Undergraduate and graduate teams from Florida Tech won Best Overall for their entries in the case study competition at the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention’s annual regional conference, the Southeast Regional Orientation Workshop. The mid-March gathering at the University of South Florida drew 2,500 orientation leaders from the nine-state, 83-school region. Florida Tech sent a group of 13, led by Krishna Patel, advisor/associate director of New Student and Family Orientation in the Office of First Year Experience.
The case study competition asks two-student teams to apply “their experience, training, and critical thinking skills to examine complex issues within the realm of orientation.” It challenges participants to think of a solution and how to execute that solution using student development theory.
Nicholas Assante, a sophomore studying aerospace engineering, and Jacqueline Deppisch, a senior studying forensic psychology, won Best Overall Presentation in the undergraduate category. Tiziano Bernard, a graduate Ph.D. student studying human-centered design, won Best Overall Presentation with a teammate from the University of Alabama – Birmingham in the graduate category.
Patel and a smaller team won the undergraduate and graduate Best Overall awards at the 2017 regional conference, as well as first place in the t-shirt design contest.
PHOTOS: (Above) Jacqueline Deppisch and Nicholas Assante, center left and right, join conference officials to accept their awards. (Below) Tizianoi Bernard, second from left, and his partner from University of Alabama accept their awards.