The Department of History is pleased to announce that the orientation-related efforts of honours history student David Grad have been recognized by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA).
David's orientation contributions were recognized at a recent NODA conference held at the University of Waterloo. In the Student Leader from a University with a Four-Year Undergraduate Program category, Mr. Grad was awarded a commemorative plaque and a $100 gift certificate from the Lakehead University Alumni Bookstore. Additionally, his conference registration fee was refunded, and his contributions will be further acknowledged at the National NODA conference, to be held in Boston, MA, in October 2008.
Originally from Sarnia, Ontario, David is currently enrolled in Lakehead's Concurrent Education program with a focus on history and individual and society. Brendan Hughes, Orientation and Commuter Services Officer and David's supervisor, wholeheartedly nominated Grad for the award because of the natural leadership qualities the young man consistently exudes. "He is charismatic, inspiring, and leads by example. He also knows how to delegate while empowering others - which some say is the most difficult and defining attribute of a good leader."
Grad, a people person who does his utmost to make a positive impact on those around him, is an active member of the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Events Committee as well as the University's Student Ambassador Program. "I like knowing that I'm in a position to have a positive influence on the lives of incoming students," Grad explains. "Maybe I can give them an experience they'll remember 20 years from now when they're recounting their Lakehead University experience."
Through the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Grad began his role as a Student Ambassador in the fall of 2007, when he volunteered to help with orientation programming and execution. "David supported the orientation planning process more than any other volunteer, and logged more than 200 volunteer hours during that time," notes Hughes. Grad has since been hired by Lakehead's Office of Admissions and Recruitment on a part-time basis, and helps with the major undertaking of developing the 2008 Orientation Guidebook.
NODA comprises nine regions across North America. Lakehead University falls in the Region 7 category, which encompasses Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Through its awards, scholarships, and internship program, NODA encourages excellence in orientation, retention, and transition programming. Awards for outstanding professionals and contributors to the field as well as excellence in publications are presented annually, as are student leaders in each region. For more information about NODA, please visit www.nodaweb.org
(Source: Lakehead University Office of Communications, May 15, 2008, Thunder Bay, ON)