientation solves three big problems: compliance, capacity and reporting. She sees the possibilities as limitless.

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    2017 NISTS Conference

    University of Washington

    Listen in as Ali Albrecht, Transfer Initiative Manager/First-Year Programs talks about how she's using the Advantage Orientation Platform to improve the orientation experience specifically for transfer students and how she knows it's working.

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    What it Means to be Family

    December 24, 2016
    What it Means to be Family

    What does it mean to be family? What does it mean to have family?

    For most of us, family is home. And yet, right now, right …

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    NODA 2016 features Online Orientations: Transformed

    October 27, 2016
    NODA 2016 features Online Orientations: Transformed

    When NODA members gather together, it’s always an exciting opportunity to learn about student orientation, transition and ret…

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    Conference Session

    2016 FYE Conference

    Howard University, Florida International University & Hillsborough Community College

    These panelists, from very diverse institutional settings, discuss how their online orientations - with a fresh look and responsive design - are easing transitions and improving matriculation.

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    A New Solution to the Dreaded Melt Rate

    June 03, 2016
    A New Solution to the Dreaded Melt Rate

    The time is drawing near for students to receive their long-awaited college acceptance letters. While high-school students ea…

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    Advantage Design Group Joins Forces

    May 31, 2016
    Advantage Design Group Joins Forces

    A leader in developing student online orientation solutions for higher education, Advantage Design Group hosted a number of c…

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    FYE Conference Panel Discussion

    May 31, 2016
    FYE Conference Panel Discussion

    A session held at the First-Year Experience Conference in Orlando in late February offered attendees a chance to hear directl…

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    Celebrating 18 Years

    January 28, 2016
    Celebrating 18 Years

    Now in our 18th year of business supporting higher education with their orientation, recruiting, retention and transition goa…

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    Advantage Design Group Spreads Christmas Cheer

    December 17, 2015
    Advantage Design Group Spreads Christmas Cheer

    Advantage Design Group is partnering with Alpha-Omega Miracle Home this holiday season in support of their center for homeles…

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    Howard University and Michigan State University

    December 04, 2015
    Howard University and Michigan State University

    Advantage Design Group recently co-hosted webinars discussing student online orientations with some of the nation's finest ed…

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    Panel Discussion at the 2015 NODA Conference

    November 24, 2015
    Panel Discussion at the 2015 NODA Conference

    An online orientation panel discussion hosted by Advantage Design Group at the 2015 NODA Conference covered a variety of topi…

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    Conference Session

    2015 DLA Conference

    University of West Georgia

    Janet Gubbins, Director of Distance and Distributed Education at the University of West Georgia shares her experience developing an online orientation. Topics include research, project planning, process management and impact measures.

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    2015 NODA Conference

    Florida International University, St. Johns University, George Mason University & Wake Tech Community College

    During this highlight session filmed at NODA 2015, Korrin, Rick, Philip and Christy offer a lively discussion about how they're using online orientations for "priceless" returns.

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    2015 FYE Conference

    AIMS Community College, Palm Beach State College & Utah Valley University

    Listen in as these first-year experience leaders discuss the decisions, strategies and impact since launching their orientation platform: featuring Rachel Veretto, Theresa Cusimano and Martha Wilson.

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    Testimonial

    Florida International University

    Florida International University

    Florida International University had to accommodate their growing population of 54,000 students, including 8,000 transfer students each year. As the 4th largest university in the country, they needed to serve transfer students more efficiently since there was not enough time, staff or advisors to serve them all. So building an online orientation became a valuable resource for them, and Advantage Design Group went above and beyond as their conduit to the technology, logistics, and custom branded design of the program.

    "The look and feel of our orientation was very important to us and we were really impressed by Advantage Design Group."

    Korrin Anderson

    Associate Director, Orientation and Parent Programs

    Florida International University

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    George Mason University

    George Mason University

    "We needed to accommodate a growing number of topics, as well as several user-specific tracks. The technology allowed for trackable logins and it served up unique content by the school and student type."

    Rick Gray

    Associate Director, Orientation and Family Programs & Services

    George Mason University

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    Aims Community College

    Aims Community College

    "Their talented staff of project managers, web designers, and programmers worked tirelessly to help us create an orientation that went above and beyond our expectations. They always came from a place of YES!"

    Rachel Veretto

    Program Coordinator First Year Experience

    Aims Community College

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    Wake Technical Community College

    Wake Technical Community College

    "Your video team is amazing...it was clear that they were here to give us the best video possible and the commitment to quality was evident."

    Christy Sheilds

    New Student Orientation Coordinator

    Wake Technical Community College

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