Local TJC student wins national orientation award

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As Tyler Junior College prepares for its new student orientation in June, an award-winning Lindale student will be there to lend a hand to incoming Apaches.

Freshman Hannah Sanders of Lindale recently won Best Problem Solving for Undergraduate Case Study at the National Orientation Director’s Region IV Conference held in Kansas City, Kan., TJC publicity officials announced.

Registration will begin on June 11 for honors orientation and will continue through July 20. For a list of dates and times, log on to www.tjc.edu/orientation.

Sanders and her fellow Apache Chiefs, brought home four awards from the NODA event.

Other winners include:

-- Haleigh Latham, sophomore, Arp, 2018 NODA Student Leader of the Year

-- Payton Sadler, freshman, Grand Saline, Overall Best Undergraduate Case Study

-- Beth Maddox, freshman, Van, Best Communication for Undergraduate Case Study

The Apache Chiefs are student leaders responsible for heading up New Student Orientation.

The goal of the NODA conference is to help professionals and students in the fields of orientation, transition and retention to better their institution’s programs. There are also opportunities for students to participate in various activities and competitions while attending.

“The conference also focuses on developing student leaders beyond orientation and these students are ready to bring about change at our institution,” said Murphy Turner, TJC coordinator of New Student Orientation. “This year’s team particularly has been very focused on serving our students and creating a community at TJC that puts the student first and prepares them for success.”

Turner added that this was the second year the entire team traveled to the conference and it is the second year in a row that they have received the award for Best Overall Undergraduate Case Study.

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